Friday, March 14, 2014

*Henri Nouwen, With Open Hands, (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 1995), 74.

As I wait to hear where I might be sent to serve as an Intern next year...I hold onto this prayer as a reminder to remain open to the movement of the Spirit in the process. My wishes regarding where I want to go on internship might not be fulfilled, but...deep breath...I trust I will end up where I need to be and all will be well in the end...

Friday, January 31, 2014

Fallow time...

After all the mandatory reading and writing I have to do for school - books and articles and commentaries...research papers and essays and reflections - I must confess I'm not feeling much desire to write in my spare time. But I will be graduating in May (if all goes well) and I hope my love of writing will come back to me once I'm finished school. In the is a poem by a favourite poet (William Carlos Williams) and an image by a favourite photographer (me!)

Winter Trees

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.

~ William Carlos Williams

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Fulfilment    By  Bernard Thorogood

The leaf was made for dancing
And the cloud for shade at noon
The breeze was made for freshness
When the sea gleams in the moon
The waves were made for stirring
And the mountains to be still
The daisies made for sunlight
And great trees to clothe the hill
And everything that you have made
Was good in your sight Lord
For all things have a part to play
And nothing is ignored

You lead the way from seed to fruit
From womb to birth to youth
You trust all to be mature
To handle love and truth
Now help us Lord to give a place
To every living thing
To know the good that you have made
That every voice may sing

A friend just shared that poem and my response was:

Oh My God I love this poem!!! It resonates so deeply with my belief that we are all Good. Enough. Just as we are. Who tells a burbling brook or a crashing ocean wave or a dancing leaf to be "better", "faster", "straighter", "more than..." than the amazing creation it already is? If only we could learn to accept each other in the same way.  "And everything that you have made was good in your sight Lord." What if, instead of insisting on the dominant culture's paradigm of continuous improvement, constantly seeking to excel and striving for perfection, we decided to fully embrace and celebrate ourselves and each other just as God made us? How subversive and wonderful that would be. That is my prayer for today and always :)

Let me add that I DO still believe we need to grow and change in order to thrive as we move through this journey of life. It's just that I think we expand and become our true amazing selves through positive reinforcement and affirmation, rather than through seeing ourselves as "not quite there yet", always feeling slightly short of the mark. Our creativity explodes exponentially when we feel loved and accepted for who we are. When we celebrate our gifts, when we share them for the sheer joy of being in relationship, and bring all that we are to the circle...that's where the growth and transformation is possible. Be free from the burden getting it "right" and from thinking that we must be ALL things for ALL people ALL the time (which, of course, isn't even within the realm of possibility for anyone!) Let go of thinking in terms of being "better" than who we are, and fully live into being the amazing people we already are.

I'm not always great at this myself...but I keep trying!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

So much to be thankful for...far too many things to list.

And I confess, the true purpose of this post has nothing to do with Thanksgiving Day, it is just to get the photo of sideways Anne's head off the top of my blog!

I picked a random photo from my's the story:

A couple months ago, Dave and I celebrated our 26th anniversary by going out for supper (to the local, fancy!) I had a draught beer with my liver and onions (yes, I actually LIKE liver and onions).

The foam in my glass of my 26th anniversary beer formed into a heart. How amazing is that?!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Happy ME Day!!

Celebrating me in 2011

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Happy 18th Anniversary of the 29th Anniversary of the Day of My Birth to me,
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Celebrating me in 2012

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Happy 19th Anniversary of the 29th Anniversary of the Day of My Birth, to me,
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Happy 20th Anniversary of the 29th Anniversary of the Day of My Birth, dear Me-eee...
Happy 20th Anniversary of the 29th Anniversary of the Day of My Birth to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I wonder how I will celebrate me in 2013?? :)
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