Shine!

  We live in a time of great darkness.  We may feel driven to fight against the darkness.   If this is your path I would like to give a word of caution that is can be difficult to fight without becoming what we are fighting. This is the time I believe we are being calledContinue reading “Shine!”

Older Americans Month and Espirational Happenings

“Old age is not a disease – it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses. “ — Maggie Kuhn  —American activist known for founding the Gray Panthers movement after forced retirement at 65, One of the most forgotten groups in our society is people “of a certain age”, “the elderly”,Continue reading “Older Americans Month and Espirational Happenings”

Happy Birthday!

Today is my birthday.  Yay!  From time to time I like to  put the word “birthday” in my reader and go say “Happy Birthday” to people celebrating (or not celebrating) birthdays on that particular day.  It is not unusual for me to find people who are sad, angry or fearful about the day.  Some goContinue reading “Happy Birthday!”

Fun and Easy Ways to Shine Your Light on the Shortest Day of the Year

Have you ever wondered about the difference between an equinox and a solstice? According to the National Weather Service an equinox is one of the “two times of the year when the Earth’s axis is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun, resulting in a “nearly” equal amount of daylight and darkness at all latitudes.”Continue reading “Fun and Easy Ways to Shine Your Light on the Shortest Day of the Year”

Random Acts of Christmas

One thing I like to do at the holidays is give a small (very small) token gift to people at random.   One year I hung handmade angel ornaments anonymously on neighbor’s door knobs.  Other years I have given candy canes or tea bags from a display on our door (we spent a lot of yearsContinue reading “Random Acts of Christmas”

Fun and Easy Ways to Shine Your Light: Be an Angel

Our word angel comes from the Greek ἄγγελος.  It means messenger.  I will always think of this with a smile remembering a fellow seminary student in Greek class who happened to be named Angel beaming and exchanging laughter with the professor about the appropriateness of his name. I do believe in God’s holy angels whoContinue reading “Fun and Easy Ways to Shine Your Light: Be an Angel”

Fun and Easy Ways to Shine Your Light: Celebrate the Hanukkah Story

Hanukkah begins at sundown tonight.  Do you know the story behind this light holiday?  If you don’t, you need to read it.  The story of Hanukkah is full of adventure and drama surrounding events leading up to a great miracle.  It is a story of liberation, freedom, reclaiming what was lost and hope. Even if you are notContinue reading “Fun and Easy Ways to Shine Your Light: Celebrate the Hanukkah Story”

Fun and Easy Ways to Shine Your light: A Grattitude Tree

Take time during the holiday to create a tangible reminder of the blessings in your life.  A gratitude tree may be made using a tree branch you bring inside.  Try to use a branch that that has fallen on it’s own.  Write things you are grateful for on leaves cut from paper, create a hangerContinue reading “Fun and Easy Ways to Shine Your light: A Grattitude Tree”

Fun and Easy Ways to Shine your Light: Be Nice

When you read todays topic you may have thought, REALLY?  Do we need to be reminded of this during the holidays? Well apparently we do.  It seems that each year during November and December we start hearing about things like brawls at the mall with people fighting over particular items that may be in shortContinue reading “Fun and Easy Ways to Shine your Light: Be Nice”