Celebrating the Winter Solstice

, “The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.”  – Gary ZukavContinue reading “Celebrating the Winter Solstice”

Being of Service in the Age of Social Distancing

For many, the holiday season is a time to focus on serving others.  So how does COVID-19 change that?  How can we still be of service during this unprecedented time? First, we need to remember there are always people in need of help, not only during the holidays.  This is especially important this year.  TheseContinue reading “Being of Service in the Age of Social Distancing”

Ideas for virtual holiday gatherings

I know people are wanting to get together with friends and family for the holidays.  However COVID-19 has complicated things, hasn’t it? The first thing we need to consider is how to celebrate safely.  The lives and health of not only our friends, family, and neighbors but also those we may not even know areContinue reading “Ideas for virtual holiday gatherings”

Celebrating in a time of Darkness

  Here I sit in the quiet early morning hours in my art studio surrounded by the clutter and disarray that come along with creativity.  How appropriate for what I am about to write. As we enter the holiday season, which for many of us is a time of celebration, we look out and seeContinue reading “Celebrating in a time of Darkness”

How does your family celebrate?

Does your family celebrate a December light holiday (Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa or something else)?  How do you usually celebrate?  How do you see your celebration being different in 2020?  Do you see any new traditions or ways of celebrating coming?  Do you have some great ideas for socially distant celebrations? I am lookingContinue reading “How does your family celebrate?”

Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holdiay — Free Book

Today (Dec. 20) only my holiday e-book Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday is available free in the Amazon Kindle Store.  Please help yourself to a copy and tell your friends, especially those with food restrictions. If you have read the book please consider leaving an honest review at Amazon.com.  Remember to mention you received aContinue reading “Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holdiay — Free Book”

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: 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”

Holiday Meet and Greet

This is the season when people like to come together.  We smile at people we meet on the street.  We may even say hello or offer a holiday greeting.  We host and/or attend parties, family dinners and other social events.  Why can’t we do these things online?  Well, I think we can, soooo….. On thisContinue reading “Holiday Meet and Greet”

12 Tips for Gluten Free Living #12: Find Ways to Enjoy the Holiday Meal

The holidays are approaching and many people with food restrictions are dreading the holiday dinner. When people talk about this they often use the word “surviving” but with careful thought and planning it is possible to actually enjoy the holiday meal. These are my suggestions for ways to actually enjoy the holiday meal, even withContinue reading “12 Tips for Gluten Free Living #12: Find Ways to Enjoy the Holiday Meal”