Let me tell you who I am:
A chaplain friend once said to me, “I’m so thankful that I’ve learned to never miss an opportunity to keep my mouth shut. It’s amazing what we learn when we listen.” I too have learned much about courage and hope — by listening. About forgiveness and acceptance. About joy and humor. And, yes, sometimes these lessons even include an opportunity to bless fox hunting hounds and riders at
the beginning of the beautiful Minnesota fall hunt. No worries though, the riders hunt only a “stinky,” or dragged scent, and the hounds think that’s just fabulous. These two handsome fellows appear to be posing for the Westminster Dog Show rather than requesting a friendly blessing before a rowdy gallop through the fields. Meanwhile, the lovely little fox is always safe, and secretly amused.
- Explore life as a series of interruptions that anticipate thoughtful attention
- Encourage examining your beliefs and personal assets
- Guide you toward a rewarding and meaningful “Plan B”
- Enjoy heartfelt stories, creative ideas, and practical resources
- Become a light that lights up the darkness.
“Life offers us plenty of opportunities. It also tests us with setbacks, dead ends, hellos and goodbyes. The ultimate goal is to ground ourselves in continuity and meaning.”
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We’ll explore the rewards of saying, “Yes” to a reimagined life and a renewed interpretation of happiness, pleasure, and joy. Our short quiet walk together aims to expand self awareness, while revealing our personal (though often unsung) gifts of creativity, hospitality, kindness, and more. Finally, the goal of this blog is to invite thoughtful examination of the ways we interact with the world in which we find ourselves today.
Additional information about me
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, I completed my divinity studies in the Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire where I was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 1983.
Then earned a Master of Arts degree in Theology from St. Catherine University and post-graduate training from: Poynter Institute of Journalism; Uniprise Leadership Academy (United Health Group), United Hospital and Children’s Hospitals Minnesota medical ethics committee member; Harvard School of Mind Body Medicine; Harvard School of Spirituality and Healing; Hospital-based Critical Incident Stress Management; Cultural Competency in the Health Care Setting.
Celebration implies music, dancing and laughter – entertainments that help us temporarily forget life’s challenges. A more complete perspective says celebration includes the acceptance of life’s wholeness and an awareness of its preciousness. Celebration lives where fear and love, joy and sorrow, and tears and smiles can coexist with a vibrant measure of harmony and joy.
Joy is about accepting with gratitude, who I am—my authentic self; why I am—how I became this self; and how I am—how I choose to experience life going forward.