The Hermitage
Sunrise over the Cowlitz River

How did you begin your day this morning? Did you leap out of bed, excited for a new beginning, ready to tackle whatever projects and joys and problems await you? Or was your gentle (or fitful) sleep shattered by the sound of an alarm clock (and WHY we continue to put up with something that has such an arresting name, I'll never know) and was your first thought


My first blog, started in 2008, was called "An Oft Traveled Road." This morning I spent a little time looking back, looking down the roads I have traveled as recorded on my blogs. Lately I have been wondering, why blog? What is the purpose of my blogging? What does it actually accomplish?


The Rule of Life for the Sisters of St. Gregory is composed of many small parts: Of Vows, of the Life of a Sister, Of Common Life, Of Common Work, Of Common Worship, Of Individual Renewal, Of Individual Ministry, Of Individual Devotion. As I prepare to make my formal application to make my first profession of vows, I am working to consider each and every Rule. And, as I consider this Rule, to contemplate my desires and abilities to live up to this Rule. One of the most misunderstood by my friends is the vow of chastity


What are we waiting for? The time to be right? The moment to be perfect? The sun to come out? A better place? A better person? A better life? Love now. Smile now. Forgive now. Dance now. Stop at look around you, see the beauty that is in this world. And do it NOW.


In January, as I was looking through the list of spiritual directors at the Priory Spirituality Center in Lacey, WA, I stumbled upon the "Listening with the Spirit," a two-year spiritual director formation program. My heart stopped for a moment and I heard a call so strong that it would have thrust me into the computer monitor and into the webpages to wallow in the very delicious idea of it all, if it had been able to do so. But it couldn't, and didn't. So I

  • German Longhaired Pointer, Griffey, May 2, 2015

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From Called to Be Friends, by Paula Ripple:

Of all the gifts that God gives to sustain and nourish our lives none can equal the presence of a faithful friend. No sacrifice is too great, no personal discipline too exacting, no struggle too painful to offer in exchange for the ability to give and receive friendship. Each investment that we make in one friendship enriches every other friendship. All of human experience and all of life is somehow related to our ability to call another "friend."
Photo: Griffey (a German Longhaired Pointer) and her best friend, my eldest son, Stosh.