Forest Bathing in Wellesley

Forest Bathing in Wellesley Glowing foliage surrounded us at Elmbank in Wellesley We had a perfect outdoor fall day to try forest bathing at Elmbank in Wellesley, MA. The bright blue sky offered a perfect backdrop for the glowing fall foliage. The...

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Beautiful and Terrible Things

Here is the world.  Beautiful and terrible things will happen.  Don’t be afraid. Frederick Beuchner   My hospital chaplain friend wiped a tear from the corner of her eye as she described standing in one of her cancer patient’s hospital rooms as...

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Looking at the “Really Big Picture”

“Necessity changes a course but never a goal.” - Sanskrit Proverb   I think it’s fairly safe to say that the past two months haven’t gone the way many of us suspected, at the start of 2020, that they would.  Vacations,...

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Be a Lamp

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.  - Rumi Certain times in life call for all of us — no matter our circumstances — to extend ourselves on behalf of our fellow human beings.  I believe that now,...

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Rituals of the Ordinary

“The disaster had fallen out of sight, like the train itself, and if the calm that followed it was not greater than the calm that came before it, it had seemed so. And the dear ordinary had healed as...

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Sunshine in the Rain

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. - Anthony J D’Angelo Recently I went to a new doctor’s office for the first time, and as I waited in line at the front desk, I found...

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How do we see each other?

“To love someone means to see them as God intended them.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky   When I meet with a group of teens at the church where I work, I typically ask everyone to say their name and what we’ve grown to refer to as “Happy/Crappy's.”  Not only...

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The Change of Human Character

On or about December 1910 human character changed.  I am not saying that one went out, as one might into a garden, and there saw that a rose had flowered or a hen had laid an egg. The change was...

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The Serious Problems of Life

The serious problems in life, however, are never fully solved.  If ever they should appear to be so it is a sure sign that something has been lost.  The meaning and purpose of a problem seem to lie not...

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Golden

“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12, NRSV “I would never do that.”  These words recently crossed my mind in two different interactions with two...

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