On Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” : Life, Death, and Faith in the Power of Stories

            A “dry, leathery corpse”introduces Atul Gawande to medical school and readers to his book, Being Mortal.  Nothing else is revealed about the body; its former owner’s life and death are meaningless to the medical...

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The Gift of Molly

Whispered in the airImagined in dreams Yearned for with desireCreated through passion Nourished with purity Delivered with long effort Received into loving armsAccepted unconditionally Present in each momentWith wide-eyed wonder Nurtured with patienceLiving into possibility Spreading joy abundantlyBridging the past and future Born anew, the old soulRe-learns...

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Solstice

  on December twenty-thirdthe weatherman saidwe've passed the winter solsticetoday we gainone minute of daylight just one minute of daylightI thoughtwhat can I do with a minute of light? hug my husbandshare a kisssay a prayerpay a bill standing at my kitchen windowwatch...

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Receiving

I recently received an email from my oldest sister (there are six of us) in which she proposed that we all stop exchanging Christmas gifts.  The message suggests that most of us have all we need and there is...

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A Reflection on A Morning with Joan Chittister and Janet McKenzie

“The stations give us a model of how to live life when our own struggles are unavoidable and life seems most oppressive, most unfair, most impossible to bear. They remind us again that there is new life at the...

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Something To Think About While The Turkey’s In the Oven

               “Whenever you tell me about someone, you tell me what they cook!” My then-new roommate’s exasperated tone clearly suggested that this was not a good thing.  It was the 1970s, and women were supposed to be getting...

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The Edge

           I realized this past week that I have never lived at subsistence level.  I know what it means now.             As part of Family Services Coalition, a group of churches and non-profits in the Metrowest area, I  tutor a...

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Secret Threads

What if we thought of women as the secret threads of this world?  We are, after all, no further ahead of war, and are behind the notion  That hearts and minds can be won over. We are, after all,...

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On Balancing our Many Lives

Although we don’t all live in the public eye, I think we all have private and public lives, even many different lives that we show to different publics. There’s the ‘game face’ shown at work. There’s the life shared...

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3 Awesome Quotes About Living with Integrity

by Rebecca Krzmarzick   This past Saturday, Sacred Threads hosted the first part of our Speaker Series: “Living with Integrity: Balancing the Private and Public Dimensions of Our Lives.” As an intern this year with Sacred Threads, I had the...

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