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Holy Island Day 3: No horse, of course

There is a story about St. Aidan that we have heard several times this week. After leaving Iona in Scotland to found the abby at Lindisfarne, he spent a great deal of time walking the countryside. He took no knife … Continue reading

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Get lost, but mind the cauliflower.

I grew up taking piano lessons. As a teenager, I would get so absorbed in practicing that I sometimes forgot things. Like the pot on the stove that boiled dry. Oops. The time I remember best it was cauliflower in a … Continue reading

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Free Garden Planning tools: a review

This summer I will undertake my biggest garden project ever: a total renovation of my entire yard. That’s because, like the inside of the house, the backyard is a little dated. Twenty five years ago, the owners built a large … Continue reading

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Alert alert beware. You have just joined Pinterest??

It happened innocently enough. I was standing around talking to S. after a church meeting when she said, “Hey, are you on Pinterest? I think you’d like it.” Having no idea what this “Pinterest” was, I went home and Googled … Continue reading

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What kind of legacy will you leave?

Here I am at Crieff again. This time I am attending a Guidance Conference, a retreat to help students discern whether they might be called to become Presbyterian ministers. I am one of six counsellors (four of us are parish … Continue reading

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Walking memories

I love labyrinths. They come in all shapes and sizes, both ancient and modern, and have a rich global history. Walking the labyrinth is a helpful spiritual practice for me. My feet take up the slow, steady guided steps, leaving my mind … Continue reading

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A plant with guts

Coming home from church last week my daughter said, “Mom, do you know those purple flowers outside the window in your office? They’re blooming!”  I thought that it was a sign of mild weather. The large carpet of vinca minor (also called periwinkle or … Continue reading

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