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Don’t you hate getting stuck behind slow people?

For as long as I can remember, I have been in a hurry. When I was a kid, my teachers hassled me because my slap-dash writing style was pretty much illegible. I tried the patience of my piano teacher since … Continue reading

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Five tips for a soul-satisfying vacation

My husband’s family decided to take a trip together at an all-inclusive resort in Cuba.  After a year of illness (and recovery) they hoped for a life-affirming week of family time. It meant fourteen people travelling together, including six children. At … 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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The perfect rose

The last couple of months have been a rather busy time at the church and at home. It seemed that every week was crammed full of not just our usual routine, but additional meetings, church events, and appointments. And while most … 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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The bird and the window pane

A few days ago, I came home to the news that a bird had flown into our window.  It came with a loud thump, the kids told me, and everyone had gone running to see what it was. The tiny bird was only a … Continue reading

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Learning to stop and smell the roses

When I began my sabbatical four months ago, I was tired. I had been through the wringer looking after my family while my husband went back to school. I had served in the pastorate for fourteen years without much of … Continue reading

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5 things I didn’t get to on my sabbatical

I had sixteen weeks of sabbatical and vacation to spend with my theme, ‘Sowing seeds of renewal’. I did a whole lot of gardening, visiting green spaces, reading and enjoying my family and friends. Now that I have just about come to … Continue reading

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Gardening may not always be serene

Gardening is often thought to be a quiet activity. Here on sabbatical, you might imagine me spending my time among the flowers in a haze of peace and tranquility. In your mind’s eye there is only the humming of bees or the singing … Continue reading

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