Posts in Reflections

God in the bumps

  God comes to you disguised as your life, said Paula D’Arcy. I read this today and it rung true. Long ago, as a small girl with pigtails, I thought of my future life as a straight line forward. There were neither bumps, potholes or sharp curves. Instead there was... Read More

September 29, 2016 2 Comments

To know how to love, start loving

Picasso, he said: “To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing,” when talking to a friend about how to get over creative block. Isabel Allende had similar sentiments when asked about how to keep writing when you don’t feel like it: Show up, show up and show up, is... Read More

September 13, 2016 Leave your thoughts

To be as free as I want to be

There are times I look at birds flying in the sky, carefree and brave, and wish I was them. I am not particularly fond of heights, but it is their freedom that I envy them. I used to think of freedom as freedom of expression, of speech and of religion.... Read More

August 23, 2016 2 Comments

Transformational love. It can suck.

  There are some basic truths to life: Everybody will get blisters. Love is overrated. No, this is better: Pimples are inevitable. Love hurts. Or, how about this one: All will have bad hair days. Love sucks. And then the ultimate: The blisters, the pimples and the bad hair days... Read More

April 28, 2016 3 Comments

A Wedged Bear in Great Tightness

The wisdom of Pooh comes to me in small drips every so often. “Would you read a Sustaining Book, such as would help and comfort a Wedged Bear in Great Tightness?” he humbly asked when he was stuck in Rabbit’s rabbit hole. And, the way I see it, he summarised... Read More

April 5, 2016 3 Comments

Suddenly I understand why Holocaust happened

”How could they?” I have been wondering while listening to lots of talks on the Holocaust. I have read books. I have seen movies. I have cried. I have wished that what I learned wasn’t true. People cannot be this evil. Had Hitler come on to the stage today, we would... Read More

February 29, 2016 6 Comments

My head is a circle

This is most likely not the case with you, but personally I feel like a cracked pot. It was appropriate when my daughter, then five, looked at me once and asked: “Mom, why do you have so many cracks in your face?” It wasn’t the most flattering thing anybody has... Read More

February 3, 2016 10 Comments

Creating a new gospel and justifying killing

Over the years I have made some Muslim friends. Some of them like spicy food. Some don’t. Some of them listen to rap, others to classical music. Some of them are good at the times tables. Some of them suck. Some of them are skinny, others are a bit meatier.... Read More

December 10, 2015 4 Comments

Thich Nhat Hanh and me

“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love,” said Thich Nhat Hanh and I said ouch. Over the years I have done so much loving that I think I deserve champion status. I have loved cats (well, not so much) and dogs, kids, friends, neighbors, orphans,... Read More

November 20, 2015 6 Comments

Explaining God and understanding falling in love

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious, said Albert Einstein. I agree with him.  Its a little sad that we are able to explain everything, dissect everything, take everything apart until what you are left with is an atom, and even an atom has many parts that we... Read More

July 8, 2015 3 Comments