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Love Jesus, love my family, love meeting new people and sharing life with them!

The Politics of Pink – Day Eight

Originally posted on Eirene:
The most popular Christmas present in 1967 was Battleship. It had actually been around as a pencil and paper game since 1930s until Milton Bradley released it as a board game in 1967. And while there…

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Multiple Dimensions to Healing Earth – Day Six

Originally posted on Eirene:
Peace activist, John McConnell, believed humans have an obligation to take care of the earth, and to share its resources equally, based on such passages as Psalm 115:16. Two years before I was born, in June 1965,…

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Love Mercy – Day Four

Originally posted on Eirene:
On this fourth day into contemplating turning 50, desperately resisting the compulsion to take the easy route and apply the term angst (though it is likely more akin to ambivalence—but, more on that later), I am drawn…

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Endure, Stand, at the Pace of Grace – Day Three

Originally posted on Eirene:
On this day, fifty years ago, Katherine Switzer began the #BostonMarathon. The problem was, women were not allowed to participate. Two miles into the contest, the race director, Jock Semple, fully angered at the realization that…

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A Case for Faith

Originally posted on Eirene:
Today’s Ignatian reading is taken from Jeremiah 17:5-10, and the question was asked, “Do you extend your roots to the streams of water? where do you find it hard to trust God?” I have an autoimmune…

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The Healing Dust of Ash Wednesday

Originally posted on Eirene:
. . . “then the Lord God formed hā ādām (the first person) from the dust of hā ādāmāh (the earth), into whom God breathed the breath of life; and hā ādām became a living being.” (Gen 2:7)…

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2017 Lenten Season Prayer Guide

Originally posted on Eirene:
? My husband, Howie, as youth pastor is asking the adults of all ages to consider committing the Lenten 2017 season to pray specifically for one student involved in the church community. To this end, I…

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Mindfulness and the Car Radio

Originally posted on Eirene:
Writing can be a very lonely vocation. The struggle to craft words that faithfully describe thoughts, an epiphany, musings, a deeply formulated conviction . . . and effectively communicate even an approximation of the idea to…

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Mindfulness and Parenting

Originally posted on Eirene:
A recent study showed that adolescents are influenced by parents’ prejudices—toward immigrants, specifically, and concerning difference, in general. Behavioral research is famously unsuccessful in clearly demonstrating causality. Still, a strong correlation is valuable for insight and…

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Mindfulness and Power

Originally posted on Eirene:
In an isolated system, according to the second law of thermodynamics, entropy always increases. That is, the energy contained in that system becomes increasingly less available to do useful work. When power is contained within a…

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