December 19 , 2020 /

WINTER SOLSTICE 2020

On Monday, December 21, 2020, at 3:02 AM, MST, the sun will reach its southernmost point before starting back on its northward trek toward Spring. That’s how it appears.  That’s for all of us in the northern hemisphere.  You can calculate your own time according to your zone.  It has more to do with the

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December 13 , 2020 /

VOICE FROM THE DESERT

I live in a desert environment, and I take periodic, personal retreats, some in the desert, some in the mountains, some on water.  The natural, external environment is important to me and the internal environment even more so. My most recent 3-day experience was on a ranch on the outskirts of Tucson. I went there

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December 7 , 2020 /

Q4

The first category of a 4th  quarter, which looms large in some households, is in a sport that measures the length of a game by quarters, football and basketball being the more obvious.  That 4th quarter is often the defining one when one team or the other maintains a lead to win, falls behind to

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November 29 , 2020 /

ADVENT AND LIGHT

The word advent comes from the Latin prefix ‘ad-‘ meaning ‘to’ and the root ‘venire’ meaning ‘come’. The English word is derived from the Latin ‘adventus’ meaning ‘arrival’. Advent in the Christian tradition is preparation for the arrival of Christmas and includes the 4 Sundays and weeks leading up to the celebration of the birth

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November 22 , 2020 /

GRATIA PLENA

In a recent conversation, my friend, Kumud Ajmani, host and moderator of #SpiritChat on Twitter, invited me to write a blog post on Gratia Plena (full of grace). That came near the end of a brief exchange that Kumud initiated with an email that began with these words: “I went researching ‘Gratia Plena’ and found

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November 1 , 2020 /

MEASURING TIME

This piece was inspired not by changing clocks but being changed by them, moving AZ from the Pacific Zone to the Mountain Zone while our clocks stayed the same. Whether you use a metronome, a calendar or a clock, most people set about measuring and keeping track of time one way or another.   We cannot

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