Beauty Break

Down To the Beach

I found a round stone or two and plenty of shells, though not the kind that sing. I saw no starfish or horrible thing on the beach, unless the dozens and dozens of crabs or the piles of seaweed count. But we played and lounged. We laughed and rested. Now we go back to our…

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Today

I noticed this luscious pink beauty underneath our cherry tree two weeks ago. It’s an heirloom French herbaceous peony – a fancy name for a flower I don’t give much attention. My mom planted them years ago, and regardless of my inconsideration, they bloom faithfully. The only thing I need to do. Enjoy them. If…

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The Lamb and Shepherd

The Bible doesn’t say much about what happened on the Saturday of that first Holy Week. We know from the Gospel of Matthew that the chief priests and Pharisees asked Pilate’s permission to secure the tomb of Jesus to prevent his disciples from stealing the body and claiming Jesus had risen from the dead. We…

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Soggy Trails

I’ve wanted to post something all day for World Poetry Day. I read this poem for the first time months ago and I can’t get it out of my head. I shared it with my youngest daughter this evening since it’s World Poetry Day and all. I recited the first two lines full of passion.…

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Whoever Abides

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. Below is a blessing to mark the day. It brought to mind John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do…

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The Bright Side

Yesterday was another damp and dreary day, but the evidence of spring is all around. Sometimes the bright side isn’t easy to see, but it’s there. It is there. Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.Not all things are blest, but theseeds of all things are blest.The blessing is in the seed. from Elegy in Joy…

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Another Look

Less than a month into winter and I’m counting the days until spring and paying close attention to every minute the days lengthen. It’s been an especially rainy and gray winter, so I looked for a cheery Beauty Break to share. I found this photo taken by my youngest daughter. There’s always another way to…

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Out of the Blue

Last month, out of the blue, I decided I’d visit my son in Colorado. He moved back to Boulder in April, and since then, I’ve wanted to see him and the mountains again. I kept talking myself out of it though. I shouldn’t take the time off work. I shouldn’t spend the money. And a…

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Thursday Sunset

I parked the car at my favorite running park Thursday evening. I needed a quick run to help relieve some workday stress and the weather was perfect for it. The air was cool and I had plenty of time before the sun went away for the day. Not long into the run, the sun shining…

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Sweet Gum

  I noticed this sweetgum ball in the middle of the trail where I walked last week because it was green and extra spiky. I picked it up and walked around the park several times as I rolled it around in my hand, switched it to the other hand, rolled it around, and switched again.…

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