Getting Through: Hard Times and Resiliency

  “You let time pass. That’s the cure. You survive the days. You float like a rabid ghost through the weeks. You cry and wallow and lament and scratch your way back up through the months. And then one day you find yourself alone on a bench in the sun and you close your eyes … Continue reading

Divine Disruption: Advent Reflections for the Digital Age — My New Book!

I long have loved the seasons of Advent and Christmas, and this year I have published a collection of reflections entitled “Divine Disruption” about this season in honor of the person in my life who loved Christmas most, my late mother. The title is inspired by the current notion of disruption that is prevalent in … Continue reading

Gravity and the Power of Resilience

I’ve discovered over time that the rush of life into the tender place where we are broken is the beginning of resilience.” – Mark Nepo The astonishing new film Gravity by director Alfonso Cuoron tells the story of astronaut Dr. Ryan Stone, played by Sandra Bullock, who finds herself alone in space after the death of … Continue reading

An Autobiography in Five Short Chapters: A Poem for Transformation

Chapter One — I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk . I fall in. I am lost…I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out. Chapter Two — I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend … Continue reading

A Graduation Speech by David Foster Wallace: This is Water

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Knock at Midnight

Awake to Beauty in Unexpected Places

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to … Continue reading

Love: God’s Wild Card A Poem by Anne Sexton

I’m mooring my rowboat at the dock of the island called GOD. This dock is made in the shape of a fish and there are many different boats moored at many different docks…

A Poem for Holy Saturday from John Donne

“Study me then, you who shall lovers be At the next world, that is, at the next spring; For I am every dead thing, In whom Love wrought new alchemy. For his art did express A quintessence even from nothingness, From dull privations, and lean emptiness; He ruin’d me, and I am re-begot Of absence, … Continue reading

“The Journey” A Poem by Mary Oliver

I love this poem of Mary Oliver about the vocational journey. To know more about the usually private poet Mary Oliver, check out Maria Shriver’s interview with her in this month’s O Magazine here: