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A Guide’s Harvest

A Guide’s Harvest

I began my journey as a nature therapy guide long before I found the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy guides, but have found my people and myself through the hospitality, process and connections in this wise and gentle community. My reasons for searching and...

A Guide’s Harvest

A Guide’s Harvest

I began my journey as a nature therapy guide long before I found the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy guides, but have found my people and myself through the hospitality, process and connections in this wise and gentle community. My reasons for searching and...

Urban Foraging in Amsterdam

Urban Foraging in Amsterdam

Before I moved to Europe the only kind of tea that would pass these lips was iced and sweet. Tea made in my mother's house was brewed and served according to very strict guidelines: There was one small aluminum pot used to make the tea. No other other pot would do and...

Don’t Meditate

Don’t Meditate

Meditation can be daunting.  Perhaps, don't meditate. Just try being still and quiet for three minutes, maybe five.  Don't wait until the dishes are done or the laundry is folded or the inbox has been emptied. Just choose a quiet place and time and give yourself...

Letting go of someone you love – family edition

Letting go of someone you love – family edition

There seems to be no end of wise quotes and pithy memes out there for helping someone discern if it’s time to let go of a partner. There’s an abundance of solid advice to confirm what one’s gut is telling them is true – that it is time to move on from a relationship that is no longer healthy for you.

There you are

There you are

This morning I awoke from the loveliest dream I can recall for some time now.Betsy and I were walking in London and noticed a happy crowd gathering along the Thames. As we drew closer we could see hundreds of inner tubes with smiling waving people were floating down...

To love and allow ourselves to be loved

To love and allow ourselves to be loved

I’ve become rather obsessed with walking. In the midst of the pandemic, there’s not much else to keep my body and mind moving, so I started walking, and reading about walking, and watching films about walking and even blogging about walking. And, Lordy, my 52-year-old...

The fog of fear

The fog of fear

March has come in like a lamb here in Holland. As is often the way on the cusp between seasons, a thick as snert soup fog was draped over the tilting houses and the cobbled streets as we cycled to work this morning. So we took our time winding through the sleepy city,...

Unlearning Fear

Unlearning Fear

A week or so before I was to turn 52 I was walking across the wide open fields of the Dutch countryside, alone, not another soul as far as the eye could see. As I wandered and wondered, a phrase drifted across the landscape of my mind and has lingered there ever since...

God be in my constant overthinking

God be in my constant overthinking

The season of my coming out was fraught with tumultuous storms and beautiful sunrises.  It was nearly 20 years ago when I answered both a call to seminary and God’s invitation to step fully  into the life I was created to live and love. At the time...

The unseen scene: a writing prompt

The unseen scene: a writing prompt

A writing prompt Spectacular selfies, thrilling travel pics and snaps of scrumptious suppers – our phones and feeds are full of these images that we collect over time. We frame the photos carefully, capturing and telling the story we most want to recall, to tell. What...

Why Pray for Peace?

Why Pray for Peace?

God is not a cosmic vending machine and prayer is not tossing pennies in a divine wishing well. Prayer is persistently practicing the presence of God. It is an act of acknowledging our connectedness to God and one another. Prayer is inviting God’s creative presence...

Wood Wide Web

Wood Wide Web

I hope you will take a nice long walk just to look, really look, at the trees that inhabit the community where you live. “But the most astonishing thing about trees is how social they are. The trees in a forest care for each other, sometimes even going so far as to...

Taking Up Space

Taking Up Space

Women, you may take up as much space in the world as you require. Of course with the right to take up space, we also carry the responsibility to be mindful and make space for others, especially when they might otherwise not have had the same historical invitation....

What we are for?

What we are for?

In today's social and political climate, it seems quite easy to talk about what we are against. When we clearly see wrongs in the world, we point them out and (hopefully) hold accountable those who perpetuate harmful paradigms. So too in our personal lives it is good...

25 Things to Do on a Digital Detox

25 Things to Do on a Digital Detox

At this writing, I am 165 days into my year-long social media sabbatical and I still get responses that sound a lot like – WOW or That’s Intense or You Are So Brave! or That’s Amazing! – all of which seem to be significant reasons to maybe give up social media for...

Walking a Sandy Path

Walking a Sandy Path

This morning at low tide, we made and walked a sandy labyrinth with friends on Katwikj Stand. I met curious folks passing by, chatted in broken Dutch (is DEnglish a thing?) and even learned about the old time practice of catching anchovies with a weer. Each of us took...

13 Ideas for Practicing Presence

13 Ideas for Practicing Presence

There are a myriad of books, websites, podcasts and workshops dedicated to spiritual practices meant to give our wandering minds a compass pointing us toward practicing the presence of God Today I’d like to lift up a groovy little book that frequently reminds me of my...

Love Beyond Walls

Love Beyond Walls

Terrance Lester, a man who once experienced being homeless himself as a teenager, is dedicating his time and resources to assembling portable hand washing stations for people experiencing homelessness in Atlanta, Georgia. From a CNN article... Lester knows the...

Calmish Cafe

Calmish Cafe

Hangout every Sunday at 7 p.m. CET via Zoom.us Drop by anytime between 7 and 8 p.m. CET (1 p.m. Atlanta/New York or however that translates to you time zone) to chat with friends, find and offer support and hopefully leaving feeling calm-ish :). Click here to enter...

Spring Break 2018

Spring Break 2018

Spring break 2018 brought family to town and we had a blast showing them a snapshot of our lives here. We strolled the streets for Leiden, rain or shine. We wandered in wonder through magnificent museums (and Betsy and I finally got our museumkaarts). We traipsed...

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