Healing is Like a Funnel

“Healing is like a funnel.” I was setting something down on the counter this afternoon when that phrase popped into my head. I did not consciously string those words together. I don’t even know where the thought came from, except that maybe my subconscious had been chewing on it ever since I watched C-Bear draw…

Hidden Potential

Last winter I collected some twigs on a nature walk with the kids.  After a couple of weeks in water inside our balmy house, those twigs were fooled  into thinking spring had sprung, and the tight buds opened up.  Week after week the new growth inched out, spreading a cheery, leafy greeting that surprised us.  Who would have thought…

Making Do with Dandelions

“All we want you to do is talk about yourself for two minutes,” says this smiling stranger with her Japanese accent.  “We’ll turn on the video camera.  You sit right here and tell us everything you can think of about yourself.”   Wow, this will be easier than I thought.  No tough questions.  No script…

A Stormy Start to Lent

A year can hold a lot of healing.  Even a year like 2020.  In one span of changing seasons broken walls can be repaired, ancient ruins rebuilt, foundations restored.  Open, oozing wounds can resolve into scars.  Lies can be uprooted by truth.  Hard, but freeing, truth.   Even so, the wind can shift unexpectedly, bringing with it whispers of those almost…