Posts in Category: Contemplations

Grace, Sound Baths, and the Ukrainian Crisis

Something’s been niggling me. I recently watched this TikTok in which a person was criticizing a prayer circle and sound bath that was being put on to grieve and pray for Ukrainian refugees. Her argument was twofold:  The Ukrainians have been very clear about what they need and it is not for us to ritualistically … Continue reading “Grace, Sound Baths, and the Ukrainian Crisis”

A Prayer for our Country

God, our country needs help. We don’t have one United States but two. Two sides torn apart by a fissure, and now we are just drifting away from each other. Politics is divided. Christianity is divided. Humanity is divided. The Divided States of America. Deliver us from this evil. I know that I must be … Continue reading “A Prayer for our Country”

The Ten Commandment Challenge

As a kid we had this weird, irreverent game where a bunch of us would sit around in a circle and take turns revealing how many of the ten commandments we had broken. The game was to guess which commandments each person still needed to knock off their to-do list.

(That is how the commandments work, right? Right???)

Murder was usually the freebie, but not always. There was always one kid who thought they were clever and would be like “well I killed a spider yesterday.”

Some Paintings Refuse to be Painted

Sometimes things don’t turn out like you planned. For example, that awesome painting here, of an owl in an apple tree? Well, check out the photo I was using as my guide… Yeah… Things went awry.  But here’s the thing. The final product turned out awesome! I just had to trust in the process. I … Continue reading “Some Paintings Refuse to be Painted”

Blank Canvases and Original Sin

Do empty canvases make anyone else anxious?Oh, the possibilities! possibilities for greatness…. possibilities for horrific errors. How do you get past those blank slate jitters? My high school art teacher taught me to do an UNDER-under painting. The first layer is to “mess it up and get that part over with.” Then you don’t feel … Continue reading “Blank Canvases and Original Sin”