Solstice

Solstice

Prompt: “Solstice is a time to replenish and reflect” by Aliyah Chavez On the shortest day of the year, I emerge from another shell of infirmity. While sleeping—or in the shower, I cannot recall with a high degree of certainty where the idea came from—I thought to...

Christmas Therapies

Prompt: #30 from “Christmas Therapies” book My understanding of Christmas continues to evolve as does my understanding and living into myself evolve. As a child Christmas meant presents and having to negotiate being around more folks than usual. My little introverted,...

Acceptance

My awareness of and respect for the breadth of religious beliefs and worship practices has resulted from an enlightening and ongoing journey. As a child in church I used to sit with the Peppermint Lady while my mother sang in the choir. I would see varied expressions...

Offertory

Your gifts of time, leadership, and your special talents are part of the lifeblood of our spiritual community. Your financial gifts help to maintain and build our spiritual home. Please give as you are able. Your financial gifts are blessings that will be given and...

The Hawk

Prompt: Praise Song by Barbara Crooker My time in Bowling Green, Ohio broadened my attention to nature. We had the seasonal weather that inspired many folks outside of Southern California to adjust their wardrobes, driving, and daily activities. The crunching of...

Gym Rat

The Hound struggled through his second set on the incline bench press machine. He appreciated the assistance that resistance training with machines provided when compared to his normal bodyweight exercises. The bodyweight exercises outside of the gym helped to shape...

Ecotone – Second Take

It was an unseasonably pleasant mid-August morning of 1999 in Bowling Green, Ohio. The humidity was barely noticeable, the sun bright, and the mosquitos surprisingly absent. Good graduation weather, particularly when your cap and gown are made of black velvet and your...

Ecotone – First Take

The maternal wing of my family arrived in Bowling Green, Ohio five days prior. We’d had hot wings at Fricker’s, a few quick lunches at Frisch’s Big Boy, a quasi-classy meal at Easy Street Café, and a couple of pizzas from DiBenedetto’s Pizzeria. We visited Cedar Point...

Her

Her life was marred by betrayal, pain, and misery. Whether by happenstance or design, she sowed these malignant seeds around her family tree. She was a mighty and bellicose segment of the trunk. The roots became infected and gnarled, yet the tree still bore solid...

like home

I love my people.Whether they be laughing, crying, performing, breathing, healing, dealing, evolving, mourning, praying, nearly collapsing upon said casket, popping gum over the casket of a deceased person, or rocking a purple suit with matching loafers. What’s not to...