The alchemy of fear

May we remember. Not the images. Not the pain. Not the fear. Not the fire. Not the tears. Not the anger. Not the unknown others. Not the threats. Not the repercussions. Not, all the gods that ever were or are, NOT the endless war. Lift our hearts to that moment of blue-sky September-perfect. We were […]

All the things

To pick up and start saying, again, “It’s been so long since I wrote…!” would do very little but state the obvious and make me feel sheepish even to be updating again. I spent some time, before writing this, updating the site’s appearance. It had literally not been updated since I set up the site […]

Give Love Voice

I got my first tattoo when I was 25. In the summer of 1997 I was in a weird place, done with college but not graduated, looking for work, restless. At the time I’m pretty sure I wasn’t all that certain exactly why getting a tattoo appealed to me, but I pawned my high school […]

Faith in action

When I was a young girl, maybe seven or eight, my mother took me to the Right to Life march a couple of times. (This annual demonstration is held by self-proclaimed pro-life activists on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, January 22. It is a huge march that takes up much of the […]

Two Saturdays in October

Last October, about a month after I started attending UUCC, there was a new member class held one Saturday morning. I attended that class, with interest, and learned a lot about Unitarian Universalism and the community at UUCC. I was already pretty sold on the whole concept, but the class was a fascinating chance to […]

Time and practice

Not long ago I was talking with a friend and describing the busy weekend I’d recently had. I rattled off a list of things I’d done and realized every one of them involved my church, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia (UUCC). I was a little stymied. “That’s not a bad thing!” my friend said. […]

Ten years.

This weekend I went on retreat at a Trappist monastery in Berryville, VA. Never having done such a thing before, I was curious, filled mostly with interested anticipation but with a little trepidation. Would I go crazy, I wondered, with nearly 48 hours off the grid entirely, not just no internet, but no phone, no […]