Celebrate the Sacred in the Ordinary

Stop what you are doing right now and take in the beauty of what surrounds you... In every moment of every day, there is magic happening around us. Our job (should we choose to accept it) is to recognize those little miracle nuggets, and know beyond the shadow of any doubt that every little detail…

“You’re Happy”

Such a simple sentiment, but so profound the meaning. My mother, recently hospitalized, spoke those words to me as she lay waiting for a procedure to assess the severity of her cardiac disease. My sister and I were by her bedside in the cath lab, and, true to form, rather than being somber and stone-faced,…

Celebrating the Connections

Recently I had the privilege and honor of being inducted along with my girl’s basketball teammates into my high school athletic hall of fame. Now you may be thinking “what’s the big deal?” and, frankly, a part of me felt the same way going into this event.   But now, having seen my teammates from nearly…

Redwoods in the Forest

In fully taking advantage of my holiday time off from my 9 to 5, the other day I went for a solo hike at Big Basin, a redwood forest only several miles from Silicon Valley.  Every time I visit Big Basin, I am struck by the presence of a divinely beautiful forest located only a…

Peace Is

  The 2016 presidential election has stirred the collective consciousness of this country.   Those on the ‘winning’ side, feel heard, emboldened, justified and sanctified. Those whose presidential choice did not prevail, myself included, feel a tremendous sense of grief, hurt, anger and disbelief.   From my own perspective, now seven days post-election, my reaction to the…

Serenity Comes Easily in Nature

  What do you experience when you look at this photograph? Take a moment to take in the coolness of the mountain air on your skin.  The crunch of the fallen needles under your feet.  The absolute stillness in the presence of the majesty of nature.  The largeness of God's creations which exist in an…