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Linguistic Alchemy: No magic wands required

Al·che·my /ˈalkəmē/ noun 1. The medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir. Similar: Chemistry, magic, sorcery, witchcraft, enchantment 2.   A seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination. Magical you Did you […]

Normal?

“Normal is just a setting on your dryer.” Erma Bombeck What is this…. Normal? I hear a lot of talk about “going back to normal.” People are getting vaccinated, some things are opening up, (many prematurely, as evidence by the consequent numbers, but ok,) schools are bringing students back in-building with modifications… Are in this […]

Belonging

Sometimes we get so used to words that we look right through them. Have you ever really thought about the word, “’belonging?” We long to be.  Just, to be; To be who we are, and still find ourselves connected to others. Isn’t that the dream?

Belonging. Are you longing to be? To be seen? To be valued? To be joined? To be embraced? Some people are longing to be left alone, feeling crowded out by people who are nearby, but not safe-enough people to just “be” with. Our places of belonging hold up a mirror to show us who we are, what gifts we bring, and how we fit into something bigger than ourselves. Belonging shapes our sense of purpose and our sense of identity.