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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.

The Fear Factor: Finding stability when it all goes shaky

Although the world is full of pain, it is also full of overcoming it. (Helen Keller) And then… So this has been a fun week… Regardless of where one’s politics land, the Capitol building being breached, two people killed and four others dead is just not comforting.  A President declining to commit to a peaceful […]

Toes in the creek: “Willowing up” in a climate of constant change

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”  (Loren Eiseley) Maryland I grew up in semi-urban neighborhoods inside the DC Beltway. One of the things that I appreciate most about Maryland is that nearly anywhere you go, even in urban spaces, there is water. We have creeks, rivers, the Chesapeake Bay, […]