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Ours Is To Let Them Be

May 25, 2023

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Let them be. The pile of bags is pressed to the wall. There is a man in there. His jacket is caked with weeks of dirt. He may not want to talk or move. Let h...

Blind To What Is Real

May 15, 2023

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Driven to the cliff over the abyss. And thrust into the void like this.

Holding Another’s Heart

May 11, 2023

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Creating a space where one feels comfortable To open their chest To remove their beating heart To cradle it in their hands Mingled with your hands.

Let Go

May 07, 2023

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Let go! Let go the tension. Let go the nervous energy. Let go the worry. We are safe. This moment is for peace For rest.

I Am A Lot

April 26, 2023

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I am a lot, Even for me. My mind runs hot. My body feels pressure, Like a fire hydrant Ready to quench an inferno. Ideas flow through my flesh, rising to a r...

Power Does

April 16, 2023

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Power summons euphoria: Like a hit of heroin, Actively kissing your crush, Or an audience of thousands Singing your song back to you.

Hello Brightness

March 06, 2023

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Hello brightness, my old friend, Your presence is sure to mend. After a long dark winter, You glisten on the vestigial snow.

This Grace

February 27, 2023

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Written at WRITE ON! on Feb 21, 2023 What more can I aspire to embody than grace? I love this so so much!

Pennies

February 16, 2023

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Walking down the sidewalk, Lost in my thoughts, Pondering whether to reach out to check on a friend today. My eye catches a spot in the dirt, Nestled among t...

Walk Like The Hermit Crab

February 15, 2023

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Like sand crabs, Frantically scrambling across the beach, Moving from hole to hole, Escaping the rolling surf, The soaring birds, Any threat really.

Sharing an Idea

February 13, 2023

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An idea encased in a body becomes accessible as ink touches paper or as voice forms words.

The Creative Spigot

August 22, 2022

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Over lunch at Big Big Table, Jesse said, “artists see what is and express it so that others can see it as well.” Writing, like other arts, builds up within t...

Boundaries

August 21, 2022

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Boundaries, they help us to color within the lines, to paint delicate visions that approach and even embrace each other, while maintaining distinct edges.

Leadership

August 01, 2022

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What does it mean for most of us to feel overwhelmed much of the time?

Our Dreams

May 02, 2022

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Listening to others’ dreams lights me up. I shine as we explore lighting our way by them living into their dreams.

The Tree Towers Above

March 16, 2022

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What is more beautiful than looking up at the green maple leaves emerging from the branches of a single trunk to create a canopy unto itself?

The Source Of Our Own Troubles

March 13, 2022

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We are sometimes the source of our own troubles. Knowing the “right” thing to say is no replacement for how we say it. Irritation, anger and condescension ha...

At Dance

March 06, 2022

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Stress in the body is toxic. It causes pain and weakness throughout. It steals thoughts and drains one’s strength and motivation. So many dreams have died up...

Epiphany

January 03, 2022

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Around the midpoint of my third-ever ecstatic dance, I leaned back into a couch amidst the dance and began reading from More To This Confession: Relational P...

Peace Is

September 13, 2021

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Peace is not an absence. Peace is a presence: a presence of quiet, Safety, Community, Connection, Love, Shared joy, Shared hope, Shared communication, And sh...

Peace Begins Within Us

August 24, 2021

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Listen to oneself. Listen to one’s body. Above all, listen to one’s thoughts about peace within one’s mind, spirit and flesh. Peace begins within us. When on...

Walk With Peace

August 23, 2021

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Live for the beloveds we have lost. Live with the beloveds who are here.

Athletes of Empathy

February 09, 2021

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We are the meek. The quiet. We are the ones who put our bodies and our spirits out there to meet with those persons whom others would choose to forget. We pe...

A Bug A Boot Too Baguba

February 06, 2021

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I feel a pin stuck deep into my back spreading me open like a butterfly on a board, constraining my movement, my thoughts, my feelings. I feel crushed under ...

A Love Letter To SF

September 19, 2019

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I spent my 20’s following passions while trying to please others. I followed a prescribed path that kept my mind stimulated and my financial-future secure.

I See A World

September 12, 2019

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What does it mean to be paying attention and seeing the world that is trying to be born?

Presence is …

March 21, 2019

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The Faithful Fools’ mission statement begins, “We are called to a ministry of presence.” At first, I had little idea what presence even meant. Over time, I f...

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life

Team

November 22, 2022

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A team notices each others’ strengths and becomes aware of an individual’s limitations. A team fosters each player’s growth and feeds each person’s living sp...

Mr. Eric Davis

October 10, 2022

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Remembering Eric Davis:

Life Is A Dance

October 03, 2022

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Life is a dance With each song, we get a little bit stronger. We make friends. We copy their moves. We keep those we like. We make them our own.

Sustained For Being Ourselves

August 26, 2021

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We each want to be sustained for being ourselves. We all benefit when we are sustained for being ourselves.

Goals

August 25, 2021

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My goal is not to meet or exceed others’ expectations.

5 Rules

April 03, 2019

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Rules to live by

Friendship Is A Sheltering Tree

March 05, 2019

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Walking with my Grandpa Walter was a joy. He was so kind and friendly, connecting with friends and making new friends well into his nineties. He always made ...

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observations

Spring Is Here

February 12, 2023

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I am grateful to the Buffalo Ecstatic Dance community, and to the dancers who inspired this reflection today, February 12, 2023. The first day of spring. D...

The River Flows

December 30, 2022

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The river flows       Whether we notice or not.

Home

September 09, 2022

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How do we build our home?

Ecstatic Summer

August 24, 2022

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This attempt to express the sensations of participating in ecstatic dance was written during an outdoor dance. The playlist was titled “All the colors of lif...

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growth

Don’t Put Me on a Pedestal

April 09, 2023

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I am a person. I am proud of my accomplishments. I have regrets for actions I’ve taken And for ones I might yet take. I love my friends. I am grateful for th...

Discovering the Enneagram

April 06, 2019

1 minute read

Three years ago, a person with whom I connected poorly introduced me to the Enneagram. As our relationship warmed, the Enneagram became more interesting. The...

A Weeklong Retreat

March 04, 2019

2 minute read

Where better to begin than with the letter I sent to friends and family about what compels me to go on retreat?

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Vote

November 08, 2022

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Vote Vote for someone you like. Vote for someone you respect. Vote for someone who represents you. Vote for someone who gets you.

Be

September 18, 2022

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Be. Be in this world but not of it. Be like the cat perched atop the wood pile. Be like the rat living in the holes between labs. Be like the dog who goes am...

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utopia

Tales from the Utopia: Part One

February 18, 2021

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Edgar found herself stuck in the snow. Her wheelchair could climb steps and travel for over an hour at speeds of up to 40 kilometers per hour, but it could n...

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videos

Big Big Table

November 07, 2022

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Share-the-plate announcement for Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo

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short

A Vampire

March 23, 2023

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A vampire, seductively touching fangs to skin, offers either a climax to life and a cessation of wants or an unending life of passion and hunger. A neck roma...

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