On Anxiety ~ The Rustling of the Grasses

This sermon was for the September 13th streaming service for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. I like to remind myself that I would have lived.  That several thousand years ago, I would have known that sometimes when the grasses rustle, it’s because there’s an apex predator behind them feeling a bit peckish.  I would…

Sermon: The Unquiet Forest

This sermon was for the July 19th, 2020, service for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick.  Text below. I can always tell when a writer doesn’t actually spend much time outside.  I’ve read so many stories where the forest is described as quiet.  Even in the middle of winter, quiet is not a thing that…

Better Boundaries for Hearth and Home

The world outside our homes is chaotic right now. A raging pandemic, struggling economy, squabbling culture and high seasonal heat have come together to create a truly unpleasant summer cocktail. Although we cannot leave all our worries at the door when we return to our sanctums, there are some simple practices we can implement that…

Boot Camp Tools for Tough Times

A little over 20 years ago, I joined the Marine Corps. Yeah, most people make that face when they find out.  I know it does not seem terribly likely.  It is, however, 100% true. What can I say?  At age 18, I desperately needed the structure and discipline of the military.  To be utterly frank,…

More Than a Chariot

When I read last week’s blog on Major Arqueerna (‘Magic and the Physical Art of Release’), I was practically yelling ‘YES!  EXACTLY!’ over my morning coffee.  In the blog, Annie talks about how practicing Yin Yoga has supported their spiritual practice – in particular, some of their Shadow Work. One of the soapboxes I frequently…