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Cynthia is a grateful, creative, spiritual, healer who has her hands in many interesting pots. She loves writing, art, and photography. She is a spiritually inclined person with an eclectic set of beliefs which serves her well in her role as an interfaith minister (a title she is still uncomfortable with.) She believes her purpose is to help heal this planet - at both the micro- and macrocosmic levels. Writing this blog is just one way she hopes to inspire people to live good, healthy, joyous, loving lives.

Things Can Shift in an Instant

posted by cgreb

Two times in the last two weeks I was feeling incredibly depleted and fatigued.  The first time it was after driving 2000 miles across the country in four days by myself – the third and longest day was through gale […]

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What Do You Value?

posted by cgreb

On a long 2,000 mile car trip across the country recently, I found myself with some time to think.  Car trips can be good that way.  Somewhere along the way I found myself thinking about money and how we have […]

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A Time for Others and a Time for Self

posted by cgreb

We’re all familiar with that timeless piece of wisdom found in Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2     a time to be born and a time to die,     a time to […]

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Learning to Trust

posted by cgreb

I finally figured out what I’m doing wrong.  I figured out why I’ve been having so much trouble with Dad’s move into the nursing home, with his recent decline, and with his current fevered state.  It’s not that I’m afraid […]

The Gift of Gratitude

posted by cgreb

I read today that when we are chronically dissatisfied and sink into a morass of misery, we become like a toxin, poisoning not only our own bodies and those around us, but the world itself.  By contrast, Gratitude is a […]

Claiming Joy in the Midst of Sorrow

posted by cgreb

I have been noticing that my normally ebullient self has been less so lately.  This is, of course, natural when one or both beloved parents are ailing and approaching that gateway to the next world.  However I am kind of […]

When Someone You Love Is Ill or Dying

posted by cgreb

When someone you love is very ill or dying, life has a way of shrinking. You may find yourself pulling back from the rest of the world as you shift your focus to this one you love.  All the sudden […]

Grace

posted by cgreb

Last night I went to bed early, not because I was physically tired, but because I was emotionally worn out.  I didn’t have energy for anything other than the oblivion of a warm bed.  But I did not sleep soundly […]

Wise Advice from the Buddhist Tradition

posted by cgreb

My father, recently admitted to hospice care, has declined further.  People who saw him just three days ago are shocked at the difference they see today. I have been with him all morning and have been in extreme discomfort watching […]

Lessons from a Class called Hospice

posted by cgreb

Hello, everyone. You haven’t heard from me in a while because in late November we had to admit my father into a nursing home and just three short weeks later the decision was made to bring in hospice services.  He […]

The Mystery and the Magic

posted by cgreb

Today, this day that is called the Sabbath in the faith I was brought up in, I thought I’d express my profound gratitude for those things which are beyond the ordinary. Have you ever known something before it happened?  Have […]

Thankful for the Arts!

posted by cgreb

Continuing with the theme of gratitude….   I don’t know whether this counts as one of “life’s simple pleasures” or not.   It uses technology and it’s not free, but it is a pleasure, it’s comparatively inexpensive, and it’s a nice […]

Grateful for the Things Money Cannot Buy

posted by cgreb

On this day in America, hordes of people descend upon thousands of stores across the country, wrapped up in a buying frenzy.  The good news is:  it appears the economy has recovered significantly.  But I confess I am sad that […]

Grace and Gratitude

posted by cgreb

It’s interesting.  The one thing most of us have been taught to be thankful for is our food.  Many of us were raised to “say grace” before our meals.  However, in this affluent society in which we live, many of […]

Gratitude for the People in our Lives

posted by cgreb

This is Part III of A Week of Gratitude. If you were to choose one single thing or category of thing for which to be thankful, what would it be?  What would you miss most if you didn’t have it?  […]

The Blessing of Beauty

posted by cgreb

The Navajo (more correctly called the Dineh, meaning “the people”) have a traditional prayer specifically associated with beauty.  It goes like this: As I walk, as I walk The universe is walking with me In beauty it walks before me […]

Exercising Your Gratitude Muscles

posted by cgreb

Yesterday I was asked to speak on Gratitude.  And rather than spending time extolling the virtues of gratitude, I thought I would demonstrate it.  So I had someone time me for five minutes.  During those five minutes, I mentioned everything […]

When Hard Things Happen, Change the Way You Think

posted by cgreb

So, I got word today that Dad will be admitted to a nursing home two days from now.  This is not news that anyone who loves her parent ever wants to hear.  Although with the money for his care rapidly […]

La Luna

posted by cgreb

La Luna.  La Bella Luna. Why does the Moon, especially the Full Moon, feel so magical? Photo credit: Anthony Lynch   I think it’s because the light is so gentle.  It’s a reflective light rather than a light generated within […]

Setting Boundaries

posted by cgreb

When to say yes and when to say no, that is the question. I’m getting better at setting boundaries with people.  If I’m tired and someone is visiting or calling, I tell him or her that I’m tired and they […]

Meditating with the Four Directions

posted by cgreb

Many years ago I was taught about the significance of the Four Directions.  Many indigenous tribes, prior to the beginning of a ceremony, honor the directions.  For some tribes it is four directions which are honored, for others it includes […]

Message from the Deer

posted by cgreb

Recently I’ve been noticing many deer wandering by my mountainside home.   They are abundant here and very tame.  Because hunting is not allowed due to the nearby human population, and because the cars generally move relatively slowly (due partly to […]

Being a Blessing

posted by cgreb

As I was taking my morning walk, my thought for the day was:  How can I be a blessing to the world and the people around me?  Can I, through my presence alone, be a blessing? I began saying the […]

Within a Circle of Love

posted by cgreb

Years ago when I was living alone and doing hospice work in New Mexico, I went to my meditation room to do a shamanic journey.  For those unfamiliar with the term, one listens to a monotonous drumbeat (or other sound) […]

Ask, Receive, Give Thanks

posted by cgreb

This morning I was feeling sub-par on several levels.  I pulled an angel card (as I often do when I need a clear message from beyond this physical world) and received the message: “Ask.”  In other words, I should ask […]

When Bodies Fail and Leaves Fall

posted by cgreb

I awoke this morning to a text from my sister-in-law.  Apparently  my father didn’t recognize her this morning. Dad has known and loved Colette for about thirty years and she comes to my parents’ home regularly to manage their care.  […]

The Blessing of Computer Malfunctions and Going Offline

posted by cgreb

My laptop stopped working on Friday.  What a blessing it has been to be offline!  Being offline with technology has enabled me to be more online with LIFE! Here are some of the things I have done since Friday: Caught […]

Reclaiming a Day of Rest

posted by cgreb

I am tired today.  When I looked back over my calendar, I’m a bit aghast at all I’ve been doing.  For two solid weeks, I was doing too much – every single day.  Most days in and of themselves were […]

Deer, Kudzu, and Blizzards

posted by cgreb

Deer.  I know there are many people out there who have come to think of deer as a nuisance.  They complain that there are too many of them.  They complain that they eat their gardens, their flowers, their trees.  I […]

The Blessing of Silence

posted by cgreb

This morning I took a walk in the cold crisp air with some dogs I have the pleasure of taking care of.  I was struck by the profound presence of silence.  The loudest sound I heard was the sound of […]

The Case for Beauty

posted by cgreb

I was talking with a new friend yesterday about the land in Pennsylvania where I grew up.  When I was a child, I lived near a small town which was surrounded by miles and miles of rich, fertile farmland.  Then […]

The Courage and Spirit of Our Animal Friends

posted by cgreb

I am currently caring for two dogs and a cat while their owners are away.  The dogs are healthy and fine, but this cat simply amazes me. His name is Johnny.  He’s very old.  He is missing a back leg […]

Thank You – The Only Prayer

posted by cgreb

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” ~ Meister Eckhart Today was such a wonderful day.  It began with a long drive to the nearest hospital, a one-hour drive.  […]

When Our Bodies Support Our Intuition

posted by cgreb

I have been noticing recently how beautifully my body supports the desires of my spirit.  Have you ever noticed this phenomenon?  Say, for instance, you are thoroughly exhausted.  You’ve had too much on your plate for too long and you […]

The Blessing of Breath

posted by cgreb

Today I am feeling extraordinarily grateful for clean fresh air.  As someone who is blessed to live in the mountains, I have been noticing lately how exquisite the air is here.  I can take deep grateful breaths and know that […]

Equinox and Balance

posted by cgreb

Happy Autumnal Equinox! Today there will be equal hours of daylight and nighttime, so one of the things the Equinox is about is balance.  This could be a good day to reflect upon the theme of balance in your life.  […]

Honoring Creator and Created

posted by cgreb

I am ashamed to admit this, but after several months in this gorgeous little mountain town of Colorado, I finally got out there for my first honest-to-goodness hike.  And by “hike” I mean no macadam roads, more than an hour […]

Calling out for help

posted by cgreb

http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/23425859/colorado-new-mexico-rainfall-totals This morning my heart is with the people who are displaced and in fear and grief from the ravages of the floods in the Southwest.  I’m also thinking of the people grieving the pain of all the losses of […]

In Gratitude, yes Gratitude, for the Rain.

posted by cgreb

This morning I stepped out the door and was immediately greeted by the song of the stream a quarter of a mile away.  This wasn’t a merry trickle, this was a song of full-on, operatic proportions!  This was a siren’s […]

The Blessings of Facebook

posted by cgreb

We all know the downfalls of Facebook.  It is a total “time suck,” for sure.  It does lower productivity, for sure.  (I’m sure most of us have heard of at least one boss forbidding Facebook on company time.)  It does […]

The Blessing of Neighborhood

posted by cgreb

The other day I went to meet a new friend in town.  She was new to the area and I bought us a small vegetarian pizza to share.  Then I went to the grocery store and bought some tea bags […]

Keep on Shining

posted by cgreb

I am very blessed to live in a place where the nighttime sky is magnificent.  There is very little ambient light and so the stars are absolutely stunning.  There are layers upon layers of stars.  There are gloriously bright stars […]

The Power of Loving Hands and Hearts

posted by cgreb

Last night I went to a drumming circle.  After an opening ritual, we did some drumming together and then there was a check-in.  As the people there, one by one, shared what was going on in their lives I became […]

The Blessing of Sunrise

posted by cgreb

I am so blessed to live at the foot of a sacred mountain.  This mountain has been sacred to the Hopi, the Ute, the Dineh, and the Apache, to name a few.  I just found out yesterday that the names […]

What can you live without?

posted by cgreb

How much can you live without? I had lunch with a friend yesterday and we were talking about how surprised we were at how little we seem to need materially.  Both she and I had moved to this small mountain […]

Living Juicy

posted by cgreb

A friend of mine made a list of things to do in the coming year.  These were not dry and responsible things like: lose weight, pay off debts, or exercise more.  No, no, no.  This was Tara, after all, and […]

Go with the Flow

posted by cgreb

This evening my spirit was craving the sight and sounds of flowing water.  So I put on my sneakers and gathering up my sweater, I took a short walk up Moonlight Way.  (Yes, I am blessed to live off of […]

Blessed by Beauty

posted by cgreb

I don’t usually like to drive.  But maybe that’s because I’ve spent so much of my life living in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country, smack in the middle of several huge metropolises – Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore /Washington, […]

Being Sunny

posted by cgreb

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Thank you.

posted by cgreb

This morning I woke up feeling grateful.  I had slept well on a good bed.  This is a great blessing.  I looked out the windows and saw trees and sky.  These, too, are great blessings.  My body felt well.  I […]

Getting Well

posted by cgreb

I haven’t been feeling up to par lately.  It’s nothing serious, it’s just allergies from something or other growing or blossoming right now in Colorado.  But my energy has been so low.  I’ve been exceedingly tired.  Last night during meditation […]

The Courage to Be Self-Employed

posted by cgreb

When it comes to work, I think we can possibly divide workers into two categories: those who feel safest working for someone else, and those who prefer to be self-employed.   Actually there might be a third category: those who would […]

Enjoying the Little Things

posted by cgreb

http://www.photographyblogger.net/playing-fetch-18-fun-dog-pictures/ Some days it’s hard not to get sucked into the vortex of things to do, places to be, deadlines to meet, errands to run.  It’s a busy world we live in and sometimes it takes great determination to resist […]

Thunderstorms!

posted by cgreb

Thunderstorms!  Ya either love ‘em or ya hate ‘em.  I’m in the former category. The house I grew up in had a patio on the back which looked out over a long and gentle green valley to the west.  It […]

The Sacredness of Mountains

posted by cgreb

Here in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, the mountains command your attention.  They are so omnipresent.  What is it about mountains that feels so spiritual?  Is it because they are so close to the heavens?  Whatever the reason, mountains […]

Is there a Mother God?

posted by cgreb

Most of us here in the U.S. grew up within the tradition of a monotheistic faith which worshipped a Father God.  Have you heard of the concept of a Mother God?  If so, do you remember the context in which […]

The Blessing of Dogs

posted by cgreb

A little over a month ago, Heidi slept with me.  Tonight, Lizzie is going to sleep in my room, but I won’t let her sleep in my bed. No, it’s not what you’re thinking.  Heidi and Lizzie are dogs. When […]

When You Lose Track of Time

posted by cgreb

Do you remember the last time you lost track of time?  Do you remember when you were so involved in whatever you were doing that the very notion of time faded from your consciousness?  Take note of when this happens […]

Dream Wisdom

posted by cgreb

Many people disregard the importance of dreams.  They may think of them as a crazy, mixed up, subconscious unraveling of the day’s events.  Often they pay them no attention whatsoever, except perhaps when they have a vivid nightmare or a […]

The Power and Blessing of Meditation

posted by cgreb

Last night I had the blessing of participating in an intimate meditation group.  Four of us met in the home of my friend, Gary, in order to experience sitting in silence together. Gary enjoys keeping his front door wide open […]

Creating Shift

posted by cgreb

This morning I was feeling a bit half-mast.  I had had a crick in my neck for about 16 consecutive hours, and though it had improved from acute pain to a dull ache, I noticed it was still coloring my […]

In the Flow

posted by cgreb

If you are feeling stuck or a bit down or really, really hot, here is my advice:  Go somewhere.  Preferably to a place with water.  Preferably to a place with flowing water. There is something about being by a stream.  […]

In Praise of Birds

posted by cgreb

On today’s walk, I was blessed with the awareness of birds.  What joy, beauty, and magic they bring to our world!  Rachel Carson was right, if we somehow managed to kill off all the birds – through the short-sightedness of […]

Animal Encounters

posted by cgreb

When I first moved to this little town in the Rockies, I saw deer all the time.  When I was driving to my house for the first time, they were right there in the middle of the road – four […]

Living Life Slowly

posted by cgreb

One of the many things I love about this town I live in is the pace.  Everyone slows down here.  People hang out on porches and drink coffee in the morning.  People often walk to town instead of drive.  People […]

The Power of Affirming Words

posted by cgreb

Twice in the last week, I rediscovered the miracle of choosing different words.   (Note:  I so want to share with you the good news of how we can manifest little miracles in our lives.  And in order to do […]

Getting Back on Track

posted by cgreb

Some of my friends have probably noticed that I’ve been grumpy lately. And overwhelmed.  And irritable.  And some things have been falling through the cracks.  I’ve also been feeling guilty.  And I’ve been trying to do too many things at […]

The Power of Love

posted by cgreb

My friend, Ken, shared a wonderful story the other day about a healer who had become physically impaired. He had lost movement in his limbs a few years ago. The people who loved him, those who were part of his […]

Joining Forces

posted by cgreb

Do you believe in Angels and Archangels?  Do you believe there are Ascended Masters like Jesus, the Buddha, Mary, Quan Yin, and other various avatars and holy women and men who are no longer in physical form but available to […]

All is Well

posted by cgreb

“There is nothing to worry about.”   This was one of the angel cards I drew last night.  And how grateful I was to see it. Angel cards, for those unfamiliar with the concept, are decks of cards with messages […]

Bless You!

posted by cgreb

Blessing.  There are two meanings of the word.  One is a noun – as in “count your blessings.”  The other is a verb – the act of blessing, of wishing one well, of bestowing blessings upon someone. It most certainly […]

Your Favorite Things

posted by cgreb

Julie Andrews was right, it truly does help to remember your favorite things.  I love to ask people: What are your favorite things?  I love the variety of answers I get.  Some people list things and some people list activities.  […]

No Limits

posted by cgreb

What would you do if you had unlimited money? What would you do if you had unlimited time? In other words, what would you do if there were no excuses or obstacles? What would you do if you could do […]

Remembering How to Play

posted by cgreb

When was the last time you let yourself play?  I’m not talking about sports.  They’re competitive and therefore the territory of adults.  Most games are competitive, too. I’m talking about FUN!  Dancing, twirling, skipping, hand-holding, giggling, make-believe….   Do you remember […]

How to Spend a Summer Day

posted by cgreb

In honor of the Summer Solstice, here are some suggestions of how to spend a summer day. If the temperature is comfortable where you are, get a lounge chair or spread a sheet out on the lawn (if you’re in […]

The Blessing of Grandparents

posted by cgreb

Something yesterday made me think of my grandparents.  They’re both on the other side now and I’m sure they’re watching me and guarding me and loving me as much as ever. My grandparents were among the generation that still looked […]

Giving Thanks when Bad Things Don’t Happen

posted by cgreb

Did you ever find yourself praying for something and then forgetting to say thank you when you got what you prayed for?  Embarrassing, isn’t it?   Or even if you didn’t pray, perhaps you were somehow spared something that could have […]

Of Ants and Fire

posted by cgreb

Discerning the Messages, Part II What if many of the things which happen to us or appear before us are messages from Spirit?  What if we are not individuals walking through this world all alone, but instead embodied spirits who […]

Recipe for a Peaceful Life

posted by cgreb

About fifteen or twenty years ago, my friend, Will, gave me a recipe for a peaceful life.  He is only a year older than me, but he’s a wise one.  He said, “Spend an hour each morning watching the sunrise.  […]

Home Sweet Home

posted by cgreb

Home.  I find this to be a beautiful word, don’t you?  It conjures up such feelings of comfort. What makes a house a home?  Certainly these two words differ.  A house has four walls and rooms between them.  But a […]

Discerning the Messages the World Sends Us – Part 1

posted by cgreb

Over the past several years I have come to believe that things happen for a reason.  I also believe there are messages all around us if we will open our eyes to them.  In ancient times, people believed messages were […]

Room with a View

posted by cgreb

In this new house which I am sharing with a roommate, I have two rooms to myself.  Each of them has one window.  They are perfectly fine rooms, but I am someone who craves light with a passion.  I like […]

The Blessing of Hummingbirds

posted by cgreb

My last two days were busy with packing and moving.  Again.  For the second time in one month. But this time since I hadn’t actually unpacked much from the last move (I had been traveling,) it wasn’t quite as strenuous.  […]

Feeling the Ground beneath your Feet

posted by cgreb

Do you sometimes find yourself really busy, waking up to an alarm, rushing through your morning routine, then steaming through your day at full throttle?  I imagine many of us operate this way.  It seems to be the norm in […]

The Priceless Blessing of Water

posted by cgreb

This desert-dweller was blessed to have recently had two days at the shore, reveling in the sights, sounds, and smells of the sea.  I cannot imagine what it is like for those who have never experienced the ocean.  There is […]

The Great Blessing of Touch

posted by cgreb

For many years, I was a massage therapist, among other things.  For me, massage was never as much a clinical application as a prayer, a blessing, a sacrament.  My favorite massages were the ones in which I could pour out […]

Feeling Divinely Guided

posted by cgreb

About ten years ago I was blessed to be among several women invited to stay in a “cabin” in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  (Read: gorgeous two-story home with cathedral ceilings, several bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a wonderful deck overlooking […]

All is in Divine Order

posted by cgreb

The last month has been a bit unstable.  My housing situation was up in the air (as written about in “Faith in the Face of Flux”) and then there were transportation issues.  I was to return to Colorado with a […]

The Sweetness of Morning

posted by cgreb

I love sleeping with the window open and letting the sounds and scents of nature tantalize my sleepy morning self. The songbirds begin their chirping and singing long before the sun clears the horizon.  Their happy song is so full […]

Faith in the Face of Flux

posted by cgreb

My living situation has been in a state of great flux lately.  I had moved to a new state three months ago and for two months was ensconced in a home that was perfectly fine and functional.  I had been […]

Who is Holding your Hand?

posted by cgreb

A couple years ago I had a powerful dream.   I saw huge waves coming toward the shore.  And in those waves I saw huge dolphins.  The waves looked a bit intimidating, but when I saw the dolphins, I felt […]

Reflections on Love and Marriage

posted by cgreb

My firstborn niece got married on Saturday.  She was absolutely gorgeous – in the prime of her youth and beauty, glowing and happy among her friends, her family, and her new husband. I had taken a number of pictures that […]

The Blessings of Cancer

posted by cgreb

For those who think I am too Pollyanna, I want to talk about the blessing of cancer. WHAT??!  Yes, you read that right. Those who know me know that in 2010 I was diagnosed with an early stage of breast […]

In Praise of the Night

posted by cgreb

Tonight there will be a full moon.  It may be rainy and cloudy tonight, but it wasn’t a few nights ago when the luminous moon radiated its beauty.  I love full moons. I remember when I was a young teenager […]

The Incredible Blessing of a Functioning Body

posted by cgreb

I have been away from my family for three months. I’ve only been back two days but already I notice a further decline in my father’s abilities.  This is a man who used to swing a hammer and climb ladders […]

The Miracle of Green Growing Things

posted by cgreb

I have returned for a visit to my home state of Pennsylvania for my niece’s wedding.  I have been away for three months, immersed in the new and marvelous experience of living in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  And now not […]

The Beauty of a Walk in the Morning

posted by cgreb

I awoke to write down a dream and the morning beckoned me.  Birdsong wafted through the open window and through the sheer gauze curtains, pale gentle colors painted the skies.  I realized a walk through this sweet May morning trumped […]

The Incredible Blessing of Sleep

posted by cgreb

Joni Mitchell was right.  You don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone. You don’t know what it’s like to take a full deep breath unless you’ve had pneumonia or cracked ribs.  You don’t know what it’s like to move […]

The Blessings of the Earth

posted by cgreb

Some days I just feel a bit “schlumpy.”  Sometimes I can pinpoint a reason – perhaps I didn’t eat well the day before, or maybe I’m resisting doing something I know I need to do, or maybe I couldn’t find […]

The Blessing of Song

posted by cgreb

Last night I had the pleasure and blessing of sitting in a temple with about twenty other people singing songs of praise and devotion for about two hours.  Next to sitting in a place of exquisite natural beauty, this might […]

The Blessing of Pilgrimage

posted by cgreb

(To continue on a recent theme….) This morning, people all over the country and many parts of the world are stumbling out of bed, grabbing some coffee, showering, dressing, and rushing off to a job they don’t really enjoy.  For […]

Claiming Space

posted by cgreb

This is a busy world we live in, isn’t it?  Some of us have schedules that are packed to the gills from morning to night.  For those with school-age children or corporate careers, the schedules can be especially overwhelming.  Others […]

The Blessing of Friends

posted by cgreb

I need to take a moment and express my gratitude for friends. Recently I have been staying at the home of a couple I met only two months ago.  They have taken me under their wing and given me the […]

When Scary Things Happen

posted by cgreb

Something rather scary happened to me last night.  Someone pounded on my door yelling, “Help me, help me!”  I answered the door cautiously having heard stories of strangers getting people to open the door and then charging in with ideas […]

Coming Back into Balance

posted by cgreb

I have a confession to make.  I got way out of balance twice in the last couple of days.  After weeks of feeling pretty good about life, I was thrown a couple curve balls – one was generally positive, the […]

An Abundant Life

posted by cgreb

Do you have an abundant life? I do!  And I am not wealthy.  As a matter of fact, often I live on the very edge financially.  I am not one of those people with thousands of dollars stockpiled in a […]

Faith in the Face of Change

posted by cgreb

Change.  It’s something that tends to happen to all of us at least a few times in our lives.  Sometimes we choose it.  We may decide to move to a place that makes our heart sing; we may change careers; […]

The Blessing of a Good Father

posted by cgreb

My father turned 80 two days ago.  This post is dedicated to him. Some people, probably many people, have fathers who were either very difficult to live with or rather absent.  This was not the case with me.  I was […]

Six Degrees of Connection!

posted by cgreb

I was walking the labyrinth the other day and I found myself thinking about connections.  I thought of the old Kevin Bacon game – Six Degrees of Separation.  In this game, an actor is named and then everyone brainstorms about […]

The Blessing of May!

posted by cgreb

Today is May Day!  If you have Celtic ancestors, they would have called it Beltaine.  It is a time to celebrate the rich fertile fecundity of the Earth. In May, everything starts to get so green and lush.  Flowers burst […]

Welcome!

posted by cgreb

 Hello Everyone!  Welcome! This is my inaugural post for the Blessings Abound blog.  What a beautiful honor and opportunity!  I pray I can regularly supply you with ample doses of encouragement and inspiration.  It would give me great joy to […]

Previous Posts

What Is Most Important?
So, I have decided to take a break from writing this blog for a while. Although I have much to write about, sometimes the time, energy, and means to write it are not as available. And I’m in a place in my life right now where I don’t care to “push the river.” I have to prioritize how I use

posted 7:03:01pm Feb. 03, 2014 | read full post »

Things Can Shift in an Instant
Two times in the last two weeks I was feeling incredibly depleted and fatigued.  The first time it was after driving 2000 miles across the country in four days by myself - the third and longest day was through gale force Kansas winds that shook my car so thoroughly I had to slow way down so as not

posted 2:19:08am Jan. 28, 2014 | read full post »

What Do You Value?
On a long 2,000 mile car trip across the country recently, I found myself with some time to think.  Car trips can be good that way.  Somewhere along the way I found myself thinking about money and how we have come to place such value on something which is, in actuality, paper.  Yes, I know theore

posted 7:08:03pm Jan. 21, 2014 | read full post »

A Time for Others and a Time for Self
We're all familiar with that timeless piece of wisdom found in Ecclesiastes: "There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2     a time to be born and a time to die,     a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3     a time to kill an

posted 2:05:32pm Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Learning to Trust
I finally figured out what I'm doing wrong.  I figured out why I've been having so much trouble with Dad's move into the nursing home, with his recent decline, and with his current fevered state.  It's not that I'm afraid of him dying, it's that I don't want him to be uncomfortable.  I don't want

posted 4:22:58am Jan. 06, 2014 | read full post »

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