May 10, 2010 by  
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Prologue: I haven’t been able to write much recently, but this month’s theme of ‘purpose’ has given me the chance to share this piece with you. It’s one of my favourite pieces ever, and marked the beginning of my friendship with Káren. Big Bee by Aussiegall on Flickr Birdsong Love has no other desire but to […]

The Jug – Loving Ourselves Enough

April 22, 2010 by  
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The only difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one is the extraordinary pleasures you find in ordinary things. ~ Veronique Vienne I stood at the kitchen sink, robotically washing dishes. I paused, my gaze landing on a hand-painted jug on the window ledge, raindrops running down the glass. I clung to the sink […]

Track of Light

March 22, 2010 by  
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“I will not wish thee riches, nor the glow of greatness, but that wherever thou go some weary heart shall gladden at thy smile, or shadowed life know sunshine for awhile. And so thy path shall be a track of light, like angels’ footsteps passing through the night.” ~ Blessing from a church wall in […]

Shaking Off the Shoulds

January 25, 2010 by  
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The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes — ah, that is where the art resides. ~ Artur Schnabel I opened the kitchen curtains this morning to an eerie brightness and snow falling silently outside. My kids’ delight in the snow is not contagious. After I packed them […]

And the Angels Sang

December 8, 2009 by  
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Cradling a coffee to my lips like a prayer in a begging bowl, I sat alone, half hidden behind a pillar and a potted palm. The owner of the hotel, a friend, kept throwing me reassuring glances. The lights on the huge Christmas tree twinkled and raucous laughter and the smell of beer drifted in […]

The Christmas Book

November 2, 2009 by  
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I’m sitting at my kitchen table, an oasis of calm and clear space surrounded by the entire contents of the living room bookshelves. Books, picture frames, CD’s, DVD’s and ornaments are piled up in teetering plastic storage boxes topped with potted plants and lampshades. We’ve cleared out the living room to lay a new wooden […]

Berries and Birds

October 1, 2009 by  
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There’s lessons everywhere if we just look. But an overgrown garden – avoided recently and looking very neglected – seems an unlikely place for anything but hard work. Join Janice as she works through her overwhelm and discovers a miracle…

My Kitchen Table

August 3, 2009 by  
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Is your kitchen table the heart of your home? Our new author, Janice Hunter, warmly welcomes us to her kitchen table with beautiful tales of love, growth, loss and giggles…