xOriginal Blog Posts (Pre-2019)

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A Massive Ceremony Coming to Philadelphia

At the risk of beating a sensitive drum, I have to acknowledge an enormous occasion that is happening around me. I would feel foolish if I didn’t write about this religious, spiritual, and ceremonial event after focusing on those same topics recently. …

The Elements of Ceremony

I was gazing out my window when the idea hit for my second blog, Today‚Äôs Walk Outside. It wasn’t until a year later that I realized the depth of my new plan. I wasn’t just looking to get outside and share my experience with those who also enjoy the ou…

A Chilling Waste

I just returned from a weeklong vacation, which included attending the Philadelphia Folk Festival for the 24th time. Besides the music and creative collaboration, one of the most magical features of the event is the way in which each and every person i…

The Ritual of a Spirit

According to a Gallup pole, there continues to be a gradual increase in the number of Americans who say they have no formal religious identity. I argue that this does NOT signal an increase in debauchery or corruption among us. On the contrary, a great…

Make Your 4th Red, White, Blue and GREEN

In typical American style, we sure know how to push a celebration to grandeous proporations. Fireworks, beach trips, picnics, parades, concerts, cookouts, and more. For most of us, this is our big vacation. Moreover, freedom and independence is certain…

Deception in the Wind

Finally we got a chance to comfortably put our kayaks in the water. My husband and I had been visiting the Finger Lakes region of New York for days, hoping the weather would improve. Our bags were packed with warm-weather clothes (shorts, tanks, sandal…

Among the Stones

A slight stretch for meeting my commitment to walk outside every day, I am posting here, on this lengthier blog, after wandering among stones of a different nature:

A warm, spring-scented breeze blew my hair across my face as I passed over a manicure…

Lost Without Recollection

Here comes another attack on technology. I can’t help myself; things have gotten absurd.

It’s not that the tool isn’t good. For the right application, it can be very useful. However, like buying a field mower to maintain a center-city plot of grass, o…

Messing with the Time

One great example of man’s manipulative ways is standardized time. Timekeeping — the incremental measurement of the position of the sun — was created to support bureaucratic, religious, and social activities nearly 6,000 years ago. It partitioned day…