According to Wikipedia‘s article regarding loving-kindness in Judaism: Loving-kindness is used as an English translation for the Hebrew word חסד (chesed). This term is used often in the book of Psalms, and refers to acts of kindness, motivated by love. It is used primarily in reference to God, rather than people. One example is found … Read moreLoving-Kindness
Did you know climbing some of the biggest mountains can leave climbers with symptoms that are very similar to heart failure? Death zones are places at the top of a mountain where low oxygen and poor weather conditions make even breathing a pain-filled struggle. A documentary on K2 detailed the descent of a group of … Read moreSummit
Katharine Clifton (played by Kristin Scott Thomas, from The English Patient): My darling. I’m waiting for you. How long is the day in the dark? Or a week? The fire is gone, and I’m horribly cold. I really should drag myself outside but then there’d be the sun. I’m afraid I waste the light on … Read moreRich with Lovers
No. Not bear (growling animal) fruit. That would look like this. No. As fun as that is, today, I get to bear fruit. Patience fruit. I am a budding tree and this is the spring of my seasons. The time for flowers and growth and fruit. There are several fruits of the Spirit. Love, joy, … Read moreBear Fruit
Background I was abused for 19 years by my father and others. Physically and emotionally. Then my dad died in ’92. For 6 more years, I would be physically and emotionally abused by my sister. At 25, I moved out, got married and I was free! From almost-daily emotional abuse. But. That day? That I … Read moreHouse Full of Hope
by Martha Maggio aka Crafty B/poopiemcgoo 🙂 I really hate holidays. As a recovering food addict and post-surgery weight loss patient, I really deep-down hate holidays. Food-centric, contortions of celebration. Self-righteous self-indulgence. Every shred of meaning gets licked off the dish of holiness. Holidays hold no restraint or significance; they’re orgies, not feasts. Birthdays, Valentine’s, … Read moreBah, Easter!
My family and I just went on vacation to Florida. On our way back to KC, we decided to stop at Fantastic Caverns, near Springfield, MO. I took many photos (scroll to the end of the post) in the caves, beautiful colors and high contrast. I was pretty snap-happy. I was surprised that I could … Read moreFantastic
I am 13. The house is dark and still, except for the hypnotic hum of the freezer. I am Secret Food Ninja oozing through the family room towards said kitchen appliance. Pause, listen, both parents are snoring just a few yards away in the master bedroom. Can I free the chips from their icy prison? … Read moreSneaking Food
A few years ago, when we moved to the city we are currently living in, my family and I went church shopping. We tried several new churches, trying to find the perfect one. (Ha!) We weren’t just looking because we moved though. We had been looking for a new church since we left our old … Read moreImage Barer <Yes, I meant to spell it that way!
News flash: I’m not perfect! But I’m trying. Two years ago, chilly morning, I was the door-greeter at my daughter’s school. Glamorous, I know. The music teacher asked for volunteers and I supervised drop-off for before-school choir and band rehearsal. (*Most Interesting Man in the World: I don’t always add that many hyphens to paragraphs, … Read moreJesus (I’m Not) Christ: I don’t do feet.