Polished

Polished

There’s a story told by the Rev. Elizabeth Tarbox about when she was a child. Her stepmother gave her a lima bean. She and her sister both got a bean and were instructed to tuck it under damp blotting paper in a jar and set it in the sun. Elizabeth got the idea that...
Words and silence: the gift of listening

Words and silence: the gift of listening

I still remember a brief encounter I had on the deck of a dining hall one busy summer when I was in charge of directing a camp of a hundred 3rd and 4th graders for the week. There were a few other guest camp directors that week for different ages, and we were each...
When is the last time you felt truly heard?

When is the last time you felt truly heard?

When I was a pastor, I met with many couples to plan not only their wedding day, but also their marriage – their partnership in love and life. Each person, of course, brings to a relationship a whole history of dynamics from their family of origin. Two questions I...

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