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Receiving The Blessing of Giving …

Last year’s anonymous gift giving spree whet the appetite for another go at it this year. Our stated goal was to give to any and everyone we encountered on our walk across Walnut Street Bridge, “just because,” with no strings attached. Our children were eager to get back out there. Kids thrive on repetition and ritual … they like to “know the ropes,” so to

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Counting Our Blessings, Christmas, 2011

I decided to share a Christmas letter with you counting blessings for 2011. May it inspire you to count your own! 🙂 Greetings! I pray this letter finds you and yours enjoying a peaceful, if not joyful, season, and that you are looking forward to a bright new year! Since the holiday season is a time to remember back over the year and count our

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Birthing Christ Consciousness

photo credit: Martin Beek Christmas is the time of year for commemorating the birth of the historical Christ child; Christmas is also of parallel importance to each of us individually as we take time to make room for the Christ consciousness within our own heart. The Biblical account of the advent of Christ (Matthew 1:18-25, 2:1-12) contains much that is equally applicable to our own

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A Different Kind of Christmas Ritual

photo credit: BLW Photography In recent months, through the death of my mother and the imminent death of another family member, my blessings, for health, life, for loved ones who matter, are more evident than ever. My priorities have shifted. I find myself uninterested in the usual, mad rush to shop, that I, like most, generally engage in at this time of year. Instead, I

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The Christmas “Nutcracker” Ballet

I was in Florida last weekend to see my son, Andrew and his Guilfoil Ballet Theater Academy of Dance perform Nutcracker for the Winter Wonderland in downtown Clearwater. Winter Wonderland is an annual outdoor & free event that provides a wonderful opportunity for families, no matter how poor, to celebrate the holidays. There were all sorts of free events including a petting zoo and a

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