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The End of Summer

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

…and then all that ends and we begin again. 

For many families this week, everything suddenly feels different!

Summer is ending. School supplies aisles in stores are hectic. Morning kitchens are busy with eating breakfast and packing lunches. Youngsters are headed off to be with their friends all day. Six-year-olds are starting elementary school for the first time. Teachers are welcoming new classrooms of students. Teenagers-turned-young-adults are heading off to college. Bedrooms are empty. Dreams are coming true. Tears are welling up. Another school year is beginning, and life is making one of those transitions we never forget!

There are a few moments for each of us when the light bulb of recognition goes on, and we think, “This— change— is what life is all about!”  The end of summer with its Empty Nest Moments is one of those times. We realize that with the changing of the seasons of our lives, things are never going to be the same. We feel ourselves having to let go of the past. Our calendars tell us we are about to experience a new routine.

This month and any time you are facing change, as you feel alternatively terrified and exhilarated, it is a good time to pause and reflect. We need to honor our transitions. It is a good time to consider the past and the future, write in your journal, look call old friends, through old photos, remember other changes we have experienced, say what we have been meaning to say, remind our hearts of what matters, see the incredible story of our lives unfolding into the future. Life’s transitions are sacred ones to be kept precious!

InSpiritry always calls us to feel the poetry of each moment, to see our lives as inspirational stories and to use the awesome power of change. When life takes off at breakneck speed with you hurrying after it, celebrate the changes – nothing is more exciting than moving forward. And this week say a blessing for all transitioning families, for big kids leaving home and for new-school-year children and Empty Nest adults everywhere!

When We Celebrate Transitions, Life Can Be a Blessing!

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World Peace Day 2010

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Let Peace begin with me – let this be the moment now!

A line from the song, Let There Be Peace on Earth

Tomorrow is World Peace Day!

Also known as the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21 is celebrated around the world as a time dedicated to global peace with prayer services, concerts, candlelight vigils, festivals, community events and conferences. (more…)

National Day of Listening

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

“I love that simple story that ends on a grace note,

and you go, ‘Wow, I’m just happy to be alive right now.'”

Cameron Crowe

We all love a story; here’s a chance to hear one! 

As much as the economy needs a boost, the Friday after Thanksgiving can be more than a shopping frenzy (who thought up the frightening title Black Friday for a day people are buying gifts anyway!?). Friday, November 27, 2009, is the second annual National Day of Listening, a day to spend time in conversation with someone you care about! Sponsor National Public Radio and the event’s founder suggest we use the day to each become autobiographers, interviewing people in our lives to document their stories. (more…)

InSpiritry Question for the Day 6-10-09: Small Towns

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

The best part of living in a small town…

Yesterday, I had lunch in Honey Grove, Texas. I was speaking to the Friends of the Library there, a group of 75 people dedicated to supporting the public library in a community of descendants of farming families. Some had lived there all their lives, but many have retired from successful careers to this struggling town of historic buildings and fond memories. My topic was Celebrating Small Town Life — (more…)

25 Days to Make a Difference

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

“…a little child shall lead them”

Meet Laura.

Laura is a ten year old American girl who is ready to lead. With a belief in every person’s power to make the world a better place, Laura has launched a December, 2007 project called Twenty Five Days to Make a Difference. For those whose faith experience includes a season of Advent as well as those who just love Christmas, Laura is giving us a new approach to the holidays. How? (more…)

New School Year and New Beginnings

Monday, August 27th, 2007

For many of us, this week signals the start of a new school year.  Ahhh, summer is over, whether we are students, teachers, administrators, librarians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, parents or just commuters who pass through school zones.

For my part these many years later, I can still recall the smell of new books and old classrooms and almost hear the shrill exultation of that first period bell! I certainly can remember the nervousness and delight of trying new things (phonics, 3 digit numbers, cursive writing, volley ball, geometry proofs, Old English, Chemistry experiments, frog dissection…).

For those of you involved in education, I celebrate your commitment to the sacred task of empowering young hearts and minds. (more…)

Babies vs. Big Business

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

          Imagine that the world had invented a new “dream product” to feed and immunize everyone born on Earth. Imagine also that it was available everywhere, required no storage or delivery — and helped mothers to plan their families and reduce the risk of cancer.
Then imagine that the world refused to use it.

Towards the end of this century of unprecedented discovery and invention, even as scientists discover the origins of life itself, this scenario is not, alas, a fiction. The “dream product” is human breast milk, available to us all at birth, and yet we are not using it.– UNICEF

With that thought in mind, this past week, there was a happy bit of medical news : (more…)

What’s Your Story?

Monday, July 30th, 2007



 Looking at these photos from my family album, you might think, What’s the Story? I can assure you, there are several stories represented here — each of them a treasure!

While many of us were told stories as children, fewer and fewer families are making storytelling a tradition. Maybe it’s because we have lifestyles that don’t have room for evenings with grandparents or long family meals. Maybe it’s due to the insistence of technology as a source of communication in our lives: television, internet, cell phones.

Whatever the reason, when we lose our stories, we lose a lot!


Mindfulness for Kids

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Kids meditating

The latest issue of Greater Good Magazine  is out,  and I want to recommend not only the magazine as a whole but also a specific article in this edition: “Mindful Kids, Peaceful Schools.”

The piece echoes one I read a few months ago in another of my favorite magazines, Ascent, a Canadian publication. That article was entitled, “The New ABCs – Awareness, Balance & Compassion.” (more…)

Fathers Be Good to Your Daughters

Monday, June 18th, 2007


Posted by Anne McCrady


In the US, it was Father’s Day yesterday, a day to acknowledge the very crucial role men play in their daughters’ lives, as mentors, as protectors, as supporters, as friends. It is a time to celebrate one of our most precious relationships. (more…)