Is Xenophobia a Human Norm?

Is Xenophobia a Human Norm?

A week ago, in our church’s antiracism discussion group, someone stated that xenophobia is the norm, and our goal is to challenge it. That comment really caught my attention and I decided to ponder it and bring you along on the journey. We’re discussing a book that...
Flowering Anyway

Flowering Anyway

A couple of weeks ago I was eagerly anticipating the flowering of a cactus in a nearby neighbor’s front yard. Small, fuzzy knobs had appeared at the top of the single upright stem, very slowly growing larger. Then, rather suddenly, it seemed to catch strength and buds...

Spiritual Ripening

I don’t have a vegetable garden this year. There are a handful of reasons for this, including the move to our new home in December, the unfinished state of our backyard landscaping projects (specifically a drip irrigation system in need of significant overhaul or...

Reconnecting with Poetry

Yesterday I attended a writing workshop—something I haven’t made time for in a while. It was held in an older part of Tucson, and we had access to a nice backyard where, during the meditative writing time, I found myself inspired by a monumental prickly pear cactus....