Glitter in the Grit

This poem is a collective of my own and other’s tales of creativity I’ve packed into one story. Dedicated to those women who are out there blazing the creative spiritual trail. You were told not to get dirty. Keep your fingernails clean. Nice girls smile polite. And, for goodness’ sake, “Do not cuss!” But, you couldn’t help bending your childlike knees in your striped yellow dress,leaning low toward the earth to make a prayer with the God-given soil that lay beneath your feet. You scooped handfuls of water and dust, feeling wet sludge mush between your fingers; this slippery grit…

Community Project: Advent Prayer Flags

Prayer flags are a kinesthetic way to engage faith through words, symbol and art. This ancient practice is said to have started in the Buddhist tradition. People write and draw prayers of good will, peace and strength on colorful fabric. Then, the flags are taken, sewed onto twine and hung in the community. As the fabric tatters and frays from the wind, these prayers are said to bless the world. This beautiful practice is effective in any community of faith, hope and love. And, all ages can take part! Recently, I led a group of kids, age 5-10, on a…