A Dublin nightlife image. I remember my week in Ireland with Catherine as a freeing renewal from my twenty something life even though I didn't "need" the freeing that I may need now.

Renewal Leave

  I’ve been home for 36 hours and still feel like my soul is away. The children are back. The two weeks with their dad have come and gone. The trampoline is built in the backyard (my birthday gift), and as night fell like a cloak around us, the children jumped as if to reach the highest branch of the… Read more →

One last glimpse out our meeting room.

As the Retreat Ends

The sky is white and long over the lake this morning, the gray-blue waters moving swiftly on their way as they always do. The air, scented in that familiar northern Michigan way, is calming, reassuring, fragrant with pine and rain and the goodness of the earth beneath my feet. I planned for months to host this retreat on Mackinac Island.… Read more →

A small cairn-like stack of rocks on the shores of Lake Huron.

Seeking Silence

On the fourth day of a five-day writers retreat, the message all around me is to welcome the silence. Funny to hear that on a retreat that encourages finding your voice! But the real story, the story we haven’t yet been able to access, the one that is told from the depths of our soul and which will change the… Read more →