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Giving and Receiving Welcome

Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we  Continue Reading »

Listening for Our True North

Click here to download the Touchstars image. Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight. I can’t help looking for the first star in the evening sky.   I have two granddaughters now, growing faster than I can believe. I find  Continue Reading »

You Don’t Have to Know What Is Happening

Where do we find courage, faith and hope to keep going in the hard times? Courage is never convenient. Faith isn’t a faucet you turn on and off. And hope is a choice. Courage, faith and hope may arise in our hearts if we’re willing to look inside for some answers and truth. The courage  Continue Reading »

Confiding in Others Is an Act of Love

Being human means having things in our lives that feel too painful, too raw, or too unformed to share. Yet secrets are not always shameful. Sometimes they are precious ideas we are batting around, or fragile hopes of possibility, or tender seeds for creating something new. Just as seeds need strong husks, we need protected  Continue Reading »

Showing Up with All of Who You Are

I’ve been noticing lately about how our cell phones, for one, lay claim to our attention and distract us from being fully present. In her book Reclaiming Conversation, Sherry Turkle points out research showing that the mere presence of a mobile phone on a nearby desk will decrease the quality of a conversation-and reduce empathy  Continue Reading »

Welcome: Opening Doors and Hearts

“Welcome!” It’s the word we use to receive guests into our home, opening ourselves to another’s presence or companionship. There’s a reason “welcome” comes first in our Touchstones. Give and receive welcome. Welcome sets the tone for trust to emerge, like playing middle C to tune a piano, a choir or an orchestra. Welcome is  Continue Reading »

The Sky We Share, The Stars That Guide

Click to download the Touchstars image it is time for the pilgrim in me to travel in the dark, to learn to read the stars that shine in my soul. I will walk deeper into the dark of my night. I will wait for the stars. trust their guidance. and let their light be enough  Continue Reading »

Give Voice to Your Gifts

Most people live their lives — and go to their graves — with their music still inside them. This troubling thought is what calls Barbara McAfee to her work of “midwifing voice into the world.” As Barbara says, “Your voice is how you get the gift inside of you out! Nothing much happens in the  Continue Reading »

WoLakota Stories: Cheerleaders Unite to Bring Kindness & Spirit to their Communities

Editor’s note: This story is part of our series profiling teachers in a local Courage to Teach program called the WoLakota Project — a partnership with the South Dakota Department of Education, Technology & Innovation in Education (TIE), and South Dakota Elders. The WoLakota Project’s goal is to improve new teacher retention and help teachers  Continue Reading »

WoLakota Stories: Renewed Courage for a Teacher Who Was Ready to Quit

Editor’s note: This is DAY TWO of a special week-long series profiling teachers in a local Courage to Teach program called the WoLakota Project — a partnership with the South Dakota Department of Education, Technology & Innovation in Education (TIE), and South Dakota Elders. The WoLakota Project’s goal is to improve new teacher retention and help teachers integrate  Continue Reading »