Author Archives: Stacy

Nov. week 1 – precious and endangered natural resources.

Given the presidential election results I am feeling disappointed, baffled, frustrated and angry. How about you?  I realize that, in the long run, holding onto these feelings by ourselves or for very long will not serve the goals we so … Continue reading

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Oct week 4 – That bird brought joy back into my life!

In September a CBS news story reported that, regardless of how they will vote, most women are glad a woman is a major party nominee for president.   The same poll showed that 80 percent of Democratic women and 58 percent … Continue reading

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Oct. week 3 – Seasonal change revives a treasured memory.

Sometimes it just takes a little seasonal change to revive a treasured memory from the past. That happened for me this week as I was driving interstate 80 on my way to a Lutheran pastors’  conference at Squaw Valley’s Olympic … Continue reading

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Rivets, Rust and Rope: Remembering Our Rosies

I ran my hand over the rusting rivets as a ritual of remembrance and reverence for the women, the “Rosies,”  that changed the course of history in the Kaiser shipyards of Richmond and San Francisco as well as in many … Continue reading

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flamingos teach us the art of cooperation and coexistence

I’d like to confess to a bit of wickedness I pulled off as a 10 year old.  On a balmy summer day in upstate New York I noticed that our neighbors were away on vacation.  I sauntered onto their front … Continue reading

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Namibia #5 – its vastness leaves you feeling alone…

The Desert, for me, is a vast, barren land where the extremes of nature are found.  As the wind blows, one can quickly be lost in wilderness wanderings, hopefully to emerge with new insights and dreams. One of the largest … Continue reading

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Namibia #4 – drinking from the waterholes of life!

It’s almost miraculous that so many African animals manage to eke out an existence in the arid, desert-like environment of Namibia — elephants, lions, cheetah, rhinos, oryx and wild horses to name a few. We can be sincerely thankful that … Continue reading

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Namibia #3 – Finding other kinds of memory gems!

A biting wind greeted us on our arrival at Kolmanskop.  No more than 45 degrees outside, the swirling fog couldn’t temper the chill even as the barely visible shape of the sun began brightening the gray morning sky. You would … Continue reading

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Namibia – entering a Himba village – I am a better person!

I could not live like the Himba people.  Their small, clan-based villages dot the harsh and barren lands of north western Namibia. For thousands of years they have been carrying on the same routine. In the morning the cows are … Continue reading

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Namibia – a spiritual and humbling journey.

On the west coast of southern Africa, the country of Namibia is vast and mostly desolate. Bisected by the Tropic of Capricorn (we stopped at the sign), its western border is the icy Atlantic Ocean. In the east, it is … Continue reading

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