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How Does One Attain True Peace?

From my podcast of the same name. How can we attain true peace, especially this time of year, when responsibilities and family matters may be pressing.  What is the secret to acquiring true tranquility in the midst of chaos? I saw this quote at our friends’ house.  “Peace: it does not mean to be in […]

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Nodding Silently

From Wendell Berry’s “Sabbaths 2000, II” in Given: Poems. [Post image: Winter Walk by Alfi007 on stock.xchng]

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Do you have a nervous habit?  I did.  I do.  But they’ve morphed over the years.  From my childhood until I was married, I used to rock myself to sleep by shaking my foot back and forth.  [As you might imagine, this did not go over well with Dan, my husband, and I had to […]

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Frequently, when I’m stressed about something, I succumb to migraine headaches.  Several years back, I went to Mayo Clinic’s Headache Clinic, to see if there was a solution.  To my surprise, my doctor said an interesting thing: “Did you know, Elissa, that having a headache is similar to practicing the piano?  The more your brain […]

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Inner Landscape of Beauty

I had to get out of the house yesterday afternoon, so I walked the dirt roads near our house and listened to Speaking of Faith’s September 17, 2009 podcast “The Inner Landscape of Beauty.”  [Click on the interview title to read the entire interview.]  Krista Tippett’s guest was Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue, author […]

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