Soul Care and the Reconstruction Process

When you live in a city you cannot avoid the ever-present construction/reconstruction process. Cranes, detours, iconic orange cones, and construction workers with yellow hard hats and vests are a part of the city landscape. Healthy cities know that to continue to serve both residents and visitors, they need to repair, construct, and reconstruct. City planning … Continue reading Soul Care and the Reconstruction Process

The Resilient Orthodox – Explosions of Life

There are times when I feel like life has exploded, as though all parts of it collide and nothing goes the way it is supposed to go. From unexpected expenses to surprise illnesses, life laughs in the face of our careful planning, mocks our ideas of control, and smiles sarcastically at our shocked expressions. I'm … Continue reading The Resilient Orthodox – Explosions of Life

Reflections on Morning and Evening Prayers

  It's early morning. The day is waking to summer in all its blue-skyed glory. Birds sing and chirp loud in chorus  - a liturgical chant to welcome the day. I am standing at our icon corner, the place in our home where we say our morning and evening prayers. It is here where I … Continue reading Reflections on Morning and Evening Prayers

When a Lion Needs Courage

The Wizard of Oz is well-known by many. It is referenced in writing and in conversation; called an 'icon of pop-culture' for Americans. In terms of characters, there is Dorothy, a sweet cheery girl from Kansas who just wants to get home after she is displaced from the prairies to an unknown land. There is … Continue reading When a Lion Needs Courage

In Memory of George

George was one of those guys that I saw early morning. As I would wander up Tremont Street from the Park Street T Station he would be setting up in front of the Granary Burying Ground. This cemetery is Boston's third oldest cemetery and the final earthly resting place for the likes of Samuel Adams, … Continue reading In Memory of George

A Life Overseas – It Doesn’t Get Easier

   Will you join me today at A Life Overseas as I talk about poverty?                           ****** From my spot across the room, I heard an older woman talking to a young intern. “It will get easier – I promise!” We were in a … Continue reading A Life Overseas – It Doesn’t Get Easier

Defying the Definition of Beauty

I see her when I go to get coffee on a rainy afternoon. In a busy, city coffee shop, you see a lot of things. Black suited business people, musicians, law students, homeless, and tourists are just a few of those who walk in during the day. She is right in front of me with someone who … Continue reading Defying the Definition of Beauty

When the World Comes to You

It was over a year ago when Elizabeth Jones contacted me. She had been reading and interacting with Communicating Across Boundaries for a while at that point, always affirming and entering into discussion in meaningful ways. I am delighted to have Elizabeth guest post today! Elizabeth watched the world come to her through her work … Continue reading When the World Comes to You

These are the People in My Neighborhood

Our street is a short, one-way street, four blocks from the Charles River. It's lined with three-family homes, built at the turn of the century as industrial housing for people who worked at factories and needed places to live. The street gets mostly local traffic and even long-time residents of Cambridge don't always know where … Continue reading These are the People in My Neighborhood

The Bus Driver Who Waits

I stand and wait for the 64 bus. It's early in the day, and though the weather people promise a hot one, in this hour a cool breeze and bright sky makes for a beautiful morning. In cities all over the world, people rely on public transportation. Throughout the day they wait for the buses, trains, ferries, … Continue reading The Bus Driver Who Waits

All was Well

It's 5:30 in the morning and the street is quiet, save the birds who are singing their morning song with joyful abandon. I hear the sounds of distant traffic, because this is the city and the city never stops. It is now warm enough to sit outside in the early morning light, surrounded by soft … Continue reading All was Well

Seven Feet Under

Boston and surrounding areas are literally buried in snow. The entire public transportation system - commuter rails, subway, trolleys, ferries - have all shut down. The only thing moving is snow plows and a couple of buses that are groaning and creaking their way along snow filled roads. We have had seven feet of snow … Continue reading Seven Feet Under

Prayers for Refugees and Loving my Neighbor

All the world stopped for twenty four hours as Boston and the surrounding area went through what is now the famous "Blizzard of 2015." Yesterday, as I sat in complete comfort with sun pouring through my windows, able to work from home, I began to pray for refugees. These are prayers I pray all the time; … Continue reading Prayers for Refugees and Loving my Neighbor

Our Shared World

I entered the bus with relief. It was dark from the early sunset that comes in December and raining hard. Cold wind blew raindrops that stung against faces and bodies as people tried to shield themselves as best they could. But inside the bus was bright with light and warmth. Even though I was one of the … Continue reading Our Shared World

Re-Engaged

In a city, one street over may be the difference between safety and danger; between keeping your possessions and getting robbed; between walking freely and running in fear. Sometimes its even one side of the street that is less safe. Like where I get off the subway. A while ago I talked about how I crossed to … Continue reading Re-Engaged

Reaching Beyond the Garbage

Visitors to places like Cairo or Karachi often come back and talk about how incredibly filthy the streets are. They are struck by the waste that is everywhere, an ever-present result of masses of humanity living closely together combined with a poor or non-existent infrastructure to deal with the trash. It's not only cities like Cairo or … Continue reading Reaching Beyond the Garbage

Accepting Limitations, Pressing On

I'm back.  If the cool 55 degree weather doesn't communicate this to me, the solicitations and "compliments" (Hey are you married? You look my age! Will you be my girl?") from a stranger do! And I hoped to God I didn't look his age..... Early this morning our plane made it in to Boston and … Continue reading Accepting Limitations, Pressing On

Grow Up Boston!

It's been a long time since I've had a rant. After an experience yesterday with a woman on the street, in tears because of how she was treated by this 'city on a hill' I wrote this. It may sound harsh but I mean every word of it! Grow Up Boston! Every day I walk … Continue reading Grow Up Boston!