Category Archives: Messages

The Will to Love and the Wind of Friendship by Paul Blankenship

I am a cosmic ball of emotional energy, sitting in the world of my mind, the world of my office, the world of homelessness, the world of academia.   There is excitement. In a few short hours, I will see … Continue reading

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You Feed Them by Gary Jewell

Matthew 14: 13-21  Some of us were raised with a whole host of very clear and explicit rules in our families; and for some of us the rules were a little less explicit.  I suspect most of the rules in … Continue reading

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Be Not Afraid by Walter Simon

PROLOGUE: “Most people are playing nice right now managing this virus, the wreckage, pain and anger it will leave behind requires solidarity and healing.”  New York Times, 4/20/2020 “. . . a Quaker is a friend who helps you find … Continue reading

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The Gift of Liminality by Leann Williams

I Kings 19:9b -12 In the forward to Kitchen Table Wisdom, a collection of stories written by Rachel Remen, M.D. from decades of practicing medicine, I found these words by Dean Ornish, M. D. “As a scientist, I live in … Continue reading

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Unmasked by Deborah Suess

Luke 24:13-35 My wonderful Aunt,  Bunny Gillin, lives at Friends Homes, a retirement community here in Greensboro.  When the plea went out a few weeks ago for homemade masks…. she got busy making masks for anyone in need. As her … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday feels more like Holy Saturday by Paul Blankenship

It doesn’t feel like Easter. Not to me, anyway. Not right now. Let me be honest. On Easter, Jesus emerged from the tomb. He put two feet on the ground. He took fresh air into his lungs. He gardened, I … Continue reading

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What is Holding You? by Paul Blankenship

Good morning, Friends. It’s good to be with you in Zoomland and to be traveling through this unusual, transformative, and deeply unfortunate time with The Beautiful People of the Divine Light. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, helped transform the … Continue reading

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Constantine by Paul Blankenship

Needle Hill It is a cold winter evening in Seattle. A light rain is falling on my beanie, on my shoulders. Grey clouds fill the sky. Loud horns and unapologetic sirens envelope the soundscape. I can barely hear myself think. … Continue reading

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A Fool’s Journey into Quakerly Friendship by Paul Blankenship

Tarot Rob lights a match. He reaches into a small yellow pouch and pulls out a gathering of dried lavender. He breaks the lavender, gently, and tears off a small piece. I am absorbed in the sound it makes, the … Continue reading

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Light and Darkness by Ruthie Tippin

What is your first instinct – your first act – when you walk into a dark room?  Mine is to find a light switch… to turn on a light!  I want to know where I am, to see where I’m … Continue reading

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