A Bit About Me

I was born on a small dairy farm in the Midwest, attended one-room country schools through 7th grade, and then moved to the Pacific Northwest.

My hobbies include reading, studying, traveling, gardening, writing, digging up genealogy, dabbling with paint, and other arts and crafts.

The two most important things in my life are growing in my walk with Jesus, and loving my 4 adult children and their partners, my 13 grandchildren and my great-grandson.

Prior to my retirement, I taught pre-school through college in the public school systems in Washington, Pennsylvania, and the International School Service in Africa; I also taught summer programs on 6 continents. Since I retired from teaching, I spend about 5 months a year reconnecting to my roots in the Midwest.

I like labyrinths, especially the classical 7-circuit and 11-circuit designs.  My favorite is the one at Chartres Cathedral in France and the many iterations of that design around the world.

There are several important things to understand about labyrinths:  1.  a labyrinth is not a maze; it is one path leading on a circuitous path to the center and back out.  2.  a labyrinth is meant to represent a spiritual path.  For me, it represents my walk with Jesus, with many twists and turns, sometimes where I cannot see the center, but always turning back to the center.

I have more about labyrinths HERE:  https://www.facebook.com/LabyrinthLiving

More to come!  

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16 Responses to A Bit About Me

  1. castlebridge says:

    why labyrinth? Just curious

    • I have been fascinated by labyrinths for a long time. I see many metaphors in the labyrinth – that’s often how I think, analyze and clarify for myself.

      I see my life as a journey through a labyrinth. I will be writing about the twistings and turnings I have experienced, as I journey toward the light at the center of my labyrinth.

      Walking a labyrinth is always a journey toward a goal, a purpose-filled walk. Walking a labyrinth is also a solitary journey, a prayerful walk.

      So you cannot walk it with me, or beside me, but you may, if you so choose, listen in on some of my thoughts as I go.

      • I am enjoying your writings so much. Like this piece on walking a labyrinth…and in lieu of walking beside you I’m delighted to listen in. Thanks for the invitation! Love, Betsy

  2. Vince Chough says:

    I like your blog and I like your story.
    The labyrinth analogy is a perfect analogy. He knows where we are going… we just have to trust.
    Many blessings,
    Vince

  3. What a lovely about page. I look forward to learning more about you.

    Best,
    Michael

  4. Diane Magnusson (Edwards) says:

    I really enjoy your writings shared on this site. I have saved some to rotate posting on my frig. Thank you so much.

  5. Sheryl says:

    I have a colleague at work is also very interested in labyrinths and how their design encourages meditation. I find it really interesting that they have been used since at least the middle ages and that there are labyrinths in some of the old cathedrals in Europe.

  6. Sarah Elliott says:

    If you are looking for labyrinths, you might be interested in the World Wide Labyrinth Locator, a joint project between Veriditas and The Labyrinth Society: http://labyrinthlocator.com/. The database contains over 4,000 labyrinths in 70 countries! Blessings on your journey!

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