Simply Sophy: Seeking Solace for Healing Hearts!

This is a story of how lovingly our needs are met. It’s also about an angel, but mostly about how Spirit, the Guiding Principle, the Universe, God, whatever you choose to call this incomprehensible Mystery, works invisibly to heal our pain. The solutions are not what we’d impose if...

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Simply Sophy! Cheering for Ourselves

Dear Janine, If there is one benefit to this coronavirus isolation, it’s giving us the luxury of time.  It’s not boring. To quote Cicero, “ If you have a garden and a library, you have everything.”  But when, like me, you live alone, the hours are long, especially on...

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The Year of Living Differently!

In December 1982, a Mel Gibson film entitled “The Year of Living Dangerously “was released.  We are only a few months into a new year but I have already dubbed 2020 with the same title as The Year of Living Differently. For me, the difference began 17 days into...

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Simply Sophy…

Dear Janine, The coronavirus seems to be the only topic of conversation these days, assuming you can even find someone to have a conversation with  . . . as we stand separated by our fears.  I write this sitting on the front steps of my little cottage in Massachusetts,...

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Angels Coming to Our Rescue!

  The accompanying photo is from a correspondent, Pam Urquidi-Wilson, who sees angels in the clouds. On crutches, with painful spinal issues, she lives with a generous, boundless faith in the Holy Spirit, seeing angels everywhere. It’s been a long time since I told a story of angels coming...

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Learning to Heal…

  A few weeks ago I “pulled a muscle.”  You’d think at my age that I would know better than to break up the packed ice on the sidewalk outside my house, and heave the snow over my shoulder to the verge; but it was such a pretty, blue-sky...

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The Best of Intentions. To Connect!

Here we are in January. The new year. This time the new Decade. January is the month when we make Resolutions—and usually forget them in a week. Instead of resolutions, I offer myself one word, an Intention, that I can muse on and meander beside throughout the year. One...

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.”  1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT What is your favorite Christmas song (hymn or carol)?  I’ll admit that I’m hard pressed to pick only one but would have to...

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Plastic Turkeys and Prayer!

Thanksgiving is not my favorite holiday. For one thing, it’s become so commercial, with its orange plastic turkeys and pumpkins, not to mention the tinsel of Christmas that started way back at Hallowe’en, that you can hardly remember to offer thanks. It’s ugly. I want beauty, kindness, thoughtful stillness,...

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On Being Myself for Halloween!

“Just be yourself. Everyone else is taken!” Oscar Wilde In this day and age where we all have to “become someone” in order to be seen or noticed, I have come to love this quote! Just be me, myself, and I. Yet while this seems simple enough I realize...

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White Unto Harvest

“…lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white unto harvest…” John 4:35 KJV I’m not a big fan of Halloween.  In fact, the only things I like about the Hallowed Eve is the movie Hocus Pocus and hearing 2 songs on the radio: Monster Mash and...

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Fear and Anxiety, Ghosts and Ghouls!

“Writing is a form of therapy: sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in a human situation.”   Graham Greene  October, and again we have the pleasure of frightening ourselves...

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Transitions: From Yesterday to Tomorrow!

“Look, the trees are turning,” she said, glancing out the picture window toward the New Hampshire woods, and everything in me wanted to cry out: Not yet! Too soon! September marks the beginning of the new year. The children are back at school, anxious or excited, happy with their...

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“Eating Worms”or Gardening with Gratitude!

By Sophy Burnham ——–While working in the garden, I began to muse on how humans are the only animals (at least that we know of) who can live in both past and future. True an earthworm has a one-second precognitive response before it’s cut in two , and to...

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Healing Arrogance and Criticism for Creativity!

There is a saying in the 12-step Alcoholic Anonymous program that “You will not regret the past, nor wish to close the door on it.” And mostly this is true, except when I find myself awake in the darkest hours of a morning night defenseless against the Inner Judge...

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If You Get Lost in Life!

If you get lost in life, put your ear to the ground and listen to its pounding heart.                                     Old Sami saying As I write this one cold and windy March, I find myself longing for April springtime, with the flowers blooming yellow, pink, and blue against green...

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Love and Joy: God Speaks to us

The month of March is said to come in like a lion and out like a lamb, and as I write this, longing for lambs and warmth, the temperature with wind-chill here in the mid-Atlantic hovers in the low double digits, expecting yet more snow and the same dreary,...

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Hanging Pots of Clover!

A couple of nights ago I had this interesting dream of a couple of hanging pots with beautiful clover (or Shamrocks) trailing over the edge of each pot. The stems of each clover were connected to each other, with several of them being being next to each other. This...

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Faith of Our Fathers…and our Presidents

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”  George Washington. The painting accompanying this article hangs in my church during the winter months and was...

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Praying for the Dark Side!

In dark December, when everyone was talking about harking to angels, and the birth of the Baby and the return of the Light, the Atlantic Monthly published a story about demonic possession. (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/arcive/2018/23/catholic-exorcisms-on-the-rise/573943.) An acquaintance made sure I saw it: “I know you write about angels,” he wrote. “What...

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Looking for the Light of Love!

Not long ago a Canadian wrote me about a mysterious encounter he’d had with a homeless man, Helmut, who always carried in his shopping bags spiritual books, herbs, treats and notebooks, and you could imagine that many people thought this ragged man was probably a little crazy. But Helmut...

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Looking for Angel Letters!

This is the season for harkening to angel songs, believing—even joyfully—the warmth, comfort, healing and optimism offered by the angels, the sense that everything is goingto be all right, and that with all our doubts, inadequacies and fears we, too, are all right. We are perfect just the way...

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Thanksgiving Thoughts from Sophy!

It is Thanksgiving week, and I am late with offering my few words before the T-Day feast of gladness that we are called to, because in the last weeks it feels as if all I’ve done is attend memorial services (three in three days; others earlier). Each service took...

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Strange Intuitions: Spirits and Ghosts

   Every October, with its falling leaves and brilliant colors, I’m reminded of my father’s death: October 30 the night before Halloween. My mother had died three years earlier, leaving our father, stroke-ridden, in our house. What was curious, whenever I visited Daddy, I could feel my mother in...

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Freedom of Choice and The Two Wolves

   How quickly my opinions change. One moment I am sneering at Michael Cohen, the President’s long-time lawyer and fixer, a hired hand whom we see dipping his fingers in the milk of corruption, sipping from a bowl that is growing larger and larger as he sits before it...

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Wisdom, Rubies, and the Female Principle!

Perhaps because of my name and its derivation (philo-sophy: the love of wisdom), I have a special relationship with wisdom. I remember when I was a teenager that my prayer — with heart-yearning anguish — was “To Understand.” “Understand what?” someone might have asked, had I opened the secret...

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Celebrate Liberty!

          Proverbs 2:6 (NIV)  For the Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.  For the United States of America, Independence Day, July 4th, is a family celebration.There are bar-b-ques, picnics, parades, and fireworks.  From small town USA to New York’s Macy’s and Washington D.C.’s spectacular fireworks...

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Bits and Pieces

Lou is my very dear, elderly friend who is almost like a second mother to me.  She is now 88 years old and still very active.  Her husband had a military career as an Air Force Master Sergeant, and they have lived in more states than I have room...

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A Christmas Past

This month I defer to another author, Vanessa, from “At The Picket Fence” blog.  I confess that I avoided blogs for several years, unsure if I actually wanted to spend any of my precious (and rare) spare time there.  I finally decided that I would limit myself to two blogs,...

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Making a Memory

I was seated on the bride’s side of a large church sanctuary awaiting the beginning of a wedding.  Prelude music filled the air, and I scanned the scene making note of every exquisite detail in the decorations—all breathtakingly gorgeous.  The bride was an only child; her parents were not wealthy,...

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Can You Relate?

The picture accompanying this article was made in front of our house next to our entry porch.  If I had taken a picture of this same area two months ago, you would have seen some well-established boxwoods and a holly bush.  But life happens…and replacing a field sewer line...

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