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04 - Stage 2, Part 2

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 11:09pm -- Monica Gush

August, 2014

Let me tell you about c-diff. C-diff is short for Clostridium difficile. It is a bacteria that can live in our colons along with lots of other bacteria. It is difficult to kill and can live on surfaces for months. It’s also resistant to most antibiotics. So when you take an antibiotic and start killing off the other bacteria that normally destroy c-diff, c-diff will flourish. And flourish it does. Although flourish isn’t exactly the term I would have used to describe day 10.

03 - Stage 2, Part 1

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 6:21pm -- Monica Gush
May, 2014 - August, 2014
 
During my 8 weeks off of work, things got….different.  While I didn’t have any more “attacks” that put me completely off food for weeks, I developed new and different gut symptoms that limited how much I could eat.  Putting anything through my system caused what felt like major throbbing.  It started in my gut and would intensify until it felt like my entire body was throbbing and then slowly die down over several hours until I ate or drank something again. And it didn't matter what food it was.

Thoughts at the turning of the year - Dec 2015

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 1:06pm -- Toni

It’s the last day of 2015.  I’m sitting here watching the top 100 baseball plays of the year and can’t believe that there are no plays by Bryce Harper and the Nats so far in the list.  A record breaking, MVP season for Bryce and not one highlight in the top 100.     Hmmmm.  Obviously, the MLB Network and I have very different criteria and perspectives regarding what’s “good baseball.”  And as I reflect more on that idea, it becomes clear to me that this is a truth in so many areas of my world.  My perspective on “things” is often diff

00 - An Intro

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 11:14pm -- Monica Gush

I’m on a journey...a journey I started two years ago. I call it my “concentrated life”...as in the condensing of learning and change that would normally occur over the period of many years into a shorter time period. It makes things very intense. Let me explain.

The Coming of Christmas

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 10:46pm -- Toni

One of my favorite carols is I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day – the poem by Longfellow set to music. In his poem, Longfellow captures the despair and the hope of a world at war – an individual in pain because of personal loss. He wrote this poem in 1864 – the Civil War was raging – His son had been injured in battle – His wife had died in a fire. The world around him was not a peaceful place! And yet through all of this pain and despair, he found the Source of All Things – He heard the bells pealing peace – reconciliation – forgiveness.

Tithing Corner: November-December 2015

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 12:14pm -- Toni

Georgiana Tree West, the founder of Unity Center of Practical Christianity in New York City, wrote the book, Prosperity’s Ten Commandments, that has been used by many a Unity minister over the years to help folks understand our way of seeing and living prosperity principles.  I would like to share a paragraph from her discussion of the 4th Prosperity Commandment --Thou shalt let go and let God do it.  (I have taken the liberty of updating some of the language.  My words are in italics.)

Words from the Board: November-December 2015

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:01am -- Toni

In October, 2014, the board members found a Toad on the first night of the retreat and found the meaning and message of that Toad had special significance for us during the weekend.  This year, Board members gathered on the weekend of October 23-25 to plan for our coming year.  On her drive to the retreat, Rev Toni saw a beautiful blue heron in flight and took that as another sign for the Board and our meeting:

Here is one of the descriptions of Heron as a spiritual totem:

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