Does God Need Our Help?

It’s noble that we think God needs our help. Those of us who believe we are doing God’s work, have to be super careful it’s not an ego trip we are on. Being taken up with our own importance. A weak sense of self being bolstered because we think others will approve of us for what we do. God doesn’t need our help. God needs us to be gentle and kind, strong and forgiving. Centered and sane. An expression of unconditional love. All these are tall orders and one that takes daily practice to even begin to live up to… Read More »


A New Path

New Paths to There is a wonderful little park not far from my house in Williamsburg. It’s called Deepwater Point. This pine forest makes for a level hiking area which my knees and older dogs appreciate. There’s big roots that jut out along the paths, and lots of big tall pines. After traipsing through the woods, the path opens out onto a nice view of East Bay. When I need to be by the water to hear that lapping sound of the waves on the shore, or see the glitter of the sun on the surface, I’ll take Dutch and… Read More »


Your Sixth Sense

Your love for one another taps you into your sixth sense. What brings your Sixth Sense Front and Center? You have experienced it – there is power in love. Love is spiritual in nature. Fully loving another human being brings this powerful sixth sense front and center. Loving makes you feel good down into your bones. Colors look brighter, you notice pretty things with more delight, your favorite sports team’s wins seem more fantastic – you like your cat even more than before. Love opens your senses down to your neurons and cell receptors to new perceptions. Love essentially re-paves… Read More »


In the Flow with Prayer

Part 3 –What Does Prayer Have to do with Marriage? Click here to read Part 1, Spiritually Oriented for Life and Part 2, $24,500 Worth How is prayer related to weddings? Or related to getting married? Is there something about prayer that can help you now that you are married? And help in a way that is not religious but is spiritual AND reverent? As you approach your wedding day there are a million thoughts (at least) that come up. Thoughts like “what was it the DJ said about what time she would get there?” to “am I making a mistake… Read More »


Answered Prayer Worth $24,500

  This is the second in a three part series about spirituality, prayer and marriage.   Check out Part 1 Forty-five minutes later, their call came back with good news. The briefcase had been found a block from where the car broke down! $500 was missing, but the rest was there. What thief takes $500 when he or she can have $25,000? Why not take the whole thing? So how is that for an incredible demonstration of answered prayer? Explain that one! Being Privy to Greatness Events like this happened all the time. I was privy to people experiencing physical,… Read More »


Invest in Love

When cell phones first came out, I didn’t want to invest in one. Those polycarbonate flippers were a long leash, never giving me a break from being contacted. The “oh, that’s what I forgot” and then undertaking it in the line at the grocery store would never give me a break from being a human doing.   Amazing Smart Phones Fast forward ten plus years. These days I can’t live without my smart phone. You too? Our calendars, emails, weather, camera, calculator, GPS – are all in our phones. Plus most of them fit in our pocket! Amazing! Not only… Read More »


Best Reason to Hire a Professional Wedding Officiant

  This is a guest post by Mark Wilcox. He’s the founder of Wedding Intro.com which helps brides reduce their stress by providing simple and clear wedding planning information.   Donald Trump and the Republican party are not getting along. In the most recent debate, they were discussing the size of body parts. The ones you’re not supposed to talk about in polite company. On national TV. And this isn’t a reality TV show crazy competition but the presidential election. And Trump is running for the Republican nomination. I bring this up because when a political party nominates a candidate,… Read More »


Spiritually-Oriented for Life

If you have met or talked with me, you know one of the first things I tell you about myself as a wedding officiant is I consider myself spiritually-oriented. I have nothing against religion because I know how religion is practiced is totally dependent on the heart and mindset of the individual. Most of you consider yourself spiritual as well. Religion and church for whatever reason has turned you off. Perhaps that’s the way of progress, of evolution. What Does Spiritually-Oriented Mean? Being spiritually-oriented means looking at life from a broader perspective. It means that there is an inner relationship to… Read More »


Meaning of Wedding Rings, Vows

Meaning within Your Wedding Rings and Vows Here’s the scene: It’s your turn. As your officiant I have your wedding rings in my hand. I have asked both of you to turn towards one another. “Take each other’s hands, look into one another’s eyes, and please repeat after me.” You see his eyes, or feel the softness of her hands. Then you utter these little phrases, 5 or 6 words at a times, sometimes sputtered, “I promise to…” And there it is. Good times and bad. Richer or poorer. Together or apart. Sickness and in health. Short. Sweet. Succinct. Forever. Whether conscious… Read More »


Should You Change Your Last Name?

I have always had the same last name. When I had a crush on Tim in 6th grade I wrote my first name over and over with his last name. He didn’t know I existed. In the 1960’s when I was in the midst of defining who I might possibly be when I “grew up”, the hippie era was born. Back then I had long straight blond hair like my idol, Joni Mitchell. I wore bell-bottom jeans (now called wide boot cut, how boring) embroidered with flowers, I painted matching daisies on the little mole on the left side of… Read More »


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