Author Archives: friendmarcelle

About friendmarcelle

I am a Quaker writer, teacher, workshop leader, and spiritual director.

Hiking Naked

Hiking Naked is a sparkling new memoir about a family who leaves their normal life behind for a year on a remote island, where they discover more clearly who they are and what they love. Continue reading

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When Will We Ever Learn?

The PBS documentary The Vietnam War reveals many poignant and surprising perspectives. Looking at truths it reveals may help guide us in facing the thorny challenges of our day. Continue reading

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Looking at the Shadow that Blocks the Light

Facing the shadow in ourselves and in our country can ultimately free us for lives of greater love, and release the divine power available to deal with our challenges. Continue reading

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A Faithful Friend

As we drove to Ohio for Katharine Jacobsen’s memorial service, my husband and I remembered her loving friendship and the radiant, welcoming smile with which she greeted us when we came to visit. Katharine and her husband, Ken, had invited … Continue reading

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A Movement of Love, For Life

The recent U.S. election offered a choice between very different approaches to government. The majority of American people want good public services, peace, and a hopeful future for their children and grandchildren. The new administration’s policies toward the environment, however, lead toward death. The good news is that the election ignited a mass movement. We can still choose life, if we allow ourselves to be guided by divine love, and filled with the power of the Spirit. Continue reading

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Say the Wrong Thing

My brother-in-law Barry married into our family about twenty years ago. I met him long before that, when he and my sister Cindy were high school sweethearts. But it was only this past year that I initiated a conversation with … Continue reading

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Opening to Divine Guidance

We each have an amazing inner connection to divine wisdom and guidance, always available. The challenge is to turn our attention toward it and stay focused long enough to receive benefit. Here is a link to a guided meditation to help us focus on situations in our lives that require more understanding. Continue reading

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