Author Archives: friendmarcelle

About friendmarcelle

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

The Light That Shines in the Darkness

On a dark, starry night, in a year of whole-hearted seeking, inner senses opened and divine Reality was suddenly revealed. I experienced a Light that flows through everything and a Power that can heal anything. Continue reading

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Faithfulness Groups

Participating in an ongoing Faithfulness Group helps me sense more clearly God’s call on my life.  We offer each other a form of prayerful attention and companionship that helps us remember, again and again, that God is always present, ready … Continue reading

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The Best of A Whole Heart

In celebration of five years of writing A Whole Heart, I’ve looked at my WordPress statistics that show which blog posts have been most popular. The blog was created in November 2012, in a burst of intense inspiration, just before … Continue reading

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Hidden Stories of Christmas

On the winter solstice, a friend sent me a link to a web page about Reindeer legends of northern lands. It’s natural for myths to change over time, but it’s sad to see how myths and cultural legends that once celebrated women, as well as female reindeer, were replaced by a man and a lead reindeer named Rudolph. When it comes to stories of Light coming into the world, however, there’s a far more important story that’s been hidden for many centuries. Continue reading

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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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