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  • On Faith

    I remember as a teenager having real battles with my father on this issue. Ours was a religiously split household, and to profess a faith in his Roman Catholic God or my mother’s Protestant God of Love was to reject beloved family members on the other “side”. As the oldest child I bore the brunt […]

  • Swish

    By Amy Marchand Collins Swish. Swish. A swirl of blackness, gone already before you realize she is here. Wounded. Leviathan. In the deepest depths. Lashing out. Angry. Betrayed! Well, yes. She was. And she scarcely knows which she wants more: to howl with grief and rage and pain or lash out in anger. And I allow […]

  • What Darkness Does

    What Darkness Does By Amy Marchand Collins What darkness does is bring us close, closer together, closer to the Light.  So it has always been, since first we left the trees and congregated around fires to tell the stories that make us who we are.  The woman sitting and knitting in the back of meetings […]

  • Light-Flinging

    By Amy Marchand Collins Wouldn’t it be fun If instead of mud-slinging, People and politics were more about light-flinging? What needs to seen? What’s there to be healed? Instead of lobbing bombs or bullets We could shine the light of compassion Where were you bullied? How were you oppressed? Rather than cut people down, dragging […]

  • Proposed Budget Cuts Will Likely Have Unforeseen Implications for the Disabled and their Families. 

    For every person, with or without a disability, there are a web of people who support that person as they grow and develop to live an independent, productive life. For children, that web starts but cannot end with the child’s parents. For a child with a disability, much of that web of support depends on […]

  • A Moment of Truth

    This is a momentous night for our nation. A full moon. Unsettled thoughts after tonight’s shocking action by the President. Firing the Director of the FBI! Unprecedented! And Unpresidential.  What revelations will the new day bring? Tonight our Democracy is fighting for her life. If she survives this crisis, there are fundamental changes that will […]

  • A Modern Midas

    I take seriously the injunctions of my faith traditions to love your enemies, and “pray for those who would spitefully use you.” It is often hard work. I have to dig deep to get beneath my own fear and anger and outrage, to try to find some thread of humanity that I am willing to […]

  • A Goddess’s Lament

    By Amy D. Marchand (c) 1996 In the blueness of a watery tomb I searched for you and found you not.  For though your body was there, it was but a cast-aside expression, An empty suit of clothes.  Oh my Beloved, where have you gone?  My tears fall in echoing anguish to the storms that […]

  • About me …

    About me …

    If I’m going to get called names, let it be because I stood for something rather than let my silence imply my assent. I am someone who deeply loves this country. I was raised in NH, educated in DC and have made my home in Virginia, Kansas and now Rhode Island, not far from the […]