©2019 by Dawn Poulterer-Woods

March 26, 2020

 I keep looking out the window at the wrens, robins, chickadees, and blue birds. Darting about everywhere; they are busy this morning. These little creatures have no idea about the crisis going on across the globe. Their lives consist of finding seeds and scraps to fee...

January 27, 2020


Gray has been intentional since the New Year to practice the disciplines of the faith. After a brief conversation where we tried to get her to think about some goals (without putting pressure on her), she admitted that she feels a little aimless. Her concern has been...

January 10, 2020

If I am honest, I'm fairly certain I don’t believe that prayer “works.” I doubt I’m unique in this. And yet, I pray. What’s even more strange is, as I think about it, I value prayer. It is a practice that matters to me.

I guess what I am realizing is that something comp...

December 9, 2019

There is nothing calm about Christmas. Remember back when Christmas BREAK meant a respite from the normal work-a-day busyness? More time with family, more time with friends, enjoying time around the dinner table with games afterwards, sitting around the fire together?

W...

October 14, 2019

When we lose perspective, we fall off the rails. When we forget what we believe, we exhaust ourselves trying to meet unrealistic expectations social media has waved in our faces. When we stay too busy, we forget what our value system is. It’s the nature of being human....

September 11, 2019

I was surprised by the envy I felt 

that day at the ocean.

Not envy of the laughter and fun I witnessed going on all around me.

Not envy of the skinny belly I have long since lost.

Not envy of the youthful, magical days of being adolescent.

I envied The Pelican.

His long gli...

September 7, 2019

This is the time of year juniors and seniors in high school start to feel an imbalanced amount of stress. 

“If I don’t get into X school, I won’t have a future!”

…as though their grades and what college they attend determines all future happiness. They hunker down in anx...

August 7, 2019

In March of 2018 Psychology Today featured a cover story on the topic of loneliness. “A problem of epidemic proportions,” they claim. This magazine isn't the only one to point out the fact that there is a growing number of people who would admit to feeling deep lonelin...

July 24, 2019

My husband has been in the start-up world for a year now. One day the news is promising and hopeful while the next day we feel the uncertainty of it all. It’s like mental and emotional whiplash. The unpredictability is the only predictable aspect to this job. Most who...

1. We learn the necessity of self-evaluation and reflection:  This is one of the most consistent observations I have made over the last two decades. We stay busy, and as a result rarely consider why we do what we do, why we are so afraid, why we can’t find peace, why w...

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