One year ago today I sold my first Free Range Rosary on Etsy. This was my first official sale and it just so happens that the same person who purchased it, just bought another one of my creations yesterday. I’m still unclear on whether it’s freerange or free range or free-range but that hasn’t stoppedContinue reading “Free Range Rosaries Origin Story”
I started making rosaries a little over a year ago. I had started praying the rosary again last year out of need, desperation really and I came to make rosaries out of a need to create love out of misery; to walk a spiral around the difficulties of the worst time in my life, spreadingContinue reading “What is a Free Range Rosary?”
We come to prayer and meditation for many reasons. Some have a daily practice, some come to prayer the way you grab the “Oh Jesus” handle in the car when things get rough. Praying for help in the clutch of difficulty is as old as old gets. Then there are the long-term difficulties that seepContinue reading “A Spiritual Practice for Guilt”
Today is the Summer Solstice and the feeling of regeneration, new connection and a release from SO many months of isolation, worry, grief, change and a world turned on it’s ear is palpable. The pandemic is not over and the corners up ahead contain mystery. As we give gratitude for our lives, we keep prayingContinue reading “Summer Solstice Prayer, Play & Transformation (and new beads!)”
So I’m pretending to be an organized business with “seasons” just for fun. (Worth a shot right? lol😜) I’m just SO stoked to connect to Makuahine Nui (Great Mother) and co-create some new free-range rosaries, malas and chaplets this summer. Summer is almost here! More are people vaccinated and some places can see ahead toContinue reading “Free Range Inspiration for Summer 2021”
Creating this site and starting a micro-business making and selling rosaries has me thinking a lot more about my Catholic upbringing. I’ve also been pleasantly surprised to find a community with many other Ex / Former / Recovering / Raised / Enter-a-word-here Catholics. Especially those that find themselves praying the rosary and applying some ofContinue reading “What kind of _____ Catholic are you ?”
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated with the Lotus flower. They grow in the muck and rise up toward the sun to bloom on the surface of the water (usually, some grow in very wet earth). As a metaphor it’s something most of us can relate to. We grow through a lotContinue reading “Why I love the symbolism of the Lotus Blossom”
What to do with my Great Grandmother’s broken rosary? According to family lore, it was buried with her back in the 1950’s. It appeared again in my Great Aunt’s jewelry box many years later.
I recently re-discovered the more than amazing Father Seán ÓLaoire. He’s my second favorite Irish former Catholic priest. (The late John O’Donohue is the first.) No longer a formal part of the Church, he is the Spiritual Director of Companions on the Journey a group based in Northern California. He also has a BA inContinue reading “A Cosmic View of the Glorious Mysteries”
What happens when a Buddhist Nun and a Catholic Priest get together to talk about cultivating courage in difficult times? Truth and hilarity ensue.
The name for the endemic Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle is Honu and they are one of my most beloved creatures in Hawaii. I frequently include Honu beads in my rosaries and prayer beads. I ❤️ Honu! I include some of the following notes on the symbolism of turtle along with that of the Honu ofContinue reading “Honu Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle Symbolism”
I frequently use a Tree of Life on my rosaries and prayer beads in place of a cross or crucifix. It’s a powerful symbol packed with meaning and significance for many people & cultures. I made a rosary for a friend who is a semi-practicing Catholic and asked if she wanted a crucifix or somethingContinue reading “Tree of Life Symbolism”
a surprisingly feminist practice hidden inside the patriarchy.
I wrote this prayer about 10 years ago. It’s a mashup of the Hail Mary and the Buddhist Metta (Loving kindness) prayer. I was inspired to write it in part to quell my Catholic Mom’s worries that I’d become a heathen (anything not Catholic in her view). Also, I was longing to connect with GreatContinue reading “Hail Mary: A Cathlo-Buddhist Mashup”
This article is by my dear friend and podcast co-host Cyndera Quakenbush. It was originally published here on Your Tango. Check out her work with Story Through Stone. If you’re anything like me and about 23% of all Americans, you are not affiliated with any religion. What cannot be captured in a poll, however, areContinue reading “Rosaries For Rebels: Non Churchy Ways to Use the Beads”
This summer I found a beautiful translation of the Our Father prayer and shared it with my Rosary Circle. We soon adopted it into our rosary practice, using it for the first Pater (Our Father) bead. This translation is from the original Aramaic and was done by Neil Douglas-Klotz, who is a religious studies, spirituality,Continue reading “Our Art of Heaven Hallowed Be a New Prayer”