Author Archives: Penny Stokes & Pam Jeffers

Villa of Dreams

On the Pacific Coast of Ecuador, just north of Mantañita and Olón, lies a little fishing village called La Entrada. In Spanish, “The Entrance.” An unlikely name for an unassuming Ecuadorian village. The entrance to what?  We found out last … Continue reading

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The End Is Where We Start From

In “Little Gidding” from The Four Quartets, T. S. Eliot writes: What we call the beginning is often the end And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.  Today marks the … Continue reading

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Gratitude in Action

This is Thanksgiving week. Our favorite holiday. On Thursday afternoon, my partner Pam and I will gather with friends who have become family for us–expats, Ecuadorians, people from all over the globe. We’ll share a meal, a bit of wine, … Continue reading

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No Ordinary Time

Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday—the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit. The day when the Spirit’s fire and wind blew through the closed doors where the disciples trembled in fear, and empowered them to get up, get out, and … Continue reading

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Ecuador Weeps….

  16 Abril, 2016 6:58 p.m. An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale strikes the northern coast of Ecuador, leaving hundreds dead, thousands more injured, and countless numbers buried under the debris.   Cry from the Rubble Ayúdame… Ayúdame… … Continue reading

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The Holy In-Between

I’ve long been fascinated with the concept of liminal time—those thresholds in life, the portals that usher us from one stage of growth and awareness into another. My word for the year, in fact, is Thresholds: metaphors of birth and … Continue reading

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Every Place on Earth is Thin

Back in the days when I was actively producing novels and teaching at writing conferences across the country, I tried to impress upon would-be writers the importance of white space on the page. Shorter paragraphs. Reduction of excessive verbiage. Less … Continue reading

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Home By Another Way

Epiphany. The Magi. Astrologers from a faraway land, following the light of an unknown star, their intellectual and spiritual curiosity driving them on to find…what? An enigma swaddled in a mystery. A terrible beauty. A piercing question. A challenge so … Continue reading

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Bui-Doi: They Are All Our Children, Too

I’m old enough to remember Vietnam. The horrific images of napalm warfare splashed across our TV screens. The propaganda. The rationalization. The fear. I remember in particular the images of the evacuation of Saigon, where helicopters airlifted out the last … Continue reading

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Suffer the Little Children

For the last two Sundays we’ve been discussing Genesis 22. A troubling text, this story about God calling Abraham to go and sacrifice Isaac, the child of the promise, as a so-called test of the old man’s faith. The story won’t let me … Continue reading

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