Bags of Filth

  It all began with a dare. A 40-day Lenten dare to put love into action. It was my Ash Wednesday - Valentine's Day challenge to love deeper, truer, better. Could I practice a deeper love for forty days? For one week? For one day? And if I did, what would I learn - about me, about sacrifice, about love?   There is always a cost to...

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Bags of Filth

Ashes and Chocolate

  Chocolate and ash. Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday. An odd pairing, isn't it? Inconvenient, actually. How do I celebrate Love's Big Day with all the expected pomp of a fancy dinner, fine wine, exquisite desserts, and of course, chocolate, when Valentine's Day happens to fall this day on the Church's Big Day of penitence and...

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Ashes and Chocolate

Come, O Light, Come

  A heavy blanket of darkness envelops our world on this the darkest night of the year. For those of us living in the northern hemisphere, this winter solstice, this stopping of the sun, heralds the end of the disappearance of light and the beginning of its return.   But all we notice is the dark.   Today in Philadelphia, we...

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Come, O Light, Come

Advent Hope

  I'm wrestling with Advent this year.   I desperately wanted this Advent to be a season of peaceful reflection and soul gripping hope, but to be honest, hope feels especially far beyond my grasp this year. All the Advent talk of desire and anticipation, of waiting and watching, of hoping and dreaming has seemed to shine a spotlight...

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Advent Hope

Lessons From the Gorge, Part 2

  I don’t know about you, but I'm ready to turn the page on this calendar year and put an end to 2017. It has been an awfully painful year, hasn’t it? Five terror attacks in the UK. The Barcelona bombing. Mass shootings, car bombs, and suicide bombs in Istanbul, Baghdad, Kabul, Somalia, Pakistan, Syria and many other locations around the...

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Lessons From the Gorge, Part 2

The Gorge

  I have recently discovered Ithaca, NY and must confess that I am smitten by its natural beauty. My visits began two years ago when my daughter committed to play lacrosse at Cornell University. Several times a year we would travel to Ithaca for her to attend lacrosse camps or clinics as she pursued her passion for playing lacrosse at...

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The Gorge

I’m Bonnie and I’m a hope hunter. I hunt for hope in the hard seasons of life, believing beauty can be found everywhere, even in the brokenness.

On these pages, I write about life in all its beauty and messiness, convinced that hope glimmers even in the darkest of shadows.

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