Posted by Patricia Adams Farmer on January 21, 2024

The enchanting Masterpiece series All Creatures Great and Small features a crochety but loveable Yorkshire vet, Siegfried, and his brilliant young partner, James.

In this series, based on the real-life stories of James Herriot, . . .

Posted by Patricia Adams Farmer on December 20, 2023

We're walking in the air
We're floating in the moonlit sky
The people far below
Are sleeping as we fly
I'm holding very tight
I'm riding in the midnight blue
I'm finding I can fly
So high above with you
— from “Walking in the Air” by Howard Blake

As many of us light the “love” candle this Sunday . . .

Posted by Patricia Adams Farmer on October 21, 2023

“I have hymns you haven’t heard.”
— Rilke

“I want to fight until I don’t feel sad anymore,” cries the young Polish character . . .

Posted by Patricia Adams Farmer on September 29, 2023

“All sorrows are less with bread.”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Sometimes, you just have to bake something. At least I do.

Especially after a long news segment on very serious issues . . .

Posted by Patricia Adams Farmer on August 4, 2023

Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,
what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.
— Rainer Maria Rilke, from Sonnets to Orpheus II

On my last Sunday as a working minister, . . .

Posted by Patricia Adams Farmer on April 11, 2023

On a casual spring walk “I am waylaid by Beauty” in the spirit of the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. The bursting redbud trees, fluting birdsong, and waving daffodils toss my rambling thoughts to the wind and invite me into their world for a moment of feeling. This feeling has the flavor of something larger and more enduring and hopeful than me, myself, and I. In an instant, I lose my sense of individual self-enclosure and I go wide, feeling the world as part of myself and more than myself. Such simple spring beauty connects me with the very tenderness of God, and it feeds me for hours, days, a lifetime.

One moment of drinking in beauty, . . .

Posted by Patricia Adams Farmer on November 19, 2022

“There is the music of Heaven in all things.”
— Hildegard of Bingen

The world fell away, my body melting into the earth. . . .

Posted by Patricia Adams Farmer on September 20, 2022

As millions of people world-wide mourn the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, I remember her beautiful Christmas message from 2015. As the head of the Church of England, she was a devoted Christian, but her words of unity, hope, and love surely resonated with many people, including those who do not share her faith:

“It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. . . .’ Despite being displaced and persecuted throughout his short life, Christ's unchanging message was not one of revenge or violence but simply that we should love one another.”

This simple message of “love one another” . . .

Posted by Patricia Adams Farmer on July 14, 2022

I rock. Everyday. Sometimes twice a day — every time I get a chance. I particularly like to rock in the dark, before bedtime, as it works better than sleeping pills. My rocking chair has become my favorite place to read, to dream, to chat with a friend, to listen to music, to drink tea — carefully — and yes, to meditate. I rock away stress, bad news, obsessive thoughts, back pain, and the despair of this world.

After rocking for only a few weeks in my Amish-made wooden rocker, . . .

Posted by Patricia Adams Farmer on March 19, 2022

"The sunflower is mine."
—Vincent van Gogh

Distressed Hearts . . .


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Welcome to Process Musings for the spiritually curious, the creative, and the open-hearted. We, Jay McDaniel and Patricia Adams Farmer, are two bloggers from the world of process thought, inspired by the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. This multi-faith blog features articles, essays, stories, videos, and poetry which invite you to discover fresh possibilities for wholeness, creativity, and joy. Read more.