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Same request. I would love to share this poem.

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May I share your content, specifically the poem , if I correctly use citation including your URL, the author, and the Tuscan Area Iris Society? I will only be supporting your theme and continuing to relate to the love of flowers and how they inspire us so! Thanks in advance!

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Congratulations

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May 11Liked by Diana Butler Bass

Congratulations on three years. I'm confident there's much more to come. You have added much richness and depth to our (my wife and myself) growth in faith. There is so much of Christianity we said "NO WAY" to. Nice to find an AMEN rising up in us now and then. Also great for me to be a male visiting the cottage.

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May 11Liked by Diana Butler Bass

I so needed this reminder and message today after reading so much conflicting, conflictual, and spiritually draining “news.” A person found guilty by a jury of his peers of sexual abuse one day getting an open forum and platform on national media to tell more lies and foment more anger and abuse the next. It makes my head spin! But it invites me to dig deeper to my roots of truth, courage, and compassion. To walk the fine line between apathy and vitriol.

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May 11Liked by Diana Butler Bass

Diana, I subscribed the first May you offered subscriptions, and I'm delighted to celebrate your third Cottage birthday with you! The Cottage and you have both been gifts to me in so many ways. You have provided spiritual nurture as I have found myself outside the church community I have been part of almost all my life; you have challenged my mind to seek beyond the false constraints of my conservative evangelical upbringing, and invited my heart into terrains that have thrilled me, stilled me, and invited me to ground all that I am and do in Love. You have been my champion, my confidant, my cheerleader, and co-learner. May you be blest for all that you have been to me along this journey. And on the days you feel discouraged by the insanity and evil all around us, may you too turn to this beautiful community for solace, companionship and courage.

With deep love and gratitude!

Kate

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May 11Liked by Diana Butler Bass

“And there they were. All these mothers. I have more mothers than any eight girls off the street. They are the moons shining over me.”

~Sue Monk Kidd, “The Secret Life of Bees”

Thank you Diana ~ and all the new friends I have found here in The Cottage! I am a mother among mothers - and sisters and brothers!

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I think we should stop using the term Christian nationalism. There is nothing Christian about any nationalism. Jesus did not promote any nationality, not did he teach any association with nation or government. Give to Caesar what is Cesar’s and to God what is God’s - total separation. The more we join the “Christian nationalism” discourse the more we give validity to it. No, let’s not call it Christian Nationalism. Let’s call it what it is: CHRISTO-FASCISM.

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I know you mean well, but honestly, everyone knows that mother's day is really all about celebrating only those who have been able to be someone's adoptive or biological mother. Trying to make it more inclusive by tacking on "teachers, friends, mentors" at the end of the list feels like tokenism to this never to be someone's mother thanks to infertility. I'd love to see as big a deal being made over International Women's Day, a celebration for all women regardless of their marital or reproductive status, as gets made over mother's day. It's a really difficult day/following week to get through for those of us who aren't able to be mothers. It's also hard for many whose mothers have died or who weren't worth celebrating.

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"I can't do it all today, but I can do something." Quote from Mother Teresa from Doug Carpenter

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May 11Liked by Diana Butler Bass

I’m going to share this on Mother’s Day. Thank you!

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May 11Liked by Diana Butler Bass

Such a timely message in my mind’s chaos this morning. Back on solid ground I stand. I rest now in gratitude.

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