Spiritual Journey · Teaching

Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?

Where were you when the world stopped turnin’ That September day?­ Teachin’ a class full of innocent children Or drivin’ on some cold interstate? We remember when the world stopped turning because, for most of us, it felt as if it did. Time stood still. We remember where we were, who we were with, and… Continue reading Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?

Benedictine Spirituality · Prayer · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey

Music as Prayer ♫ This Journey Is My Own

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” -Plato Singing is soulful. It is prayerful and it is powerful. I love to sing (in the privacy of my own car). I love to listen to others sing, from the liturgical chant of Benedictine monks to contemporary Christian artists. Whether it’s the melody… Continue reading Music as Prayer ♫ This Journey Is My Own

Country Roads · Mother ~ Daughter · Spiritual Journey

31-derful Years: A Marriage Made of Moments

Jodi Blazek❤ Joseph Gehr, August 17, 1985 A Marriage Made of Moments  is a blog post I wrote for our 30th anniversary last year. For our 31-derful anniversary, I share a revised post with updated photos, new “moments” and fresh reflections… because a lot can happen in one year. A marriage is made of moments.… Continue reading 31-derful Years: A Marriage Made of Moments

Books · Home: Downsize and Declutter · Prayer · Spiritual Journey

Made for Goodness: A Child of God

A few years ago, in our attempt to downsize and declutter, I attacked the hundreds of books I own with an attitude of discernment. Where should this book reside? Where would it’s best home be? Shall I keep it to read again or send it along to be enjoyed by another reader? I was particularly… Continue reading Made for Goodness: A Child of God

Benedictine Spirituality · Contemplative Photography · Creativity · Spiritual Journey

A Nebraska Birthday Wish

It’s Nebraska’s 150th birthday next year, but I get to blow out the candles and make the wish!! I know you aren’t supposed to share a birthday wish, but this is a secret I can’t keep. My wish: To share with everyone in Nebraska (and beyond) my favorite place in the whole world—a Benedictine monastery and… Continue reading A Nebraska Birthday Wish

Benedictine Spirituality · Spiritual Journey

Life is Full of Joy (and Sadness Intertwined)

July, 2015, written one year ago: I’d like to think if we are doing it right, life is full of joy…even when there is sadness. This birthday weekend reserved to celebrate Jessica’s 21st birthday on July 24 and her Grandma Gehr’s 78th birthday on July 25, took a turn. Life happened instead of what was… Continue reading Life is Full of Joy (and Sadness Intertwined)

Books · Mother ~ Daughter · Prayer · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey

A Mother’s Blessing

  I thought it would be a little tacky to take a photo of a mother and child I didn’t know this morning in church. I was so tempted to sneak a cell phone shot and apologize later if caught.  It was a tender, intimate moment that I wish could have been captured. But I… Continue reading A Mother’s Blessing