Evolving Journey Blog

My Life Has Become Unbloggable

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Sunday, September 4, 2011 In : Spiritual guidance 

I haven’t been blogging. Some of you have kindly called that to my attention--for which I thank you and take your query as a compliment. It’s actually rude, I think, to simply stop blogging. Kind of like disappearing a cast member on a long-running show. Hey, at least have the decency to kill them off so we know how to feel! So as one for whom rudeness is unacceptable, I feel compelled to let you know why my Evolving Journey has not been crossing paths with yours.

I assure you my silenc...


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It Hasn't Happened Yet!

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Friday, July 22, 2011 In : Spiritual guidance 

A few years ago the Governor of California announced that he was going to cut state workers’ wages to the federal minimum. Whoa, Whammy and What?!? My friend, Sandi, was one of those people at the potentially piercing end of this skewer—with not only herself, but a family to help support. Instantly, her co-workers railed against the State of Unfair Affairs--obsessed with protest and fear--yet they had enough wits about them to notice that Sandi didn’t seem to be disturbed.

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Coming Home? Or Going Home?

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Thursday, July 7, 2011 In : Kona Big Island 

I ask you: What’s the difference between “coming home” and “going home?” I’ve been twisting this around in my brain for awhile, the way one braids and re-braids tumbling locks without ever getting it quite right. For more normal people, this is a reason to just brush it out (or off) and go on with real life. But for people like me, it’s a reason to blog. The question in question arose because I realized that when I head to Hawai’i I feel like I am “coming home,” but when I...


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Separated at Birth?

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Friday, July 1, 2011 In : Women at midlife 

If I’ve been on your Social Media radar lately, you know that I just had a week-long reunion with my so-called “childhood friend.” Actually that was a convenient phrase for online usage, though not really the truth. I met Loui when my Dad took a pastorate in Muncie, Indiana with The Church of the Nazarene in 1956. Her name was Louanna then, and she was four years my senior – my brother’s pal. Because our parents were also friends, I spent a fair amount of time in her home over the n...


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I Have Everything I Need Right Here, Right Now (Revisited)

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Monday, June 20, 2011 In : Women at midlife 

Could it really, truly be that we have everything we need right here, right now? If we look? If we are open to it? If we trust that we do? It’s a philosophy that I’ve been experimenting with for the last few years. And if you’ve been sloshing along with this blog for awhile, you may recall the incident last year when I put this claim to the test. My friend, Sandi and I, had little more than a day to erect a storage space in her back yard—with no pre-existing foundation. (If you want...


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Thanks to the Humble Blog

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Friday, June 17, 2011 In : Moving to Maui 

Last year I moved to Maui against all odds and in the face of almost everyone’s shock, including my own. (The exception was my mutually-adopted daughter, Donna, who said, “Of course you are!”) It was a radical move after living in California since I was twenty-four, arriving there as as ten-day-old mama to my firstborn. My children had grown up in Sacramento and so had I. Through the years, I'd enthusiastically considered this city not only my home, but the base of my spiritual roots. E...


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Reclaiming an Unlived Spring

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 In : Women at midlife 

The sun found Portland today long after it was due, showing up as if right on cue like a   celebrity late to her own gala sans apology. My granddaughter, Abby, a bona fide nature nymph, could not be contained. Her well-being had been compromised by the lack of spring and outdoors she flew, beckoning me to join her. Nothing to do but scoop but the eight-month old baby, grab a blanket, and head for the front lawn. We settled in semi-shade for the sake of Garen’s bald head, yet close enough to...


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The Rumor Is True

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Thursday, June 2, 2011 In : Spiritual guidance 

“Have you heard that Maridel gets her dental work done in Hawai’i?” From such queries rumors are spun. So before you hear that I’m jetting off to Sweden for a blood test or to Italy for a pap smear, here’s the truth: I am going to The Big Island to be crowned (literally) the Queen of Molars Gone Bad. (I have a layover on Maui. Should I get a pedi there?)

But here’s the irony of all this: my upcoming dental getaway isn’t a reflection of affluence. In fact, if I were wealthy enou...


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Online Dating Lesson

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 In : Women at midlife 

I’m happy. I’m single. I’m happy I’m single. (Get ready, the “but” isn’t far behind—or instead, let’s make that an “and.”) AND after an adult lifetime of long-term partnerships, there’s a part of me that asks, “Is there someone else out there?” Or, more importantly, “Is there someone in there—someone inside me who is willing to enrich and complicate my current level of contentment?”  I have to admit that despite that satisfaction, I’ve been attracted to the...


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The Center of Your Own Universe

Posted by Maridel Bowes on Thursday, May 19, 2011 In : Spiritual therapy 

You never know when it will wash over, under or around you…that delicious swell of feeling like you are at the center of your own universe. I recall leaving the house one fall day in my early twenties, driving away through a palate of golds and reds, to run some errands. Suddenly, there it was: the feeling of being at the epicenter of my life for no definable or particular reason. It must have been the first time as the vibrancy of those few seconds still visits me after forty years.

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