About me

I am
wife; mother to two children in their 20s and surrogate mom to a young man from Russia who came here as a student; soon-to-be full-time MDiv student pursuing Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church.

The title
comes from a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke. It resonates with me in part because I think I have indeed spent my life circling around God in one way or another, but also because the phrase “widening circles” brings to mind an image of ripples spreading across the surface of a pond. I believe our prayers and actions and attitudes do cause ripples that spread across the world. It also makes me think of opening my arms wide and wider to embrace everything that is good in life.

Cast of characters
DQH, or DearQuakerHusband, who has been walking beside me since 1978.

Jazzman, former known as FS, or FavoriteSon, the older of our two children, now a budding entrepreneur and amateur jazz pianist in the City of Brotherly Love.

RB, or RunawayBunny, who started out in this blog as FavoriteDaughter but was renamed, presently working for an anti-hunger nonprofit.

RussianSon, now out of school but still here on a two-year work visa.

Assorted friends, family, and co-workers.

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