Church At Starbuck’s

choosing healer
“CONNECTED”, 5’x30″, painting on wool flannel


This morning

Emma and I wheeled our way to town.

I said: “GOD? I really could use a miracle. The world is scary and I don’t want to shut my heart down. Just tell me something….SOMETHING to keep the fires burning in me, ok?

Amen and all that..” as an unwarranted, snarky bit at the end.

A giant convention about languages is in town and has peppered the streets with humans of all shades and dress and language. National Geographic-esque in the best sense.

We weave to and fro to Starbucks.

Approaching the outer entry I see through the window a man leaping from his table inside to open the door for us.

“THANK YOU!!” I gush at him. We have a moment.

Settling in at a table to read the Friday paper feels just right joining the cacophonous early crowd.

Strangely, today I like the noise.

Emma has all her needs cared for and licks cappuccino foam from my finger and settles in for a snooze on my lap.

A lovely woman comes up close to me and breathlessly asks if she may sit.

She says:” I wear oxygen tanks and I see you all over town. I got up this morning and took pleasure in dressing well to go out in the world instead of staying home as I always do. I see you looking so chic and friendly and almost happy and thought if she can do it so can I. It was you who gave me the courage to come out today and I wanted you to know this from my heart.”

I reached for her and we cried.

She quickly rose breathlessly and disappeared into crowded throng.

Her eyes were so directed, present and bright with urgency as she spoke to me.

It was Church at Starbuck’s.


6 Responses to “Church At Starbuck’s”

  1. Adele on November 11th, 2016


  2. Karen on November 11th, 2016

    always remember the lives you have made richer Cathy

  3. Jim Peele on November 11th, 2016

    You inspire me too!

  4. Carrie on November 11th, 2016

    Gentle hugs and light

  5. Dennis Chamberlain on November 12th, 2016

    The heading “Church at Starbucks” gives me such a kaleidoscope of thought possibilities that it would make a wonderful title for your first novel. What a wonderful message from the lady with the oxygen. And all of us who know you know the refreshing silent messages that you convey.

  6. gerry harty on November 12th, 2016

    I love thinking of Starbucks as your Church and I really love the idea Dennis has about your first novel…ciao bella xoxo

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