2012: A Gratitude List

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~ T. S. Eliot As the tumult of 2012 comes to a close, I want to express my gratitude to the people who’ve read Falling Into Wonderland over the … More 2012: A Gratitude List

Your Wild and Precious Life

For my Mother “Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is like the roar of a lion.  What sickness can, therefore, be an obstacle?” I am thinking today about the line from Mary Oliver’s poem (above).  Our lives — the moments and years that we often take for granted; the minutiae of every day life; the value of each precious minute — … More Your Wild and Precious Life

Initiations

The best things in life aren’t things. They are the complex relationships and experiences we are given on a daily basis. Raw, messy, painful love. Heartbreak. Birth. Death. The chance to touch another human being. They are present in our beloved pets, in crisp pink clouds at dawn, and in the wild beauty of the desert swirling with bright stars. They glow inside the limited number of chances we have to tell our mothers (or fathers) we love them. They live inside the quiet willingness we exhibit in risking our hearts, in being seen, in openly giving of ourselves without expectation of a return. … More Initiations