Birthday Girl

Today, I am the birthday girl. Today, I celebrate another twirl and whirl around the sun. I celebrate, conscious of each breath, each fragile moment, each grace that comes my way. Today, I  am new; today, I embark on another year, my hat full of sun and rain, ideas, books, lines of poetry, mind-maps, vision … More Birthday Girl

Thank You, Universe

“Let gratitude be the pillow on which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.” ~ Maya Angelou I write this week in memory of my friend, Nancy Smith-Watson’s mother, the lovely, cheerful, kind, and luminous, Dorothy Smith.  She died on March 19.  She was in her nineties. My gratitude for the impact that she had on … More Thank You, Universe

Simple Pleasures

“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.” ~ Vernon Howard This morning, the citrus trees out back are swaddled in sheets, mattress covers, tarps, and comforters. It is 27 degrees in Arizona.  It is never 27 degrees in Arizona. The sun is shining but my doglet won’t get … More Simple Pleasures

Counting My Blessings

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.  ~ Henry Brooks Adams Drunken desert grackles and wrens were dancing the cha-cha and singing until all hours last night. My Palo Brea is awash in yellow flowers that are apparently quite tasty and fun for birdies.  They were having a nectar festival … More Counting My Blessings

Diving into the great “fullness” of life…

Tonight I am sorting through all my reminders to be grateful: air conditioning; ice tea; time to dawdle and journal and wonder about life; stars — especially the big dipper which hangs directly over my house each night — offering the promise of wisdom and openings that have yet to be revealed. The Path of … More Diving into the great “fullness” of life…