Hail our blessed bodies. They are the keepers of our souls. … More Hail This Blessed Body
I admit it is one of those down-in-the-dumps days. If I let myself cry, I fear I’ll never stop. Health stuff: a suspicious sighting on my mammogram, in both breasts. The need to have my weeping uterus scraped and checked for cancer. Finding myself heading in and out of doctor’s offices. Answering phone call after … More Litany: Now What?
Day 11: A – Z Challenge Kindness is what’s needed. Kindness is a balm. I spent Saturday at a faculty conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. I’ve been to plenty of these conferences over the years; I thought I knew what I might expect from attending. I was wrong. Yesterday I found a community of committed, like-minded, passionate teachers in … More Kindness. Only Kindness Matters.
Let Yourself Off the Hook. It’s OK to unplug and disengage from the news of the day, from the horror, genocide, war, poverty and sickness that seem to be everywhere. We aren’t terrible people if we need to sit and look at the sky, silently counting clouds, feeling the wind as it shifts. We aren’t … More A Gratitude Prayer
This month, I am challenging myself to write short blog posts (400 words or less) every day as a part of April’s A – Z Challenge. Today is day one. Each day I will be writing about a word from the perspective of this blog. That is, I will be writing ‘musings on … More Atonement
“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” ~ Japanese Proverb For Barbara and Julianne [and countless others] with love You may have noticed I wasn’t here last week. Actually, I was in the hospital having surgery on my face after I tripped and fell onto a concrete walkway outside my house. Luckily, I didn’t break … More The Boats That Carried Me
Now Entering Transformation Station.
Transformation is not optional right now. It is required. We cannot continue to fumble blindly in the darkness, unaware of the light we possess. We must solve the problems we’ve created. … More Breadcrumbs in Dark Times
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Chinese Proverb My mother’s the strongest person I know. What’s made her that way? Life’s trials and vicissitudes. Death. Divorce. Loss. Illness. Terrible tragedy. My mom, who is now 78, comes from a childhood of domestic violence and abuse. She married my father at 19, and had her first … More Whatever Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Stronger
In Memory of David Foster Wallace “But if you’ve really learned how to think, how to pay attention, then you will know you have other options. It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, loud, slow, consumer-hell-type situation as not only meaningful but sacred, on fire with the same force that lit the stars— … More This is Water
Your way begins on the other side. Become the sky. Take an axe to the prison wall. Escape. Walk out like someone suddenly born into color. ~ Rumi It’s 4:30 a.m. and I am wide awake before having a single cup of coffee. I am looking for solace. I am looking for the switch that can illuminate and … More Comforting My Tiny Princess Self