Summer

“Summer breeze makes me feel fine…” Seals and Crofts The summers of childhood always started here on this weekend, Memorial Day. A distinct demarcation that ended sadly, and abruptly, on Labor Day. The above ground pools that dotted my neighborhood began to open and the whole summer’s promise spanned ahead. Tiny basil and tomato plants … More Summer

Dig Deep

To us, the ashes of our ancestors are sacred and their resting place is hallowed ground. Chief Seattle, Native American leader, 1786-1866 Struggling to stay asleep one pre-dawn morning this past week, having read too many news headlines too late before bed, my mind was unquiet and racing. Germs, quarantines, masks, isolation, shortages, layoffs. I … More Dig Deep

Kite Tail

“Sophia, I want to explain something to you. Sometimes it is lonely and even a little sad for your Poppy and me without your Memi and Uncle Max. So together we reminisce and tell stories and sometimes we even laugh. He is a lifelong friend to me, Sophia and that’s what he will always be, … More Kite Tail

Elpida ~ A Wedding

A blessing to share words with those gathered on a beautiful late summer evening, September 1, 2019 for the wedding of my nephew Christopher and his bride Samantha. When we think of all the firsts in life – maybe something challenging, something scary, something adventurous – always mixed in is a blend of emotion that … More Elpida ~ A Wedding

The Porch

Nowadays, people are so jeezled up. If they took some chamomile tea and spent more time rocking on the porch in the evening listening to the liquid song of the hermit thrush, they might enjoy life more. Tasha Tudor, 1915–2008, children’s book illustrator and writer. This early morning I sit on a porch like no … More The Porch

Women Folk

I really saw clearly, and for the first time, why a mother is really important. Not just because she feeds and also loves and cuddles and even mollycoddles a child, but because in an interesting and maybe an eerie and unworldly way, she stands in the gap. She stands between the unknown and the known. … More Women Folk

LISTEN

Listen to the wind, it talks. Listen to the silence, it speaks. Listen to your heart, it knows. Native American Proverb Time spent worrying about the next steps and places on the journey can expend an extraordinary amount of energy. In reflection, we see it wasn’t really the worrying that propelled the change, but rather, … More LISTEN

In Every Step…

Every step you take should be a prayer. And if every step you take is a prayer, then you will always be walking in a sacred manner. -Oglala Lakota Holyman On this eve of a new year, we pause in quiet reflection. We may recall blended moments of both joy and sadness. And only with … More In Every Step…

Table of Blessings

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. Native American proverb~ When we live in gratitude, every day has space for thanks giving.  Yet do we set that time aside to just sit, to just be?  Do we pray and sing and lift our blessings, our thanks, to a Greater Spirit? Tomorrow is the … More Table of Blessings

The Lens

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.  Aristotle Dedicated to Michael T. Heston – Brigadier General, U.S. Army, my lifelong friend since we were kids on that campus by the ocean, connected through all the years in between and now both, by some crazy mix of luck and … More The Lens