I was on Twitter this morning and a tweet that initially made me smile, then made me think ... In my studies of Taoism, the underlying energy for me is one of flow and transformation - and never a static state of being. Never an empty account, never a full account. Instead, one that could … Continue reading Empty?


I'm sure you've heard the saying, "when one door closes another opens." It's part of a longer quote attributed to Alexander Graham Bell: When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. I … Continue reading Doorways

Dream Big

Back in 2005, I was 47. I lived in a lovely semi-rural town in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. My daughter had moved out and on to her adult life in Boston, about to discover a world that she could not have imagined those mornings she stood at the end of the driveway looking … Continue reading Dream Big

Do Be Do Be Do

To be honest, the only quote we know for sure is true is Sinatra's ... I read the news. Every day. I didn't always - I went through a period of ten years or so when I simply didn't care. I was in a "cave in Tibet" mindset. Then, I didn't want to know, I … Continue reading Do Be Do Be Do


Yesterday the weather grew heavy and dark – there were storms passing to the north and south of the city, but nothing landed here until after 11 pm. I was practicing a new piece on my guitar, when suddenly the rain came pouring down. I got up to shut the door and windows that were … Continue reading Shifting


I’ve had a series of conversations with people over the past days about the old testament story of Jacob wrestling with the angel. Each conversation has happened in a different context with each person – but I so enjoy when these themes come up. Last night, in the midst of yet another conversation on the … Continue reading Wrestling

Spiritual Materialism

In 1973, just before spirituality became a booming industry, Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche wrote Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. I imagine that, like many of the spiritual teachers from Japan, China, Tibet, India, Vietnam, and Cambodia, he must have been shocked when he arrived in America. All the eager faces – at that time, … Continue reading Spiritual Materialism


Sometimes, the aftermath of a move is more disruptive than the move itself! All is well ... and ... there are many small adjustments to make before I settle back in to a daily routine. I anticipate my usual daily postings to resume tomorrow evening ... if ... all goes according to plan. Meanwhile ... … Continue reading Meander


Last night, I realized that an electric space heater would be a helpful addition to my new home. I have a very good one ... in storage ... 1,920 miles away. So this morning I went off to the closest stores - 45 miles one way. The drive was gorgeous, I passed over the continental … Continue reading Serendipity

Shabbos Musings

Night has fallen, candles have been lit; the peace of the Sabbath descends upon my home. May the peace of Shabbos fill you and yours as well.  When I light the Shabbos candles, I speak the prayers of an ancient language celebrating light, love, and the blessings of life. Shabbos – to cease – to … Continue reading Shabbos Musings

Gathering Clouds

Another storm is moving into the high country of western New Mexico. I sit at my desk and watch the winds rising and shaking the stiff branches of the pinyon pines and swaying in the softer branches of the tall junipers that shelter the bird feeders and the many birds who come to snack and … Continue reading Gathering Clouds

Holy Water

10 Years Ago Yesterday - my daughter called to let me know that she didn’t burn when splashed with holy water. She has volunteered as an escort at planned parenthood over the past years.  On Saturday mornings she rises early and travels into the city to serve as a slight buffer between the women who have … Continue reading Holy Water

Should Have Known?

Maybe I should have known  ... when I used this poem as the opening for my application essay: To Be of Use ~ Marge Piercy The people I love the best jump into work head first without dallying in the shallows and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight. They seem to become … Continue reading Should Have Known?

Fear Itself

In his inaugural speech, in the midst of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt said “there is nothing to fear but fear itself.” He spoke to a nation of people who’d had time to allow fear to spread wide and sink deep – and that is when fear is most dangerous. When it has time to … Continue reading Fear Itself

Say The Words

This morning I walked over to the local cafe for coffee, but it was closed. I’m not sure if it's because its Monday – or because of the break-in over the weekend. So… I headed up Broadway to the library, got a library card for the first time in many years, and took out two … Continue reading Say The Words

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From my archives: 10/18/2008 I had a conversation today with a friend who had been married for 20 years. Over the past year, she has been making a new life for herself and her two teenage sons, now that her husband is gone from their home. She is, on the whole, a joyful person and … Continue reading Hoops