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
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
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
Yesterday, I met a friend for lunch in Gallup. It's a bit commitment for us both - we've got to drive over an hour (one-way) from different directions just to get there. It was lovely to have a long visit and meander through conversations. And then it was time to head home. Gas is almost … Continue reading Social Transformation
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
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
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?
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
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
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
As I write this the temperatures in the Midwest are dangerously low. The Weather Channel website is reporting actual temperature of - 48° in Minnesota with wind chills in North Dakota reaching - 60°. These are unusual for the past few decades, but were normal winter temperatures in the past. When the planetary systems were … Continue reading What’s Your Vortex?