The Circle of Life, Death, and Learning

“Will the circle be unbroken By and by, lord, by and by…” Ada R. Habershon It’s part of becoming an elder, isn’t it? Death and dying enters our circle as a constant rather than an occasional visitor. One of my best friends died in January and now the husband of another close friend has begun […]

Self-Referencing on a Bad Day

Hi Love, I learned a new phrase for what is an old behavior for me. You called me on it several years ago. Imagine my chagrin when you told me that I turned every conversation around to me. Up until that time, I thought I was establishing rapport. You tell me a story. I tell […]

In a Word: Racism

I am fortunate enough to have groups of women with whom I can share my thoughts. One such gathering has chosen a list of words.  Each month we discuss what one of the words means to us. What feelings it engenders. What we can learn about ourselves in a context of thought and discussion about […]

Stand Up!

This resolution passed by a narrow margin. The mayor cast the tie-breaking vote. Dear Family, I join all of you in your concern for our nation with its present leadership. And I encourage each and every one of you to do what you can. Here is a part of my statement of support for a […]

The Glory of Marching Toward…

As a woman: I own my knowledge and my particular ways of knowing. I own my power and the strength it gives me individually and as a part of the whole. I own my rights and know that when I claim them I am in a position to give voice to others. I own my […]

Dear Mr. New President

I have good wishes and prayers for you. I hope that you can open your heart and mind to lead this country – this entire country – with grace and humility as well as with strength and wisdom. We are a country who needs change and transformation. I don’t know how, but I hope that […]

My Little Part

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” Robert Swann I am going back into my own corner. I’m ignoring the news as much as possible. I’m not riling myself with the snippets on social media. Om! It’s not that I have less concern. It is that I […]

Gratitude – The Practice

Grat.i.tude ( a noun) The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness A feeling of appreciation and thankfulness for blessings or benefits we have received To recognize that the sources of goodness are outside of ourselves. An emotion expressing appreciation for what one has         Dear Children and Grandchildren, It […]

Disappointed

This was a post in 2009 but I think it may be appropriate to reprint in these times. I don’t often use the word.  In fact, I have an aversion to the judgmental quality of it.  After all, when it comes to people, isn’t it arrogant to assume that they should perform to my expectations?  […]

A Sad Day

So we just keep doing the work… We keep fighting for the voices of those who would be silenced. We stand for marginalized communities. We speak out against oppression and violence and bullying. We make room for peace and kindness; for all faiths and sexualities and colors and genders. We remember to nurture each other […]