Peace for Veterans…a Wish

Today is Veteran’s Day.* The Great War figured largely in stories told to me in my childhood.  My father’s middle brother ran away at 15 to fight in World War I.  He returned an alcoholic wanderer who dropped in and out of sight until his early death.  He was a bit of a legend and […]

My Bad

“If you can’t be a good example then you’ll have to be a horrible warning.” Catherine Aird I hate being a bad example. I would much rather be and example, a paragon of virtue. Unfortunately, I can talk well but have a hard time doing the walk. If you read my last post, you will […]

And she’s off…

I will remember 2015 as a year of struggle. It held many wonderful experiences but also challenges and events that at times overwhelmed me with sorrow. Remembering all of the good things is a balm to my soul, but I am glad for my annual retreat. My little village in Mexico offers me healing and […]

Living for Peace

Mostly, I have been silent  on the tragedy in Charleston. I haven’t known what to say. I want to stand for what I believe. I speak about  understanding the reality of terrorism. I speak up about the travesty of inequality and the inequities in our system. But I don’t want to be mad at every […]

World Peace and Prayer Day

“World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites Day has been a 20-year tradition that promotes co-existence among all peoples and nations The motto “All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer” has been the vital part in the solution of healing this ailing Mother Earth. Whether it is at a Natural site, a Church, a Mosque, a […]

Being Me

“We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves (…) never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are.” ― Pema Chödrön […]

A Peaceful Year

Dear Family: Is there anything more gratifying than peace within our own family? Perhaps those who have no disagreements, no dissension, no differences in lifestyle or core values within their family, can’t identify. As for me? I am grateful for each morning I wake up to that easy, peaceful feeling. There is a deep sense […]

Merry Christmas to All

Reprinted from 2013 Dear Family, ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all the through the house, not a creature was stirring… …except for my gerbil mind racing on it’s circular track. Well, that’s not exactly true.  I have spent a restful night, just not a deep-sleeping night.  And I’m thinking that wakefulness on the night […]

Thoughts on Death

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? Kahlil Gibran Dear Friend. You are face-to-face with the death […]

We’re off to see the “Grandmother”…

…because of the wonderful things she does.” Well, it did have a “Dorothy looking for the Wizard” sort of quality.  And I do have that sometime trait of looking without for what is within. Although, I didn’t have a request.  And I knew my way home.  But I was definitely searching for some mysterious and […]