North Carolina is known as the Tar Heel State because from the earliest times of our country, it produced a lot of the country’s tar from the numerous pine trees in its forests. So it is no surprise that we are now in what North Carolinians call “The Yellow Season”––the two weeks in the spring … More The Blessing of Pollen
While both my husband’s family and mine (at least on my father’s side) have been in the US since before Revolutionary times, it is hard to consider ourselves much other than Americans. However, both families also had roots in Ireland, so I suppose I’ve got some Irish DNA in my system. However, as I’ve said … More Poetry for St. Patrick’s Day
I took this picture with my iPhone this morning (so sorry for the mediocre quality). It was a red tailed hawk that was looking at me while I was looking at him. We had quite a nice energetic exchange, which inspired me to think about how much I have enjoyed my time with animals during … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Animals
Happy International Peace Day! Are you feeling peaceful? Many of us are not. Many of us feel like these times are the most chaotic we have ever tried to live through. The combination of the challenges of the coronavirus, the economic downfall, the ongoing social justice movement, and the political situation makes almost everything in … More A Peace Day Lesson on the Benefit of Chaos
Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?A nation turns its lonely eyes to you…–from “Mrs. Robinson” by Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel) I know my last post was dedicated to keeping up our spirits, but, wow… things have gotten so much darker than when I wrote that, which was only a few days ago. Then (mostly … More In Troubled Times, Our Nation Turns to…Trevor?
At the end of this week that we celebrate the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, I recommend that you find 45 minutes this weekend to listen to this podcast*: http://chasingamericanhistory.com/robert-f-kennedys-speech-on-the-night-of-martin-luther-kings-assassination/ This podcast ultimately is about Robert Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis announcing Dr. King’s death, not Martin Luther King per se. However, much of the … More A Final Martin Luther King Day Post: Listen to this podcast about MKL and RFK
Wow, the final day of the Shannon Plummer and Bob Sima “Music as Spiritual Practice” Journey was really powerful! The theme was Self Love, so that’s a big quality. I had not heard the song they used for this practice, but it was so beautiful and touching that it made me cry. The essence of … More Peaceful Surrender
Today I taught Sunday School for the elementary students at our spiritual center. We are participating in an international program called “The Gandi-King Season of Nonviolence: Nonviolent Responses to Terror & Injustice,” which runs from Monday, January 30 – Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The idea is to study the teachers of these two great moral teachers … More Only When It Is Dark Enough Can You See the Stars