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October 2nd, 2012
Simple really. Just notes. Notes tucked into books. His idea, all his. An afternoon of errands. Dull, boring, mindless endless jobs “Just running in” He waited in the car with his thoughts. “Right, library next’ I bustle checking things off. Not quite done. He sat with scraps of paper on his lap. Notes to somebody. ... Continue Reading »

Waking Up To Wonder

August 20th, 2012
How long does it take you to wake up in the morning? I’m not talking about opening your eyes. I’m talking about opening your mind and letting it be blown by the wonder of being alive. Often, we are still asleep when we get out of bed. We leave the house and amble through the ... Continue Reading »
He always wanted to explain things. But no one cared. So he drew. He wanted to carve it in stone or write it in the sky. And it would BE the sky and things inside him that needed saying. It was a beautiful picture. He kept it under his pillow and would let no one ... Continue Reading »


June 8th, 2012
Include a little “me” time in your day. Take a break from schedules, expectations and pressure. Rest in the hammock of right now, with nowhere to be and nothing to prove. There is no better moment than this one and nothing more important. Just be, let your “me” be free to feel the peace.

Keeping it Real.

May 22nd, 2012
The Clothes Pin. How much better it is to carry wood to the fire than to moan about your life. How much better to throw garbage on the compost, or to pin the clean sheets on the line with a gray-brown wooden clothes pin! ~By Jane Kenyon. A 4th grade presentation. A poetry reading and ... Continue Reading »

Family Viewing.

March 27th, 2012
  I don’t claim to be a movie critic, but after seeing “The Descendants” recently, a few thoughts came to mind. It is a movie with all the qualities you look for in a film. A hot lead being #1 of course (call me shallow, I’ve been called worse), humour (I love a laugh even ... Continue Reading »

Sixth Sense.

March 6th, 2012
            Apparently I have a sixth sense, I see ….not people but, things. Some in my family may call it a super power, or an other-worldly gift I’ve been bestowed. They believe I should feel honored to be so blessed. I on the other hand regard it as a curse. ... Continue Reading »
This is the ending of David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech in 2005. This, I submit, is the freedom of a real education, of learning how to be well-adjusted. You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. You get to decide what to worship. Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in ... Continue Reading »

Letting Go, Moving on

February 29th, 2012
Whether you are scarred by love, jaded by religion or beaten by circumstance, there comes a time to say “Enough!” and move on. You aren’t serving yourself or changing anyone else by holding on to anger. Rights and wrongs are beside the point now. It’s time to let go, let the past be what it ... Continue Reading »

Breathing Room.

January 24th, 2012
She breathes, deeply allowing space for the tomorrows to meet her with gentle hands. In with the maybe’s Out with the hope not’s In and out she breathes while the tomorrows patiently wait. Choice -a simple breath away, a thought, a moment, an inhale away. Tomorrow holds it out and whispers “Take it, it’s yours.” ... Continue Reading »
While reading Ken Wilber’s A Sociable God, I learned something that helped me to understand a concept that I have struggled with for many years. I think this is so important that I want to share it with you, even if it doesn’t have much to do with gardening. However, it has everything to do ... Continue Reading »

I Know This Much Is True

November 22nd, 2011
I have it all. I have a husband, and kids. A house, debt a pet chinchilla and a dog that is too cute for it’s own good. I have long friendships, caring parents, and a pantry full of food. I have vacations, clothing and an education. I have the seasons, the daylight and sleep. I ... Continue Reading »
As teachers and leaders of communities that promote the development of compassion and mindfulness, we are writing to express our solidarity with the Occupy movement now active in more than 1,900 cities worldwide. We are particularly inspired by the nonviolent tactics of this movement, its methods of self-governance and its emergent communities founded in open ... Continue Reading »

Meditation on Becoming

November 10th, 2011
Carl Jung said, Enlightenment doesn’t occur from sitting around visualizing images of light, but from integrating the darker aspects of the Self into the conscious personality. This is a guided visualization on becoming. It involves healing different parts of who you are, dark and light, into one integrated whole. Sit comfortably, with your feet firmly ... Continue Reading »
Early in October Deepak Chopra visited the Occupy Wall Street gathering in Zuccotti Park, New York, and led the following meditation. His words were spoken without amplification and spread through the crowd via the human megaphone. I just want to do a two minute meditation, or even less. Put your hand on your heart and ... Continue Reading »