Come August

September 6, 2022 I live in the Southeastern United States where I am graced by the witness of Ruby-throated hummingbirds.  Each March, the scouts (males) begin to arrive here, searching for hospitable courting and nesting grounds.  Around late April, early May, the females arrive, and I spend a good part of my summer keeping two … Continue reading “Come August”

A Pail of Cherries

August 9, 2022 Some years back, my daughter authored a “good news” blog which, I believe, was called “Silver Linings.”  She spent hours culling different news sources in search of something positive, and, inevitably, she would indeed find an uplifting story and post it.  Her purpose was to remind her readers that good things do … Continue reading “A Pail of Cherries”

Foreign Land

July 11, 2022 Apologies to those who follow this blog for my rather lengthy hiatus these past few months.  I took some time away to discern whether and how to continue publishing a blog.  During that time, so much changed here in the States that, at first, I couldn’t summon the energy to write.  All … Continue reading “Foreign Land”


May 25, 2022 Our flag slides down the silver poleonce againstopping halfwayagainits trajectory now rooted in its memory.This time it pauses and waversin remembrance of nineteen childrentwo school teacherstrapped and murdered in a classroom,each crumbling one after anotheronto the blood-stained floor.I see their photos, smile after smileon brown faces, white faces,hopeful faces,one child wears a … Continue reading “Half-Mast”

In Between ~ Welcome 4

April 16, 2022 Thank you to those of you who have followed my prayer and spiritual reflections this Lenten Season.  I have tried—and continue to try—the three basic tenets of Zen Peacemaking:  the not knowing what will happen at any point in time; the bearing witness to all the different feelings (“parts”) of us without … Continue reading “In Between ~ Welcome 4”

Welcome, Welcome ~ 3

April 10, 2022 Palm Sunday is a fitting day for reflection on the third “relinquishment” of the Welcoming Prayer, a prayer I have visited in the previous two blogs.  It is also a fitting day for reflecting on our response to the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine and to any injustice that invites us to … Continue reading “Welcome, Welcome ~ 3”

Welcome, Welcome ~2

April 2, 2022 Turning and turning in the widening gyreThe falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhereThe ceremony of innocence is drowned;The best lack all conviction, while the worstAre full of passionate intensity. This poem, The Second Coming, was … Continue reading “Welcome, Welcome ~2”

Welcome, Welcome

March 28, 2022 If you have never wanted to control a person or fix a situation, if you have never wanted to step in and take over because you knew your way was best, if you have never tossed and turned in the night because of worry, then raise your hand.  That’s what I thought.  … Continue reading “Welcome, Welcome”

A Way to Be: Bearing Witness

March 11, 2022 The Table You know these voices,if you have ears to hear.They are legion, whispering(or shouting) within youdesperate to be noticed,coming from all cornersof your life, east and west,north and south, from infancy,to old age, and all the seasonsin between,soloists tugging atyour sleeve for attention.You wonder why they botheryou and what they wantwhile … Continue reading “A Way to Be: Bearing Witness”


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