Hurt and Love and Doing Right

Before you read any further, please note that what follows does not minimize or oversimplify the complexity of race relations. What follows is simply a heart story (mine) (I cannot tell yours).   I see that people are hurting (hell, dying) and my heart hurts.  And not everyone wants to hear about the heart and [...]

Two Roses…and Sun…and Singing Birds

What I want to tell you is that some days feel like all the rest.  But that’s not always the case.  Some days are extra-ordinary, even now (especially now?). What I want to tell you is that I almost cancelled my recent run of Just Five Things.  But I didn’t.  And I’m glad. The participants were [...]

A Tiny Bit of Quiet :: May 22

A quiet journaling series. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~   I’m familiar with this quote; maybe you are too.  A student in my list making class, Just Five Things, shared this quote with a fellow student [...]

What Are You Waiting For?

Are you waiting for something better than perfectly salted crackers at four o’clock in the afternoon? Are you waiting for something better than hot water pouring down your body and maybe the scent of lavender rising with the steam? Are you waiting for something better than your teenage kids playing Xbox in the basement, the [...]

Twenty Things to Listen for on Any (Pandemic) Day

Twenty things to listen for: the conversation between wind and unfurled leaves the whistle of tea kettle the click of spoon as you stir in sugar, milk the good mornings spoken, the good nights too the happy grunt of furry loved one as you scratch a favorite spot the opening and closing of front door [...]

:: Dear Thursday ::

Dear Thursday, Thank you for your rain.  There's been rain here and there, plenty of clouds.  But I've been longing for a good, solid, rainy day.  You were that.  Thank you for beginning with hot tea.  For the banana.  For the yin yoga that followed.  When I walked into my bedroom to practice, the soft [...]

There Are Poems in This Pandemic

The poem starts here.With a cup of tea, quick, because I want to be out the door and arriving at the store just as it opens.  Won’t it be cleaner then, freshly disinfected?  Won’t there be fewer people with whom to keep a six-foot distance?  I hope. The poem starts here.As I approach the store entrance and slide [...]

:: A Tiny Bit of Quiet :: April 17

A quiet journaling series. I plan to run A Tiny Bit of Quiet in the coming summer months, just like I did last year.  In the meantime, a little sliver of quiet might be good right now too.  Here's a quote + journaling prompts... It will never rain roses:  when we want to have more roses,we must [...]

Somewhere Between Peace and Brokenness

I am resting standing sitting sleeping holding being somewhere between peaceful and heartbroken in these days which are terribly different in some ways and not as much in others, but still…different and strange and odd and weird and it’s hard to wrap my mind around everything, it’s hard to stay on top of things without falling [...]