This woman is from a really recent dream/image. I frequently wake up with dream-images in my head, or fragments of song, or a word or phrase, instead of a story. In this case, the central woman is wearing flowing blue robes, and lined along the edges of her cloak are children that she is protecting. She is very much a Mary-figure, and the children are safe in the folds of her cloak. There are dozens and dozens of them. May it be so.
Gratitude List: 1. The ones who protect children. Thank you. 2. The water protectors and earth protectors. Thank you. 3. Core values and deep conscience. We had a lengthy and powerful discussion in a class yesterday about making choices based on core values. My students are wise. 4. Refried beans and tortillas. Weeks ago, Jon made an enormous pot of refried beans, and froze the leftovers in batches. I love refried beans and tortillas. 5. Wordplay.
Gratitude List: 1. Anticipating a family day 2. Safety 3. Creative outlets 4. Pumpkins (Yes, even the spices that do with them–feel free to judge me.) 5. The ones who fight for justice
May we walk in Beauty! *****
Wherever You Stand by Beth Weaver-Kreider
“Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place.” –Rumi
Be the spark, the knowingness, the mother of the moment, be the dream, the home, and the hope. Wherever you stand, be the stone and the wind. Yes, be the wind in the trees of the soul of a place. Wherever you stand, be a memory, a hope of the future remembering how once we all lived together in peace. *****
“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor—such is my idea of happiness.” —Leo Tolstoy
“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness. It’s right in front of me, if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” —Brené Brown
“You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them.
That is how prayer works.” —Pope Francis
“Allow dark times to season you.” —Hafiz
“Oh, to love what is lovely, and will not last!” —Mary Oliver
“I don’t have to figure it all out. I don’t have to be perfect for every moment. I just need to be Present. I just need to show up.” —Beth Weaver-Kreider (My past self is preaching to my present self.)
“The ego forgets that it’s supposed to be the little traveler with its bindle bag over its shoulder, following behind [not ahead] the radiant Soul who walks as more wise, more tender, more loving, more peaceful trailblazer throughout our lives.
Ego aspires sometimes to wear the garments of the Soul, which are way too big, making the ego trip over the miles of radiant robes it tries to wrap itself in, instead of following the light those robes give off. And tending to the Soul’s needs, the Soul’s directions.
Yet with Soul in the lead, and ego following the lead of the Soul, then we can fulfill the vision of the Holy People…” —Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
“Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world are seeking one another.” —Teilhard de Chardin
He would seem to be the most (un)-
natural choice to advise the lead-
er of the free world. He has ex-
perience leading the campaign and un-
paralleled gall and pretense.
How many steps does it take to es-
calate the normalizing test of o-
bedience? To groom the public, to in-
culcate the people with the anes-
thetizing waves of constant down-
ward steps, until all resistance is fu-
Gratitude List: 1. Heidi was right. Sometimes carbs are what you need. That sourdough bread she gave me was out of this world, and just the medicine for the moment.
2. Safety and symbols of safety.
3. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Sophie Scholl
4. Sunset on the way home this evening. Such clouds.
5. Those fire bushes in the woods and how they sparkle in the morning light.
Gratitude List: 1. I am grateful that my friend’s surgery seems to have gone well.
2. I am grateful that we were able to get a much better interest rate for our mortgage (more of a mundane concern than I usually write about perhaps, but this is a grace that comes at a good time).
3. I am grateful that there are always enough hours in a day, even though it sometimes doesn’t seem like it.
4. I am grateful that the sun will return again.
5. I am grateful that my children have safety and comfort. My prayer is for safety and love for all our children. They are all our children.
That’s today’s prompt: swing. I think I will try a lai with this one. Nine lines, aabaabaab rhyme scheme, and the a lines are 5 syllables, while the b lines are 2.
I need you to know
how strong you will grow.
cannot keep you low,
will not stop your flow.
while the wild winds blow,
you’ll pass to and fro
I wanted to write a longer and more in-depth piece to someone, about unconditional love and being deserving of love, but this will hold the place for that, and hopefully say a little of what I want to get across.
My friend Mara’s poetry Prompt from last Saturday (I’m a late bloomer): “Look out the window. Notice what’s there. Notice what’s not there. Write about it.”
Outside my window in the dying day
the little wooden spring house
is a smudge of white
set among the briars
at the edge of the little bosque.
Outside my window
the pear tree begins
to push its leaves
Like the fox that dashed
over the hillside in the winter
you have passed
through this place
I wish I could have offered you both
a place of safety.
1. The bombastic and creative robot parade. Hours of fun with cardboard boxes.
2. Clearing away the vines
3. Respectful disagreement, and how it helps me to be a better version of me when you respect me enough to disagree with me
4. A new book of poetry is taking shape!
5. Words, lovely words, especially adjectives: recursive, numinous, bombastic, noetic. . .