… and remember how as a child your arms could rise and your palms turn out to bless the world. (Tobar Phadraic, David Whyte)
Sort of a morning ritual … with coffee, sit at my kitchen table with a west window, enjoy neighbors’ gardens, squirrels and various birds snacking, grooming, catching up with their friends on my deck rail, check email, read – usually from 2 books, one a bit spiritual and a novel, work on my planner including inspiring quotes, check this site, and have some breakfast. It is more ritual than at any other time of the day, which is quite random in the days of Covid.
I live in a great deal of silence, and really don’t need any more. It is not always a gift.
Today I am grateful for the life and legacy of U.S. Congressman John Lewis, who walked and worked and served tirelessly for freedom and dignity for all peoples.
There have been numerous such experiences, but most surprising was when I was invited into ministry and took those first steps.
As Kevin said so eloquently, the people here. Also, a good number of authors, composers and other musicians/singers.
Since I was a little girl, I have loved the companionship of trees. Back then, we lived on a “dead end” street, and there was a woods at the end of the gravel road. It was my hiding place where I could get away from a big family in a small house. It was like my personal cathedral. My love for trees has never abated. Their variety and energy, their deep rootedness and will to live bring meaning and connectedness to my life.
Love the motto, Kevin! It brought a welcome smile this morning 🙂
Beautiful, my friend. Thank you from my heart.
Welcome, Sunflower! Happy to get to know you!
My heart is with yours, dear Ose.
Dear friend Anna, I am grateful this morning for your post and this beautiful photo of Como Lake. Hope is a beautiful thing to find in new beginnings, even if not always easy and the days ahead are unclear. We are still in the thick of the pandemic here, although my state a bit better than many others. Please know that I hold you in my heart always, including the days ahead, making your way back into the world beyond confinement. Many blessings!
Welcome, Diane, and thank you for this memorable icon this morning. I have been on this site for quite awhile, though I, too, was in my 60s when I began. I have found great community, support, friendship and inspiration. I will hold you in prayer as you work to come out of depression. Blessings.
Dear cp, Ursula was my first thought this morning upon reading the date. You and her entire family are in my thoughts and prayers this day. Such a beautiful way to celebrate her life, with this garden of blooms! Abiding blessings, light and love to you and yours and Ursula’s entire family.
This is wonderful, Annie! So many blessings!
Welcome, Deedee. We are grateful that you are here!
Thank you for these, Kevin. Elie Wiesel … such a teacher, so wise, so human.
Dear cp, I am glad to find you here today, and always I think of Ursula on Tuesdays, and other times as well. I remember how happy she was on her pilgrimage, and I think it took a lot of bravery to make that choice. It was so meaningful to her. Thank you for this beautiful photo! And the poppy dress is lovely. I hope you and your husband are both feeling better after your surgeries, and that your children are well. I will be especially thinking of Ursula and your family on the 27th, sending m...
Dear cp, I am glad to find you here today, and always I think of Ursula on Tuesdays, and other times as well. I remember how happy she was on her pilgrimage, and I think it took a lot of bravery to make that choice. It was so meaningful to her. Thank you for this beautiful photo! And the poppy dress is lovely. I hope you and your husband are both feeling better after your surgeries, and that your children are well. I will be especially thinking of Ursula and your family on the 27th, sending many prayers your way. Blessings to all of you.
Michele, I am so very sorry for your son’s loss of Josh, and perhaps you, also, if you knew him. So often, there is just no explanation or awareness by others that one is considering this very sad action. I hope that your son is able to find accompaniment as he struggles with his own feelings.
Dear Ose, my prayers are with you and your family throughout these holy days of gathering, accompanying your mother, and being with one another whether in person or more physically distant.
And thank you for the naming of our friends, remembering, holding all in light and love. Such friends we have found here in this place! Deep blessings, my friend.
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