Songs & Poems For Year’s End

Worry. Give me that single word and I hear the raw emotion of Patsy Cline singing, “Why do I let myself worry?” Indeed, why do we worry? Now I’m not asking what you worry about—it’s easy enough to have a list of reasons—but what is the purpose of worrying? The Dalai Lama tells us, “If a problem is fixable, if …

Painting Lessons

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending a paint night hosted by Moses Lunham. I first met Moses in 2018 at Museum London where he held a class in rock painting. Each finished rock displayed one word of the Seven Grandfather Teachings. Truth rock sits on my desk, always in view as I write. Some rocks, like Respect and …

Dreaming the Infinite

It came to me in a recent dream that life is a cycle of patterns. A pattern of cycles. From All-That-Is, we individuate and incarnate to live as humans, only to die and return to the Collective Source, to All-That-Is. Life—death—life. That is the cycle. Or, if you prefer, Life—Afterlife—Life.  The cycle is endless. Infinite. Even when we incarnate as …

Feline Friction

Witches, ghouls, skeletons. Hallowe’en is a time for things that go bump in the night. It is the time of year known in Celtic traditions as Samhain (pronounced sawein). It is the division of the year between summer and winter, between the light and the dark. The old and the new. Death and rebirth. Symbolic for the times we are …

The Blurring

“You just paddled and rowed, and you got to there. You got home.” David A. Robertson, Black Water Draw-a-line-in-the-sand (meaning)(intransitive) To lay down a challenge; (idiomatic) To create a real or artificial boundary or distinction between (two places, people or things) ; (idiomatic) To indicate the threshold or level above which something will become unacceptable or will provide a response. …

What if Choice is a choice?

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” ~Benjamin Franklin Choice. What does that mean to you? How much do you value it? As a teen, it meant being able to choose my own clothes, my own friends. Makeup, parties, boyfriends. Whether to kiss or make out. When to go all the way. My decisions didn’t …

3 Things I Learned From Having A Spiritual Practice

Recently, a woman in one of my chat groups stated her desire to daily spend more time in prayer and meditation. This got me thinking about my own spiritual journey, how I’ve grown and changed over the years, to more often find a place of inner peace. My personal practice is to begin each morning by singing to Gaia, then …

The Water Song

“It is increasingly clear to me that the impact of Indigenous values and attitudes has shaped us more than we will ever comprehend.”― Written in Stone, Peter Unwin Water has memory, the Algonquin Grandmothers tell us. This is also the teaching from my study of homeopathy. Both the idea and the song resonated within, so some time ago, I added …

Sing Your Song

Sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness. Galway Kinnell This month has been spent not writing. I worried and fretted. Writers are supposed to write. Right? Then I should all over myself. I should be writing every day. I should be practicing. I should be using writing prompts. I should be following on-line lessons. I should, I …

On Being Humankind

We all want our opinions to be validated. We long to say, “I was right and you were wrong.” This virus has created great polarity. Both sides are angry. Both are fearful. Both sides are arguing: my science is better than your science. Neither side is listening to the other. If you’ve chosen to isolate, wear a mask, and get …