Sunday, December 27, 2015


This is the great truth that I need constant reminding of. This is what being alone in a Dune Shack for a week at a time teaches me to remember. This is what meditating, art and poetry reveal to me over and over. This is what allows me to love when I could just be angry. This is God to me.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I Am

Breathe deep, focus
the mind, faster than the hand,
slower than Light, strong,
needs a leash or
an invitation at least,
a beckoning, the Call,
     of the Infinite at best, 
"Return, Return, I have never left You.
  I am your One and Only."

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Contemplating and Listening

I read somewhere that the word heart appears more than 800 times in the Old Testament and is described as the literal medium of communication between God and Man.


In her book For the Time Being, Annie Dillard says, "We are Earth's organs and limbs; we are syllables God utters from his mouth." 

I love that.

What I know for sure is that I have to stay true, stay in touch, stay heart-centered, and listen from there, or all bets are off.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Rapture

This is how William Stafford put it one day - 

Malheur before Dawn

An owl sound wandered along the road with me.
I didn't hear it--I breathed it into my ears.

Little ones at first, the stars retired, leaving polished little circles on the sky for awhile.

Then the sun began to shout from below the horizon. Throngs of birds campaigned, their music a tent of sound.

From across a pond, out of the mist,
one drake made a V and said its name.

Some vast animal of air began to rouse
from the reeds and lean forward.

Frogs discovered their national anthem again. I didn't know a ditch could hold so much joy.

So magic a time it was that I was both brave and afraid. Some day like this might save the world.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Now Is All

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."
                                                                                                       Steve Jobs, Commencement Address

"Optimism is a political act. Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience." 
                                                                                                         Alex Steffon, The Bright Green City

"The human definition of the natural world is always going to be too small, because the world is more diverse and complex than we can ever lnow. We're not going to comprehend it, it comprehends us."
                                                                                                         Wendell Berry,  Digging In

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Like it's Air

Sometime last night, or maybe early this morning, 
Alice left her body. 

     My mother-in-law had been struggling, in and out of the hospital for short stays for the last few months. When she went back to the hospital yesterday, no one really thought she'd be gone today. Minutes before my husband called to tell me, I had drawn a picture in my journal of something I woke up with last night and remembered this morning. I thought it was me. Now I don't.

You've had those moments, haven't you? We've all had them--when we understand, that we're connected in some way that has nothing to do with our physical bodies or conversations. We may not know exactly how it works, but we still know. We know it so deeply, that we forget, we take it for granted, like the air we breathe.
     Here's to you Alice, thank you for being my mother-in-law. I loved you. I will always love you.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Word on the Street

Doreen Birdsell Photography

Most of the readers of this blog have already heard the Word on the Universal Street that events around the globe urge us to move, promptly, in the direction of getting a grip on the Co-Creation with Consciousness concept. It bears repeating though, doesn't it?  Words like,

" in creation, stewards of the Earth's well-being, and conscious participants in the cosmic epic of evolution," 

to quote Jean Houston for instance, are familiar to many of you, yes? If not, please contact me immediately for a remedial reading and viewing list. 

As for me, I know that I have to regularly DO things to help align my thinking intentionally with a higher view of what's going on down here. I have to read smart and inspiring material, meditate and contemplate, be in nature, move my body, look at the creations of others and be with other people creating things or, I'm probably going to end up being mean to someone I love, (could be me), eating or drinking something or just more than what is beneficial to me, or avoiding something that I have the longing and intention to accomplish. 

Moving in the direction of higher consciousness is, at it turns out, not only a support to humanity and the planet, but it's also a support to me. OH! What a coincidence! Doing what's good for humanity and the planet FEELS BETTER to me too!  As Donald Epstein, beloved founder of Network Spinal Analysis and coiner of the phrase and movement called "Reorganizational Healing", has said,
     "If there's a discrepancy between who you truly are and the life that you're leading, if you're not playing at the top of your game, it's supposed to hurt! That's how you know!"

The phrase "Constant Vigilance" comes to mind. That's what it takes for me. The Good News is: I get thrown off track much less often than I used to, no matter what the circumstances, I'm quicker at re-aligning when I start to discombobulate, and I am more honest about what I need to do today and for-EVER, in order to continue evolving myself. Thanks for your patience.