Monday, November 28, 2016

prepare ye

At this time of year it is so easy to be caught up into the rush. Especially this morning, cyber Monday. My mailbox is blasting me with lures to shop and save, save, save.
Do you feel up to your neck yet?

Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent and this season of preparation offers a remedy.
Reflect. Anticipate. Prepare.
"There is more to life than increasing its speed." If ever there was a time to slow down it's now.

A part of every day there should be time to breathe, stretch, meditate. And every day find gratitude and joy to keep your inner flame aglow.
If you are reading this you should know that I am grateful for your stopping here and send my thanks.
In the days ahead, take good care of yourself.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

clarity in the fog

I'd lost track of a practice that I've recently learned to embrace once again.
Breath work and meditation. 

I know it looks as if I'm napping, and I think perhaps Jerome thought I was as he snuck around taking snaps of his girls snuggled together in the sunlight. In truth I was doing my controlled breathing followed by a meditation that moves chi through your chakras. It is both energizing and cleansing and the movement of the energy nearly always attracts the cats. 
It's all too easy to pass through a day and not make time for the most important bits. To love your neighbor as yourself implies that you love yourself first. I think this means you must be in touch with yourself to really be able to connect to those around you. 
A remarkable example of this can be found on Anne's blog today. Despite the challenges in her personal life since the opening of 2016, she has courageously and steadfastly sought her inner journey and by doing so has been able to give so much to so many. Please take time to read her post soon. You've so much to gain by it. 
Love you, Anne. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

choosing the light

Words fail.
Instead I share with you graces that bring their healing energy to my depleted soul:

a mini bouquet of Cherokee Spirit echinacea

a handful of late season greens

We have our work cut out for us now. Find strength in daily miracles. Move towards the light.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Way to go Cubs!

For the first six years of my life I lived two blocks from Wrigley Field, 1169 Eddy Street. I grew up being able to hear Pat Piper announce the games, from the opening lineup of each team, to the final out. I knew every player, his position, his batting average. My Dad was their biggest fan.

Celebrate wisely, Chicago.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Have you ever lifted a turtle from the lake and brought it to shore to have a bit of a conversation before setting it down on the ground? No matter how often you try to divert its course it will turn back to the water. The earth is doing this now, despite the intervention of soft mild days, the drive of the seasons is pulling all of us, flora and fauna, forward.
There are those moments between, however. Late blooming flowers, gems in the form of raspberries, spinach and kale and onion greens. Monarchs that seem in no hurry.
But there are unmistakeable signs. Squirrels in a panic, entire species of birds now gone, others now wearing winter hues, such as the wee one pictured above who became confused by the clear day and stunned itself on the upstairs sliders.
And the light. The amazing day, by night.
The mammal me needs to admit these truths and allow them to work their earthly influence. The spiritual me, by recognizing the particular blessings and graces abundant only now, is strengthened and uplifted by them. This feast is offered only now. Tuck in. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


just now autumn is satisfying this hungry spirit in so many ways.
the sun shines
the breezes caress
the fields and woods sigh in colors they've kept to themselves all summer

days like these absolve the soul of inadequacies and missed opportunities
dreams seem possible
it's easy to breathe
wish i could weave it all into a shawl to pull around me on cold dark days

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

400 postings, nearly 6 years

Thank you dear friends for visiting me and leaving your much appreciated comments.  Even without commenting your company through this window leaves behind a bit of your light, and my life is brighter because of each of you.