Happy Merry

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Dragonfly Retreats, Grief, Happiness, Healing | 0 comments

 I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year… –Charles Dickens   Hello all!  Boy time is getting away from me.  Evidently I’m still holding onto the illusion that blogs post by themselves, composed by fairies in some mystical writer’s realm.  Alas, it’s still just us mortals over here, so you haven’t heard from anyone in the Blogging Department in quite some time.  My bad. So, given all that, I wanted to pop in, say that I am back in St. Louis for the winter and offer a Happy Merry to Whatever You May Celebrate This Time of...

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Dragonfly Retreats

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Dragonfly Retreats, Emotions, Events, Grief, Happiness, Healing, Loss and Letting Go, Peace | 0 comments

Scared and sacred are spelled with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root word as awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation. –Alan Cohen   Hello beautiful souls!  I wanted to do some updates about the goings on around here, especially about the retreats.  Many of you are asking about them, so this seems like the best way to do it. First, yes– all of the spots for the New Mexico retreats are full, at least for this year.  We will probably do a larger, longer group retreat next year in Abiquiu, NM, with the option...

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Look for the Helpers

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Emotions, Fear, Grief, Healing, Loss and Letting Go, prayers, Spirituality | 0 comments

 What can we say about the events in Boston?  So much pain and so much suffering, in Boston and all over the world.  Our hearts ache in compassion for those impacted and those working to help, in Boston and all over the globe.   In the last 72 hours, there have been bombings in our country and others, earthquakes with scores missing or dead, other natural disasters, other personal losses and so much pain and confusion.    In times such as this, I  think it’s human to want to retaliate, to add aggression to an already confused and painful situation, to want to strike out in our own pain...

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Deserts and the Eight Worldly Dharmas

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Emotions, Grief, Happiness, Healing, Loss and Letting Go, ponderings, Spirituality | 2 comments

Hello all ! It’s been forever since I stopped by, so I thought I’d say hello.  Blogger Slacker, indeed!  Truthfully, I’ve been out living my life instead of blogging about it.  As part of those life adventures, I spent some time in the southwest, rambling around in the desert.   This picture was taken while hiking in the canyons of southern Utah, one of the most gorgeous places on the planet. I was thinking about the desert and my Utah trip this morning.  I love the southwest.  LOVE IT.   And as I proceed across the landscape of my life, with grief from recent deaths, lots...

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Grief is its own Medicine

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Emotions, Grief, Happiness, Healing, Loss and Letting Go, Spirituality | 3 comments

“Grief is itself a medicine.”                        ~~William Cowper (1731-1800) I went to visit my dad over the weekend.  It’s been almost five months since my mom died and Saturday morning we went to the cemetery.  It was an overcast Ozark day, one my mother would have called “dreary.”  Too many days in a row like that and I start to get sort of squirrely, but today I found the starkness of the country landscape beautiful.  It seemed like a good day to go to a grave. My mom is buried four or five miles back on an old country road, in Clubb Cemetery, outside of Zalma, MO.  The...

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Spiritual Fruits or Just Nuts?

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Emotions, Grief, Happiness, Loss and Letting Go, prayers, Spirituality | 0 comments

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down the dulcimer. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground. Let the beauty we love be what we do.   ~~Rumi I love this picture, taken when the Christ the Redeemer statue was under construction.   One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, it was built in Rio di Janiero in the 1920’s and is huge, overlooking the whole city.  It captures how I so often feel on the path and I look at it from time to time to remind me of what it symbolizes to me in my...

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