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Mothers As Peacemakers

Saturday, May 08, 2010      14 comments

The first person to fight for an official Mother's Day celebration in the United States was Julia Ward Howe. Howe was born in New York City on May 27, 1819. Her family was... Read more

How Do I (You) Want to Be Remembered?

Friday, May 07, 2010      22 comments

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Finals are over and because I would have had six contiguous hours of exams for the three classes yesterday, I was able to move one exam over to today. I ... Read more

A Healthy Person

Saturday, May 01, 2010      16 comments

This so beautifully and so simply reflects the essence of my teacher, Swami Satchidananda. I sent it to a friend this morning...and her response helped me to remember how important this wisdom is...and how wonderful it is to take 10 minutes out... Read more

ARRRRRRRRRRGH....

Tuesday, April 27, 2010      27 comments

I have been going through a difficult phase for a while now. My life is very uneven and I have been caving in on mindful care of this body that's been entrusted to me. I'... Read more

Am I gifting my talents...?

Friday, April 23, 2010      14 comments

Just after reading Sandra's heart-wrenching sharing about a young woman who attempted suicide www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=3151780 I watched the story of Dr. Aumatma Shah, who believes ... Read more

Inspired? Helpin' out?

Friday, April 16, 2010      17 comments

By doing service, you purify your heart. Egoism, hatred, jealousy, ideas of superiority vanish. Humility, pure love, sympathy, tolerance, and mercy are developed. Sense of separateness is annihilated. Selfishness is eradicated. You get a broad o... Read more

A PLAN...imagine that!

Friday, April 09, 2010      33 comments

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -- Mahatma Gandhi Leaving campus yesterday, thinking about my plan! Read more

The slippery slope of careless habits

Wednesday, April 07, 2010      29 comments

The slippery-sliding slope of careless habits is so easy to fall back on...and unfortunately I've landed there with a big *PLOP.* That's part of why I'm cutting back on my... Read more

Wabi-sabi anyone?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010      15 comments

Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience. The phrase comes from the two words wabi and sabi. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, imperman... Read more

Spring

Friday, March 26, 2010      11 comments

In the midst of my happiness and anxieties, machinations and lack of planning, successes and starts-and-stops on the path toward wholeness of body-mind-spirit, there remains...always and indubitably...Spring (within if not without) AND Mary Oliv... Read more

Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table....

Wednesday, March 24, 2010      18 comments

The "kitchen table" metaphor is so apt for us in the SparkCommunity. And gifted Native American poet Joy Harjo wraps verse around the image in a way that speaks not only to our rational minds, but also deeply to our spirits. I offer this... Read more

Happy St. Pat's from a quintessential Irishman!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010      20 comments

Sybil Head Dingle Peninsula, Ireland BEANNACHT ("Blessing") On the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble, may the clay dance to ... Read more

This is what you should do!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010      23 comments

I have no time to comment on this passage which I love so and comprises an important part of my daily philosophy of life. So I will simply leave it with you, hoping that Whitman speaks to you in that place that touches your soul as well! <... Read more

The unthinkable can be thought

Monday, March 15, 2010      21 comments

Some beauty fairly CRIES OUT to be shared...and this extraordinary offering of Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska supremely qualifies in that regard. May your day be richer... Read more

Singing the Soul's Song

Saturday, March 13, 2010      22 comments

In reading and celebrating the poetry and prose of SparkFriends recently -- including that of Azimat and Usha, Sandra and Gina, among others -- I'm reminded that it has been a long time since I've penned either prose or poetry. I say it's becau... Read more


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