Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The tides of creativity

The tides of creativity are as natural as the sea:
that joyful surge forward to the shores of new adventures
always balanced by the gentle gliding back to safety and sameness,
gathering strength to rush forward into hope again,
dancing on the rocks and sand of new techniques and textures.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Freeing questions

What  question could you ask yourself today,
that would free your creative soul 
to dance, to flourish, and to flower?

Saturday, June 24, 2017

We need to talk...

Sometimes the conversation you don't want to have
is the conversation you need to have.

Not all stories are true

Each of us has stories to tell. 
The important thing to remember is this:
Not all the stories -- not even the ones we tell ourselves --
are true...

Friday, June 23, 2017

Uniquely you

Though you clothe yourself to fit in with your surroundings,
you will always remain totally, uniquely you.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The incompleteness of things

Our lives are spent in an endless search
for wholeness and completion.
But it is the incompleteness of things
that pulls us ever forward into the light...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The grounding of Now

Both life and art are about striking a balance:
between light and dark, between work and play,
between the grounding of Now and the blue sky of Hope;
between the momentum that comes from longing 
and the grateful, grace-filled acceptance of belonging.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Family ties

Sometimes those family ties get us tangled up in knots.
But what ties us down may also be what's keeping us afloat...

Monday, June 19, 2017

What every parent knows

Just because they're not cute little babies anymore,
just because the project is close to done, not nearly so much fun,
just because the end is near and you are getting tired --
that doesn't mean you can walk away:
you still need to keep an eye on things; 
keep everyone in line...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The path not followed

Take a moment; pause, breathe --
allow yourself to be refreshed;
appreciate a path you were never meant to follow.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The color of hope

Feeling bereft? Alone? Burnt out?
Find a forest or garden,
and let the scents and colors of hope
revitalize your soul.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Healing grace of love

When the rhythms of our daily living shift,
if only for a moment's brief vacation,
we've been offered yet another opportunity
to rediscover the healing grace of Love.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

When the path is unclear

There are times when it's hard to see beyond
the obstacles ahead;
when the path that lies before us is unclear...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Gather and store, live and grow

How much of our lives do we spend living and growing,
and how much do we spend gathering and storing?
Where is the balance that works best for you?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Anticipating replenishment

The more the clouds loom,
The more the water sparkles,
Anticipating replenishment.

Monday, June 12, 2017


We were born, created to advance, explore, and learn.
Perhaps it's time to stop being quite so self-protective...

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A territorial view

One of the unexpected pleasures of aging:
learning to appreciate a simple territorial view...

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Souls blessed with bodies

We are not bodies who have souls;
we are souls who've been blessed with bodies --
and oh, what a difference that makes!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Unexpected blessings

Each spring, my garden yields new and unexpected blessings...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

In the caves of the heart

There are many obstacles to keep us from deepening,
from seeking the serenity that lies deep in the caves of the heart.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Not alone in loss

Aching for dear friends whose daughter/granddaughter committed suicide last week. In search of a laugh last night, we went to see Baywatch. The moon greeted us as we left the theater, as if to say whatever losses you endure, I will still be here for you...

And now, this morning, these words from Anne Lamott's Hallelujah Anyway:
"This is the purpose of memorial services, to cry and hold on and stick together, as well as to release ourselves from the grinding regret: How could this have happened? How can such pain exist? What else should we have done? ...

God doesn't give us answers. God gives us grace and mercy. God gives us Her own self. Left to my own devices, I would prefer answers... 

As we sit, sharing our memories of Jay, every release inside us releases whatever energy inside us tethered Jay here, to this realm that was just too awful for him. We were saying, this is hard, but not as hard as it was for you here, weighed down by the anchors of so-called reality. So go now, go, unfettered."

So, yes: however hard it is for us to say goodbye to those who make the terrible choice to leave -- the moon reminds us, waxing or waning, whether visible or not, that we are not alone in our grief.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time for adventures

It's a sunny day today. 
Where will your adventures take you?

Monday, June 5, 2017

Love anyway

Know this: No one escapes
death, illness, loss or aging.
Love anyway!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Ready to serve

After a night of rest,
we stand before you, ready to serve again...

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Run with it

Today marks the start of a grand new adventure,
so take that ball and run like the wind!

Friday, June 2, 2017

A lesson from the flowers

In the midst of all this darkness, we still turn
our faces to the light...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Our home is here

Wherever we may have come from,
wherever we may be headed,
our home is always here, this moment, now.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Still flowers bloom

Some days, it feels like the whole world weeps --
such evil and destruction --
and still, out in my garden, flowers bloom...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Mirroring the Divine

An open mind becomes a calm reflective surface,
more readily able to mirror the Divine...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Abandon assumptions

Creativity may take many forms,
But it always begins with a willingness 
To set aside our assumptions.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Thank the leaves

Leaves, like people, come in many different shapes and sizes,
yet each one contributes oxygen so we may breathe.
Every leaf contributes to the health of the whole --
and so do you. Have you thanked a leaf today?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A sip of Spirit

Some days, meditation's a bit like a cocktail party:
we greet the guests -- the worrier, the planner,
the Fears, the Hopes, the Memories --
and hold a brief conversation with each,
then gently but decidedly move on
to sip again from that refreshing glass of Spirit...

Friday, May 26, 2017

When your tide is out

Your tide may be out, leaving
your darkest, roughest thoughts exposed,
your usual escape mechanisms grounded.
Why not take this time to poke around a bit,
see what treasures might be hidden here,
and what sharp objects might be tossed,
to protect from further damage...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Something old, something new

There's comfort to be found in seeing
the beauty of a mix of old and new:
the rust of dying complements
the bright green shoots of spring,
and gives us reassurance
that whatever's passing away in us will always find
a balance in something fresh that's being born.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Promise of Return

As the waves glide toward the beach, then slide away,
Each path we follow circles back around
Until at last we recognize the home that lies within,
And realize each breath offers the promise of return.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This heaven-scented now

Each morning offers its own unique invitation
to start again: to travel down the path
though you cannot see around the corner;
to let the mountains hold you, cupped in their embrace;
to breathe, and step, and breathe again,
trusting in this heaven-scented Now.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Predictable losses

Just because it's time to go,
doesn't mean we don't miss them when they're gone...

Sunday, May 21, 2017

What brings you joy?

Wondering what to do, or where to go next?
Ask yourself this question:
What brings you joy, and what, through you,
brings joy into the world?
Now: find a way to do some more of that!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Step away; step outside

It's easy to get hooked on acquisitions.
But can anything we build or buy
ever match the glory of what's already out there,
created for our viewing pleasure?
Take a moment; step outside and breathe...

Friday, May 19, 2017

Achieving presence

Stop whatever you're thinking or doing.
Stop, breathe, and ask yourself:
How is this thought or action
helping or harming the world?
What am I doing right now to make a difference?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The forest of your dreams

How far are you willing to venture
into the tangled forest of your dreams?
Have you not long suspected there is beauty hidden there?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Lean toward the Light

When in doubt,
always lean toward the light.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sad or grateful?

Sad? Or grateful? Beautiful or all used up? 
It's all in how you frame it.
Tossed aside to wither away after a lifetime of service?
Or resting, safe and secure, after decades of grueling work?
Which story will you choose?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Balancing the ordinary

Nothing -- not even talent, or inspiration -- lasts forever --
Except, perhaps, old patterns of behavior. 
Creativity somehow finds a balance 
between the brilliant and the ordinary...

Sunday, May 14, 2017

All the ways we mother the world

The root word of compassion, I've been told, means "womb" -- compassion is about caring for someone or something as if it were the fruit of your own womb.

 So, to me, Mothers Day is about celebrating all those who show compassion for the world around us. I would honor the doctors who mother us back to health; the chefs who feed us; the people who fight to save the environment and care for the poor; the friends who support us when we're down...  It's not just about giving birth, it's about nurturing and encouraging and making it possible for something or someone outside yourself to grow and thrive.

... And so today I'm posting this picture, which was taken by my husband, of the not one but two bird's nests which have been built in the Christmas wreath we forgot to take down from our front door. It's not all that convenient -- we've blocked off the porch to protect them -- but we're honored they've trusted us with their young; we laughingly refer to them as our grandbabies and look forward to seeing them fly. Just another way of mothering the world...😊

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Holy ordinary

Seen through the eyes of love,
even a rock on a hillside can be beautiful.
Can you not see that you are beautiful, too?

Friday, May 12, 2017

The wonder of now

What could possibly compare
to the shimmering impermanence of this moment,
right here, right now? Lose yourself
in the wonder of Now.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Not a pretty picture

Every once in a while,
all the ways you let yourself and the world down
rise to the surface, and you feel like an ass.
Next time that happens, look at this picture.
See? Asses are lovable, too!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

In crisis, opportunity

For every blind, reactive response
that leaves us feeling shamed,
there is a corresponding wound beneath.
This is our opportunity to find it,
soothe it, sit, and invite healing.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Variety is the spice...

When will we finally realize
that variety is truly a delicious spice?
What infinite pleasure and sweetness we find
in the mixing of multiple colors and kinds!