Life’s Bookshelf

Four helpful books in understanding death and living life

Incomprehensible.  Sixteen deaths in 2019, with six of them very close to me --- friends, co-workers, family, and my beloved border collie Bess vanished in a six-month tsunami of clearing relationships from my life. In weathering this heavy-hearted summer, a healing practitioner recommended The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Ripoche. Filled with …

Ms. fortune

Blemished red beefsteak tomato on broken stem with baby green tomato

Have you ever… Looked forward to something that resulted in something vastly different? Expended effort that did not produce fruition? Gotten involved in an activity that became incompatable? Sometimes life just is.   Nothing is as nothing is to both you and me. Fortune and misfortune are neighbors Sai Ong Loses Horse.     Plants …

Nature Teacher: We may be One but We are Not the Same

Red ripened and green beefsteak tomatoes on the vine

Gardening teaches me so much about living life. Besides providing quiet time to regenerate, and avoid constant interruptions of marketing ploys or messages that can wait, gardening offers opportunities to look more deeply into life. Stepping into the tomato patch today, I notice some are ripened red, some still green, some are somewhere along the …

Nature Teacher: The Natural Timing of Things

Plants wither and die in time as we experience it. Everlasting physical beauty is contrary if not impossible or simply a matter of perception. Why tamper with the natural timing of life? Shriveled leaves talk of acceptance. They do not worry. Crinkles speak of wisdom. It is humans who do not understand and self-inflict suffering, …

Transformation of Endings

Source: I Don't Get It In visiting another blog this afternoon, I was moved by the writer's sadness and confusion of impending death and realized each of us is so different in how we think about and interpret life. I came into this world contemplating death and vividly recall such thoughts as early as age …