The Good Weather Church

Blue sky with white puffy clouds over a rural church with autumn leaves in the fore band backgrounds

Wandering through Christianity, Buddhism, and Unity to my current interest of studying the Tao, I long ago exchanged organized religion for a more profound spirituality. Structured religion gave me a moral and ethical compass for living life. Eastern philosophies expanded my understanding. But, my spirituality deepened after a life altering illness, decades of consciously working …

A garden then and now…

No surprise to me, this inspirational sentiment about a garden's virtues.  What is surprising though, is that it was written by the Persian poet Saadi who lived more than 700 years ago.  Can you imagine the beauty he beheld then, before industry dominated our planet?  If I find a garden breathtaking now, I wonder what …

Digging with Orphans in the Garden

Digging in the dirt...unearthing rocks, weeds, my thoughts turn to life's struggles...times my heart was breaking and I did not see a way out, a reasonable solution, how to get past the pain of the moment.  Not knowing what else to do, I dug in the dirt.  I weeded.  I carried rocks.  Pails of small …

Mother Nature’s Midlife Crisis

Dear Mother Nature, Are you not feeling well?  I’m wondering if you’re going through “the change” offering an unsettling summer and surprising autumn.  And how 'bout the Nor'easter that cancelled St. Patty's Day parades earlier this year? Was it night sweats or hot flashes that made our summer uncharacteristically rainy and humid?  Or when you …

Daily Prompt: Gratitude

I didn't think much about gratitude while growing up.  Actually, I'd say I was pretty ungrateful in those years.  Raised in a dysfunctional family --- although I didn't know that's what it was then, just that my father would rage at a moment's notice --- we often ran for our lives.  Literally.  It wasn't until …

Who’s to Say?

Sometimes things don’t work out as we planned.  Sometimes, oftentimes, gifts appear in unexpected places or they don’t look like what we envisioned.  We think it should be something else and too quickly pass it by. When I was very young --- about five or six, I desperately wanted a kitten. What kid doesn’t at …