Angels without Wings

Human girl standing in between a set of painted wings on a building.

Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life search for love and wisdom.                                                                                                                                               ---Rumi Leaving the funeral director's office, I silently expressed thanks to God and …

It IS the little things

Living consciously --- paying attention and appreciating what is around me --- feels like living in sync with the Universe. More easily I see, understand, and feel grateful for what comes my way. It's not luxurious, expensive gifts that make my heart smile, it's the little things. Just this week... I looked into the veggie …

Spring Sets My Heart Afire

It's been a relatively long winter.  Of course, I always feel that way after half a year of Northeast cold and grey.  And although Spring appeared on the calendar a month ago, it waits until about now to dazzle me with her show.  Each day the bleeding hearts rise taller and taller, and more garlic …

Nature Teacher: We’re All in this Together

We knew the storm was coming and wondered how their fragile bodies would survive.  Were there any still alive in these frigid 3 degree temps?  Topping off the bird feeders, we later fell asleep to the hush of heavy snowfall then awoke the next morning to more of the same --- nearly a foot of …

One Gift to Return

Have you noticed how many smiles you see?  Or don't, in this overly busy time of year when buzzing around making returns, shopping, doing errands, or whatever tasks need to be done.   I counted only one smile today.  And it was a wide one as another customer and I passed each other at the …

Be Still

“To be still, get still,” popped into my head while feeling dizzily over-stimulated from noisy store crowds, parties, and meandering traffic this week.   The holidays can drain anyone and especially with technology’s hastened pace and constant bombardment. For many years I’ve chosen to celebrate the holidays through the beauty of the land.  Whether it’s gathering …

Presents

Madison Avenue says Christmas is about presents. Lots of them. I say that’s a typo.  It’s about presence --- lots of it.  Be present with yourself, loved ones, and each moment you (hopefully) come in contact with someone.  Well, anyone for that matter.  This is more than sitting next to someone while staring into a …