Looking to Ancients, Artists and Antecedents for Answers

Red mushroom growing out of dirt and darkness

Contrary news reports on the coronavirus got you feeling confused? Everything changing too rapidly to absorb? Feeling like you're churning in a sea of uncertainty? No worries (unless that's what you choose to do.) Look at the bright side. Yes, there is always a bright side, as the Tijitu depicts and notables observed:   "Confusion …

A Love Hate Diary of Dates with a Smartphone… (part 3)

Mark your calendar, set your alert notifications for the National Day of Unplugging which begins at sundown this coming Friday (March 6) and ends (only if you want it to) at sundown on Saturday (March 7). This mini diary on my smartphone experience explains why I'll be unplugged too! Continuing from Part 2 that ended …

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 …

Collections of Recollections

Colored photographs hanging above colored clothes on a rack

  Boxes of newspaper wrapped dishes, and shielded glass in picture frames reminds me I've resided here for half my life.   More frequent moving in more youthful days not needed or necessarily desired --- right now. Unless I could turn my back and be there immediately without sorting through stuff. Taking only recollections with …

Opening the Door to Transformation

Photo of long hallway with door at the end

Synchronicity delivered timely and profound guidance to me before my mother's passing. Surprisingly, it originated from a talented Spanish guitar musician (and yoga instructor) whose concert I attended just months earlier. Johannes Linstead's message radically shifted my thoughts about death and erased any long-held fears. Since that time, it's become my mainstay. I've included his …

Halloween’s Other Side of Life

Intricate spider web in black and orange Halloween colors

Looking out my window during morning Qigong practice, I glanced up to see this intricate spider web. Amazing to view its work up close...a meditation in itself. With Halloween approaching, I dug deeper into the curiosities of this scary holiday. I never understood Halloween's color combination of orange and black but now it makes more …

3: Omne Trium Perfectum – Making Sense of it All

Lucky Three or NotThings come in threes beleaguers my thoughts. A month ago, I received word that my beloved border collie, Bess, passed away while I traveled in Scotland. Last week I received word that my best male friend from college passed away. Memories flash of the three close friends I lost a few years …

Seeing through Obscurity

  Photos of Scotland appear like subdued, opalescent paintings to me. Yet, when viewing these strikingly beautiful landscapes in person, they are just as dream-like. Visiting Scotland a few weeks ago felt just as surreal in that I was finally fulfilling a lifelong dream...but learned early on that my beloved Ceilidh's Bess passed. As I …