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 …

The Ups and Downs of Life

  Rain clouds help flowers grow. Why should life experiences be any different?   Learning through Grief I began this post before the untimely loss of my best friend --- Bess my beloved 14 1/3 year old border collie.  Acceptance soothes my broken heart when acknowledging this will happen to each and everyone of us …

Have You Seen Their Taijitu?

Familiar with that black and white yin-yang symbol, known in ancient Chinese philosophy as taijitu?  Surely you've seen dogwood trees gracing the landscape but have you seen their taijitu? Look closely at the blooms on this glorious tree.  Each stunning bract (appearing as one of four flower petals) appears marred like a bruise or singe …

Nature Teacher: Nothing is as Nothing Seems

Opening the compost bin lid reveals decomposing garlic skins, leek greens, maple leaves, apple cores, coffee grounds, and other unidentifiable by now but formerly salubrious consumables. Dirt from last summer's potted flowers (probably the water-logged ones that couldn't withstand the heavy rains) is mixed in. I suppose most would view this as rubbish or waste …

Multilingual without Words…

I communicate in many languages.  But my lexicon doesn't contain words per se.  No, I'm not talking about texting but of a communication so beautiful no words are necessary. In seasonal poetry gatherings each of us brings a random poem to read aloud.  The words we share are not our own but the understanding we …

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, …