A Non-Religious but Spiritual Palm Sunday

The calendar indicates today is "Palm Sunday."  Being a religious holiday, I often wondered in my youth why it wasn't called "Psalm Sunday" but as a gardener I'm just as happy to see green palms after a long, grey winter. And while it's (sadly) becoming increasingly unpopular and even dangerous to identify with any religious …

Come Together

I've just returned from a smooth jazz festival in Cancun.  Based on the line-up, I knew the music would be excellent but I hadn't counted on it raining every day.   This could have ruined a beach vacation but instead restored my hope in humankind. Moving the outdoor stage indoors due to the rain created extremely …

Savoring Sunday’s Symphony

  Guilt slips in and around the cool morning breeze for taking time to slip into my favorite summer chair and be in Sunday morning. A confident breeze eases the heat on my sun-warmed skin, stroking my cheek with the only classical music absent of customary stuffiness --- Mozart, Bach, Gershwin, Schubert's "Unfinished" symphony no. …

The Authentic Life of Nature

Driving home on this rainy Saturday evening, the windshield wipers are paragraphs separating my thoughts.  I’ve been hand-drumming for 3 hours in a drum circle at the local health food store.  Some of the participants I’ve known for decades, others I met today. The face of my friend flashes through my mind.  We lunched earlier …

Friends of Different Feathers

These guys (or gals) don't look alike but they respectfully share from the same feeder, while happily chirping away.  People could learn a lot from them. I learned a lot from Jamaicans when visiting their homeland.  Most Americans warned me ahead of time to "not go off the resort premises," but strolling down the beach …