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“Crazy Brave*” Joy Harjo – New US Poet Laureate!

Ring the bells!  Do a dance!  Joy Harjo, a national treasure, has become the first Native American to serve as our nation's official poet.   I'm overjoyed by this news!  I can think of no one who's mo better to be appointed to the position of poet laureate at these times than Joy Harjo.  A member [...]

By |July 1st, 2019|Blog|

July 2019 ~ First Light

This poetic medicine will do you good.  It contains absolutely no harmful side effects. Take any time of day or night.  Use if you want to remember what matters. First Light In the first light I remember who rewards me for living, not bosses but singing birds and blue sky. I know I can bathe [...]

By |July 1st, 2019|Poem of the Month|

A Master Teacher’s Parting Gift

Terms of Endearment:  Lucky, Luckster, Luckers, Lil' Man, Baby Boy, Demander, Stinker, Littlest One, and finally, Beloved. A memory:  Thanksgiving weekend 2004, Bend, Oregon.  It's six months after I happened upon this wee pup running down the road.  We're sleeping on a futon I've dragged to the living room for quick access to the door.  [...]

By |June 4th, 2019|Blog|

June 2019 ~ For Lucky, In Memoriam

For Lucky, In Memoriam August 2003 – May 19, 2019 When finally she surrendered all effort to fathom appearance and disappearance, to understand how one loves what cannot last – her heart rolled as a child at play in newly mown grass, rolled and rolled upon a sea of fragrant petals, sweet with the scent [...]

By |June 1st, 2019|Poem of the Month|

May 2019 ~ If You Knew

May we embrace this floating world and rise up in compassionate celebration of life. If You Knew What if you knew you’d be the last to touch someone? If you were taking tickets, for example, at the theater, tearing them, giving back the ragged stubs, you might take care to touch that palm, brush your [...]

By |May 1st, 2019|Poem of the Month|

O, Joy, To Bid Farewell Without End!

Are they not having a ball?  They have no argument with reality, and in fact, dance joyfully amid the transience of things. Things come, things go.  Can you say "hello" and "goodbye" to what arises in your life with your whole heart?   If not, hope and fear dominate the mind and close off rich possibilities.  [...]

By |May 1st, 2019|Blog|

April 2019 ~ All Will Come Again Into Its Strength

          I chose this poem by Rilke to celebrate National Poetry Month.  What a stunning evocation of incomprehensible faith, and a deep homage to our beloved Earth. All Will Come Again Into Its Strength All will come again into its strength: the fields undivided, the waters undammed, the trees towering and [...]

By |April 1st, 2019|Poem of the Month|

Stumbling into the Arms of the World

It is impossible to live without leaving a footprint of some kind, a disturbance.  Still, I write this to celebrate Earth and her gifts, even as I register the way life forms are desecrated around the globe.  Whatever type of activism we engage in, our joy is needed now.  The music offered below is both [...]

By |April 1st, 2019|Blog|

Genius Women In History!

To honor Women-in-History, I offer you this terrific list of eighteen wildly diverse book recommendations made by The Rumpus, an online literary magazine.  Women from around the globe in the arts, politics, activism, poetry, literature, education and more are represented.  Inspiration abounds here, so  dig in. Scroll down to this month's Further Reflection, titled Know Your [...]

By |March 1st, 2019|Blog|

March 2019 ~ The Influence Coming Into Play: The Seven of Pentacles

        Carefully consider what you are devoted to.  If you persevere in what matters to you, this tarot card says, your efforts will be worth it.  The fruits of your labors will be realized. The Influence Coming Into Play: The Seven of Pentacles Under a sky the color of pea soup she is looking [...]

By |March 1st, 2019|Poem of the Month|