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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|

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|

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|

Letter To An Exile: Little Donnie Trump

        Do what you must, but never put anyone out of your heart. The first draft of this came to me during a workshop I facilitated, "Heartfelt Words: Lamps in the Dark."  I was outraged about yet another insane action by the president.  I'd no thought to write a letter to him [...]

By |February 1st, 2019|Blog|

Aikido-Spirit Hospitality ~ January 2019: 

        Offer the light of compassion and hospitality, wherever, however and to whomever you can.  No matter how meager your offer may seem, do it anyway. A man lies prone in a sleeping bag at the entrance to my office.  Shit, I think, cuz it’s quite cold today.  I call out, “Good [...]

By |January 3rd, 2019|Blog|

Talking Back To Darkness: In Praise Of The Creative Impulse

        Talk back to darkness with song and dance and praise.   No matter that such acts may seem incomprehensible, for "Just to be is a blessing.  Just to live is holy."  (Rabbi A. Heschel) (The following is the text of my welcoming remarks at TEDxBend Women on Saturday, December 1, 2018.  What [...]

By |December 3rd, 2018|Blog|

“…but this is wondrous strange!”

            “And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.”   Shakespeare, from Hamlet The Dream Title:  "wondrous strange" Introduction: A woman walks with astrologer Rob Brezny and his rabbi friend, a silent yet friendly bear-man, in a large park filled with old trees.  They stroll slowly and quietly, pausing occasionally. First [...]

By |November 7th, 2018|Blog|

Truth Will Defend Itself. Let It.

      What if you tell the truth of your own experience? And what if in so doing, the wound you sustained is not denied, but liberated? In their 1999-2000 report, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) categorized and/or redefined  “truth."  Their purpose was to heal trauma and horrifying violence that victims [...]

By |October 3rd, 2018|Blog|

Are You Out Of Your Mind?

          Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu  (399 - 295 B.C.) illuminates the hazards of fixation on outcome.  His words are as relevant now as they were centuries ago.  Notice how you relate to this.   When an archer is shooting for nothing, he has all his skill. If he shoots for a brass [...]

By |September 5th, 2018|Blog|