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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|

Celebrating the Audacious Beauty of James Baldwin

Dedicated James Baldwin on the 94th anniversary of his birth, with gratitude for the way he challenged and changed the perspective of so many of us. Someone asked me recently, “Who’s one person, living or dead, you’d love to share a meal with?”  I immediately replied, "James Baldwin."  Baldwin opened my mind to dimensions of experience [...]

By |August 1st, 2018|Blog|

July 2018 ~ A Refreshing Wash For The Mind

        A mind untethered from the incessant "gotta-do" list and "need ta have" mentality perceives with clarity and aliveness.  Actor Jeremy Irons speaks to this perennial wisdom in a very short video, a mere 2:18 minutes (link below).  If we want to free ourselves from the ravages of uber-manic modern living, daily quietude [...]

By |July 1st, 2018|Blog|

Silence: The Poetics of Space

Sanctuaries of Silence, 7:19: Gotps://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000005811102/sanctuaries-of-silence.html Sanctuaries of Silence, an award-winning documentary, is an "immersive listening journey into one of the quietest places in North America," the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park.  Acoustic geologist Gordon Hempton refers to silence as the absence of noise from modern life.  This silence, he says, "...isn’t the absence of something [...]

By |June 3rd, 2018|Blog|

Bathing Grief In Love

On April 20th, a friend and I helped put our beloved friend, Roxy, to rest.  Five years of joy, a few months of decline.  Not too bad. Roxy was a good girl, a goofball, a gentle 75 pound being.  So many people responded with compassion, adding they were sorry for my loss.  I bless them [...]

By |May 3rd, 2018|Blog|

April 2018 ~ Astounding Spiritual Leaders!

This cartoon requires no commentary, right?  I get it, you get it.  Such simple images, with or even without the title, are so clear, no treatise is required.  Still, there is something I want to say:  exquisite attention by the funny looking man is implied in the drawing.  To what extent do you  meet life [...]

By |April 1st, 2018|Blog|

March 2018 ~ Way Of The Holy Fool: Losing The Plot & Caring Not

“The artist needs to know how to lose the plot– how to not care and how to not know –and how to actually enjoy that freedom and understand what a blessed revitalizing state all of that mess can be.” Michael Leunig, Australian cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet. Great quote, right?  Yes, it is, though [...]

By |March 1st, 2018|Blog|