This weekend in the United States, we take an extra day off work to honor those who died in military service. "Memorial" - the name calls out our intention to use our memories in this way. Memory looks backward, brings the past into the present, brings those lost into our immediate awareness, and makes them … Continue reading Our memories of this time
The soft spot and the fierceness
Hold fear lightly, and touch the soft spot behind it. There lives kindness. Hold kindness lightly, and touch the strength behind it. There lives fierceness. On any day, at any moment, even if we can do nothing else...we can be kind.
Every time there is a flood, wildfire, hurricane - afterward, some folks decide to express their perspective that the victims are somehow to blame. Why do they live close to the ocean? Why did they rebuild there after the last flood? Fires come every summer, what were they thinking? Leaving aside, for now, how little … Continue reading Together
In this together
I suppose it should go without saying that we are all in this together. I find myself frustrated by what appears to be the fueling of petty feuds and escalation of minor problems, when it seems we should be focused entirely on keeping our communities well and safe. And yet, we human beings continue to … Continue reading In this together
On Saint Valentine's Day, let's celebrate our ability to love. Love reaches outside ourselves and desires the best for the beloved. Start by loving those around us. Love a partner, love a child, love a dog, love music, love the beauty of a sunrise, love a painting, love the sensation of breathing fresh air, love … Continue reading Love