Your Wings

•May 5, 2011 • 3 Comments

Swallows are plentiful at my mother’s house on the hill. So far I have identified the violet-green swallow, the cliff swallow and the barn swallow. They are very, very difficult to focus in on as they swoop around. I’m hoping I will get better with time and practice.

I think of them as rescuing angel birds as they swoop in to save me from the biting mosquitoes. What beauty flows from their wings.

It Just Is …

•May 2, 2011 • 2 Comments

It is hard for me to find a way to respond to the news, the “celebration,” of Osama bin Laden’s death … this is the way, the only way I know how, to respond. Sadness.

… from Rumi’s Response to Your Questions

… Forget the nonsense categories
of there and here.
Race and nation and religion.
Starting point and destination.

You are soul and you are love,
not a sprite or an angel or a human being.
You are a Godman-womanGod-manGod-Godwoman.

No more questions now
as to what it is we are doing here.

Humility and Compassion

•April 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Being Green Again …

•April 12, 2011 • 1 Comment

The bud in this photo is on one of the two apple trees my son Stosh planted for me last month. I’m very excited to see that life is, indeed, within the dark branches. I had begun to lose hope.

God has a plan for this tree, just as he has a plan for me. And it isn’t that he has been sitting around, leaning over his desk, going over the paperwork involved in the planning of my life or of the life in this tree — at least that isn’t my vision (and what do I know?) of what “God’s Plan” is like.

I think that God set forth a plan, and before the beginning of light even emerged from the darkness, he had set in place everything that was needed to for us — each of us, from apple tree buds to me to saints, kings and mountains, rivers, oceans and dust motes — everything we needed to find him.

We just have to open ourselves.

Just these two words …

•April 7, 2011 • 1 Comment

Wisdom …

•April 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

This St. Catherine of Siena quote is one of my all-time favorites. It just says it all for me. (And yes, it says it so well that I had to say it three times across three blogs.)

Everybody needs a place …

•April 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

O Wonderous Creatures …

•April 5, 2011 • 1 Comment

This Day …

•April 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I don’t think I told anyone, but I gave up prayer for Lent.

Yup, that’s what I said. I stopped praying. My thought behind it is if I keep my mouth shut long enough, maybe I can learn to be a better listener.

I hope it’s working …

Our Closeness is This …

•April 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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