I realize how difficult it’s been for me to smile these days, with so much coming at us from so many different directions. So I thought I might share the story again of an old woman who helped me find my smile. I met her while I was in India. She and her extended family lived on the sidewalk next to my hotel. I passed … Continue reading Reclaiming Our Smiles
Lately it feels like an apocalypse, doesn’t it? A world-wide pandemic, fires burning in forests around the world, an election where both sides feel the soul of the nation is in peril, record weather events… it’s enough to make you want to just hide in a hole somewhere. Over the summer, my husband and I spent a few weeks at a remote 140-acre property in … Continue reading Putting It Into Perspective (by Eileen)
Perhaps in this upside down world of ours you’ve asked yourself this same angst-filled question. What drives us to act the way we do? Well, one man offered up some intriguing answers. In 1950 Bertrand Russell, who once famously said, “I’d never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong,” was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. His acceptance speech attempted to answer the question of … Continue reading What Drives Us?
“Life is only as serious or as humorous as YOU make it. Lighten up. Go play softball. Fly a kite. Dance with your dog. Smile… it makes people wonder what you’re up to.” ~ Charlie Brown I don’t want to draw too fine a point on this admission, but I learned a whole lot from reading the Peanuts comic strip growing up. I discovered early … Continue reading Life According To Charlie Brown
When the despair of the world grows in me, and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s life may be, I go lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come … Continue reading On Being Alive