Live in the present…

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Live in the present.
Do the things that need to be done.
Do all the good you can each day.
The future will unfold.
PEACE PILGRIM

 In the midst of chaos there is a common cry… what can we do? Over the last few weeks an energy has stirred. An energy of shared inspiration and a vision for action. I am reminded of my college years when we were vocal about reducing nuclear arms – vocal and active. We knew the danger  and we marched to make a difference.

Today we know so much more. We can get information anytime, anywhere. Scary things are surfacing. Things that  we suspected back in the 80s but only now see their truth before us. While living through this unsettling change, seeds of distrust are being planted to separate us.

And so, what must we do to believe in one another and believe we can make a difference? Action is called for. In the public square and our neighborhoods. No answer will come to us with ease. As the work is demanding how do we gather energy and find Peace?

One idea- balance the hard work with kindness and acts of compassion.

‘Do all the good you can each day. For the future will unfold.’


Quote – Peace Pilgrim
Image – unknown

It’s been a long day

to fly…

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Such longing.
How large
the muscles in our shoulders must be
to lift our wings even a single time.

~ David Romtvedt, closing lines to “Dilemmas of the Angels: Flight,” Dilemmas of the Angels: Poems


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to find a good beginning

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I had gone back again to my little house and stood up on its roof and wanted to see a good end in all that and to find a good beginning in myself. And now, let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been…


~ Rainer Maria Rilke, from a letter to his wife in The Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke: 1892-1910

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shared from the blog ‘Live and Learn’. Thank you, David!

To begin with possibility 



Your ability to see beauty and possibility is proportionate to the level at which you embrace gratitude.

We are at another moment of transition. As 2016 comes to a close we stand at the edge of a new year with hesitant anticipation. 

Looking back we see turbulence and confusion. 2016 was such a year. Emotions have been raw and undisciplined. Fear returned as our basic understanding of  civility has been challenged. 

As we prepare to step into a new year- we make choices. There may be hurdles that will best be faced together. We will see possibilities and beauty in places unseen to us before. 

Even in the most challenging moments may we remember to nurture gratitude. Nurture it in our selves and share with one another.  To be grateful can change a perspective and maybe even redirect a misguided journey. 

Blessings as we welcome this new year…


~ Quote: Steve Maraboli
~ Image: Moongate in Ireland (Pinterest)

A doorway into thanks…

Praying by Mary Oliver

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few

small stones; just

pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try

to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which

another voice may speak.

Created by love 


I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love.


Quote- WENDELL BERRY
Photo -DAVID MARK

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Friendship 

Friendship is always
a sweet responsibility,
never an opportunity.
Khalil Gibran


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