Stacey Abrams: Learning, Leading, Teaching

By Celia Coates “When you decide what you want and why you want it, take action immediately. Do not wait for an invitation to act. I promise you, the letter is not in the mail.” This advice is from Stacey Abrams’ book, LEAD FROM THE OUTSIDE. Itis not one of the self-positioning books written by…

Fourth Grade Hero

By Richard Howland When Mrs. Parmelee sat up there behind that gigantic desk, tapping the point of her red pencil and looking out over the tops of those gold-rimmed glasses like that, we knew somebody was going to die. And the way Bobby Livingstone was staring down at his hands, lying there on top of…

Making the Invisible Visible

By Brenda Molloy The image that leads this post, “Waves of Energy,” is from my new series, SOURCED FROM THE INFINITE. It is accompanied by a quote from Richard Thieme: “Once we break through fear, there is nothing but space, sheer possibility. Then we can fly.”  In making fractal art I work with formulas and…

Holding Questions

By Trudy Summers and Paul Jackson From Trudy: One year ago my nephew, Paul Jackson, invited a group of people to participate in a collaborative writing project called “What have you learned so far?”  I joined in happily. We did not know each other‘s names and now, months later, we remain anonymous. We did know…

How to Rest – and Why

By Celia Coates A recent blog in SATI Mindfulness began this way: “For most of us, most of the time, we’re running on fumes. Or, if not fumes, then on half a tank of gas. In a car that needs an oil change. And some new tires. We don’t give ourselves the rest we need.”  Just…

Two Kinds of Peace

These are days when I have especially appreciated two reflections on peace. The first is from a book about flowers: “Wars and roses have a long relationship. The English civil wars, waged from 1455-1485, over possession of the crown, were called the Wars of the Roses. The name came from the badges of the house…

Gifts from the Serpent

By Dorothy Walters When I was in my early fifties, something happened to me that changed my life forever. I did not go out of my body and float beneath the ceiling. I did not fly down a tunnel toward a lighted figure waiting at the end. This experience was something other, something almost no…

HIDDEN

BY Molly Frederick There are secrets all around us. Today, for no clear reason, a light flashed twice at my window. What was it? Was it the sudden gleam from an aircraft banking? Perhaps a helicopter changing course? A shining drone looking down, looking in. Was it a white bird’s wings catching morning light, or…

The Boat Of Eternal Return

By Stephanie Rayner Boats are like Shamans – they move between worlds. Being of neither world they glide over the taut membranes that separate the Opposites Throughout time and disparate cultures it is the boat that has provided mytho-religious passage across the dark straits that separate the living from the dead Being gently rocked by…

The Mind-Body Problem

The Mind/Body Problem Here’s another poem – but it’s quite different from the one by Robert Bly that was posted last week. My Brain By Lewis Thomas My brain is a computer, plugged in, Switched on, running all the time, Running up, down, out, Humming, Lights on, Ready all the time, In control. It writes:…

The Gifts of Goodness

By Marilyn Phillis Marilyn Phillis is an artist interested in creative events that reach beyond the ordinary. She sent me this story in 2009 and, as happens sometimes, it seems to have been meant to wait for publication until now. She said, “There was such generosity of spirit attached to this special gift that it truly…