We’ll See What Happens

By Celia Coates We are living in a time filled with many uncertainties and the phrase – “We’ll see what happens,” – is one we hear often. This week’s post is a reprise of one published after the 2016 Presidential election when I wrote, “This week half the country is cheering and the other half…

How To Choose Your Prince – Or Princess

Some of the best advice about how to make a good marital choice is in a children’s book published in 1967: PICKLE-CHIFFON PIE. It’s not like the usual sources of wisdom, but wise it is. Jolly Roger Bradfield is both the author of this book’s clever words and the artist who created its goofy, lively, charming,…

One Story and One Poem

Animals naturally notice and size each other up – is this a friend or an enemy, prey or threat, dominant or insignificant? We’ve kept some of that survival behavior and, although it wise to be aware of strangers, we often load up our noticing others with clouded judgment about what people are worth. Here is…

Spielberg’s Special Gifts

I enjoy going to the movies. It’s a little old-fashioned but there’s an extra energy that goes along with seeing films on a big screen in the company of other people. This month I wanted to see both A WRINKLE IN TIME (mentioned in last week’s post) and Steven Spielberg’s READY PLAYER ONE. For me Spielberg’s…

Life Is Like A Sonnet

In her book, A WRINKLE IN TIME, Madeleine L’Engle has included one of the best and clearest ways to answer this question – “Do we have free will or are our lives determined by forces outside ourselves? Do we have control over how we live our lives or does Fate run things?” In the West…

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:…

Spirit Horses

The Horses at the Tank By Robert Bly Every breath taken in by the man Who loves, and the woman who loves, Goes to fill the water tank Where the spirit horses drink. Robert Bly is one of my favorite poets. He’s been called a “meditative mystic.” Here he catches, with an image and a…

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…

Wonder Woman’s Love

By Celia Coates There’s a lot to enjoy in movies about super heroes: special powers, superhuman abilities, sweeping shifts in space and time – and happy endings. In the new Wonder Woman there’s a little more. Along with the standard swashbuckling action, battles, danger, deaths, and fast action special effects, it presents the idea that…

Are You Creative?

By Gilah Yelin Hirsch Everybody is creative. Each of us affirms our innate creativity many times a minute by choosing to take the next breath. While this may be an unconscious act, any move toward life is creative. Then, creativity lies in moving away from what we already know. The first step in the creative…