Editor’s Desk: Liminal Lament

  My dearest friend and circle sister Linda Merryman has set up an altar to make “real” in some way all those who are dying from Covid 19. We all hear the numbers and they pass through our intellect. Linda has put the numbers into form, a ship of souls lost to Covid. This pandemic has taken so much from so many. I deeply appreciate my friend who has so poignantly brought her artistic eye in putting together an altar that responds to the ocean breeze to carry our prayers for those who have died and prayers for those who
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Editor’s Desk: A Little Confession

  The deep dive into my own racism began last summer when my dear black friend, Ronita Johnson challenged a group of us to look, with courage, at our own racism. She invited a collection of black and white women to dive deep in dialogue. When I accepted the invitation, I felt that I was not racist. I arrived with proof of this because in the late 1960s I was one of two white teachers in an all-black school in Alabama during a time when George Wallace (the racist former governor of Alabama) was running for president and Dr. Martin
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Editor’s Desk: Hard Grace: What Jack In the Beanstalk Taught Me

  Most of us can recall the tale of Jack in the Beanstalk and can remember how we thrilled at the rhythmic chant of the giant ogre, “Fee-fi-fo-fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive, or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.” As an adult and the mother of an adult son, this tale became quite significant to me. Robert was about 20 years old when Michael, my husband, and I bought some property in Mendocino County in Northern California. We became landowners with three other couples and were experimenting with living
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Editor’s desk: Planning in reverse – walking, yoga, getting dressed

Wow, what a tumultuous year we’ve come through. It has been unlike any other in my life and I know for millions of others. Along with you, I’m looking forward to the turning of this pandemic that has stopped us all in our tracks. The good news is that it has given us a moment to reflect. The bad news is that so many families are in bereavement over the loss of their loved ones. For me, along with a small team of colleagues, I’m most grateful to be continuing to produce and host the New Dimensions program series. This
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Editor’s Desk: Creating Synchronicities

Even though I’m sheltering in place, there is no lack of opportunity to continue to be involved in many activities of interest. I belong to several anti-racism groups that meet regularly on zoom, I listen to podcasts and specials on TV (as well as some favorite programming series), I meet with my women’s group (on zoom). I continue to prepare for new interviews, head up a small team of colleagues, and continue to look for ways to effectively contribute to the good. The honest truth is that the bustle of motion can keep me in a kind of frenzy of
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Editor’s Desk: HOPE, IN SPITE OF THE EVIDENCE

I’m having to turn this “Editor’s Desk” piece in prior to the conclusion of voting in the 2020 election. If you are like me you’re sitting on pins and needles and feeling quite anxious about it. Nevertheless, life goes on outside the election. Thus, here are my thoughts for the day. We received an inquiry from a listener who is grappling with the many injustices in the world both now and throughout history. He states, “When I read the goals of organizations like yours, I think how sincere and well intentioned they are—but also how naïve. The assumption is that
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Editor’s Desk: KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON

When I first heard the news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had died, I went into a depression. My normal optimism had fled and left me with feelings of despair. During this time, I was preparing for an interview with Hersch Wilson who is a 30-year veteran volunteer firefighter in New Mexico and the author of a most brilliant book, Firefighter Zen: A Field Guide to Thriving in Tough Times. As is often the case, the mysterious workings of the invisible world showed up with the right message at the perfect time. This is what I was reading.
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Editor’s Desk: Be Optimistically Curious

  Several years ago, I joined with two friends in a 10-week spiritual practice which consisted of ten life-revealing questions. I’ve listed these Questions to Contemplate for you at the bottom of the post. We started with one question each week: We would meditate on it, journal about it, and share with one another what comes up for us. We wrote about what we understood about the question, what we didn’t understand, what we accepted, and what we were struggling with. There were days when I felt quite resistant to the questions, but I’ve noticed over time that my heart
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Editor’s Desk: The Joy of Living In The Question

It was Joseph Campbell from whom I first heard this Rilke quote: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” from Letters to a Young Poet. Today, as I
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Editor’s Desk: Descent into the Cave of Regret

  My heart is aching and tears are forming in my eyes as I watch a family joyously having a squirt gun fight in a scene in the TV series Council of Dads. I pause to check in with my body trying to understand what triggered my tears. Was it the mother, the kids, the supportive men, or the absent father that touch something deep within me? Am I still missing Michael? I count on my fingers, tick off the years that feel like yesterday: 2012-one, 2013-two, 2014-three, 2015-four, 2016-five, 2017-six, 2018-seven, 2019-eight, 2020-nine. I ponder: Does the backyard scene
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