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Editor’s Desk: Life as an Emotional Ticking Time Bomb

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 6 minutes
General
The description of a metaphor of a personal, emotional ticking time bomb is a situation that will eventually become problematic if not addressed. I’ve had a few of these go off; one only causing harm to myself; the other causing harm to another. The first time I became aware of…

Editor’s Desk: Visualizing Lost Objects

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 3 minutes
General
Several weeks ago I lost my prescription sunglasses/bifocals. I use them for driving and having bifocals makes it easy to look down and see my dashboard as well as deciphering road signs. They usually reside in my purse. However my purse, like my closets, is so full it’s often open…

Editor’s Desk: What’s Currently On My Mind

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 2 minutes
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The research of Suzanne Simard, Ph.D., professor of forest ecology in the University of British Columbia’s faculty of forestry and author of Finding The Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, tells us that trees form a robust, complex, interlocking network. They communicate through these networks. Her dogged research…

Editor’s Desk: Serenade of the Flies

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 4 minutes
General
One spring, my friend, the late Sedonia Cahill invited me to join her on a vision quest she would be leading the following summer. It was pretty easy to say yes because I knew that any adventure headed up by Sedonia was bound to be exciting. Besides, spending a couple…

Editor’s Desk: In A Storm Of Busyness

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 3 minutes
General
I belong to several circles that meet regularly. Many of the group members are, more or less, “retired.” Even those who are fully retired find that they are busier than ever. I’ve had the privilege of sharing history with most of them for over 40 years and I notice they…

Editor’s Desk: Ralph Metzner and Light Meditation

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 4 minutes
General
There are two special people, Ralph Metzner and Charles Tart, who remain part of the origin story of the work that I have been doing for the past 48 years. It was 1973 when radio station KPFA held a fundraising event at Zellerbach Auditorium in Berkeley on Sunday, March 4.…

Editor’s Desk: Liminal Lament

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 2 minutes
General
  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…

Editor’s Desk: A Little Confession

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 3 minutes
General
  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,…

Editor’s Desk: Hard Grace: What Jack In the Beanstalk Taught Me

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 4 minutes
General
  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.”…

Editor’s desk: Planning in reverse – walking, yoga, getting dressed

BY: justine toms
September 10, 2023
Read Time: 3 minutes
General
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…
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