With the many reports we hear of death, disease, job loss, and an expectation of this trajectory to continue, the idea of gratitude might not be hitting a lot of folks’ radar. In the frighteningly grim existence that we now find ourselves, should we be giving thanks, as the Bible verse suggests?
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. ~Annie Dillard And . . . we’re in December. Wow. This year will soon be a memory, to the relief of many. The pandemic, now in its second wave in some countries, has presented a great number of us with unprecedented challenges. Continue reading “Six Small Actions That Will Change You”
Listening to incessant politics and bad news from reporters, government officials, and even commercials, causes feelings of impatience and anger to surface in my normally peaceful mindset. So it’s high time, as my grandmother used to say, to put the talk on pause.
We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us. Our flesh-and-bone tabernacle seems transparent as glass to the beauty about us, as if truly an inseparable part of it, thrilling with the air and trees, streams and rocks, in the waves of the sun, —a part of all nature, neither old nor young, sick nor well, but immortal. ~John Muir
The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. ~Thomas Merton Merriam-Webster.com defines the term interdependence as the state of being dependent upon one another. Examples are given for interdependent economies as wellContinue reading “Interdependent by Design”
When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war . . . So I say to you . . . brothers and sisters, let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide. ~US Representative John Lewis (recently deceased)
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity while spreading sunshine in the blogging community. Nonso the Writer has graciously nominated me for this award. Thank you, Nonso! If you’re unfamiliar with him, this is how Nonso describes his pursuits: “Writing is art, an expression of oneself. This art IContinue reading “Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination”
I am happy to share that I have been nominated for the Great Achiever Mahasiddhi Blogger Award by the award’s designer, Kamal Shrestha! From his post describing the award, “I am from a birthplace of Gautam Buddha who enlightened many parts of the world in his lifetime by his wisdom and knowledge of equanimity, or peace ofContinue reading “Great Achiever Mahasiddhi Blogger Award Nomination”
All living creatures interact with wildflowers whether they know it or not. For 130 million years, wildflowers have blessed the earth with their amazing skill sets and stunning beauty . . .
We are born into this world with a love for animals. As babies, we share the same innocence and many similar vulnerabilities. As we grow, we often have animal playmates that grow alongside us. I’ve met many service dogs who regularly visit nursing home residents. I’ve known cats living in a hospice facility that won’tContinue reading “For the Love of Animals”