Not What I Planned On!

Not What I Planned On!

I’m headed to Italy in a couple of days to lead a retreat. (I know, poor me.) It’s been rather comical watching my mind—still unused to the idea of international travel—go through its wild machinations these last couple of weeks as I prepare for the trip....
One Bag of Trash

One Bag of Trash

In last Friday’s Berkshire Eagle, I happened to see a short letter to the editor. Six sentences total, it read, essentially, “In honor of Earth Day, please join me in picking up litter.” I have fond memories of trash pick-up adventures with my dad when I was a little...
To the Beautiful People

To the Beautiful People

Elisabeth Kübler Ross, author of On Death and Dying, said, “Beautiful people do not just happen.” They are made, she argues, by adversity. It is, in fact, struggle, pain, defeat, suffering, loss — and finding a way through and to the other side of them...
Leading When Broken

Leading When Broken

When I was a shy teenager, I imagined that in every social situation I was the only one who was lost and scared. Now I know better. Most teenagers are lost and scared. Right now, as an adult, I’m worn out and heartbroken. I’m also aware that the whole world is worn...
I Don’t Wannnna!”

I Don’t Wannnna!”

“I don’t wannnna!” is the cry I hear from my inner toddler quite often these days. She’s exhausted, cranky, didn’t get her nap, is running on empty, and doesn’t want to do whatever it is that she needs to do next. (Sound familiar?)...
Thanks, a Poem by W.S. Merwin

Thanks, a Poem by W.S. Merwin

These days, when there are seemingly endless paths to bitterness, I am thankful when I am able to say, “thank you.” Thanks – W.S. Merwin Listen with the night falling we are saying thank you we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings we...
Love, Actually

Love, Actually

Gautama Buddha said… “Live in joy, in love, even among those who hate. Live in joy, in health, even among the afflicted. Live in joy, in peace, even among the troubled. Look within. Be still, free from the fear and attachment. Know the sweet joy of living...