Timeless Wisdom

Let me start by telling the truth. I rarely spend time pouring over the wisdom of ancient or modern philosophers. I found this intriguing quotation in Terry Patten’s book, The New Republic of the Heart. Frederich Nietzsche, who died in 1900, captured many profound ideas in his writing. among them: “Let the young soul survey…

Are We Settlers?

Several months ago, when I invited an attorney to help me create a current trust, she noticed the book Barking to the Choir, The Power of Radical Kinship on my desk. She had previously read Gregory Boyle’s first book, Tattoos on the Heart, so I loaned her my book. The process of creating a Trust…

How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?

It suddenly dawned on me I have been studying heartbreak for my whole life! I thought I was studying Love but it seems I have devoted much of my attention to the misery of unrequited love! First, when I was three, Mom was reading Bambi to my sister, and she read the part when Bambi…

Ask the Question then Listen

This month’s newsletter is a little late, mostly because I was waiting for inspiration to whisper this blog post in my ear. School ends in a couple of days. My daughter is graduating from high school. As a school librarian, my “to-do” list overflows. Stuff to do at work….stuff to do at home. Not wanting…

The Vulnerable — to protect? or to emulate?

Our theme for the month of June is “Listening to Our World.” Centers for Spiritual Living’s theme is “Protect the Vulnerable.” I like the idea of being a champion for those who cannot speak up or stand up for themselves. I always rooted for the underdogs when I used to attend sports contests. Yes, I…

Potent With Possibilities

In the May 1953 issue of the Science of Mind magazine, Raymond Charles Barker wrote: “I am not conditioned by my childhood; I am conditioned only by my present thinking. What I have been does not necessarily indicate what I should be or what I should be and shall be. I create no false glamorization…

To Our Mothers

It has been a long, long time since I lived close to my mother, but up until the year she passed, I tried my best to talk with her on Skype every day. It was important to her. When we talked, she would always tell me which of my sisters and brothers had also called.…

Seeing through the Perspective of Oneness

In reading the recommended book for the month, The I of the Storm by Gary Simmons, I was reminded about the value of perspective. In the book, Simmons suggests that when we are in conflict or worry or fear often it’s not an actual threat but the perspective we are viewing the situation from that…