prayer

Prayer is a dangerous thing. I began this year with a prayer, one written by Hazrat Inayat Khan. It has been answered time and time again. “Break my heart again and again until it stays open.” A year ago, I didn’t post in the wake of the election, the suicide of a close friend on […]

Three stories.

I. Taking a picture from inside a moving car is a bad idea; stopping your car in a roadway to take a picture from a complete standstill is often an even worse one. This road, however, is known to me as the sleepy spot it’s remained for all the years stretching back to high school […]

On distant shores

It was almost exactly two weeks ago that I stood on the shore of Tayabas Bay at the beach at Laiya, San Juan, Batangas (on the island of Luzon in the Philippines – only about three hours from metro Manila) and watched the sun rise. Afterward, when I had spent possibly too much time taking […]

where angels wander

It didn’t take Google for me to know that the concept of complete cellular renewal in the human body every seven years is a myth. I know that no neurons are added to the cerebral cortex after birth. I know that the cells of your cornea are with you your entire life; they get tired […]

The alchemy of fear

May we remember. Not the images. Not the pain. Not the fear. Not the fire. Not the tears. Not the anger. Not the unknown others. Not the threats. Not the repercussions. Not, all the gods that ever were or are, NOT the endless war. Lift our hearts to that moment of blue-sky September-perfect. We were […]

Paths

An exercise in following paths and retracing steps. One of the first things I did when I joined Facebook was to reach out to someone I felt was owed an apology from what felt like several lifetimes ago, and offer that apology. The gift was in finally learning that apology was unnecessary, and a weight […]

All the things

To pick up and start saying, again, “It’s been so long since I wrote…!” would do very little but state the obvious and make me feel sheepish even to be updating again. I spent some time, before writing this, updating the site’s appearance. It had literally not been updated since I set up the site […]

Dear You, Dear Me, Dear November

Dear universe, dear everyone, dear you: No. Don’t fret. Never fear. I am NOT participating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) again, and not just because its cute little alias is an unpronounceable garble. First of all, it’s already November 3. Two days ago, on November 1, I told a room full of people that […]