Gearing up for fall (if it ever arrives), here’s a poem from 19th Century Irish poet and critic Edward Dowden: AUTUMN SONG Long autumn rain; White mists which choke the vale, and blot the sides Of the bewildered hills; in all the plain No field agleam where the gold pageant was, And silent o’er a … Continue reading

Autumn Approaching

As fall comes on here at the cottage in Southern Ontario, we are seeing more and more geese gathering in preparation for their migration south. In honor of both these birds and the season, here’s a moving poem by the Vietnamese poet, N’Guyen-Khac-Hieu, taken from the outstanding film Winged Migration. “In our next lives, we’ll remember … Continue reading


In honor of Earth Day, here’s a 19th century Tewa Indian prayer.                           Song of the Loom. O our Mother the Earth, O our Father the Sky, Your children are we, and with tired backs We bring you the gifts you love. Then weave for us a garment of brightness; May the warp by the … Continue reading


“Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.” ~ Carl Friedrich Gaub  


Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful holiday season. “There are ten strong things. Iron is strong but fire quenches it. Fire is strong but water quenches it. Water is strong but the clouds evaporate it. Clouds are strong but the wind drives them away. Living things are strong but fear cuts them down. Fear is … Continue reading


GIVE THANKS When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and your strength, Give thanks for your food and give thanks for the joy of living. And if you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured that the fault is in yourself. — Tecumseh Tecumseh … Continue reading

Apache Wedding Poem

On the perfect fall day Danielle and Chris were married under an oak tree off a hiking trail on Mount Lemmon! Part of the event included a sand ceremony for which the judge read this deeply moving poem, so appropriate for the occasion. Now you will feel no rain, For each of you will be shelter to … Continue reading

In Honor of Danielle and Chris

In honor of my beautiful daughter’s upcoming marriage, I’m posting here a very special Maya Angelou poem entitled TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL. We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life. Love arrives and … Continue reading

A Smudging Ceremony

A week or so ago, at her east-side Tucson home, a very good friend held a smudging ceremony — a custom common to Native American and other indigenous cultures. Smudging, essentially a cleansing smoke “bath,” is used to remove negative energy, to restore balance by shifting energy, or to purify a person, a specific place … Continue reading

Food for Thought for the New Year

Here’s a wonderful quote from Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, taken from my book SPIRIT STONES: “There’s a very compelling metaphor I heard first from Jacob Needleman. He says that there is a mountain and the mountain is very high, and the top of the mountain is being with God. But because the mountain is so high, … Continue reading

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