Haiku by my mentor

I sent my dear mentor a copy of my book Haiku Moments. I was a little shy to send it when it was first published. He was and is a superb English teacher and I suppose I was reluctant because in many ways I am still a student of poetry. And where I welcomed feedback…

Three Mindful Quotes Related to the Happenings of This Week

“Sooner or later, everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.” — Robert Louis Stevenson can no longer resist.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero “May I stress the need for courageous, intelligent, and dedicated leadership… Leaders of sound integrity. Leaders not in love with publicity, but in love with justice. Leaders not in love with money,…

We share the same diversity

We share the sun We share the need to quench our thirst We share the awe of when we watch a full moon We share the lakes, rivers, oceans We share the same emotions We are more the same than different. If you think about it We share the same things in our planet We…

Quote

“Things are entirely what they appear to be and behind them … there is nothing.”                                                                                -Sartre…

Learning to Know Yourself

“He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.” -Tao te Ching A few years ago I attended a writer’s conference and during one of the workshops we were asked to write an “I am” poem. I remember feeling a little shy and frankly horrified. What would I write? I did not…

I’m Back With a Challenge

I apologize for my lengthy hiatus from the blog. I hope to continue to blog more faithfully from now on. I am putting my mind to it. Lately, my mind has been quickly distracted with so much that is going on in the world. I was actually feeling low and helpless at times. I feel…

Contemplation and Mindfulness

“When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts drift to far-off matters some part of the time, for some other part I lead them back again to the walk the orchard, to the sweetness of this solitude, to myself.” –…

If you thought not

If you thought not, everything, everything and then some has its wonders. Although sometimes I wonder why mosquitoes exist. I made a list of things that have wonder in my opinion.   Like watching a small plant start to bud, A community of ants doing their thing, raindrops sliding down a window, A weeping willow, dimples,…

I Wish I Were Under the Tuscan Sun

I just finished watching Under The Tuscan Sun for about the tenth time. The landscapes depicted in the film always force me to take a deep cleansing breath. I particularly love the scenes with hills filled with sunflowers; one of my favorite flowers. As the protagonist  in the film, played by Diane Lane, I too…