Tag: peace


Creative Energies


“Satori”  a painting let for this use by the artist - oil on canvas painted by Rob Schouten. © Rob Schouten www.robschoutengallery.com   We humans are watching a lot these days. We are watching the world from our nose-smudged windows.  We are watching the people and pets with whom we...

The wand and the dandelion


Ours is the only species that will create, watch, and calculate, its own demise on this planet. Our craving for merchandise that buttresses our low self-esteem or is used as a form of anesthesia has heated our planet. So stuff it happening.  To bees.  To ice. To meat. To oceans. To humans.  Suddenly...

The Serpent’s Tail


A wreath made from beach findings on Friday Harbor on San Juan Island here, in Puget Sound, in the Salish Sea. Toward the end of the 16th century, a word was coined from the root word “wer” meaning to twist or bend from which the word “wreath” came.  It was...

mistakes


Sometimes things just do not turn out the way we had planned, or even dared to hope. The often-quoted phrase “Compare and despair.” is a valuable reminder to me that when I compare myself and my life to others, despair is usually the only result.  Needless suffering.  The thought-version of...

the daily sip


Fear curdles joy and blocks creativity entirely.  Fear is hot, dry and sandy. Like betrayal and sex, fear is not something we talk about in polite society and so it can move about like a mugger in a city alley, stalking, beating, terrifying. on like viper in an Arab desert....

labels and morons


It is hard not to notice the changes taking place inside me as I move from the first half of life to the second.  My friend and mentor Richard Rohr says that this is an important move.  We give up trying to impress people, trying to impress ourselves, trying to...

hooded


We all have our themes; things to which we go back over and over again as if those people around us haven’t heard the thousand times we have said that same “old thing he says so often.” We all have those oft repeated mantras which we say so frequently that...

a simple season


(Please excuse the interruption in the Daily Sip.  The Pledge Campaign required every moment of some exhausting  days.  Happy advent - Charles) I watch television with commercials the way a house-cat goes swimming - - that is, infrequently, and with no small amount of annoyance. Recently I was home with...

listen


  "Sometimes it seems as if we do everything possible to avoid the painful confrontation with our basic human loneliness, and allow ourselves to be trapped by false gods promising immediate satisfaction and quick relief. But perhaps the painful awareness of loneliness is an invitation to transcend our limitations and...

peace


A blessing A nation at war with itself, peace to you. A people busy, tired and rich, deep peace to you. Couples whose work drives a wedge into their marriage, peace to you. Children whose lives are parentless, peace to you. Men and women who have been betrayed, peace to...