Category Archives: Gratitude

Small Pleasures

Today we write an ode to life’s small pleasures, continuing into our eighteenth day of a writing poem a day with NaPoWriMo encouragement.  I’d like to say that it’s no small pleasure to discover the chapbooks to which we’ve been … Continue reading

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Beloved Mentor, Guide, Poet

In Memoriam: Mary Oliver (September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019)   She stamped her voice on the cry of the wild geese and now her words come back to guide me whenever their call spirals heavenward or wild wings … Continue reading

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Beauty, Awe and Gratitude Become One

Thanks to Frank J. Tassone at the d’Verse Poets Pub for suggesting we write a haibun exploring one of the myriad things for which we feel gratitude. I’m always pondering the whys and wherefores of our human sense of aesthetics.  … Continue reading

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This is my dad, my haibun today is about him.  He was a decorated soldier and career military officer.  He was buried at Arlington Cemetery with full military honors.  It’s a good day to remember him. Henry Gerard Phillips was … Continue reading

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Amantha Murphy’s Magical Mystery Tour

I’ve just returned from a pilgrimage to some of Ireland’s early sacred sites, travelling with a coterie of amazing women whose companionship proved invaluable in  enhancing profound interactions with the wells, cairns, barrows, henges, mounds and temples of our ancestors.  Shared knowledge, stories, memories, visions … Continue reading

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In Memoriam… Angeles Arrien 1940 ~ 2014

Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to sit in circle with Angeles Arrien and listen to her teach The Four-Fold Way.  Her brilliance lay in being able to condense and explicate the perennial wisdom of the world’s indigenous cultures.  … Continue reading

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In Which I Count to Ten

In which I count to ten, grateful that:   Spider webs catch sunlight and moonbeams.   Long-lost lovers sometimes reappear.   Women make an art out of friendship.   Wisdom wanders  highways and byways, like Johnny Appleseed, planting stories.   … Continue reading

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Here’s Looking At You, Kid

I first saw “Casablanca” in tiny dive in Georgetown in the 1960’s.  Forerunner to today’s “Movie Taverns,” it was a little hole in the wall that served popcorn and beer at café tables in a small black-painted room with a … Continue reading

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San Francisco Flash Mob for V-Day Wish I could be there dancing in the streets in body as well as soul, heart and mind. At least I can add my voice here to be counted among the one billion beautiful creatures. I love us, most precious … Continue reading

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New Year’s Toast to Reality

This morning my husband sent me a book review by Edward Marriot of Alan Bennett’s novel The Uncommon Reader in which Her Royal Majesty, the queen of England, accidentally stumbles upon the pleasures of reading. It becomes an obsession with … Continue reading

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