Month: August 2017


And when your eyes Freeze behind The grey window And the ghost of loss Gets into you, May a flock of colours, Indigo, red, green And azure blue, Come to awaken in you A meadow of delight. -Excerpt from “Beannacht” by John O’Donohue   A friend recently shared this touching and deeply comforting John O’Donohue poem with me. The title, “Beannacht”, means blessing in … Read More Blessings

If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; it’s purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders. -Andrew Harvey This quote is oddly relevant right now, and it also raises a question—what is poignant beauty? A sunset, a rose, … Read More

My mind is a neighborhood I try not to go into alone. -Annie Lamott  I find refuge in this quote right now! My mind is a bit of a mess at the moment–in response to the many changes happening in my life: my rabbi moved to another state, my youngest is starting high school and my eldest leaves tomorrow for university. Yes, change is … Read More

Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn’t burn up any fossil fuel, doesn’t pollute. Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance. -Margaret Mead With climate change, toxins in the oceans, and other environmental issues very much on our minds, we can sometimes feel overwhelmed. But let’s not forget the power of prayer, of positive thinking, of joy, and as Margaret … Read More