It’s been a rough week.

I had to let my Bobby go yesterday. His pattern over the past few months was to have good health, followed by being weak and listless, followed by rallying. He’d been getting progressively weaker over the past few months, which I was told was likely kidney failure. I put him on easy-to-digest food which made him feel better for a time. Because of this see-saw of relatively good health followed by what finally became chronic poor health, coupled with denial, I fear that I held on too long. This past week was difficult. After struggling with the decision, I’m grateful today…

Myeshia Johnson

Myeshia Johnson is on the minds of many, today. I post these icons of Saint Mary Magdalene — who was also unjustly scorned — and the Black Madonna in honor of her suffering. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  –Jesus, from the Sermon On The Mount As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments but rain your kindness equally on all.  –The Buddha   Washington Post: In Trump’s response to Myeshia Johnson, many black women see a pattern NPR: ‘It Made Me Cry Even Worse’  

Art is just another word for hope

Last night while watching the stars, I had a moment of insight that’s sticking with me, today. It might not seem profound to most people, but it rang like a bell in my brain: It’s all an elaborate game that we’re watching play out in front of us. From the crazy-making politics of our current administration to the manipulation of truth, we are under assault in an endless game of political dodge-ball — over which we have only influence, at best. And since dodge-ball has been known to leave bruises, a tough hide is required. Calling for a time-out does not…

Excuse me, Mr Prezident …

Words. A torrent of words continue to be written and spoken and shouted about the cataclysm in Puerto Rico brought on by Hurricane Maria. My near-obsession with this on-going tragedy has left me at a loss for words, nearly. I could rant. I could name-call. I could point out the raging hypocrisy of the Divider-In-Chief, but what good will that do? Friends and allies will agree with me. Die-hard defenders of this pitiful excuse for a president will not. Where does that leave us, besides frustrated and angry, and at a stalemate, while desperate people are dying? These words from…

Regarding Wisdom, Karma, and Hillary Clinton

With natural disasters following one after the other recently, I’ve heard people suggest that “Mother Earth is angry.” Rather than angry, perhaps she’s simply righting the ship. Mother Earth / Mother Nature / Pacha Mama is dispassionate in her passion. She does what she does in response to internal and external pressures. Whether it’s a volcano erupting thousands of feet into the air, tectonic plates shifting in opposing directions, or a reaction to human-caused climate change, her response is not personal. The self-regulating system of Earth is not bound to ego as we are. Ancient and wise on an elemental level…

I have a theory.

I often hear people ask how women could have possibly voted for trump. I’ve thought and said it myself, more times than I can count. How could they, with so many obvious reasons not to? My theory… It’s possible that women who voted for and support trump were victimized in some way by brutal, narcissistic men. As a consequence, they equate brutality with strength. Aligning with this false strength is a misinterpretation of reality, and is a  way to protect oneself from further harm. Not all women who are abused identify with their abuser. Those that do often wake up…