I love learning no, scratch that I’m passionate about learning! I try to learn something new every day Some days the learning is huge other days it’s subtle Some days the learning is about me what I believe who I am things I need to work on. Some days the... read more
Political claustrophobia is beginning to surge. Fear is on the increase as people sense no escape from the inevitable. It’s time to breathe. Time to welcome in possibilities … possibilities that “this too shall pass” no matter how bleak and... read more
“Whatever the future holds … we’ll be each other’s strength.” Words written by a very special man on our wedding day and often repeated to one another throughout the years. And true. True … then for the two of us. True … now... read more
“There’s something about this photo that speaks to me. It speaks to me of life and death … darkness and shadow … light and hope. Hope? The hope is in the clear sky. The hope is in the bright yellow colour in the flowers in the foreground. The hope is in the healthy... read more
“The Project” is ready to be launched. Finally! “The Project” (as it’s been known) is a cookbook that began many, many years ago and was eventually published under a different title. Thanks to word of mouth it made its way around the world literally... read more
I love stories of “new beginnings” and this is one such story. It is a true story about a clock (photo attached) that began its journey well over a hundred years ago in the province of Friesland, the Netherlands (birthplace of my husband Hans van der... read more
Happy Epiphany! Today begins the Season of Epiphany for many around the world. … it’s the day a star is said to have guided three Magi to the baby Jesus. Star … an image of light bringing people to the Light of the World. I love the word... read more
On this, the 12th Day and final day of Christmas the drummers were drumming. Music ethnologists remind us that every culture has utilized the drum for a multitude of purposes … social dances, feasts, sporting events … religious rituals, prelude to war, special... read more
On this, the 11th Day of Christmas, the Pipers were piping! Were the pipers playing recorders? Were the pipers playing bagpipes? Who knows. I’ve always imagined the pipers playing bagpipes … loud, rousing instruments whose sound makes a stirring statement.... read more
On this, the 10th day of christmas, the lords were a-leaping Leaping? Ahhhh, of course! They were young. Well, younger than I as days of physical leaping are behind me But, what about … creative leaping … emotional leaping … spiritual leaping They’re not behind me... read more
On this, the 9th Day of Christmas the ladies were dancing! Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett wrote: “Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.” The ladies who were dancing on the 9th Day of Christmas didn’t “think” about it. They simply... read more
On this, the 8th Day of Christmas the milking image is front-and-centre … an image of nourishment … being fed at the breast. But there are times when … an image of anxiety is associated … being milked, fleeced, drained, exploited by friends,... read more
HAPPY NEW YEAR! A new year is here! How will we spend our time in the New Year? What will we do with the 24 hours of each day for the next 52 weeks … those precious 3,760 hours? Will we be good caretakers/stewards of the time given us? The Greeks used two words... read more
What will happen in 2017?
Babies will be born.
Couples will be married.
Sorrow will be present.
Joy will surround.
People will wonder and ponder and question and celebrate.
Children will play.
Animals will roam and feed. Pets will love. Plants will... read more
On the Seventh Day of Christmas, seven swans went swimming. What did they encounter as they skimmed the surface … of the water? paddled through waves … that threatened to engulf? stayed afloat on the current … that was driven by wind? What situations... read more
On this, the 6th Day of Christmas, six geese were a-laying. This day offers a gentle opportunity to reflect on the moments in our lives of birthing, a-laying, inspiration. Consider the a-laying moments and situations when … a new idea was hatched … a unique thought... read more
On this, the Fifth Day of Christmas may you be encircled by Five Golden Rings. The Golden Ring of PEACE … that passes understanding. The Golden Ring of JOY … of living life to the fullest. The Golden Ring of LOVE … that is unconditional. The Golden... read more
On this, the 4th Day of Christmas, “Four Calling Birds” are calling … calling to us about ‘calling.‘ Is a ‘calling’ a job? occupation? vocation? The word ‘occupation’ comes from the Latin “occupare” meaning “fill” or “take up” … what we... read more
On this, the 3rd day in the Season of Christmas I wish you a voice A voice that would sing! A voice that would be – … a voice for the voiceless in the world. … a voice that would let elected politicians know when they are not standing up for justice.... read more
On this, the Second Day in the Season of Christmas may there be … at least Two times the Gift of Insight … about the true meaning of the Christmas Message. Two times the Gift of Patience … with others and ourselves. Two times the Gift of Love …... read more