The Soulistry Blog

“HIS NAME WAS JOE”

“How has your day been?” he asked. His name was Joe. A simple question – not the typical “How are you” that usually elicits an unauthentic response – Joe’s question had a ring of authenticity. She answered – honestly. “It’s been a... read more

“HAPPY-OLD-WOMAN-LIVING-LIFE”

While the world continues to go down the rabbit hole with Alice in Wonderland there is, in one corner of the world an elderly woman who is celebrating life … rejoicing in who she is … delighting in colour and laughter and wonder.... read more

“WE ARE ALL UNFI”

My name is UNFI. I’m not pretty. I’m not adorable. And I’m not finished. Far from it. I am ‘unfinished’ UNFI for short. But I am “becoming” finished. So are you, dear reader, for … none of us has yet... read more

“DOING OUR THING”

Sweet little bee, so industrious, so intense I expected you to fly away when I leaned in to take your picture. But you didn’t. You kept “doing your thing” … working … burrowing your head … sipping sweet nectar from the flower in the... read more

“WHAT WILL TOMORROW BRING”

As the bird appeared on the beach, a lovely scene unfolded before me. As I stepped out of the car to take this photo, the sun began to set. It was a peaceful time, a quiet moment, a gentle experience of Love. I wondered “what will Tomorrow bring?”Not just Tomorrow of... read more

“RELICS WITH STORIES TO TELL”

I peered through the no-longer-existing wire fence, looked beyond the tall weeds and grass to the farmhouse that was beginning to tilt and thought “What stories that building could tell!” Like … tales of a long-ago time when it stood tall and erect providing... read more

“MIXED BLESSINGS”

The rains of the Almost-Fall season have arrived bringing a reminder that rain can bring life to rivers hope to parched lands growth to plants, shrubs, trees, vegetables and fruit; bringing a reminder that rain can bring flooding, devastation, destruction and even... read more

“TREES CAN TEACH US”

Fall is here. The signs abound in Nature. The signs abound within us as we move into and through the Fall Season of our Lives. There are times when we feel alive and vibrant in body, mind and spirit. There are times when we realize that the withering of skin the... read more

“TRIGGER MOMENTS”

‘Trigger Moments’ – those unexpected moments that arrive unexpectedly, ambush us without consent, and bring us back to a time and place with a loved one who has died. Those moments can be sweet and at the same time, they can cause deep pain, intensifying our... read more

“REMEMBERING WITH HOPE”

My DH Hans and I shared the same philosophy about life … and death. We believe that “we all come to this world to learn; do our part in making this world a better place through actions, words and thoughts of lovingkindness; create, play and celebrate life;... read more

“DISCOVERIES AWAIT!”

Mother Nature gifts us with spectacular colours, shapes, intricate designs such as this Martha Washington Geranium (aka ‘Pelagonium’) we spotted at the top of the Malahat Mountain on Vancouver Island reminding us that beauty, hope, life are all around... read more

“AGING AND PLAY”

Whether we want it to, or not. Whether we welcome it, or not. Whether we celebrate it, or not. Aging happens. *Growing old* is different. Growing old is more than chronology. Growing old is about attitude and growing old is about play. When we stop playing, we stop... read more

“LOVE IS IN THE AIR”

I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately.  Blessed to be married to the love of my life, as singer Tom Jones sang, love was “in the air” in our home on a daily basis.   The ‘gentle-giant-of-a-born-in-Holland-man’, Hans van der Werff and I met late... read more

ELEGY OF LOVE

Through a cloud of sadness, love shines.     Long before I knew him, our paths began to intersect. Some call it “fate”; some call it “co-incidence.” We called it “Divine Love.” In Montreal, he and his family lived about... read more

“GIFTS”

Gifts – what are they? Things contained in pretty paper? Something else? For many years, I kept a “Gratitude Jar.” Each day of the year I noted something on a piece of paper for which I was grateful … some thing … some person … some... read more

“THE CHERRY TREE”

Okay, lesson learned … Next year, the cherry tree will be have CD’s hanging from the branches or the tree will be draped with netting. Decided against doing either on this year. Wrong decision. The birds got to the cherries before we did. And one. One... read more

“LIFE’S CURVEBALLS”

Has this ever happened to you? Life is going along – a few hiccups here, a few hiccups there – but then a curveball comes out of nowhere! Has it ever happened to you?  Of course it has. Life wouldn’t be life without some curveballs. Sometimes the... read more

“ANGELS, ANYONE?”

“Miss Pudgy Angel – it’s time for you to come and lift us out of the fear many are feeling these days.”   Many are feeling fear these days – fear of terrorists, fear of flying, fear of a soon-to-be-pronounced medical diagnosis, fear of an... read more

“SHAKE OFF THE DIRT”

Once upon a time … yes – this is a story.  🙂 Once upon a time, a donkey fell down a well. The animal cried and cried and cried – for hours. The farmer tried to help but … he decided the animal was old and it wasn’t worth his time and energy to save the... read more

“A POOHIAN THEOLOGY OF MUSIC”

A “Poohian Theology of Music“? Yes, ‘Poohiah,’ because it was a most unexpected theologian by the name of Winnie the Pooh who once said “Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get.  They’re things which get you. All you have to do is go where... read more

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