The Soulistry Blog

“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

“ABOUT-TO”

The ABOUT-TO stages in life are precious and life-changing for both … the one who is ABOUT-TO … and the parent who watches the unfolding of their child’s next ABOUT-TO. First: the ABOUT-TO be born stage … the first awareness of the life carried... read more

“HOLY WORD AMONG US”

A kaleidoscopic tumbling of emotions pierce conversations and thoughts as … civil unrest around the world continues to escalate … natural disasters seem undeterred … medical issues cause confusion and fear of the unknown … media’s negativity barrages... read more

“IS IT A YES?”

Have you ever wondered how to make a wise decision? how to know which direction to go when faced with more than one possibility? how to discern the will of God? how to determine the way to go re: medical decision?  possible move?  job?  vote?  finances?  relationship?... read more

“ALONE – YET NOT ALONE”

we hugged at the top of the front porch steps. then, with a smile and a “Bye, Mom, I’m off!” he ventured down the steps and out to the sidewalk alone yet not alone i was three paces behind him to catch him if he fell to hug him if he felt afraid to... read more

“WELCOME TO THIS WORLD!”

Welcome to this world, little one! This world you’ve entered is big – very big! It has trees and animals, plants and bugs, galaxies and planets, rivers and oceans, stars and suns, fish and flowers and people.   🙂 People who speak different languages... read more

“SILENCE WELCOMES”

There are times when I’m sick of words. Words that people use to explain their lies. Words that people use to defend their indefensible position. Words that belittle, abuse, mock, harass, demean, bully, disrespect. Yes, there are times when my soul resonates... read more

“BLESS-ED”

a drive down a road not travelled brought discovery a chair by the river that called and spoke … come sit rest gaze ponder exhale release worry question dream write sketch inhale peace feel believe be bless-ed chair bless-ed trees bless-ed river bless-ed peace... read more

“A DIFFERENCE”

Her face lit up when we shared a moment-in-time today. She, in her mid 70’s, was looking at summer tops and slacks. She was wearing beige slacks, beige top and black jacket with black purse and black shoes. The clothing she was looking at? Black sweater, beige... read more

“IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING”

“How can terrible events happening around the world be seen from a spiritual perspective?” Not an easy question. But for me, the word ‘hope’ comes to mind as I remember … a young girl who wrote “In spite of everything, I still... read more

“SHOES ON? SHOES OFF?”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote “Earth’s crammed with heaven each common bush aflame with God Yet only he (sic) who sees, take off his (sic) shoes.” If Divine Presence is everywhere (“every common bush”) then can it be surmised that... read more

“CREATE THE FUTURE!”

“Create” she said with enthusiasm as I took my first-ever painting course. I looked at the black piece of paper and was numb. “Create?  Create what?” “Let it flow.  Put paint on brush, brush on paper.  See what happens.”... read more

“SEEDS OR WEEDS”

our mind is like a garden where our thoughts are the seeds we can grow flowers or we can grow weeds Mother Nature provides the challenge which do we allow to grow most in our mind our heart our soul in our words our thoughts our actions about others about ourselves... read more

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