The Soulistry Blog

“A SIGN OF HOPE”

Winter storms have been happening … and continue to happen. “When will it stop?” “How much damage will it do before it passes away?” Political storms have been happening … and continue to happen. “When will it stop?”... read more

“A SPIRITUALITY OF PLAY”

In today’s intense world where … alternative facts masquerade as truthful statements; … Executive Orders bring confusion and fear; … outrage is commonplace … inner peace is quickly disappearing; … concerns and fears about compromised... read more

“SOMETHING-OTHER-THAN”

With all the snow that’s recently unexpectedly arrived, a decision to change the cover photo for the Soulistry FB as well as personal FB page … with photos of birds perched on trees in our back yard … and this link to Alexey Kjatov’s incredible... read more

“DOWN THE PATH”

What lies ‘down the path’ for the United States?  What lies ‘down the path’ for women, Mexicans, Muslims, Jews, minorities, people with disabilities? What lies ‘down the path’ for the world? We can conjecture. We can imagine. We can look to history and remember the... read more

“THERE’S MORE THAT BRINGS US TOGETHER”

Why? Why do we focus on that which separates? Why do we dwell on differences? Surely, regardless of ,.. religion … ethnicity … gender … geographical location … sexual identity … financial status … language … birthing order... read more

“JUST A LITTLE BIT”

Many Canadians have been and continue to be deeply troubled by the growing fear and hatred in our neighbours to the south. Phrases such as “It wouldn’t happen here” … “Discrimination is not part of the Canadian ideology” …... read more

“LET THE CHILDREN TEACH US”

Archie Bunker of TV’s “All in the Family” fame said to his wife on Christmas Eve: “Stifle, Edith. Let’s have a little Silent Night around here for a change. I’m the only one thinking of the real solemn meaning of Christmas.... read more

“SERENITY”

Stress. We all experience some form of stress from time to time. Sometimes the stress we experience is *Eustress* … from the Greek “eu” meaning “good.” According to the endocrinologist Hans Selye, eustress is the kind of stress that is... read more

“SHADOW TIMES”

What is true in art about shadows is so often true in life. My mother was an artist and under her creative touch, a blank canvas would become transformed with majestic mountains, resplendent flowers and inviting landscapes. My mother was also a teacher of life. One... read more

“LEAVING A STONE”

In Jewish tradition, when someone dies, friends and family often leave a small stone on the grave. Some say stones are left because stones … are a sign that someone has visited the grave … enable visitors to share in the commemoration of the deceased... read more

“THE day”

THE day has arrived. It’s been anticipated – talked about – feared. What kind of a day will it be? We’ve heard the expression “Have a nice day!” We’ve heard it from family, friends, store clerks, strangers. When someone greets me with it, I reply with something like... read more

“THERE WILL BE A TOMORROW”

Before closing the blinds a wondrous silver beam of light shone brightly in the sky and into the patio door bringing hope that there will be a tomorrow. And even when the mind replays troubling words from a soon-to-be world leader and replays troubling responses in... read more

“WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED TODAY?”

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

“IT’S TIME TO BREATHE”

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”

“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

“BE VIGILANT – NOT AFRAID”

“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

“NOURISH GENTLY” – IT ARRIVED!

“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

“THE STORY OF THE CLOCK”

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!”

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 THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS”

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

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