The Soulistry Blog

“Farewell November. Hello December”

“Farewell November. Hello December”

FAREWELL, NOVEMBER Not 'good-bye.' We plan on seeing you again, this time, next year. HELLO, DECEMBER Good to see you again.May each of us bring moments of grace-filled love this monthexpressed in ... gentleness ... respect... kindness... patience... goodness ... and...

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“ADVENT 1: HOPE”

“ADVENT 1: HOPE”

A still, small voice ... whispers “Where is the hope?”A circle of friends ... gather, light candles and through tears, gasp “There must be hope.”Nations of people ... shake their heads and mumble “Is hope possible?” Phrases like... "It's hopeless"... "I can't...

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“JOURNEY THROUGH ADVENT”

“JOURNEY THROUGH ADVENT”

It's the month of November and stores are beginning to display Christmas decorations and play Christmas music.   Christmas trees are going up.  Inflatable Santas are appearing on lawns.  And it's not even the month of December yet!  Why the rush?  I can't help but...

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“SPIRIT OF GENTLENESS”

“SPIRIT OF GENTLENESS”

A young man was declared "Not Guilty" in a U.S. court yesterday, in spite of the fact that last year, when he was 17, he carried a rifle into a crowd, shot and injured one man and killed two others. There are some who believe the Judge was wrong when he threw out the...

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“GRIEF IS”

“GRIEF IS”

Grief.Grief "is."It appears unexpectedly. ... wears different costumes. ... sometimes puts a smile on our face. ... often brings sadness to our heart.... is not predictablein either timing or outcome.Grief "is."When we acknowledge its presence,we give it its space.And...

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THE SALUTE – LEST WE FORGET

THE SALUTE – LEST WE FORGET

As part of our national recognition of Remembrance Day each year in Canada on November 11th, we sing "O Canada, we stand on guard for thee."  Over the years, women and men have stood on guard, defending borders or peacekeeping in other lands. Some return home -...

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“Dia de Los Muertos”

“Dia de Los Muertos”

Yesterday was 'Dia de Los Muertos' (November 2, every year) and even though I noted it in an earlier Soulistry blog, I realized how little I really knew about 'Day of the Dead.' The first time I learned about Day of the Dead was while visiting the Mexico pavilion at...

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“LIGHT – Precious Symbol”

“LIGHT – Precious Symbol”

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, begins tomorrow. Symbolizing the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance,' many in northern India, celebrate Diwali by lighting rows of clay lamps. Light - such an important symbol...

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“THIN PLACES – ALLHALLOWTIDE”

“THIN PLACES – ALLHALLOWTIDE”

For many around the world, last night's All Hallow's Eve (Hallowe'en), today's All Saints Day, and tomorrow's All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) form what is known as "AllHallowTide." If you've seen the movie "Coco," you'll understand why I think...

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“WELCOME, NOVEMBER”

“WELCOME, NOVEMBER”

November, welcome!In this part of the world you mark the end of the harvestand the beginning of the season of Winter.You bring wind.You bring rain.And once again this year, you bring uncertainty. And in it all, pandemic notwithstanding,November is a time of ......

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“NORTHERN LIGHTS – BEAUTIFUL SKIES”

“NORTHERN LIGHTS – BEAUTIFUL SKIES”

Last night, the Aurora Borealis was expected to make an appearance in this part of the world. News told us that might even see them from our own back yard. I was excited! I've only seen the Northern Lights once and that was long ago in the Okanagan of British Columbia...

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“WE ARE BEAUTIFUL, TOO”

“WE ARE BEAUTIFUL, TOO”

How I love the ornamental cherry tree in our front yard. In the springtime, its blossoms are bountiful. Beauty! In summer, its leaves invite all to experience its shade. Beauty! In autumn (fall season)as it sheds its colourful leaves on the gentle winding stone path,...

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“FRAGILITY”

“FRAGILITY”

Fragility ... the quality of being broken, damaged, delicate, vulnerable, wounded, weak. Many want to live in a world that is healthy, durable and strong.Not fragile. Many want to be perceived,and perceive themselves,as healthy, durable and strongNot fragile. But life...

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“WHEN WE DIE …”

“WHEN WE DIE …”

Oh, Rabbit and Bear ... you are quite the team! To have this pop up in my Facebook newsfeed today, October 17th, of all days (it would have been our 12th wedding anniversary) well, you both said it all. When my husband Hans died 5 1/2 years ago, a part of me died too....

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“SHARE SOME LOVE”

“SHARE SOME LOVE”

I've been playing with rocks/stones lately. Little rock and stones I've found on local beaches have become transformed into what I've been calling Kindness Rocks (a play on the noun and verb). I've painted, added words/phrases/images/colour and then hidden the...

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“Be a KISSer-Apache Blessing”

“Be a KISSer-Apache Blessing”

I admit it, I'm a KISSer ... KISS philosopher ... KISS theologian ... KISS human beinga believer in living an approach to life reflective of "Keep It Simple, Sweetheart." The Apache Blessing' resonates with my spirit:"May the sun… bring new energy by day.May the moon…...

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“FIND THE THICK, CREAMY SOUP”

“FIND THE THICK, CREAMY SOUP”

I love watching them poke their heads above the ground, changing their location every year, making their appearance in so many different varieties. Intriguing and delightful, they put a smile on my face. What are they? Here's a clue ... it's that time of year when...

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“SNEEZING OUR WAY THROUGH THANKSGIVING”

“SNEEZING OUR WAY THROUGH THANKSGIVING”

It's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada.  Last month, Thanksgiving (Chuseok Day) was celebrated in South Korea.   Next month, Thanksgiving will be a holiday in the United States, Liberia, Grenada as well as China, Norfolk Island, Japan and Vietnam.  In the midst of the...

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“A WEE RABBIT’S PRAYER”

“A WEE RABBIT’S PRAYER”

Somewhere this day/night,there is a wee rabbit who utters a prayerfor the two-legged creatures she sees on her travels. "O Creator Of Us All,I pray for the two-legged creatureswho foolishly ignore the signs that are all around.Signs which, if they aren't acted...

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“WELCOME NEW MONTH!”

“WELCOME NEW MONTH!”

It's the beginning of a new month. Mmmmmm, what new challenges will be placed before me? What new friends will I encounter? Where will this month lead my creative soul? How will I respond to the "still, small Voice within"? What learning will there be if I ... respond...

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