The Soulistry Blog

“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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“MS. SQUIRREL CAME FOR A VISIT”

“MS. SQUIRREL CAME FOR A VISIT”

  As I looked through the patio door, I saw her.Ms. Squirrel.   She was eating the seed I'd put out for the birds.I grabbed my purse and muttered"I see you!  Those seeds are *not* yours! They're for the birds.  Your food is over there." Did she listen to me?Of course...

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“IT’S FALL!  IT’S AUTUMN!”

“IT’S FALL! IT’S AUTUMN!”

Fall has arrived!  Autumn is here! It's a beautiful time of the year. After taking this photo, I couldn't help myself. I ran down the path playing with the fallen leaves if only for a few moments, returning to life-as-a-child when life was uncomplicated, simple, safe,...

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“EVEN IN THE MIDST”

“EVEN IN THE MIDST”

It rained yesterday. Oh how it rained and rained and rained.We really needed it! And this lovely rose from the garden raised its sweet head, welcomed the raindrops and smiled, blessing me with its beauty, its colour, its sweet scent.A gentle reminder from the Universe...

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“NEVER FORGET”

“NEVER FORGET”

On this 20th anniversary of 9-11, the world remembers ... the First Responders who died... those who struggle since being near Ground Zero... those killed that day in the twin towers & planesOn 9-11, 2001 - twenty years ago, Canadians were close neighbours,...

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“Rosh Hashanah TZADDIK”

“Rosh Hashanah TZADDIK”

In Jewish tradition, a Tzaddik is someone who dies on Rosh Hashanah and is "a person of great righteousness" (the quality of being morally right or justifiable). At the beginning of the Jewish celebration known as Rosh Hashanah, shofars are blown outdoors in many...

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“WHY BE VACCINATED?”

“WHY BE VACCINATED?”

A public, unasked-for explanation, fwiw, as to what helped make my decision to be vaccinated.At this time in our history, I believe it is important for me to remember that as I enjoy and celebrate the gift of life and want to live as long and healthy a life as I can,...

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“One At A Time”

“One At A Time”

We can't change the minds of all who are opposed to getting vaccinated or think the pandemic is a hoax, but maybe the following will give encouragement and be a reminder that love shared with one another can impact the hearts of family and friends ... one at a...

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“PAINFUL TEARS”

“PAINFUL TEARS”

The wind blows.  Floods and rising waters continue their devastating invasion.  Smoke from nearby fires is frighteningly strong.  Lungs ache.  Eyes burn.  Breathing is compromised.  Evacuations continue.  Families fear losing their homes, livestock, pets, livelihoods,...

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“SHOES ON? SHOES OFF?”

“SHOES ON? SHOES OFF?”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote"Earth's crammed with heaveneach common bush aflame with GodYet only he (sic) who sees, take off his (sic) shoes." If Divine Presence is everywhere ("every common bush")can it be surmised thatthere is *nowhere*that Divine Presence, God,...

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“WELC –  WAIT!”

“WELC – WAIT!”

This is going on my front door in the morningbecause if I were a parent or grandparent with young children ... or had a loved one living with me who had a compromised immune systemthis is what I would want to put at my front door And besides... I am my own 'loved one...

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“FLEETINGLY”

“FLEETINGLY”

fleetinglythe years fly bymarked by flames atop woven pillarsso manyso fastso soonwhile I ponderthe achesand stiffnessand forgetfulnessand at the same timerejoice for I am hereto see the candlesflamesatop woven pillars © June...

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“RESPECT”

“RESPECT”

Respect.Songs have been written about it.Parents teach their children about it.People expect it.But what is it - what does it involve - exactly?How about "regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others"? Bishop Greg Rickel (8th bishop of the Diocese...

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“DON’T WANT TO GET SICK?”

“DON’T WANT TO GET SICK?”

It was near the beginning of the pandemic ... most people were social distancing and mask-wearing.Standing in line outside the health food store, the woman ahead of me were social distancing and wearing masks when a fellow appeared ... no social distancing ... no mask...

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“LESSONS MOTHERS TEACH THEIR CHILDREN”

“LESSONS MOTHERS TEACH THEIR CHILDREN”

It was a simple, informal, unexpected conversation with the check-out gal at the local grocery store. She was wearing an "Every Child Matters" bright orange shirt. I commented on it and said that I was sorry I wasn't able to get to the rally on the weekend. She said...

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“I THINK I CAN”

“I THINK I CAN”

The little engine was at the bottom of a mountain, looked aheadand was about to turn around because the mountain seemed to be too difficult to climb. But then came the thought "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can" and the little train slowly began its climb up...

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“TODAY I AWOKE”

“TODAY I AWOKE”

Long ago, Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius was born. Considered to be one of the most important Stoic philosophers, Aurelius penned these words: "When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive: to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." The...

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