We encounter shifts in our lives that assure we transform and are transformed. They might appear as deaths, of family, friends or others, and/or deaths within ourselves of ideas, tightly held beliefs, or some part of the self. There is often pain involved, and/or a vision that stops you because it contradicts, enlarges or goes […]

We’ve always been taught that leadership qualities include humility, compassion, a sense of fairness, the ability to listen, preparation and carry-through, a love for the people, and a strong spiritual center which begins with a connection to Earth. So many of our stories are built around what happens to braggarts, bullies, and those who are […]

I’m quitting Facebook for awhile. Facebook scatters my thoughts far afield. I’m not reading, thinking, dreaming; I am not paddling beyond the shallows. The frequency of chatter is beguiling. There’s community, catch up, even real news. I’ve followed Standing Rock that way–and friends and family. Taking a break so I can get work done, write, […]

Even an individual is a field of many world. A couple makes a world. A whole family is a world, a society, a generation. When I create I enter into a different world and that world sings to me, it teaches me. As many artists, I am often aware of not being understood, or even accepted […]

Today is Martin Luther King Day. It’s a day to celebrate the fight for justice, to acknowledge Dr. King’s legacy and the struggle for freedom and equality by African Americans in this country. I keep thinking of my cousin John Jacobs, one of my favorite relatives. He was one of the people who exemplified what […]