Monday, January 25, 2010

Grandmother's Mantra





I was driving to work a few days after the horrendous earthquake in Haiti listening to NPR on the radio. The reporter was telling how survivors had gathered in a central area to wait for aid...water,food, medical care. She told how occasionally someone in the crowd of hundreds of survivors would break out in song, how others would join in the chanting and how it relieved the tension of waiting.

During the reporter's wanderings through the crowd, she came upon an elderly woman who was seated under the shade of a small tree. The woman was completely alone. As the reporter approached, she realized that the old woman was singing, "Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen!" She sang it with all her heart; her own little tune, over and over again.

In speaking to her, the reporter found that the little grandmother had lost everything she owned. She had no home, no money, no family or friends. She was totally alone, except for her great faith in her God to which she sang a song of absolute praise!

How amazing! To have your whole world literally crumble around you and still have be able to find it within yourself to praise the Creator.

Haiti and her people are in great need. Help is arriving daily, but so much of the infrastructure has been damaged, that aid is not reaching others as quickly as is needed.

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" At times like this, it is difficult to know what to do. However, there are some organizations that can be turned to that you can be sure that your gift goes where it is needed.

The Red Cross is already in Haiti. Donations and ways to help can be found here.

UNICEF has historically cared for children around the world. To help their efforts in Haiti click here.

Doctors Without Borders are on the ground in Haiti, doing what they can under extremely difficult conditions. To help them click here.

Habitat for Humanity International will be re-building once areas are cleared. To be part of their efforts, click here.

God bless all who are reaching out to help those in Haiti. "Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Humility and Courage


Miep Gies

Miep Gies, the woman who hid the Frank family during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam died today.

I was touched by her comment replayed on NPR regarding her feelings towards being considered a hero. She said in 1997 to school children online, "I don't want to be considered a hero. Imagine young people would grow up with the feeling that you have to be a hero to do your human duty. I am afraid nobody would ever help other people, because who is a hero? I was not. I was just an ordinary housewife and secretary."

While Miep may have been an ordinary housewife and secretary, she had an extraordinary spirit which enabled her to brave the possibility of being arrested to help her friends. Her courage was more than ordinary, especially when you think of the times she lived through.

We have all been blessed and will continue to be blessed by this "ordinary" woman's courage through the ability to read The Diary of Anne Frank. A testament to another "ordinary" person who faced life head on, believing in the best.


Anne Frank

One of my favorite quotes from Anne is, "I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are good at heart."

Thank God for ordinary people like Miep Gies and Anne Frank. They are Lights in the darkest of the corners of our world.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

2nd Blogoversary!


Wow! Can't believe I have been writing my blog for two years. It has been a wonderful time. And, I have met so many wonderful people through the blog.

So, I decided to highlight and celebrate some of them. These are the folks that I connect with almost daily. Please take a moment to visit their sites and enjoy the sweet essence of their words.

Alexys Fairfield-You write with a wisdom and connection to the beauty of words that is unforgettable! I am so grateful for your friendship.

Isabella Colalillo Kates - Wise woman, educator, artist, dreamer...thank you for sharing your path with me!

Rebecca - Your photos are touch me. Thank you!

Periwinkle - Each time I visit your site, I am awed by your photos, and touched by your words. You are an awesome Mama! So grateful for finding you in this mystical world of the web!

Miruh - Your words gently remind me of where I want to be on the path of Life. I give thanks for counting you as one of my dear cyber-friends!

Tabitha - What a blessing your courage, compassion and belief in goodness is to all of us. I am so grateful for finding your blog and becoming one of your cyber-friends!

Women on Writing - WOW! I am so grateful for finding all the wonderful women in this group. Thank you for your support (both collectively and individually) of my writing career, for your encouragement and for the never-ending resources that you so freely share.

Maithri - Saved the best for last. Thank you, dear Heart, for your Light, Love and Wisdom. You have blessed my life. You are an amazing healer on so many levels!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year, Full Moon


Blue Moon - 12/31/09

I have long been enamored with the Moon. Her heavenly body radiates the reflected Light of another to bless us all. That simple example is one that we mortal beings can learn to practice...radiate the reflection of Light to others.

Moon has many myths and mysteries. She has long been a symbol of the female power. Those who connect to the pull of the Moon are said to be "lunatic." The word took on the meaning we have today when medical science used it to describe the behavior of psychotic patients whose symptoms increased with the phases of the Moon.

In many Indigenous cultures, Moon was the symbol of the Wise Women and women in general. A woman's cycle is known as her Moons.

The ending of the past year and the beginning of the new year were blessed with a Blue Moon in December and the Full Moon on New Year's Day. The pictures below were taken on New Year's Day...Moon was playing hide and seek with the clouds.


First Full Moon of 2010

In addition to taking pictures of the Moon, I have written several poems about her. I offer them now as my New Year's gift to all.


BLUE MOON


Wolves raise their heads in primordial chant.

Two Souls at the edge of a rocky shore

Await communion with the Infinite.


Raven, atop the ancient hemlock,

Heralds the magic moment.


At Horizon's edge, the Golden Orb

Slips silently into Midnight’s arms.


Eagle soars high above

And the Souls dance into Eternity.


LMRN © 1999




BLUE MOONS AND PURPLE ROSES


Somewhere just after we give up

anticipation of things hoped for

and begin to allow acceptance

to fill the space left

by dreams unlived

Serendipitous moments

bring new realities

like a bed of Purple Roses

bathed in the Light of a

Blue Moon at midday.


These moments seem too fantastic…

consciousness often explains

away the joy and wonder, so

we step aside and let the

moment pass wondering

why our hearts are breaking.


Hold hands with Serendipity

learn to hear her whispered plans…


LMRN © 2001




LUNA CONFESSIONS


Stepping into the Confessional of Night

The Heart opens.


Dreams too real to believe in

Come pouring out.


The silent Confessor

Neither absolves nor condemns…


But sits in the Cathedral of Midnight

Listening.


LMRN ©1995



FULL MOON

Nature spreads

A golden carpet

Into the sea blue infinity.


Souls unite…

Bound on and endless journey.


LMRN © 1996