Saturday, March 18, 2017


Albrecht Dürer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Over the past two and half months the feel of helplessness has washed over me in tidal waves. Like standing on the shore watching someone drown without the means to rescue them, I have been watching, as systematically, the things I hold true - education for all, care of the elderly and veterans, care for single mom's and children, justice, the Constitutional rights of all people - have been slashed, cut, stepped on, ignored, and violated. What to do?

My mind wanders back to a day, long ago. I was very young, but I understood that what was being shown in the news terrified me. I turned to my mother, saying what can we do? Her reply still echoes in my head, "When you think you can't do anything to help, you can always pray. Then, do something good for someone else."

This has been my practice over the years when life overwhelms me with horror and pain. I pray for change, then do what I can in my own small circle of the world to make things better.

Goodness will always triumph. Remember this! Yes, it may get difficult, it may be painful, but it will get better. We must remember to breathe. We must remember to stretch our minds, hearts, and bodies. We must remember to keep moving forward, even if that movement is only infinitesimal.

I may only be one woman sitting at a desk typing on my computer, but I know that the pebbles of kindness, love and compassion that I drop into the ocean of the Universe are far-reaching. My promise is this: I will not give in to that helpless feeling. I will continue to pray for change, breathe, move forward and reach a hand out to help the best I can. 

Blessings to all.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Joys of Spring

This past week, Roger and I went to the Smith College Bulb Show. What a treat! The burst of color as we opened the greenhouse door combined with the scents of spring immediately washed away the winter blues we were both feeling.

Words cannot express adequately how beautiful the show was, so I am posting pictures to enjoy.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Eagle Huntress

**** ADDENDUM ****

After I viewed this film, I did what I normally do - surf the web for information about the director, the movie, the actors, etc. Unfortunately, I didn't do this before I wrote my blog. Had I done so, I would have said that while this is a "true" story, there is a certain amount of question as to some of what we are led to believe.  Many thanks to Meghan Fitz-James for her comment and head's up.

I bring this up, not to discourage anyone from seeing the film, which is truly breathtaking, but so that those who do see it are aware that Aisholpan is not the first eagle huntress in the history of Mongolia. She may be the first in her own family, but eagle huntresses have over a 2,000 year history, according to Adrienne Mayor, Stanford University History professor.

I wish that the promoters of the film had done a better job at telling the truth behind the history. Women's history has been negated, twisted and ignored for far too long. Creating false impressions does nothing to help women's history.

All this said, I still believe that the story in and of itself is lovely. Seeing a father and daughter working so gently and lovingly with each other is heartwarming. Seeing the dedication and the determination of this young girl to live her dream is equally inspiring. 

Please read on for the rest of my post...

On this International Women's Day, Roger got us a film to watch that celebrates the tenacity and courage of women.  The Eagle Huntress is one of the most beautifully filmed movies I have ever seen.  

Director, Otto Bell's telling of young Aisholpan's dream of becoming an eagle huntress and her father's support of her dream are simply heartwarming and inspirational. 

What I took from the film is something I learned many years ago.  The people in our lives who, during those tender years of maturing, support and encourage our dreams, give us the greatest gift we can receive.

I recommend this movie for everyone.  I give it two thumbs up, five stars and a standing ovation! 


To all the amazing, strong, courageous, tenacious, talented and beautiful women in my life - Thank you for your inspiration, instruction, support, encouragement, sympathy, kindness, friendship and most of all, your love!  I am blessed to be me, because of you!