Overlook

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Our US Constitution, our Air, and Water, and Health and our Lives are under threat, damaged, and broken. And, we are given Alternate Facts, as if repeating lies is the same as the truth.

And, here we are, the road still rises and stretches before us. We can’t know how far it must take us. Let’s remember the importance rest and breath.

Forces of Nature: hurricanes, typhoones, tornadoes, and us, we must make time to inhale before moving mountains.

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Photo Credit: Anita Bowen Photography

Love in this Desert

image“Darkness cannot drive out Darkness;

Only Light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out Hate;

only Love can do that.”

If we can find

Love in Death Valley

surely we can

find Love,

carry Love,

hold tight to Love

and drive out Hate

wherever we walk.

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Photo Credit: Anita Bowen Photography, Death Valley, California

Quote: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1957, sermon

Semi-Preparedness

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Finally, we stand numbly at the brink of the end of December. The year of 2016 has lurched, exhausted, to a close.  With a mix of relief and of trepidation I prepare to turn the last calendar page of 2016 to uncover January 2017.  I’m fairly certain, I’m not the only one who feels more than a bit hesitant to let another year in after the chaos we are preparing to sweep out the door. Continue reading “Semi-Preparedness”

A Little Uncertainty

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We are heading into uncertain times. The Magic 8 Ball, shaken,

says, “Future Unclear; try again later.”

I can be brave if you’re with me; we’ll hold hands and lean in.

You walk with me and I’ll walk with you.

We are stronger together.

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Photo Credit: Anita Bowen Photography

It’s Not About My Toe

imageIt’s not about the hole in my shoe, or the one in my sock. It’s not even about my Toe peeking out from both.

It’s about recess. There are a host of developmental and behavioral reasons why daily recess is such an essential time of the school day.  I take my preschool students outside on all but the very coldest of cold days. It is one of the first quite chilly days when my toe, my big left toe, became an issue. Continue reading “It’s Not About My Toe”

Dappled Light

Photo Credit: Anita Bowen Photography

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Some days, it’s hard to tell what I need more, the shade or the sunshine.

This tree, though, I need this tree.

I need this tree more than this tree needs me

or any of us.

The only ones who needs us, it turns out, are each other.

Sunshine and shade.

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Wait, What just happened?

It’s not that I’m disappointed because my candidate didn’t win. My candidates have lost before, several times. I never before experienced the intense grief I’ve been wrestling with since I awoke on Wednesday, November 9. I never before felt the need to attend a prayer vigil following any election, as if someone had died.image

I’ve  been thinking about what, exactly, is the source of this nauseous rage. It’s not that my candidate lost. It’s that this election cycle has uncovered the seedy underbelly of my country in a way that none other has. The extreme, and apparently acceptable, level of violence against women, against people of color, against the LGBT community, and the disabled is absolutely horrifying. hatecrime5 Continue reading “Wait, What just happened?”

Object Permanence

Photo Credit: Anita Bowen Photography

16_06_UniverseCheck.-8Let’s try to remember one of the first lessons we all learned. The sense that even though we can’t see it, it’s not gone.

The unseen exists.

We all carry things, invisible but present. Scars, hidden out of sight; wounds, unhealed.   We all shed tears, under our smiles.

Of course, we do.  We’re good at masks, at covering up the unseen but present.

Object permanence.

Let’s remember and be gentle with one another.

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