Let It Snow

The snow falls, each flake in its appropriate place.

~ Zen saying

No More Words

No more words.
Hear only the voice within.

~ Rumi

Wild Geese

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, 
are heading home again. 
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, 
the world offers itself to your imagination, 
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting  
over and over announcing your place 
in the family of things. 

Mary Oliver

“Split a piece of wood; I am here. 
Lift up the stone, and you will find me there.” 

~ Gospel of Thomas

Orange Sky

To have this one day is a gift 
to have so many days  
so many adventures  
so many dark nights dawning in bright mornings  
so many encounters opening to friendships  
is a blessing beyond measure.  

The quieter you become, 
the more you are able to hear.

~ Zen saying

Meet Me in the Sixties

“Sixties” by The Essex Green, Everything Is Green, 1999.

You pick the place, darlin’
I’ll pick the day
See you there,
Don’t be late.

Somewhere through the gold
of an early autumn breeze
Meet me in the sixties

(partial lyrics)

Nothing Is Impossible

There is a place in you where there is perfect peace.
There is a place in you where nothing is impossible.
~ A Course in Miracles

Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)

Give me love. Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light. Give me life
Keep me free from birth
Give me hope. Help me cope
with this heavy load
Trying to, touch and reach you with,
heart and soul

OM... My Lord...
PLEASE take hold of my hand
that I might understand you
Won’t you please. Oh won’t you

(partial lyrics)
“She Fled Him” by Gennifer Ciavarra, pen, ink, watercolour, and crayon on paper

There are unknown forces within nature; when we 
give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, 
she leads them to us; she shows us those forms 
which our watching eyes do not see, which our 
intelligence does not understand or suspect.

~ Auguste Rodin


Feeling all tender-hearted for this cedar waxwing we discovered trembling in some bushes yesterday afternoon. It flew into a glass window at my daughter’s school while playing chase with another waxwing (that regretfully didn’t make it). When we found this little guy, it couldn’t fly or even hop so we brought it home and kept it for the night.

We released the bird this morning and it flew into our burning bush to eat a few berries before flying off. So precious!

“Nothing is, unless our thinking makes it so.”

~ William Shakespeare

I am not afraid of tomorrow, 
for I have seen yesterday 
and I love today.

~ William Allen White

Days Go By

The sound of the rain 
needs no translation, 
no explanation.

~ Alan Watts

Positive Change

I’ve been encountering a lot of butterflies, hearts, and snakes recently, 
which symbolizes positive change, love, healing, and transformation. 
Nature speaks to us if we are listening...

There Is No End

Photo: Bernard Solco

There is no end.
There is no

There is only
the passion
of life.

~ Federico Fellini

I have always regretted the shallowness of words
Compared with the depth of human hearts.
Today the two of us look at one another,
Silently, but with feelings a hundredfold.

~ Liu Yü-hsi

I'm Still Learning

So I’ve been pondering my desire to get away from it all. My yearning to live on a remote beach has reached a fever pitch. I talk about it to anyone that will listen. My sister-in-law and I send images of Kauai and New Zealand to each other in enthusiastic e-mail messages. Images of pristine beaches and breath-taking ocean views with not a living soul in sight.

Photo: Graeme Huntr

After walking the shore of a local (lake) beach recently, I was overwhelmed by the crowds and the amount of carelessly discarded garbageplastic bags, water bottles, coffee cup lids. I wondered, would it be different anywhere else?

What I think it boils down to is resistance to the way things are. Many of us find ourselves in an environment of strip malls, dollar stores, Tim Hortons, and Starbucks. It’s a sea of ugliness. Ranting about it and loathing it is futile though and it only brings negativity to our lives and to those we interact with. We are not at peace.

Sometimes things have to get really bad before they get better. Maybe things are exactly as they need to be for us to wake up spiritually. To remember who and what we truly are. To feel without ceasing the life energy that animates and interconnects us with every living thing on this planet and beyond.

Although it’s true that we can’t get rid of our thoughts/feelings, we can observe them with compassion. Our thoughts and feelings are not who we are. They are like any other function our amazing bodies perform. Just as the lungs breathe and the heart beats, the brain thinks and we feel things according to how we interpret those thoughts. Is this reality? Or are we each creating a world in our own minds?

Perhaps for the first time in my life, my desire to see through this collective illusion is stronger than my despair over the destruction of our planet. With a hopeful heart, I seek the Truth of our existence beyond conventional reason.

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“mi espíritu en el camino” by Tammy La Rue, mixed media

Inside you there’s an artist you 
don’t know about....
Say yes quickly, if you know, if you’ve 
known it from before the beginning 
of the universe.

~ Rumi

Merely looking at the world
around us is immensely different
from seeing it.

~ Frederick Franck

Celebrate Life

“Life is a celebration of awakenings, of new beginnings,
and wonderful surprises that enlighten the soul.”

~ Cielo


Found this little treasure in our garden last night. It’s a vitamin-sized leaf capsule created by an insect. Leaves have been carefully cut and fashioned into a tiny tube. I can only assume it holds an egg. Would love to know what this is! So amazing!!

*Post Update: Its a leafcutter bee capsule!

Vienna Waits for You

A couple of summers ago I was obsessed with the song “Vienna.” I watched a repeat of the film 13 Going on 30 (I know, I know) and it totally stuck out on the soundtrack.

The first record I ever remember listening to as a kid was The Stranger. The album cover freaked me out a bit. I don’t know why. Maybe because I was only four or five and Billy Joel looks sad (thoughtful) and there’s this clown-like mask... I still liked listening to that record though and I’d play it over and over. 

Man, I miss the sound of the needle just as you put it on the record. I haven’t heard that scratchy sound in a really long time.  Anyway, for some reason, “Vienna” has made its way into my consciousness again. Have a listen and let me know what you think.

Vienna” by Billy Joel, The Stranger, 1977.

Slow down you’re doing fine
You can’t be everything you want to be
Before your time
Although it’s so romantic on the borderline tonight

Too bad but it’s the life you lead
You’re so ahead of yourself
That you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you’re wrong
You know you can’t always see when you’re right

You got your passion you got your pride
But don’t you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on, but don’t imagine they’ll all come true
When will you realize
Vienna waits for you

(partial lyrics)

Say not, “I have found the truth,” but
rather, “I have found a truth.”
Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.”
Say rather, “I have met the soul walking
upon my path.”
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither
does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of
countless petals.

~ Kahlil Gibran

Let It Be

As I was waiting to have some blood work done in the lab today (just an annual check-up), John Lennon’s song Imagine started playing on the sound system. I’ve been pondering The Beatles in general lately. I think they were so cool. Not particularly because of the men that they were, but because of the truth that many of their songs point to.

Their music appeals to such a large audience and depending on where you are at on your journey, the songs might have very different meanings for you. John, Paul, George, and Ringo were definitely on the spiritual path. They were sharing higher truth. I can see that now. In my youth, the Beatles’ songs I loved were appreciated at a simple (material) level. Now, I appreciate them for their deeper (spiritual) truths and I am grateful for The Beatles’ astounding contribution.

Just before I left the lab, the technician shared with me that her favourite Beatles song is Let It Be. I love that song too. It can be a useful mantra in times of uncertainty. 

“Let It Be” by The Beatles, Let It Be, 1970.

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow
Let it be.

I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be.

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
There will be an answer
Let it be.

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be...

(partial lyrics)

Don't Mention It

I love the symbolism in this beautiful Russian animation. The fear and despair that accompanies being lost in the fog (unconsciousness) compared to the elation of sharing a simple cup of tea beneath the stars with a cherished companion.

My favourite scene is when the little hedgehog falls into the river. He is forced into surrender and decides to go with the flow. It’s the lowest point of the film until a mysterious “Someone” comes to his aid. “Don’t mention it” is all the Someone says in response to Hedgehog’s words of gratitude for saving him.

*Note: The owl in this film might be frightening to young children. Please do not view before bedtime!

There Lived a Tree by Vladimir Petkevich is another animation that I could not resist sharing. It’s rich with symbolism on the certainty of change. Nature being our greatest teacher of this truth.

The theme of loss and death in this film (not to mention another freaky owl!) will not be lost on small children. I erred in showing this film to my five-year-old before bedtime. She was quite tearful about it. After much discussion, she gave me a kiss on the cheek and said, “If you die before I grow up, this is so you know I love you.”

What Is Love?

Love is Spirit, love is the ultimate truth at the heart of Creation. 
Love is the unifying force of nature. Love connects everything 
to everything else, and it’s the only motivation for doing anything
even when people do harmful things. If people go beyond their 
superficial motivation, they will see that they are doing it because 
they want to be loved.

Deepak Chopra

If You Only Knew

Put on headphones, relax, and have a listen 
to this instrumental piece by Steve Hackett...

Soul Food

click to enlarge

This little guy appeared in a slice of organic white cheddar cheese. Our own mini Jesus-in-the-Pancake, so to speak. ;) So, do you think this Man-in-the-Cheese resembles anyone?

On Forgiving

Photo: Rick Wilson
To forgive is merely to remember
only the loving thoughts you gave in the past,
and those that were given you.
All the rest must be forgotten.

~ A Course in Miracles

He Loves Me

How often do we take the time to truly notice the beauty that surrounds us? Look at the exquisite detail on the underside of this daisy...

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and science.
He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”

~ Albert Einstein

The Way

One who lives in accordance with nature 
does not go against the way of things.
He moves in harmony with the present moment,
always knowing the truth of just what to do.

~ Lao-tzu