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Altitude Therapy

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” -Walt Whitman Last week I was “on vacation” in the majestic Smokey Mountains – “on vacation” with quotation marks because I was up every night, all week, with my darling youngest daughter, who had a nasty chest cough that reappeared every…

Lilacs

Bend Don’t Break

Hurricane Sandy devastated the trees, shrubs, and plants of Brooklyn, along with people, homes, and coastlines. A stand of 3 gorgeous mature lilac trees was obliterated on the little bridge near the entrance to Prospect Park at Grand Army Plaza. But up from the wreckage the next Spring came a valiant little flowering from what…

Clover Blossom in Grass

What Does ‘Pismire’ Mean?

One of the ways I meditate is to look up words I don’t know. The word ‘pismire‘ appears in Walt Whitman’s eternal shocker Leaves of Grass (that link includes the full text of the poem). Pismire means ‘ant’ and the etymology comes from Middle English pisse (meaning urine) + mire (meaning ‘ant,’ likely Old Norse).…

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Waterfall

One minute video meditation Waterfalls usually form when a river is young and the channel is narrow and deep. An invitation: where are you in this scenario: -On the deceptively still part of the river, lulled into a sense that your life will always be tranquil; -At the moment when the precipice appears suddenly and…