A Riser You Become


You were a warrior when young
Then the world crouched in and a worrier you became
And then you stood up and the world crouched out
And Riser you became

Regardless of the world, regardless of naysayers, of unconscious ones
A Rise you became
Rise I rise

Rising like the sun
Like perennial plants that return and come
Nothing stops sun
Nothing stops plants ...

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On Compassion for Caregivers ~ The Angels of Earth


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Access to a 15-minute video meditation towards the end of this post is available to you. It was created to help you find a greater sense of self-acceptance and love. For really, it is about you, the one who watches over another. You, the Angels of Earth who, in times of love and stress, continue to ...

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Follow Your Dot

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This past holiday season, I walked into a store and listening to their holiday jazzy songs piped over their sound system, I waited for the clerk to help me. Waiting half-an-hour, the energy drained from my body. I craved to do nothing for a long time. Nothing. It feels good to write ...

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When You Are a Caregiver, Where Does the Art Fit In?

Holy GroundHoly Ground

It doesn’t.
It doesn’t.

And if you’re someone like me, who needs a good amount of mental spaciousness and a place free of clutter, so your mind and imagination can soar, then it never fits in.

It doesn’t.

But you dutifully try until you wonder if you even care about art anymore or anything at all.

You ...

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Decluttering to Create: On Getting Rid of Stuff & Creativity

What I would love in this new year?

To write!!
To paint again, with real paint!!!

Childhood Art #1

I’ve been getting rid of old stuff
Some of it really old
Like tons of things from when I was a wee tot

Sitting in the garage for decades and decades.
Do you have any of that old stuff lying around?

Old art
Old school records
Old school book reports
Old family bank statements from the ...

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I Wish I Had A Compass ~ Finding Your Creative Way

I sometimes wish I had a compass but anger and sadness can be a kind of compass. They can give information for life’s direction. The thing is one has to be willing to listen and see where the compass points, and then go for it. Moving in the direction that the compass spins, regardless that you may have been given only one small step to take, can be difficult if ...

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The Power of Story to Bring World Peace

The Power of Story to Bring World Peace

Storytelling is as old as time itself
Through story, song and dance we have lived and loved
Created community, celebrated and grieved
We hear and tell them constantly
Stories make us uniquely human
and connect us soul to soul

~ Elizabeth Welles

The black barbershops were packed. Das wandered the street, saw another barber pole, and walked into the white ...

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Magic in the Land of Malaise

When you are feeling out of your element, unmotivated, in despair or depressed, sometimes there are Divine appointments waiting for you. Unanticipated people in unexpected places that bring color and light to your day. This is the true story of one such encounter.

Did anybody feel wanky in July: unmotivated, lethargic malaise, depressed, despair or dejected? I did.

In mid-July everything stopped with a why do this, ...

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