If It be Your Will, a Tribute to Leonard Cohen

September 21, 1934-November 7, 2016 Leonard Cohen's voice will not be "still."  His music will continue to live on in the hearts of millions now and to come. Like many, when the news was released on November 10th that Leonard Cohen had passed away, I cried. Two days later, his son Adam posted a touching [...]

Music to Build Bridges, Cohen, KD and Hallelujah

In my previous blog, Music to Build Bridges, I shared a message about man-made problems that divide the human race and cause needless suffering. Problems include such things as non-communication, prejudice, greed, racism, sexism, and so on. Human problems are largely about disconnection, first from ourselves and then from others. How is music able to [...]

Music to Build Bridges

With so many forces dividing humanity, some people figure this world should cease to be. As a matter of fact, one young man, Prince Ea, has recently gone viral advocating just that! In his first video, “Why I Think This World Should End,” he goes through a litany of woes that divide the human race, a veritable list of “shuns.” Pollution, corruption, discrimination, miscommunication, and so on. Add to that all the… […]

Goodbye, Little Birds

  “All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small…” Early June 2016 For days, the little bird perched itself on a garden post, only a few feet away, and made clicking sounds as it watched me. I figured this must be the anxious behavior of a parent bird with wee ones in a nest nearby. Not knowing about bird gender, I decided to assign a female identity and call this bird “mommy.”  I felt for her and said, “Please don’t be afraid. I won’t hurt you or your babies, I promise.” I looked about for the nest. Where could it be? […]

By | June 17th, 2016|Music, Nature, Spirit Matters|20 Comments

Deja-Vus are Glitches in Time

Déjà-vus take us into the gap, the spaces “in between” where time does not exist. “This moment has happened before, exactly like this, the angle, the look, the words, the actions.” It’s like the spontaneous flash of recollection makes you stop in your tracks. You notice a pronounced feeling of strange familiarity. A paradox is in the works. The past is present or is it the future? […]

By | April 14th, 2016|Africa, Spirit Matters, Travel|42 Comments

Omy K’s Story, the Healing Power of Purpose

Omy K with Rwandan children Out of Africa A few days ago I boarded a flight in Amsterdam for Seattle, part of a long journey home to Victoria. I was returning from upwards of a month in Tanzania. Just before boarding, I was able to switch to a window seat. Lucky for me, because that’s how I got to meet Omy. He was heading home from Africa too, to Spokane from Rwanda. I’d never met a Rwandan before. All I knew about that country, besides its location next to Tanzania, was that there’d been a genocide in the 1990s. It turns out that Omy, at the age of nine, survived that holocaust. He managed to escape […]

“From Sticks to Bricks to Textbooks,” Outreach to Tanzania

Elephants and Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world! Photo by Amoghavarsha It takes a village to raise a child. Yes. And it sometimes takes a group of outside caring people to support that village to raise that child! Working with a Maasai Village in Tanzania A wonderful community of people, many from Victoria, British Columbia, comprises such a caring group. And the village, which is situated in Tanzania on Maasai tribal land, now has a school, fresh water and great hope for the future! A few years ago, Bob and Karen Schrey, from Victoria, were on holiday in Africa. They’d taken along a bunch of kids’ […]

A Life Written in Water, Anita Mui (梅艳芳)

In Memory of Anita Mui 梅艳芳 October 10, 1963 – December 30, 2003 What is a life written in water? Meaningful or empty? If it had a melody, would it sound happy or sad, or something else? Anita Mui sang the evocative “A Life Written in Water” in a 1984 Hong Kong movie called “Homecoming.” Anita was a superstar in Asia and millions wept when she passed away at the age of 40. The 12th anniversary of her passing was less than a month ago. […]

A Christmas Story that’s Touching and Funny!

CBC’s “The Christmas Letter” is a delightful story to have you laugh out loud and shed a little tear or two! Radio Drama that Delights Here it is Christmas 2015. Happy Christmas everyone! Driving to my son’s on Christmas Eve, I turned on CBC Radio One and happened upon a program called “This is That.” It’s described as a “current affairs program that doesn’t just talk about the issues, it fabricates them. Nothing is off limits–politics, business, culture, justice, science, religion–if it is relevant to Canadians, we’ll find out the This and the That of the story”… […]

By | December 25th, 2015|Language of the Heart, Spirit Matters|0 Comments

Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “God’s World”

  Sometimes the world feels like a fearful place. Events can weigh heavily and it’s easy to lose a sense of balance, direction and personal power. What do you do get centered and protect yourself from negativity? How do you raise your own and others’ vibrational energy fields?  […]

By | November 22nd, 2015|Language of the Heart, Nature, Poetry, Spirit Matters|24 Comments