Protecting hearth and home

Something I love is being threatened. My ancestors were among the first to settle this land. I am at home here and when I walk these crisped leaf-laden paths, the souls of my feet grind the skins of these trees into soil that’s alive with my heritage. Strength and fortitude has nourished this soil, these &hellip Continue reading »

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The road to Cap Haitien

I confess. The border of Dominican Republic and Haiti intimidates me. The air sizzles with noise and heat lifts from the concrete; a group of children follow our truck as we look for a place to park, shouting ‘Blan, blan!’ (foreigner, foreigner). It’s the first Kreyole word that I learn. I am traveling with Rick &hellip Continue reading »

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Letting Go

While researching an article on lighthouses recently, the phrase ‘letting go’ kept rising in my mind. A strange thought it was…not one I normally associated with lighthouses. For sure, these stalwart, old guardians are more about clinging…clinging to the land or rock upon which they sit, clinging to safety, clinging to the past, clinging to &hellip Continue reading »

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Finding Common Ground

Few weeks ago, we helped prepare and serve a meal at a local homeless shelter. This was new territory for me, like visiting a strange country. Truthfully, my own life of wealth left me feeling lacking. What did I know of their days; of the choice and challenge they faced in each one of them? &hellip Continue reading »

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Letting Go (Mondays with gratitude #24)

The image sears, fire-burned in place. A clear, starlit autumn night, brilliant oblong moon rising above the tree tops. Twenty women gathered around a blazing fire, voices quiet now, holding in their hearts the rise and fall of an emotional day. Warm wind winnows parched leaves from the trees and cools flamed-warmed skin.  Strands of &hellip Continue reading »

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The sky’s the limit

(Note: Mondays with gratitude was missed this week as we had no power all day following Irene’s pass-through. Suffice to say that I was very grateful that we suffered nothing more than a day without electricity, when there was so much devastation and flooding elsewhere.) We attended the Atlantic Airshow in PEI on the weekend, &hellip Continue reading »

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Coyote…Cunning or Creative?

I had a strange visitor last week.  I was sitting on my deck one still, warm morning, wrestling with some thoughts, jotting notes, when something made me lift my head. Not a noise, not a movement, but a knowing.  A nudge. Look at me. I was looking up into the trees, when a movement below &hellip Continue reading »

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Joy and Sorrow

Then a woman said, Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow. And he answered: Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. &hellip Continue reading »

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