Open your heart to the World

#open is our prompt of the day at 31 Days of SoulStrolling.  I have a propensity toward opening my heart to inanimate objects, to see what they might have to say. Much like an artist paints still life, so I engage in conversation. When I open my heart to the world, even in the midst…

5 Weeks in France, Part 4 – The Flowers of Paris

My heart hurts and tears drop from my eyes as I remember the attacks in Paris. I know much is being written, shared, posted. I don’t live in Paris. I’m not French. I live in Seattle, but my heart and years of memories reside there. I’m Canadian/American and a ‘tourist’ when I visit. My spirit…

Anne of Green Gables and the New Year

“Isn’t it a splendid thing that there are mornings.” Anne of Green Gables Anne of Green Gables was one of my favorite childhood characters. She was full of life, courage, purpose, determination, gathered good friends, and was a gift to grow up with. I love how Lucy Maud Montgomery developed her as a character: as…

George Bernard Shaw and Collaging

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and say ‘Why not?’ ” I’ve been pondering this as I’ve been reflecting on and practicing peace this week. This quote is actually on the front cover of my current journal, and I don’t think Mr. Shaw was necessarily contemplating peace…

Hope in the darkness

“I have seen too many stars to let the darkness overwhelm me.” Macrina Wiederkehr. Yesterday I heard about a friend who was recently, suddenly, and unexpectedly diagnosed with what may be a terminal illness. Another friend is currently undergoing chemotherapy and yet another, navigating through the world of medications in hopes to control a disease…