Category Archives: TEACHINGS FROM THE FAR NORTH

WHAT THE ICEBERG SAID

Bold. Blue. Megalithic.  To think I might have begun as a whispered word on an ancient’s breath,a droplet in the spray of a neolithic sneeze, the spatter in a sputtered warning, “Run!”a single snowflake spit from a cloud, delivered on … Continue reading

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SERMERSSUAQ UKARPALUGPOQ-An Earth Day Tribute

She weeps. She cries. She howls. She sighs at man’s inability to use his knowledge wisely. Sermerssuaq The Big Ice Greenland’s ice cap. Tropical blue melt-water lakes the size of small countries rest upon Mother Earth’s head. Creaking from their weight,

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WHEN RAVEN CALLS

Raven clings to the towering worn-out pine like a shining star still snagged on last December’s holiday tree. But does he truly cling? Perhaps it’s simpler – more effortless. Perhaps he’s merely perched, perusing his neighbors welcoming their day.

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‘TWAS THE NIGHT OF WINTER SOLSTICE

‘Twas three nights before Christmas, the fifth of Hanukkah, four from Galungan, and still five ’til Kwanzaa. ‘Twas two months since Muharram and India’s festival of light, when sun snuggled down into earth’s longest night.

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If

If no one sees my tears, Does it mean I do not cry?

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BEING THE CHANGE

Steady now – okay, I’ve got it. Sometimes one soap box isn’t enough. Sometimes, when there’s so much going on, you’ve got to step it up a notch and kill two birds with one stone no, uh, maybeeee, bake two cakes in one … Continue reading

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MY SPACE

Writers write. Right? Right, but where do we write. Most of the time, I write on my lap while sitting on my sofa. Now, while this is probably not the best thing for my posture, it seems to work very … Continue reading

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I HAVE A DREAM…

… and that dream is to one day experience mankind coming together to celebrate what we have in common rather than to fight over our differences. We all know that much of the world is a crazy mess right now, … Continue reading

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WHILE WE’RE ON THE SUBJECT OF ASTRONAUTS…

Now that you know how much I wanted to be an astronaut as a child, you can imagine how excited I was when I read this in our local newspaper: “Former astronaut Rusty Schweickart (the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo … Continue reading

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ISN’T IT ICONIC?

“Grandfather, I have been searching for you all day,” the young Miwok said, stumbling upon his tribe’s Shaman. From a distance, the old man looked like a stone replica of himself—standing tall and powerful, as he was meant to be. The … Continue reading

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