Dichotomies

laying back on my nice soft bed,

window open,

roof over my head, warmth,

I hear slowly an increase in the rattle of wheels down the sidewalk,

a cart needed for a few possession

or perhaps empty,

but waiting for the cans and bottles it can carry for a bite of food,

for a sip of something to soothe the throat.

I lay back on my nice soft bed, window open, outside someone is homeless.

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Blessed…

Today walked with an old friend from my midwife days, both she and I have a tendency during the winter to become hermits.  Today we started earlier, despite it still being winter, our attempt to reach out and enjoy one another while also soaking up the delights of the outside world around her house.  I’d say we explore her neighborhood on these walks, but we don’t, we explore one another as we move our bodies through space, weaving our thoughts and emotions in and out, around and through each others heart and mind.  We touch base about family, thoughts and feelings about those we love, about our health and others as we age, about changes we see in this world, both good and bad.  We are blessed in a friendship that has lasted; it has survived us traveling together, as well as an age difference of 12 years. a gap that would break many apart.  Yet some magic, as yet unidentified, a gift of care holds us together as we go through changes in life at different times, stresses and strains that could tear us apart.  But together we walk, enjoying this mild day, and look forward to more walks in these next months as the weather warms and plants push their way through the ground into our line of vision.  Yes, the plants too were hiding like we were from all around during those early winter months.  We are all together again.

An afterthought…

At least we hope we will be able to share in more walks.  One must never take the other for granted.  It is this very possibility that one day the other may not be there that allows us to treasure our gift of friendship  We are blessed…

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Drumming Drums

Drumming drums dancing

beats of sound into silence

echoing heart songs.

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Doors or Lack

2623934943_512d6193f4_oWhen I closed the door,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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they said another would open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

      No door has opened.2623939155_b21be658cb_o

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Yes, If I Could Dream A World…

10582822_10203801594554655_4717899810463185005_oThis past weekend I was up in Seattle seeing friends and acquaintances from around the world who share a similar interest as myself and even though I have been moving on, I still felt great joy in their presence!  Yet due to all the trouble going on in Ukraine-Russia, the Middle East crisis-especially ISIS both in Syria and Iraq, the Palestinian-Israeli war, the terrorist and civil wars in Northern and Western Africa as well as the Ebola crisis, I felt the need to post something I had written back last March when some terrorist activity against women and girls trying to get an education had taken place whether it had been a shooting or the later kidnapping of 300 young girls in Africa.  Remember this was written before many of the latest incidents and wars had started so here it goes…

Yes, If I Could Dream A World…   March 5, 2014 at 12:42am

If I could dream, I would dream that every woman and young girl had access to e10496044_10203822678161732_9126284095395622381_oducation throughout the world.  If I could dream, there would be free exchange of information, ideas, culture, arts, technologies, and science between all peoples in all counties.  If I could dream religion would stay out of all governments, and all religions would have respect for both the similarities and differences between them while at the same time allowing people to come to their own religion on their own without trying to impose religious mores on those with slightly different or even radically different beliefs!  If I could dream, I could write to a woman in Northern Korea and to a woman in Iran and truly get to know each of these women and what her hopes and dreams were to be.

If I had a dream, there would be a Palestinian state and an Israeli state, and the peoples of each country could flow back and forth amongst each other without fear, and only love and respect, putting the past behind themIMG_3220!  If I had a dream, the wars in Africa would stop, as would bribery and corruption, not just in Africa, but around the world so that all peoples could help one another out and so that all countries and their people could prosper!  If I could dream, I would dream that the peoples of the world would lose their greed and know when they have enough, sharing what they have out of love and compassion, as well as empathy with others in need.  If I could dream, I would love to see borders disappear, but if not gone then people could at least move freely to the country of their choice under the politics they wish to live as not all of us would want to live under the same system.  And I believe no one country would ever be overrun or if so there might just be a change in the governments of the other countries to draw people back. But I suspect that would not even be an issue as most people love to live where their families are which is why I would love to see freedom between borders as I have seen too many families, including my own, separated unnecessarily by an imposed artificial border.  If I could dream, no child would die from lack of water or food, nor would any man or woman and we would all have shelter and access to health care.  Yes, if I could dream…IMG_2434

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