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The dark season is here.  Darkness falls early, and there was an expectant hush in the air.  Yesterday I drove my daughter back to college after the Thanksgiving holiday.  As we ate an early dinner with her in the Haymarket café in Northampton, Massachusetts, and in the midst of all those college students on laptops […]

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What I Know Now

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love,” Mother Teresa famously said.  She and other wise beings also indicated that doing small things with attention and the aspiration to act as if we are part of a greater whole can be a source of strength—even grace.  Being part of the community […]

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A Life With Heart

What does it mean to live fully?  To live a life with heart? The lesson from the power outage is still with me.  Even as I go about living my ordinary, electrically illuminated, computer active life, I find myself remembering there can be a deeper quality to life.  In the darkness and stillness, my sleep […]

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Enough is Enough!

Enough!  Enough burning with greed, hatred, and aversion—enough reaching for more while trashing or overlooking what is here and now.  This is the groundswell message from the growing Occupy Movement and its spiritual offshoots:  Occupy Yourself, Occupy Your Mind, Occupy Your Heart, Occupy the Moment, and probably more to come. There is widespread questioning.   At […]

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What Would Thoreau Do When the Power Goes Out?

“I did not read books the first summer; I hoed beans.  Nay, I often did more than this.  There were times when I could not afford to sacrifice the bloom of the present moment to any work, whether of the head or hands.  I love a broad margin to my life,” writes Thoreau, as quoted […]

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Christmas in October

As I write this, I am struggling to get a good fire going in the woodstove.  We are in the middle of a freak October snow storm—the third freak storm since August—and we have no lights, no heat, and no running water since we depend on a well. A few months ago, during Hurricane Irene, […]