Dear Friends, The day begins like they usually do here in Atenas. The sun is shining, the gentle breeze sways the bamboo and the strength and length of the birds' tuneful presentations encourage me to lift my eyes and watch the clouds move slowly above me. I celebrate Nature, the permanence of its cycles are … Continue reading Be Part of a Solution, Not a Jury
Dear Friends, It is a hazy day where I am. I can make out the majestic hills in the morning light and I wonder, not for the first time, what our neighbors across the way see from their vista. We are beginning another week of following national and local recommendations related to Covid-19. Time passes … Continue reading A Time For Deep Reflection
Dear Friends, Like almost every Sunday morning, I am greeted by an array of vistas and a symphony of sound emerging from several species of birds. It is Easter and also the fifth day of Passover. It is a day normally focused on family and friends gathering together to celebrate and feast. It is traditionally … Continue reading Easter Sunday / Passover
Dear Friends, The day begins quietly. I look out the window and notice the oak-brown grass that covers most of our lawn. My ears pick up the sound of several tiny hummingbirds chirping their song as they quickly fly from one sun-parched flower to another. Even in this heat, Nature provides the nectar that energizes … Continue reading Practice Extreme Self-Care
Dear Friends, It is a lovely Sunday morning. The air is serene, peaceful. The quiet is interrupted by the intermittent sound of a bird pecking at my window. It disturbs my reverie and demands my attention. I look through the pane and see that the bird is carrying nest-construction material. The pecking is in response … Continue reading A New Use for Digital Technologies
Dear Friends, The normal neighborhood sights and sounds (bamboo swaying in the breeze, dogs barking, roosters crowing) greet me this morning like they do each day in this lovely place. On the surface, the day is unfolding with the ease of most Sundays. My hearty breakfast is beautifully plated, the coffee's (from Atenas, of course) … Continue reading Stay Home!
Dear Friends, Like every other Sunday, I am grateful to wake up to a sunny morning that reminds me I enjoy the gifts of my health, my family, my pet, my home and the wonderful network that is my community. In these times that seem uncertain, we are wise to embrace and accept that even … Continue reading A New Dance, A New Step!
Dear Friends, I usually devote a few minutes to sit and contemplate a landscape that draws the muse before I begin writing my message. Today, the warm wind is strong, the trees are swaying with abandon and the coffee-colored patches of grass confirm that we are in the dry season. I am filled with gratitude … Continue reading International Women’s Day Celebrations!
Dear Friends, As I sit and watch the trees sway gently, I discipline my breathing and do my best to concentrate on nothing but the beauty of the fluffy clouds in the sky. Life sounds (birds, music, whistles from a soccer coach nearby) interrupt my concentration. I return to my writing place and our pet, … Continue reading The External Sometimes Contradicts the Internal
Dear Friends, Greetings on a beautiful Sunday morning! The splendor of the day emerges with the gentle breeze that sways the canopy of a single tree that colors the cloudless sky directly in front of me. I pause to listen for the birds that call to each other. Their movements divert my eyes from that … Continue reading Paying Attention to the Changes