A William Stafford Poem regarding Malheur Wildlife Refuge

Right now in Oregon, where I live, there are armed militants laying siege to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. They are anti-government and say that they want to return the land to the original owners; however the original owners are not them, the White Supremacists, but the Paiute Tribe. The people in the neighboring towns want peace; they want these intruders to leave.

A friend posted this William Stafford poem today which seemed timely, so I want to share. If you know of these people’s struggles or something similar, then this poem will bring some peace because it only speaks of what is naturally beautiful in this world.

Malheur before Dawn

An owl sound wandered along the road with me.
I didn’t hear it – I breathed it into my ears.

Little ones at first, the stars retired, leaving
polished little circles on the sky for awhile.

Then the sun began to shout from below the horizon.
Throngs of birds campaigned, their music a tent of sound.

From across a pond, out of the mist,
one drake made a V and said its name.

Some vast animal of air began to rouse
from the reeds and lean outward.

Frogs discovered their national anthem again.
I didn’t know a ditch could hold so much joy.

So magic a time it was that I was both brave and afraid.
Some day like this might save the world.

by William Stafford
from “Even in Quiet Places” (1996)


Peace, love, blessings,


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His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

I wanted to mention the Dalai Lama whose trip to the U.S. has been a good one. Like the Pope, he seemed to be surprised (in a good way) about the warmth and huge hearts he connected with while he was here. He wrote the following which I will keep as a bookmark:

Never give up
No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart

Too much energy in your country is spent developing the mind instead of the heart.

Develop the heart,
Be compassionate
Not just to your friends but
to everyone, be compassionate

Work for peace in your heart and in
the world.

Work for peace, and I say again
Never give up
No matter what is happening
No matter what is going on
around you.

Never give up.

~His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

Blessings, peace, compassion to you and for you,


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A Friend for Youth against War in Afghanistan: His Poem

Hello friends,

I have not written for some time, as some of you know, due to my doctoral work which appears to be nearing an end. Although I have not finished as yet, I did want to post this which came to me about a month ago.

This is a communication from a friend in Olympia, WA who, with her husband, have worked tirelessly with Afghani Youth against the War for several years. We have spoken with these youth via Skype and others involved elsewhere in the world. One of the people who most assisted these young boys was Hafiz, a doctor. I do not know if anything happened to him, but I do know that his life had previously been threatened many times. This is a poem he wrote, a poem during much chaos:

Now is the time to know
That all that you do is sacred.

Now is the time to understand
That all your ideas of right and wrong
Were just a child’s training wheels
To be laid aside
When you can finally live
With veracity
And love.

…Now is the time for the world to know
That every thought and action is sacred.

This is the time
For you to deeply compute the impossibility
That there is anything
But Grace.

Now is the season to know
That everything you do
Is sacred.


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Thoughts about each moment

This will be brief and I apologize for not writing much lately.

Life for each of us is so immensely challenging, mysterious, lovely, and educational. So the thoughts have been coming often due to me thinking way too much, seeing the possible and impossible, and just being a person here on this planet like everyone else.

One of the thoughts lately have been surrounding our life force. Fortunately or unfortunately, I think much on such things as string and M theory. . .how everything and all of creation (including us little Homo sapiens) are connected. Then I also begin thinking upon basic physics. . .one of the basic tenants which is that energy does not dissipate; it only changes form. Well, life is energy. We are in these bodies like energy/electricity is in a battery container. I have had good friends ask what happens to us when we die. So I think of this analogy or metaphor and I tell them that I think that our energy, our life-force, our mind thoughts return to our creator, the Divine, and that we are one again with all Creation. Write me if you have other thoughts on this; thanks!

The other thoughts that I have been having are on living life well. We all have challenges, of course. But if we sit down at least once every day and truly appreciate the one small moment in time, then all is well. Each moment in the now, when appreciated (alone or in conversation with another) is special, is perfect, and cannot be erased or destroyed. How wonderful is that I wonder?

Blessings, much love, peace and some tranquility in your lives is wished,


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Worth While

I was told recently that optimism was delusional which, to me and my thinking, meant that hope and/or faith was delusional. This person had a bane and dismal view of the world and humanity. So, of course, I had to disagree.

In my mind, and you may or may not agree with me, optimism is a way to positively face challenges and hurts in this life. There is also the negative means of handling life’s “problems” which I choose to entitle challenges.

So the point of my little dialogue here is that life offers all of us challenges, hurts, pains. And you have most likely heard this before, it is not the struggles and pains of life that show our character but the means with which we handle them.

I have a little plaque I look at each morning which was given me by my daughter (and I have probably mentioned this before so apologies for any redundancy). It reads (first sentence many have heard):
“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” –Mother Teresa

For our Buddhist friends, meditation and moving toward nirvana or the “blowing out of the candle” of desire, aversion, and delusion, this may mean handling everyday, mundane, temporal woes toward this blissfulness.

I will leave all of you with an older published poem:

“It is easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is one who will smile,
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with the years,
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth,
Is the smile that shines through tears.

It is easy enough to be prudent,
When nothing tempts you to stray,
When without or within no voice of sin
Is luring your soul away;
But it’s only a negative virtue
Until it is tried by fire,
And the life that is worth the honor on earth,
Is the one that resists desire.

By the cynic, the sad, the fallen,
Who had no strength for the strife,
The world’s highway is cumbered to-day,
They make up the sum of life.
But the virtue that conquers passion,
And the sorrow that hides in a smile,
It is these that are worth the homage on earth
For we find them but once in a while.” –Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I need to qualify this poem and it’s meaning to me in saying that desire for good and passion in life is not a sin (separation from our Creator), nor negative. .passion for life, passion for loved ones, and passion for making positive change in the world. This is just my opinion.

Blessings, love, peace,

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Another tidbit of poetry. . .

Hello all,

Here is another entry of poetry (for inspiration and uplifting):

“Pippa’s Song” by Robert Browning

Morris & Adams: This little song vibrates with an optimism that embraces the whole universe. A frequent error in quoting it is the substitution of the word well for right. Browning is no such shallow optimist as to believe that all is well with the world, but he does maintain things are right with the world, for in spite of its present evils it is slowly working its way toward perfection, and in the great scheme of things it may make these evil themselves an instrument to move it toward its ultimate goal.

The year’s at the spring
And the day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hillside’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn:
God’s in his heaven—
All’s right with the world.

——Robert Browning

Being recently “put down” as an optimist in this world I thought upon this and this poem. I do not think that being an optimist makes one delusional and in fact brave. Who will struggle against the status quo I wonder. Browning did. Life is amazing, short, and needing a bit of observation and appreciation (in my mind).

So here is my overly redundant chant of late: Live now.

Blessings, peace, love, more,

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A personal aside. . .

I have been up and down today, like most days, but for good reason. How about you?

I have lost and gained in one day! The most important is the gain.. .
my daughter in China. I am her “mum” and love her dearly. I believe that she left France for home in China recently since we lost contact on Facebook. Facebook is not allowed for any or much access for the Chinese population; I suppose for the young in any case. I really do not know the restriction or constriction there. I only know that I hurt every time I am cut off from someone I love and for whom I dearly care.

It is good that she was able to contact me tonight.

I hope that all the world could be open, safe, and secure in communication.

Blessings and peace,


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Some poetry to find your heart. . .

There is a need to get away from the Linus book and to remember our hearts, our “chambered nautilus.” The need to share this poem is great for me, so please bear with me and hopefully you will enjoy.

Here is one writing, including the poem, from the book “It can be done; Poems of inspiration.” collected by Joseph Morris and St. Clair Adams, published 1921 and 1929.

“The nautilus is a small mollusk that creeps upon the bottom of the sea, though it used to be supposed to swim, or even to spread a kind of sail so that the wind might drive it along the surface. What interests us in this poem is the way the nautilus grows. Just as a tree when sawed down has the record of its age in the number of its rings, so does the nautilus measure its age by the ever-widening compartments of its shell. These it has successfully occupied. The poet, looking upon the now empty shell, thinks of human life growing in the same way. We advance from one state of being to another, each nobler than the one which preceded it, until the spirit leaves its shell altogether and attains a glorious and perfect freedom.”

The poem:

“This is the ship of pearl, which, poets feign,

Sailed the unshadowed main,—

The venturous bark that flings

On the sweet summer wind its purpled wings

In gulfs enchanted, where the Siren sings,

And coral reefs lie bare,

Where the cold sea-maids rise to sun their streaming hair.


Its webs of living gauze no more unfurl;

Wrecked is the ship of pearl!

And every chambered cell,

Where its dim dreaming life was wont to dwell,

As the frail tenant shaped his growing shell,

Before thee lies revealed,—

Its irised ceiling rent, its sunless crypt unsealed!


Year after year beheld the silent toil

That spread his lustrous coil;

Still, as the spiral grew,

He left the past year’s dwelling for the new,

Stole with soft step its shining archway through,

Built up its idle door,

Stretched in his last-found home, and knew the old no more,


Thanks for the heavenly message brought by thee,

Child of the wandering sea,

Cast from her lap, forlorn!

From thy dead lips a clearer note is born

Than ever Triton blew from wreathed horn!

While on mine ear it rings,

Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings;—


Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,

As the swift seasons roll!

Leave thy low-vaulted past!

Let each new temple, nobler than the last,

Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,

Till thou at length art free,

Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!”

–Oliver Wendell Holmes


Life is ever-changing, ever-growing, and this is good. The poem may be old to us, but yet ever mindful for us to think upon. We human beings are just as fragile and finite as any other living being in and on this world as much as the next world upon which there is life. Just remember that we are also Spirit and Energy which does not dissipate. We only change form. Life and beyond is most amazing, so live in the now as much as you can and enjoy the miraculously amazing gift later. . .

Blessings always,





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Slow-down Therapy # 11-14

This entry is again from the booklet by Linus Mundy.

#11: Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive. Rest isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity.

This is too true for the mental, emotional, and physical health of anyone on this planet. Sometimes, we find that we are “very tired.” Business and life wants us to “push through” this wall. We can do this to a certain extent, but ultimately we need to be well. We need to re-energize, we need to rest and be well. Then we will have focus, energy, and time for the most important “necessities” in our lives. What do you choose? What are your necessities?

#12: Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday and tomorrow–and now. Now counts.

Another reminder to live in the now. We learn from the past, but please do not relive it. We live in the now. We may plan for the future if it occurs, but live in the now.

#13: Rest on your laurels. They bring comfort whatever their size, age, or condition.

This, to me, is just another reminder of learning from the past and living in the now. We all have talents, strengths, and weaknesses. We work with the strong and work around the weak, and hope for the best. . .Now.

#14: Talk slower. Talk less. Don’t talk. Communication isn’t measured by words.

Communication, and honest communication, is good. It is not measured by the number of words shared, but by the loving intent of words.

Be well, blessings and peace always,

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A Quiet Peace; plus “Slow-down Therapy #10-11”

At this time of year when many celebrate events and holidays such as Hanukkah, Los Posadas, Christmas, and more, there is also the opportunity to get away from all of the hectic, worldly stress of our lives.

I ran into my friend, who is Muslim, at the grocery store today. We both agreed that what is most important now and at all times is having quality time with family. The warmth of love surrounding us is the most precious gift that any of us can give or receive. And you do not have to celebrate Christmas, but as I pointed out. . .sometimes we all (Christian or not) get some extra time off to be with our families this time of year (especially in Europe). This is good.

So I then began thinking of all the people “out there” shopping, planning, getting ready to send cards, and the rest of the business that is often included with this time of year. Which led me back to the “Slow-down Therapy” booklet by Linus Mundy to share with you–numbers 10 and 11.

“10. Create a place in your home. . .

at your work. . .in your heart. . .

where you can go for quiet and

recollection. You deserve it.”

“11. Allow yourself time to be lazy

and unproductive. Rest isn’t a

luxury; it’s a necessity.”

For your healthy balance in life, please do not forget yourself. Please rest, find a quiet space. Find a quiet meditation and/or prayer time every day. Look into yourself for the light within. It is there; it is within all of us. And as the Dalai Lama said recently, we all have the Buddha Nature within us. To me, being a believer in our oneness with each other and our Creator, this is the same phenomenon.

If you do not take care of you, then you cannot be present for others. . .in case you were thinking that you needed to overdo for the loved ones in your life. You will still love them, they will still love you, and they will be pleased to see you well and rested, I am certain.

Be well, peace, blessings, love,


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