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Continuing to Love Life

If the universe has a heart, it must be breaking as it looks at life on earth in July 2016. That is, the life on earth that humans are responsible for; the one that feels like it’s dangerously close to unraveling. All the more reason why we must continue to love life in all of its ordinary moments especially when...

All That Makes Us Human

Do you know what it is like to experience the sacred? I do, in the cathedral that is the natural world: in Tarangire National Park, near Lake Manyara, in the Ngorongoro Crater, and in the endlessness that is the Serengeti. Here I worshiped, again and again, just as I had done in the beginning in that first moment and in...

Early Saturday Morning

For a brief moment early this morning in the darkness just before dawn in a speck of a place on this planet everything made perfect sense to me while the candles flickered, and my dog, Gracie, breathed heavily just next to me. For the most part, there are only questions and they are followed by wonder and humility. There are...

From Pluto and Mars

Here on on Pluto and on Mars we are perplexed and confused to know that humans are coming and might soon arrive. We have watched you peering at us from afar through telescopes from the other side of comets and stars and asteroids and meteorites. And you come closer, closer, closer in time with each passing year in your brilliant...

September Sunday Prayer

Tell me, have our eyes finally been opened enough To see that change is long overdue And will no longer wait and watch from a distance. Time to get into the rocket ship we have built And in a moment, look back and see it all. See us all. Is it an accident that we are so different? Or is...

Not Streamed, Just Spoken

I wanted to go places today To see what was behind the streaming headlines Running down my ipad That had all become such a blurr. Money and opportunity did not set travel limits But my fast moving mind did Devouring everything I read, and digesting so little. So I climbed aboard a slow boat at dawn And took my seat...

The Irish Way

Why not say yes to love in its many forms? I want to acknowledge all the signs of love around me since, in our time, so many sow seeds of hatred and indifference and tell us that “this is the way.” But I know the difference because it is full of colour and light and diversity fairness, justice, and inclusion...