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For Those For Whom Mother’s Day is Painful

This is the day when appreciation and love is expressed to and for our mothers. But sometimes it seems to me what is honored is more the ideal of motherhood and less the real women behind it. I have no doubt there are mothers who totally fit the description of the Mother’s Day Mother…but mine […]

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“Miyasan – Forget Me Not”

Over a week ago, I had finished recording the song I wrote for my mother, the song that I realized wanted to be a part of the story I was writing for her, The River of Heaven. Ten days later I still had not been able to post it. On the 26th I found myself […]

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The Clan of Women

In a previous post I wrote about my mother’s reference to me as a sister as being perhaps her way of inducting me into the clan of women. This past Wednesday, a circle of women celebrated my youngest daughter’s transition from childhood into adulthood, a celebration of her journey on the woman path. It was […]

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Keeping the Dream: China

This is dedicated to the students of Tiananmen Square, to every person who had a dream, strived for it and paid a cost so that others may live their dreams — if not now, then some time…a time only faith can see. But more, I wrote this song for the students who did not fall, […]

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Surrounded by friends

Surrounded by friends

As I walked outside today I could not help but notice how incredibly blue the sky was and the breathtaking contrast between it and the billowy white clouds that filled my senses almost as much as the sky they floated against. Earlier today I had written an article about the importance of surrounding yourself with […]

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Why I Believe in God

Why I Believe in God

First, why I don’t not believe in God. I don’t not believe in God because evil and suffering exist, because our choices are a reflection of us and not proof against the existence of something else. I don’t not believe in God because reason is supreme and faith is flawed, because I’ve seen plenty of […]

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In This Moment

In This Moment

In this moment, my heart soars with joy In this moment, I am washed over by tears In this moment, every laughter, every cry exists and through it all I feel Your Presence A part and Not a part I do not understand and it’s okay ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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Do Buddhists Believe in God?

Do Buddhists Believe in God?

Do Buddhists Believe in God? I do I add to the Ocean’s joy The tiny drop of water its song its tears its story begun and ended in a flash The Ocean gives and receives The cycle recycles Each time I return I add to the Ocean’s joy ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ […]

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