Islands in the Sea

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Celtic lore contains a series of stories about mystical journeys into the West, which was for the Celts, the great Atlantic.  Maelduin was the ancient pre-Christian hero who was famous for his sea voyages.  In the 7th century, it was St. Brendan, an abbott and his monks, who became the subjects of these immrama. Immrama were spiritual stories.  The word …

Took My Love and I Took it Down

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Last Saturday night, new guy and I have a chat about our relationship histories.  He is sitting with his chair pushed so far away from the kitchen table, he is practically on the front porch.  I say:  here’s where I am now: I don’t want to play it safe anymore.  I just want to be brave. He gives me a …

Excuse Me While I Kiss the Ground

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Kiss the Earth with your feet, says Thich Nhat Hanh.  Give the Earth your love and happiness.  Nowadays, I recite this while walking.  It brings me back to Earth. That and a wonderful poem called The Messenger by Mary Oliver, which I recently added to my repertoire of memorized poems:  It opens with the line: My work is loving the …