visions of sugar plums


“While visions of sugar-plums danced in [our] heads.
And [ma] in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled [down] for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash…”

And what I saw there
was the Spirit of Life,
clamoring for my attention.

For the next sixty minutes,
and for ~read more~

vm: Neil deGrasse Tyson

This week we celebrate the birthday of Neil deGrasse Tyson, who said, “We are not simply in the universe, we are part of it. We are born from it. One might even say we have been empowered by the universe to figure itself out — and we have only just begun.” So may ~read more~

vm: Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown

This week we celebrate the birthday of Rita Mae Brown, who advises, “All you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for  you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.” So may ~read more~

buy nothing day?


This year is the 22nd annual “Buy Nothing Day,” celebrated in the USA on the day after Thanksgiving, and in sixty-five other countries on the following Saturday. Not only do “Buy Nothing Day” supporters encourage us to forego shopping on that day, they also hold “credit card cut-ups” to help people get a handle on their debt, and they stage “zombie walks” where people dressed like horror-movie zombies shamble through shopping malls, inspiring people to wake ~read more~

vm: Wilma Mankiller

Wilma Mankiller

This week we celebrate the birthday of Wilma Mankiller, who warns, “Whoever controls the education of our children controls our future.” So may we ~read more~

vm: Sean “Diddy” Combs

Sean Combs

This week we celebrate the birthday of Sean “Diddy” Combs, who said, “Everyone has challenges and lessons to learn – we wouldn’t be who we are without  them.” So may we rise ~read more~

fifty years


Grateful for fifty years;
grateful and awed by good life so far;
working as best I know
to share some of that good fortune.
Thanks Becky, family (by blood or law);
thanks to all who share this journey.
May we grow in compassion and courage
as we deepen ~read more~

from The Living Dead service 131027


the veil between worlds gets very thin around this time of year. Many people, who believe there might be *something* beyond this lifetime, have rituals and routines to communicate with, or protect themselves from, anything that might exist beyond our usual perception. This morning, may we be fully aware of those who have passed from this earth, and of the many ways that we still feel their influence; may we grow beyond any negative effects they’ve had, and grow further into the positive ways they’ve influenced us; and may we note the ways that *we* affect others…
So may we be. ~read more~

vm: Terrence McNally


This week we celebrate the birthday of Terrence McNally, who wrote, “I may think I have inalienable rights to be alive and happy, but I don’t – life  is a blessing.” So may ~read more~

vm: Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith

This week we celebrate the birthday of Zadie Smith, who wrote, “the greatest lie ever told about love is that it sets you free.” So may ~read more~

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