Because I Stopped To Look…

When despair for the world grows in meand I wake in the night at the least soundin fear of what my life and my children’s lives may beI go and lie down where the wood drakerests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.I come into the peace of wild thingswho do not tax their lives with forethoughtof grief. I come into the presence of still water.And I feel above me the day-blind starswaiting with their light. For the timeI rest in the grace of the world, and am free.– The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell…

Have I Dared To Pray?

Every morningthe worldis created. Under the orange sticks of the sunthe heapedashes of the nightturn into leaves again and fasten themselves to the high branches —and the ponds appearlike black clothon which are painted islands of summer lilies. If it is your natureto be happyyou will swim away along the soft trails for hours, your imaginationalighting everywhere. And if your spiritcarries within it the thornthat is heavier than lead —if it’s all you can doto keep on trudging — there is stillsomewhere deep within youa beast shouting that the earthis exactly what it wanted — each pond with its blazing liliesis a prayer…

Distance, Serenity, and Silence

You must be wondering what the photograph of the young woman has to do with the title. Well, grab a cup of coffee and I will tell you a story… It all began last December when my daughter decided to take a semester off from her studies in Florence and come live with me to heal. Our journey as housemates has not been easy, and we both recognised the fact that the three years of living apart has changed us both tremendously. Neither of us are used to anyone encroaching on our space and upsetting the balance anymore. We are…

It’s Always The Small Things

That annoy me… * the selfish commuter on the bus who blocks a seat with a backpack * the unfriendly service at a shop or restaurant * the nosey person at the next table who asks an indiscrete (rude) question * the drunk on the metro leering at the women * the plant that withered because it wanted dry soil * the dish that was short of being delicious simply because I was short of something * the budget that came in short this month because another bill was bigger * a lost file (this probably should be in the…

Stop Worrying

I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers flow in the right direction, will the earth turn as it was taught, and if not, how shall I correct it? Was I right, Was I wrong, Will I be forgiven, Can I do better? Will I ever be able to sing, Even the sparrows can do it, and I am, well, hopeless. Is my eyesight fading, Or am I just imagining it, Am I going to get rheumatism, lockjaw, dementia? Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing. And gave it up. And took my old body…

Spring Cleaning

It is a bit of a cliche title and to be honest, I never really took the concept seriously until this year. It has always baffled me why the term and idea of spring cleaning exists in the first place, when one should do proper housekeeping on a daily, weekly, monthly basis, depending on what the chores are. In my book, if you are consistent with this structure, there is very little left for annual chores. Trust me when I tell you that if you ignore the annuals, they tend to take root in a horrible manner and haunt you…

2019: The Year Of The Earth Pig

Kung Hei Fat Choi! It is Chinese New Year and for the first time in four years I have decked my home for the occasion. I have missed doing so and having my daughter here with me to share it is an auspicious beginning to the Year of the Earth Pig. The health and wealth corners of my home have been decorated with abundance, inviting in the prosperity that the Year of the Pig brings with it, as well as the peace it promises. Following Feng Shui to a tee, the Abundance Table contains the green prosperity candles, money cats…