April 22, 2020 – May I Suggest?

Today a friend sent me this beautiful song. It is so appropriate for this unique and challenging time. This is a live 2017 recording by Red Molly. Have it a listen.

“May I suggest? May I suggest to you? May I suggest this is the best part of your life?”

“May I suggest, this time is blessed for you, time is is blessed and shining, almost blinding bright.”

I hope this doesn’t seem to be a glib suggestion to those who are truly suffering through this pandemic. For most of us who are isolated and inconvenienced, this is a good time to ask, “What gift does the pandemic have for me today?” – a beautiful question proposed by a friend of a friend, who is currently recovering from Covid 19 in her home in Ireland.

April 16, 2020 – Dr. Bonnie Henry Shoes

“Be kind, be calm, be safe.”

The Dr. Bonnie Henry shoe is coming soon! And it’s pink! And I must have some!

Designed as an homage to Dr. Henry, Fluevog plans to donate all proceeds from the pre-orders of these shoes to B.C.’s foodbanks. 

What a wonderful way to celebrate the extraordinary leadership of BC’s provincial health officer. Dr. Henry has shown us, and apparently the world, what graceful strength and compelling leadership looks like. Everyday she speaks to us with calm, clear and compassionate words. Backing up her on-camera persona is an impressive history of experience including with SARS and Ebola – she knows what she’s talking about! Dr. Henry has trusted the public with the truth; trusted us to act responsibly when we understand the facts. Thank you.

And she’s got style! Those fabulous shoes, that pink leather jacket, wonderful necklaces do not diminish her effectiveness as a leader. They are just an added dimension – a delightful one.  

Here’s another homage to Dr. Henry. Have a listen to Phil Dwyer’s The Ballad of Bonnie Henry voice and banjo by Tina Jones from Gabriola Island. It is so important to enjoy and celebrate the positive these days.

April 15, 2020 – The Power of Choice

Here’s another gem from Richard Wagamese:

Move in the direction that brings you closer to the Creator, in all things.

The trail will be revealed and the helpers will come to you. 

Ask yourself: “is what I’m choosing moving me closer or further away from the Creator?” 

Give thanks for the power of choice.

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When I read about this power to choose, I was excited to have this touchstone to refer to. Choices are taking on a different meaning in recent weeks. In some ways we have many fewer choices – STAY AT HOME! That’s the edict. But there are many new choices that come with our change in circumstances. Each day is a new opportunity to get creative. How will you spend your days at home?  The answer to that question is different for each of us. 

For me, this time at home is an opportunity to dig into some creative projects that have been neglected. The recent past few months has been a quiet period in my life, so when the pandemic orders to isolate came about, I was ready to challenge myself. I have been spending regular time to painting, play music, walk, meditate and – building a website. 

For others, who are in need of respite, this time has been one of retreat. Freedom from structure and outside demands is their path to the Creator.

For some, this is an extremely challenging time – fear, anxiety and depression are constant companions as they self-isolate. Sometimes just getting out of bed can be a creative act! 

The point is to make your choices consciously. Are the choices you are making bringing you closer or further away from the Creator?

April 12, 2020 – Happy Easter?

Happy Easter…happy spring…happy renewal…

Here’s a message I received from my dear cousin Michele this morning. It’s got me chair-dancing. Thanks Michele – and Pharrell!

Easter, Passover, Ramadan, whatever your views on traditional religion, this is a time for family and friends to gather. Tonight our family is gathering on Zoom, from our three cities and seven households, to celebrate our connections. Many of us are finding that our imposed isolation from Covid 19 is causing us to appreciate our bonds, and actually connect more than we ever had. We now have a standing dinner date with our daughter who lives in Vancouver. We haven’t eaten together this regularly since she was…13?

My friend Marion has just reminded me of these beautiful words from Leonard Cohen:

Ring the bells that still can ring 

Forget your perfect offering 

There’s a crack in everything 

That’s how the light gets in 

In honour of Easter (I’m from the Christian tradition), I’ll offer a prayer that helps me to set my intentions for the day and the season ahead:

God of the Universe,

In whom we are all one,

I surrender into your constant current.

Open my mind that I might be free of judgement,

And help me to accept the world as it is today.

Open my heart that I might give and receive love.

Open my hands that I might give and receive blessing.

Guide my feet as I walk my path today.

Open my eyes to see the miracles along the way.

I ask these things with a humble and grateful heart.

Amen, amen, amen…

Aah woman, aah woman, aah woman.

April 9, 2020 – The Great “I don’t know”

I have been reading Richard Wagamese’s book of poetry – Embers – very slowly; a page or two at a time. A good friend gave it to me for Christmas. I find it fascinating how certain books find me at just the right time. Richard’s writing about his spiritual journey has given me a beautiful and unexpected gift. He opened my eyes to the possibility of praying again.

It has been years since I felt the desire to pray. I grew up in the Catholic Church and then spent many years in the evangelical church. Both taught me that faith meant knowing and believing – I was required to give intellectual assent to certain facts – the virgin birth, the existence of heaven and hell, and most of all, that believing in the divinity of Jesus, is the only way to be saved. And if you were not saved….well…you were doomed.

Richard’s words showed me that it was possible to pray in a new way. Prayer that can come from the great unknown. Prayer based on not knowing anything at all. Not prayer that comes from a faith that excludes all those who do not believe the same things. The most freeing words of all, I have found, are – “I don’t know.”

It is possible to pray to the great unknown – the great mystery. The real effect of such prayer is in the opening that happens in my own heart, when I pray. Anything else will be the icing on the cake.

A new prayer to begin my days:

Spirit of the Universe, in whom we are all one

I surrender to your constant current.

Open my mind that I may be free of judgement and accept the world as it is.

Open my heart to give and receive love.

Open my hands to give and receive blessings.

Guide my feet on my path today and open my eyes to the miracles along the way.

I ask these things with a humble and grateful heart.

Amen, amen, amen.

Aah woman, aah woman, aah woman.

March 31, 2020 – Let us begin…

First of all, let’s clear something up. The word CRONE has come to mean an ugly old woman. We are wanting to reclaim the archetypal image of the old wise women, the one with the magical powers. Crones as strong women with powers of endurance.

Those of us in our 3rd Act (i.e. over 60) are discovering a new world of time and freedom. Freedom from the restraints of work and raising children. So, how will we use our magic powers – our time, freedom, wisdom and creativity? Our prescribed roles are no longer relevant so it’s time to reinvent ourselves. 

The downside of freedom from our former roles can be lack of purpose and community. We are also discovering the challenges of inhabiting aging bodies. Health has never felt as precious as it does now, especially right now, while we are in the grip of the global pandemic that is Covid 19. Never have we felt so isolated and needed community more that right now. 

I hope that this website can facilitate connections with like-minded women. I hope you will find community and inspiration on these pages. I hope you might even decide to contribute. 

So, here we go…