Barbara Kingsolver on Our Post Election World

UPDATE: I've excerpted the end of her article; click the links to read the entire peice. I'm relying on the words of beloved author Barbara Kingsolver's words about what's happened to our country and  where we go from here.  From the Guardian 11/23/16 If we’re artists, writers, critics, publishers, directors or producers of film or television, we…

12 Steps to Living with the Election Results

Dear readers: I have started several posts since last week's election results and haven't decided which impassioned essays will live or die. In the mean time, I come bearing gifts, this one from Nicholas Kristof of the (notoriously liberal) NY Times.  Link to complete original article Traumatized by the election results, many Americans are asking: What…

Harvest, Gratitude & Balance

We've crossed the Equinox into the autumn season, and Friday last my Circle gathered to celebrate Harvest, Gratitude and Balance. As the day and night became equals we honored the bounty in our lives, the miracle of our journey through time, and the harvest on our tables in the following feast. Fall Equinox or Mabon is one of…

To Stand Under

How do we learn to live with people who aren't like us? Mahzarin Benaji researches unconscious bias at Harvard. She discussed her fascinating and important research  this week on the podcast On Being. Dr. Benaji uses the word "implicit" instead of “unconscious,” because of "the implication that the unconscious is this incredibly motivated, smart process that is constantly trying to do things…

Music and the Divine Feminine

In honor of Mother's Day, I want to share the music and work of Jennifer Berezan with you. Berezan is appearing in concert May 27th in Washington DC for the first time, and I am thrilled to get to hear her. Jennifer is a unique blend of singer/songwriter and activist. She has recorded over ten albums,…

The Gift of Immigrants

You're young, alone, and surrounded by strangers who speak a language you don't understand. You're weary, having travelled thousands of miles into the unknown, because everything you knew and loved has been destroyed. Meet Bessie This is the tale of the woman Baltimore came to know as its premiere kosher caterer, Bessie Bluefeld. About 100 years…