Day of Enlightenment

December 8, 2010

There are thousands of lights decorating homes, yards, and businesses at this time of year. There is one light that doesn’t get unplugged or taken down after the holidays and that is the light that shines from inside each of us. December 8 is Bodhi Day, celebrated in Japan as the day when Siddhartha Gautauma, […]

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The Black Madonna

December 6, 2009

Our Lady of Guadalupe   I have been collecting representations of the Black Madonna for many years. I’m not quite sure what my attraction is, but I suspect it’s because she’s not the untouched virginal White Madonna we often think of at this time of year. The Black Madonna has been through the fires of […]

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Prayer As An Act of Human Kindness

December 4, 2009

  On December 1, the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) members began a month of daily posting on the theme of MITZVAH. My first post for that was on the meaning of “Mitzvah.” In that post, I talked about watching boys going through their Bar Mitzvah at the Wailing Wall (or West Wall) of the […]

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Kwan Yin

December 3, 2009

  I made my first visit to the Far East in 1966. If there is such a thing as a past life, I discovered it there. There are several events that have stuck with me for the past 40 years plus to validate those happenings. One of those uncanny situations revolved around statues in various […]

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The Purple Chrysanthemum

August 1, 2009

Today’s post is a bit of my short fiction. From time to time, I will post something on that order. Photo taken at Kalopa State Park, Hawai`i Island.   The Purple Chrysanthemum   Chores never cease, never subside. Menacing dark corners tower above and below her, dusty and dank. Driven here, thrust there, the woman […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 8, 2009

click here for larger image MY GANG   There are many “Mother myths” from various cultures and faiths. Some reveal the mother as nurturing, maternal, care giving, full of a feminine mystery and power. Other mother myths portray a darker side of motherhood, but I won’t talk about those today. In Jungian psychology, there is […]

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