Politics and Love

Why the President Will Surely Be Moving Back to Germany Soon

As you probably know, President Trump had a recent disagreement with four democratic congresswomen over their criticism of aspects of the United States. You can read more about this here at Fox News or here from the Boston Globe. The President Told Some Folks to Go Back to Their Own Country The four democratic congresswomen who… Continue reading Why the President Will Surely Be Moving Back to Germany Soon

Politics and Love

Why I Love the U.S., and I *Don’t* Think It is the Greatest Country in the World (and This is True Patriotism)

I remember the year I fell in love with the United States. I was teaching U.S. history to eighth grade students[1], and we were reading and discussing the U.S. Constitution together. I remember being struck with the wisdom, elegance, and foresight of this document. Later that same year, my students and I memorized the preamble… Continue reading Why I Love the U.S., and I *Don’t* Think It is the Greatest Country in the World (and This is True Patriotism)

Politics and Love, Relationships and Love

About Oppression, Racism, White Privilege, and Justice: Why Oppression Harms All of Us

In the past few decades, the United States has made excellent strides in promoting civil rights, especially for People of Color and other minority groups. We had our first African-American president, and we increasingly see People of Color in our government. This is cause for celebration. Nevertheless, we still have a long way to go… Continue reading About Oppression, Racism, White Privilege, and Justice: Why Oppression Harms All of Us

Contemplative Practice, Spirituality and Love, Wonder and Whimsy

Creating Nature Mandalas: A Contemplative Practice

Humans have been fascinated with circles all throughout history. Circles are everywhere in nature, both in the nature around us (like flowers and forests) and the nature above us (like planets and galaxies). Because of the symmetry of circles, people have long associated them with the Divine, infinity, harmony, balance, enlightenment, and perfection. (You can… Continue reading Creating Nature Mandalas: A Contemplative Practice

Whimsical Watercolors

Groundhog in the Labyrinth : A Whimsical Watercolor

We live in the suburbs, close to downtown, but we have a surprising amount of wildlife that visits our backyard. I have told you about our wild bunny who comes and meditates in our flower garden. The other day, I also mentioned our groundhog who visits our backyard about once a month, rain or shine,… Continue reading Groundhog in the Labyrinth : A Whimsical Watercolor

Body Love and Body Kindness, Practices for Cultivating Love, Wonder and Whimsy

Month Two of Monkey Bar Hanging: Most of the Month was a Wash and then Some Cool Things Happened

Last month, I started practicing monkey bar hanging for my daily practice for this year. (Last year I practiced deep breathing. You can read about that here.)* To be honest, the first part of the month was a wash. In the first month of my practice (May), I gained a lot of strength very quickly.… Continue reading Month Two of Monkey Bar Hanging: Most of the Month was a Wash and then Some Cool Things Happened

Wonder and Whimsy

Our Backyard Has Become a Nature Sanctuary: Pictures of our Wildlife Visitors and Other Magical Happenings

My husband and I live in the suburbs, close to downtown. There are some things about my neighborhood that aren't always ideal. For instance, sometimes our neighborhood can be a little noisy and wild. But one thing I love about my house is that we have a spacious back yard with lots of trees in… Continue reading Our Backyard Has Become a Nature Sanctuary: Pictures of our Wildlife Visitors and Other Magical Happenings