- What a privilege we five white meditators had Monday to be in a circle of with 40+ Black middle and high school teens. We presented three approaches to “try out,” and shared the benefit of meditation from our experience. Then we had a wonderful conversation. One teen saying, “My family says I have an anger problem, maybe this will help!” The teens are enrolled in a Leadership & Community program. I was honored to be in this circle of bright, interested, teens.
** Why I listen to jazz: A jazz group will begin together; then, players will drop back, others step up. Jazz presents the whole as well as the individual, all flowing together. To me, this is why I miss Tuesdays at 9 staff meetings. Seven at the table, the individual reporting, ending with the whole of us supporting each other, committed to serve. 10:25…gotta move.
- Friday, I did a library computer Search. “Let me Tell You a Story” was checked out. Someone unknown is reading my stories. My email is on the last page. Hopefully a reader will send me a story thought, a question.
** Parker Palmer, 80, is an insightful writer of aging, grace and getting old. On page 1 (print book), Palmer writes, “I’ve lost the capacity for multi-tasking, but I’ve rediscovered the joy of doing one thing at a time. My thinking has slowed a bit, but experience has made it deeper and richer. Old can also be a time of life to be active and show courage on behalf of the common good.” (“On The Brink of Everything”)
- Female & male Cardinals, Blue Jays, Carolina Chickadees, Ladder-Backed Woodpickers, and more are regulars at our two suet backets in our front oak tree. Yes, we have birdseed feeders, but with suet the birds stay longer and enjoyed more often.
** Thank you for the good responses on my presidential campaign. I stand by my platform of loving kindness, building up others, not tearing down, systems of care that do, in fact, care/heal and inviting both the known and unknown to the table or sofa.
- Teen suicide, especially with girls, continues as a tragic death within too many families. Social media obsession can create isolation, lack of being outside, failure to form natural groups and teen friendships. Even with limited mental health resources, there can be a general unwillingness to ask for or accept help.
** Two new stories being drafted: 1) An Executive Director’s First Day and 2) An Executive Director’s Last Day. I have lived both, more than once.
Roy, saying Yes more than No!