If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

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Deeper than Name and Form

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form. ~ Eckhart Tolle

All these voices…it’s hard for me to touch the inner stillness. Some are so loud, so persistent.

Be still. Let them just come and go.

Easy for you to say. Some are really able to get under my skin.


How do I participate in the world and stay in touch with myself?

Ah such a conundrum.

What do you mean?

Where do you think those voices come from?

Well, sometimes they sound like my mother or a particularly opinionated acquaintance.

Have you ever heard yourself sound like that?

Oh yeah!

The world. The world in you. Be still.


By the way, how was the nature park yesterday?


I thought that was a good idea. 🙂

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New Strength and Thoughts

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s day 15 of the Starting with a Quote Project

And what are you learning?

You want details or the big picture?


This morning on my walk, I realize this project’s addressing my “thinking too hard” behavior.

Tell me more.

Well, I have all these crazy spinning thoughts in my head.


And I’m watching this morning routine (morning pages, walk, then blog) give my spinning thoughts some structure, focus and direction, which then allows room for new ideas. It’s like what Cathy was showing me a few weeks ago when we were cleaning and organizing her classroom.


Yeah.  Now I’m going to the nature park north of town. Today’s a bit cooler (high 80’s) and a nature walk was an early morning idea. I’ll take a water bottle, trail mix, my notebook, bug spray…and some room for new thoughts:)

Beauty and Terror

Let everything happen to you

Beauty and terror

Just keep going

No feeling is final.

                      Rainer Maria Rilkevolcano

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

Practice. Practice. Practice

In the intern seminars I facilitate (beginning teachers seeking alternative certification) we practice applying education research and theory in our classrooms..

In my afterschool classes we practice balancing our uniqueness with respect for others.

Outside as the cold wind and rain assault the tender vegetables, I practice accepting Nature’s way and staying open to how I can help.

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.  Yogi Berra

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.  Anton Chekhov

It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it.  Ramakrishna

Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.  Arnold J. Toynbee

Sun Salutation

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.   Eckhart Tolle

I was set to write a wordier blog…you know, blah, blah, blah. Until I wandered into the backyard. I’m letting the early sunlight on my vegetables do the talking.

Swiss chard

Swiss chard

Early Girl tomatoes

Early Girl tomatoes

Young corn

Young corn



I’ve also begun reading the most amazing book, Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World by Wendy Johnson.

Happy May Day!

What’s the Passion?

Passion:  ecstasy, devotion, fervor, intensity, spirit, zeal

When and where did I feel such passion?

As a child, the Girl Scout camp

As a young mother, holding my newborn son

As an adult student, entering the graduate library at University of Texas for the first time.

As a newly retired teacher, sitting at the Rio Grande Gorge during a Natalie Goldberg workshop.

Nature, new life, wisdom

Does this sound like babble? Passion is like that for me. I’m working to communicate the connection.

I’ll let a few friends help.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.  Harriet Tubman

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.  Nelson Mandela

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.  Oprah Winfrey

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.  Martha Graham

Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.  Honore de Balzac

U.S. Route 64 Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Tao...

U.S. Route 64 Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos, New Mexico. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My Not-So-Imaginary Playmate

A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement.  It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.  ~Rachel Carson

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. ~C.S. Lewis

If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.  ~Jean Piaget

A grownup is a child with layers on.  ~Woody Harrelson

You will find more happiness growing down than up.  ~Author Unknown

Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.  ~Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943

For some goofy reason my pictures won’t load…so let’s pretend.

Here are four photos of wildflowers in the grass yesterday…before the lawn man came.





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