Archive for the 'Nature' Category


Monday, March 30th, 2020

“Sometimes you have to live in precarious and temporary places. Unsuitable places. Wrong places. Sometimes the safe place won’t help you. …I have noticed that doing the sensible thing is only a good idea when the decision is quite small. For the life-changing things, you must risk it.” –Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You […]

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Pandemic Prayer

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

In memory of Mary Catherine Nicklas Petro 10/6/1933 – 3/16/2020

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

My Mom was buried today. I couldn’t be there. This song came to me. She loved this type of music. I think it’s what she would probably say… Release Don’t Think You Can’t See Me Don’t Argue Amongst Yourselves Because Of The Loss Of Me I’m Sitting Amongst Yourselves Don’t Think You Can’t See Me […]

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The Family

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Dear Mom, You shared with me the two poems you would like read at your services. I have always hoped that I would also be able to read this poem for you. With you, there was always forgiveness. Nourishment of the body and soul. Acknowledgement of despair and pain, balanced with appreciation for small treasures […]

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Mourning My Mother

Friday, March 20th, 2020

Bleeding hearts from my parents’ garden During this school-at-home time, Claire and I decided that our science will be to re-watch Cosmos, presented by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. She last saw it about six years ago. We watched the first episode, about the origin of the universe, and how we are star stuff. Mom loved knowledge. […]

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Hope For Spring

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

I grew up going camping all over the U.S. My parents loved camping and instilled it in me. My mother loved growing things. She was a master gardener. She had hoped to make it to see one more spring. This poem is another one she would like read at her service. Spring I said in […]

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A Message From My Mother

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

In recent conversations, Mom shared with me several poems she would love to be read at her service. Since we don’t know when that will be, due to travel restrictions and pandemic, I thought I’d share here. This is the first one. Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep Do not stand at my […]

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Thursday, October 31st, 2019

A long time ago I stopped trick-or-treating. I remember taking my brother when I was about 16, but I stopped dressing up and getting treats at age 12. My daughter is 12 this year, and her desire to roam door to door hasn’t waned, in part because I’ve been an enthusiastic participant celebrating vicariously through […]

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Simply Pay Attention

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Existence is hard; it is literal suffering. It has wonders and joys, amazements and fascinations, yes. And it has love. All of this along with suffering, which happens to us and which we inflict on others and our own selves. Claire once asked me, if life is suffering, what is the point of being alive? […]

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Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
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