Blessing for Spring Equinox

Lord of the springtime, Father of flower, field and fruit, smile on us in these earnest days when the work is heavy and the toil wearisome; lift up our hearts, O God, to the things worthwhile — sunshine and night, the dripping rain, the song of the birds, books and music, the voices of our friends. Lift up our hearts to these this night and grant us Thy peace. Amen.

–W.E.B. Du Bois

International Women’s Day: “Still I Rise”

When I think of strong, amazing women, Maya Angelou is one who always comes to my mind. I admire her and her incredible life’s legacy for so many reasons.  Today I feel grateful to her, celebrating International Women’s Day, and hoping for the day to come when women’s rights across the globe will be treasured, honored and respected.

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Continue reading “International Women’s Day: “Still I Rise””

Hug O’ War

I will not play at tug o’ war.
I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.

–Shel Silverstein

Listen to the MUSTN’Ts

Listen to the MUSTN’Ts, child,
Listen to the DON’Ts
Listen to the SHOULDN’Ts
The IMPOSSIBLEs and WON’Ts
Listen to the NEVER HAVEs
Then listen close to me …
Anything can happen child,
ANYTHING can be.

–Shel Silverstein