In the Room

Here in the room the breaths come maybe every ten seconds apart, snoring sounds from a mouth agape, now voiceless, beneath eyes mostly closed, but probably unseeing. She doesn’t hear the talk in the room. We think. We hope. Above the bed, a little plastic bag of morphine perches like blessed fruit from a swirly…

Our Sighs Ride the Ebb-tides of Eternity …

  On May 28, our group for people with life-threatening illnesses celebrated the lives of those who have already passed on. I was unable to attend the memorial service due to bronchitis, but I celebrate them, two of my family, and this wonderful group here today. Our group is composed of people from several different religious…

I Imagine …

I imagine Mummy She is listening for Doodle Bugs Running past St James Square They make a swooshing noise before Hitting their targets Windows are darkening now As she scurries by them Like a mouse Shades being pulled down All light receding and gone She is heading towards St Paul’s She is meeting with a…

SALVATION Army

In the background, he strips thyme and rosemary from their stems, into a stainless steel bowl. The scent of herbs, apple pie and ginger pervades the family room where he watches war unfold on A&E. An enemy’s blood splatters the screen. I block out the noise of contradiction, search for words of love and peace…

Perfection

[It is two years since I had what I can only describe as a powerful spiritual experience. I wrote about it at some length in an essay entitled “Child-God: Model for our Future… or Victim of our Failure?”. In brief, it was the result of spending a few short hours with my new grandson, my eldest…

Home Sweet Home

Originally posted on Adventures in Hats:
November is NaNoWriMo, when people all over the world try to write 50,000-word novels in 30 days. NaNoWriMo and I have a history. I couldn’t resist joining in again this year. As I clacked away at my latest steampunk adventure, my classes started gearing up for finals, and things…

Nostalgia

the work of Priscilla Galasso in response to the weekly photo challenge from WordPress Oh, boy.  It’s a dangerous thing to invite a widow and empty-nester to post a blog on the theme Nostalgic!  Contemplating the past can lead to maudlin stretches and lots of used Kleenex™, even if I don’t have a glass or…

Mom Always Said…

Hope for the best, expect the worst, and try not to be disappointed.   My mother’s life philosophy was actually pretty upbeat for a kid whose family lost everything during The Great Depression, including her father, who died of Brain Fever when she was only eight.  Grandma Rhea supported her children by sewing and taking in…

Today (we are all survivors)

We are all survivors, of our personal histories, our family lines, and of the human race.  Since the dawn of time, think of the families ended abruptly by a bullet, a spear, a club, a predator, illness, by accident and even by someone’s own hand. Today is the anniversary of D-Day, the Normandy invasion in…

The Past Two Weeks: A View from New England

This past weekend we were visiting family in southeastern Massachusetts, and decided to attend a concert by the virtuoso classical guitarist, Eliot Fisk and friends. The concert was staged in the magnificent Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford. As we listened to music ranging over several centuries, I found my mind wandering far and wide.…

THE STORY OF A WAR AND A QUIET MAN

Normandy American Cemetery “My army buddy, Jack Oliver, attended boot camp with Uncle Lewis.  He helped me understand that my father was as much a victim of the war as my uncle.  When the War Department tallies the casualties, it counts the dead, the wounded, the missing in action.  But no one ever takes into…

I DANCE FOR THEM

from a rain forest Here the dancer stops to regain her balance and re-elaborate the distance In the Empire of Light, Michael Palmer · I DANCE FOR THEM by Jamie Dedes · We danced in step we four, a pas de quatre on river rocks, me dreaming wild of unicorns and rainbows. In that faraway place of…

PERSPECTIVES ON CANCER #27: Cookies for Kids Cancer, Do Whatever It Takes

[In the United States alone in 2007], approximately 10,400 children under age 15 were diagnosed with cancer and about 1,545 children will die from the disease.  MORE Childhood Cancers Fact Sheet, Cancer Topics, Cancer.gov COOKIES FOR KIDS CANCER by © Cookiesforkidscancer.org Beginnings Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a 501(c)3 non profit, was founded by parents inspired by…

THE HEART OF THE MATTER

My friend and Christian poet and writer, Donna Swanson, writes here about creativity, the  fleeting quality of success, and the things that really matter, like family and gratitude. No matter your definition of God (or not) or whatever your belief system is (or is not), the essence of the message here is core wisdom.  Enjoy!…