Blog Tales

Haiku My Heart ~ This Path

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do you hear the call
footsteps echo round the world
full hearts beat as one

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Saturday, May 5, 2018, is the tenth anniversary of World Wide Labyrinth Day.

I will be walking the path as one at Ryzio Institute in the beautiful
seven-circuit Classical labyrinth with my group at Rancho de los Caballeros, Wickenburg, Arizona.

Join us where ever you are by walking a labyrinth or by using a finger-labyrinth.

You can find a labyrinth near you at the World Wide Labyrinth Locator.

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For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

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Haiku My Heart ~ Palms

 Palm Tree - Phoenix, AZ

Palm Tree - Phoenix, AZ

rising to the sky
this tower, a light beacon
sounds around the world


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Day #68 of walking my Santa Rosa Labyrinth
every day for 108 days in-a-row this new year...
Finding wild beauty in unexpected places.

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  For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

Haiku My Heart ~ Phoenix Rising

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Magic in the ash
watch the phoenix rise again...
Sorrow holds her cup

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These melted shards of glass,
caught in the late afternoon sun,
were in the flower pots on the front porch
of the home of dear friends that no longer exists.

Navigating paths
Unknown. Unspeakable. Unfathomable.

One foot in front of the other...

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  For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

Haiku My Heart ~ The Heart of Music

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Has the music left?
It still sings in the heart of
every person met

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On Saturday, November 25, 2017
I will have the honor of assisting Dr. Kayleen Asbo of Mythica
with an evening of healing music, poetry, and a labyrinth walk
to benefit those in our community affected by the October Firestorm.

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The remains of the grand piano featured in this blog post comes from the front yard of one of my neighbors who's home I've walked by for over thirty-years, without ever knowing the owners. That is until last week. As I turned the corner, there it was. I have no words for what I felt in that moment, however it is a feeling that I will never forget. The next day I knocked on their door and a whole new connection between us has blossomed. I am honored to share their story here, as  it has become a touchstone for me as I prepare the memorial altar with the help of friends for this music and poetry event. 

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This is not all that remains of the Charp family grand piano. Though destroyed when our son Adam's home burned down, along with his entire Larkfield neighborhood, its beautiful music lives on in the memories of Gail and David and children Erik, Kimberly and Adam. With that piano, Erik and Adam became jazz musicians, Erik on piano since his teens in the 1980's, younger Adam mentored by Erik to play jazz drums and upright bass. That piano was the center piece of family gatherings, the brothers improvising music into late night jam sessions, Kimberly adding modern dance improvisation.

Though heartbroken, we are eternally grateful for those memories and of course most importantly, that Adam, his wife, two small girls and their two dogs escaped alive. Without warning and from a darkened house, only in their nightclothes, they fled. The frame of the piano was pulled from the ashes, a reminder to us of its beautiful memories and the Oct. 9th night of terror, never to be forgotten.

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  This week and last week's Friday haiku my heart
is being hosted by our amazing Magical Mystical Teacher
for Rebecca at recuerda mi corazon who is adventuring in
San Miguel de Allende.
So for more Friday haiku my heart
please visit MMT and other poets
at Magical Mystical Teacher: Tales from a Sonoran Desert Classroom

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Haiku My Heart ~ Mountain Sun

 Vulture Mine Mountain, Wickenberg Arizona

Vulture Mine Mountain, Wickenberg Arizona

Mountain sun rises
this world begins a new day
I bow to this path

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  This haiku my heart is dedicated to my Friday haiku circle
and the five and twelve men and women
who came together to initiate the Ryzio Institute Retreat Center
held at the beautiful Rancho de los Caballeros
in Wickenberg, Arizona,
October 27th through November 4th, 2017

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  This and next week's Friday haiku my heart
is being hosted by our amazing Magical Mystical Teacher
for Rebecca at recuerda mi corazon who is adventuring in
San Miguel de Allende.
So for more Friday haiku my heart
please visit MMT and other poets
at Magical Mystical Teacher: Tales from a Sonoran Desert Classroom

Haiku My Heart ~ California

 7" X 24" collage of our Sonoma County, California hills...

7" X 24" collage of our Sonoma County, California hills...

California,
your golden rolling hills are
a prayer to the world

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There are many who are suffering,
those of us in the middle of natural and man-made disasters
and those of you who are witnessing it all.

I am hearing stories
of greed and ill-will and taking advantage of others.
But I can count those on my fingers.

All the good stories? The miracles? The love and kindness?
I can't even begin to count, they are so many.
For the love keeps rising,
more than the smoke that lingers here still.

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  For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

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Haiku My Heart ~ Kindness

 Smoke filled Sonoma County skies seen through the long ago gift of a friend...

Smoke filled Sonoma County skies seen through the long ago gift of a friend...

Small acts of kindness
makes strangers into kin and
helps us find our way

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  Over 100 years ago, horticulturist Luther Burbank said that Sonoma County was,
"the chosen spot of all the earth as far as nature is concerned."

I awoke this past Sunday night to the thick smell of smoke and the sound of explosions.
My beautiful city and surrounding countryside was going up in a firestorm,
fueled by unprecedented gale winds.

Hundreds of people are missing.
Entire neighborhoods and communities are decimated.
Thousands are without homes, many of them friends and family.
Today as I write, it is most likely that I will not be evacuated
even though the fires continue to rage out of control
around me and with little to no containment.

And I am so aware of those right now
who are still fleeing for their very lives,
or coming to the reality that their lives are changed forever
by unspeakable loss.

Yet... everywhere I go, every note I receive, every person I interact with,
there are acts of kindness, compassion,
and people doing whatever they can to make a difference.

Shakespear said, "one touch of nature makes the whole world kin."

We are touched.

We are all kin.

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  For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

Former Petaluma Argus Editor E.S. Lippitt said in the 1800s, "In all my wanderings upon this earth I had never before traversed so Eden-like a vale as that between Santa Rosa and Mark West. It was nature's own park. Wild oats, clover and other indegenous grasses intermingled with a profusion of widlflowers of every shade and hue bedecked the broad expanse of plains..."

This quote is dedicated to my dear friends who lost their home Sunday night,
where I had had dinner just two nights before...
looking out to the glory of the Mark West area into Santa Rosa.

 Eastern skies over Santa Rosa, CA at my downtown home. Monday, October 9th, 2017

Eastern skies over Santa Rosa, CA at my downtown home. Monday, October 9th, 2017

Haiku My Heart ~ The Whispers

 Whispers into Palo Santo incense

Whispers into Palo Santo incense

Whispers in the wind,
babkas, help us remember
how to heal our world

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  This recent article from Atlas Obscura
about the dying tradition of the Belarusian Whisper Healers

touched me to the core of my being.

For thousands of years,
both men and women have been initiated into this tradition.
Until now, they have survived religious persecution, pestilence,
and changing regimes of power and war.
With urbanization and the technological disconnect that we are all experiencing
these wise elders are now disappearing from this earth.
This article is about the few who are left.
The Babkas.
Which is Belarusian for grandmother.

Babka Maria says this at the end of the article:
“Older people who know the words [are] already dying and young people don’t want to learn, they don’t believe in it. But the evil in the world does not become less .... Old people and children come every day to me, but I don’t know who will whisper after my death.”

I will Grandmother.

Will you whisper with me?

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  For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

Mystery Tree

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I was visiting dear friends who recently moved to Benicia, California.

On our walk to the downtown for a "Taco Tuesday" dinner,
we passed this tree.

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I have never seen anything like it.

A mystery.

Do you know what it is
and where its original homeland might be?

For this exotic tree looked like something
from another world...

Haiku My Heart ~ Eclipse

 The sun & moon in the heart-space of my Santa Rosa Labyrinth

The sun & moon in the heart-space of my Santa Rosa Labyrinth

The sun and the moon
spiral throughout the heavens,
dancing in our hearts

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  Many of you know that there will be
a total eclipse of the sun this Monday, August 21st.

Some other names for a total eclipse are:
"dragon swallows the sun," "snaring the sun,"
"black squirrel eats the sun, "
"sun got bit by a bear..."

If you are on the path of the eclipse and outside,
notice where there is shadow and light from trees and bushes.
When the eclipse begins you will see little half moons
in all those patches of light.
It is amazing.

(Here is a map of the Monday eclipse for the USA
and here is a map for the world for all eclipses from 2010-2024)

My dear friend and labyrinth colleague Marilyn Larson
wrote the song below for the Santa Rosa Labyrinth in 1999.
It was only last week that she realized that this song
that she and I have sung over the past eighteen years
is actually an eclipse song!

And even though it was written
for the Santa Rosa Labyrinth design and heart-space,
it can be sung in and for any labyrinth and at any time.
So if you are walking a labyrinth during the eclipse
on Monday the 21st you can sing this song if you like.
And, if you have others with you,
you can all sing together and then sing this song as a round,
which really makes it all the more meaningful and a lot of fun.
(Click HERE to find a labyrinth near you)

The Sun and The Moon ~ An Eclipse Song
by Marilyn Larson
for the Santa Rosa Labyrinth & Heart-Space

The sun and the moon
and the sun and the moon
shine on me as I walk
on my path to and fro...

Cheering my heart
as I change at each turn
with each step as I go
to and fro
to and fro...

The sun and the moon
side by side in my heart.

Here is a recording that I made of the song:

I am hoping that where ever you are
you can connect with this auspicious time
of the sun and the moon
being side by side in all of our hearts.

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  For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon