Almost Snow. Not Quite Rain. Definitely Not Hail.

Gloria DeGaetanoMedia Literacy

Media literacy means giving kids words to engage high level thinking. As a transplant from the east coast several decades ago, I still miss winter snow in the Pacific Northwest. Real, verifiable snow comes our way rarely when certain conditions, depending on your altitude, make it so. Usually it’s 33 degrees … Read More

Wishing 2017 A Year “Rich in Loss”

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loss 2017

I wish you a year “rich in loss.” I believe that’s a good thing, but requires explanation: I lost two good gal friends in 2016. One left the planet; the other moved to another city. Never being able to see someone you love again may be one of life’s major … Read More

Waiting, in the Dark…Suffering…

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waiting in dark suffering

Here in the Pacific Northwest, dark descends soon after 4:00 p.m. during these final days of autumn. I marvel at how different I feel from summertime when I could begin a long hike at 4:00 p.m. and still be back before dark. Now it’s cocooning and going within as much as possible. … Read More

Our Most Effective Message Exchange Is Who We Are

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message exchange, effective communication

Reading Neal Gabler’s piece, “Farewell, Democracy,” in reaction to the presidential election, I was struck by his quoting the end of W.H. Auden’s poem, September 1, 1939: “Defenseless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their … Read More

Light, Labor, and Illumination

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light and illumination

Light, at the end of the summer is a thin light—a bit less radiant than a month ago. Its brashness replaced with a gentler touch, light seems to be saying, “I’m not exactly fading, but I am retreating a bit.” And here in the Pacific Northwest, it adds, “Enjoy me while you … Read More

Before Starting an After-School Satan Club…

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So, Satan has invaded our public schools under the disguise of atheists-who-want-rights-to-influence children-same as evangelical Christians do. The After-School Satan Club has developed an extra-school curricula for public schools, stating on their website “to counter evangelism in public schools,” most notably The Good News Clubs. This Satanic Temple sponsored program … Read More

Back on the Path to Stillness and Solidity

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stillness path

Recently my yoga instructor encouraged the class to, “Go for stillness and solidity” while in a balancing pose. I tuned into her putting stillness and solidity together as if one couldn’t do without the other. I usually think of one or the other. Hmm…how to achieve both? Especially now. In light of … Read More