Category Archives: Healing

A River of Pain

“Compassion is a river of youth that will never run dry.” – Drukchen Rimpoche of Ladakh No pilgrimage.  No Waldo Lake.  No healing prayers for our beloved river.  Instead, I fell on September 8th in a neighbor’s driveway, and broke my … Continue reading

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Scared or Sacred

Scared.  Or Sacred.  Only one letter switched around makes the difference. I get scared often.  I am scared of strangers, scared of crowds, scared of guns, scared of the plight of our planet, scared of pythons, scared of people who … Continue reading

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River of Time

Way over in Camden, New Jersey, where 69 people were murdered in 2012, a Catholic priest named Michael Doyle presides over the Sacred Heart parish, and sends out a letter to subscribers every month that boggles the mind.  In January, … Continue reading

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Thankyouthankyouthankyou…

Dental work today in Oregon City: removing two old fillings, and creating a temporary crown.  Because of my asthma cough variant, which causes me to gag and throw up quite often, I prepared with some diligence this morning.  Diligence and … Continue reading

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Pilgrimages

Is it a journey or a pilgrimage?  And how do you know?  Some people walk to a holy site, and it’s a journey:  they are tourists perhaps or just wandering.  Others might take the exact same trail, and it is … Continue reading

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State of the River

River is down today, almost to summer depths, all her bones showing or at least many of them.  Mid-winter, the river should be up and flowing with some abandon, not all weepy and creeping along.  I feel some concern for … Continue reading

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The power of love

“I saw the river over which every soul must pass to reach the kindom of heaven, and the name of that river was suffering… and I saw the boat which carries souls across the river, and the name of that … Continue reading

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