Thursday, July 31, 2008

At the End of the Day: A Mirror of Questions

I stole these from Jan, who borrowed them from John O'Donohue (1953-2008). I just wrote the other day that I do a type of examen at the end of the day. I'm going to try answering these questions, in the examen and pondering them in meditation for a while. Thanks, Jan. And, by the way, she has a lovely picture on her post.

What dreams did I create last night?

What dreams did I create last night?

Where did my eyes linger today?

Where was I blind?

Where was I hurt without anyone noticing?

What did I learn today?

What did I read?

What new thoughts visited me?

What differences did I notice in those closest to me?

Whom did I neglect?

Where did I neglect myself?

What did I begin today that might endure?

How were my conversations?

What did I do today for the poor and excluded?

Did I remember the dead today?

Where could I have exposed myself to the risk of something different?

Where did I allow myself to receive love?

With whom today did I feel most myself?

What reached me today? How deep did it imprint?

Who saw me today?

What visitations had I from the past and from the future?

What did I avoid today?

From the evidence—why was I given this day?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Sarah McLaughlin -- Canadian Cultural Icon Night

Three posts in a day! Holy Mackerel! That virus I’ve had must be going.

Sarah McLaughlin is one of my favourite singers. Period. And, I like the songs – her poetry, the music, the way she plays her voice makes me SO jealous. She’s a Canadian Cultural Icon if I ever saw one. The hard part was picking which song to put on the blog. I’ve asked Pagan Sphinx to teach me how to post music files, without all the videos, and then I’ll put more of McLaughlin's music up. Here’s two, cuz she’s special. The first one, "Possession". She had a video released for this in Canada that wasn’t released elsewhere. YouTube told me I couldn’t see one video of the song in this country, and the other had no embedding. This is the one I saw on TV when it was released though. See how many characters you recognize. And the second, I wanted "Ice Cream", cuz it’s just lots of fun. It'll have to wait. You get "In the Arms of an Angel" instead.

This is from her website:

Sarah McLachlan has made a career out of putting herself on the line emotionally; fans are repeatedly drawn in to her candor and forthrightness in her lyrics and music, and in her efforts in putting together Lilith Fair, an all-female artist festival which successfully toured North America for three years in a row.

My Very First Meme-Tagging!

I’ve been tagged!! First time!! By Crimson Rambler, so here we go. Here are the rules:

1. List these rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog.

(a) I am very, very nearsighted – in the old days, when we looked at white cardboard eye-charts on a wall, I could only fine them if the wall was painted a colour. And I buy coloured soap, in case I drop it in the white bathtub.

(b) I never learned how to drive. Too chicken. I’m going to this fall though.

(c) And when I do I want a motorcycle. Harley Sportster, 650 cc. That’s for starters.

(d) I have read To Kill a Mockingbird about a million times, and am madly in love with Atticus Finch. Gregory Peck, as he was in 1961, will do just fine.

(e) I keep kosher in my apartment, and I can make a low-carb, kosher Chicken Paprikas you wouldn’t believe. And Pecan Pie with maple syrup for dessert, for those who don’t do the low-carb thing.

(f) I dream of a place to live where there’s lots of windows on the south side, bare pine floors, a dog, rocking chairs, and no carpets but lots of cushions, and a big, wooden dining room table with lots of chairs so people can come for supper all the time.

(g) And I’m too shy for Rule Number 3 – play along if you like.

3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

Rocks. Lions, The Twelve Steps and Having Babies

There used to be a professional dance series every winter at the local university. One of the women I went to church with, faculty wife, would buy tickets and six or eight of us would go, and go somewhere expensive for pretty desserts after.

One time we had seats in about the second row of this really small theatre. We think about ballet as airborne, ethereal, delicate ... We saw sweat, and the muscles that tightened and clenched, nipples erect, heard the "thump" after she leapt and landed, and always the footfalls or the slide of her foot across the stage was audible. It wasn't ballet she was doing; but it's one of those, "You can never go back from knowing it's like this," moments.

She was very tall, too tall to be a ballerina in a company, blonde, slender, elegant. After the intermission, she was wearing a yellow leotard. Dandelion yellow. It was just her. She did this dance. She had no props, okay, just her and the music, but she made me see what she was doing so clearly.

She had a bag of rocks. She carried it or dragged it everywhere, and it bent her double trying to shift it. She hated the bag of rocks. And yet ... She'd put it down in a corner of the stage and move away from it, and all the time she was away she'd watch it, then go back and get it. She unpacked it and took out some or all of these rocks ... and then she put them back. They hampered everything she did: got in her way, slowed and bent her, hurt her sometimes. And she couldn't give them up.

There has to have been a transition I can't remember; I remember the ending. She squatted on the stage and her body strained hard and she reached between her legs with both hands and gave birth to this bag of rocks. The part I can't remember is how we knew it was inside her; it had been outside, but giving birth is unmistakable. I was in labour with Tom from two a.m. until they found out he was oxygen-deficient and did a section cuz the labour wouldn't progress, the cervix needs to open 10cm and mine never got past 6, even with the pitocyn drip they used from 9 a.m. to make the labour. I had hard contractions every three minutes from 9 a.m. when they started the drip til 8 or so when they said we have to do the C-section.

I have never done anything that was harder physically. It starts out being the kind of hurt your muscles GET from labour, from work. Carrying or pushing. I think now Lamaze breathing is a type of self-hypnosis -- it didn't work for me. It hurt more than I could have believed: full-intensity every three minutes, there wasn't time for me to get a normal breath in between and I was sweating and crying. Months later, the resident who'd been with me told me that there was something about the angles of the uterus and pelvic saddle bones. That baby would never have come out; I'da just kept doing that until one or both of us died, if it wasn't for the section, and I'd always have to have sections if I had another baby.

So somehow, this dancer convinced us she could give birth to this bag of rocks, and she did. After that she was able to treat it kindly or lovingly, and then walk away from it forever, and you could see in her posture that she WAS free, finally.

I've always thought of my own bag of rocks since then. The people-pleasing and the lies, mostly, for me -- they were a bag of rocks, heavy ones, I carried around all the time and they prevented me. And I couldn't leave them, and sometimes I was even aware, this is me putting another rock in my bag. And God gave me what I needed to put it down.

I did a course at Div College, we read St. Benedict’s Rule, and had to write out our own Rule of Life. “Shit,” I thought, “I don’t have one.” But I do. I had to learn, the hard way, the Twelve Steps, starting over 20 years ago. So in my daily life, I do things that St. Benedict would have recognized – I pray. I meet and talk and listen with others on the journey. I do something just like an examen. I read St., Francis of Assisi’s prayer, “God, make me a channel of your peace …” And I’ve been told that the way to get the things I want into my life is to LIVE that prayer.

One of the most important things, and hardest, was Confession. You know, Anglicans are kind of dry about confession. We do it all in a group in the service on Sunday morning, and no-one has to say anything out loud. There’s no private confession on Saturday evenings. That’s probably good – how would you STAY in a state of grace all through Saturday night?

Step Four is “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” Step Five is “Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” Ugh. Step Six is “Became entirely willing to have God remove all these defects of character,” and Seven is “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”

Four and Five were very hard. There were things I was deeply ashamed of having done. And the person I was going to tell – well, people who were supposed to love me had this habit of going away and leaving me alone when I didn’t do what I was supposed to. I had to tell someone I love the worst things I’d done – I was very afraid of what would happen next. He’d go away. I knew HE wouldn’t, but that’s what had always happened and I couldn’t see past that. What was more frightening was knowing what would happen if I didn’t. I’d be the one who went away. I’d have stopped being honest with the one person in my life I’d committed to myself to be honest with … and I’d stop being able to face him if I wasn’t. And, I’d go back to the life I had before, when I acted like a good girl, and did what I was told, and wanted to explode all the time. I didn’t, mostly, I did other self-destructive things. On the first Sunday in Lent, last year, I did it. I gave it all up to him. And that’s when I got free of that bag of rocks. I was like a bunch of helium balloons, that someone had let go the string of.

On the Thursday, I met with my Parish Priest, and did “The Rite of Reconciliation of a Penitent”. Confession and Absolution. I’d told him – I’m not telling you what I DID – I’ve done that. When the time came to fill in the blank, I just said, “The things I gave up to Bob on Sunday night.” It was enough. Steps Six and Seven. Then there was making amends … That’s a story for another day.

I go back sometimes and look at my bag of rocks and pick it up, and sometimes I even carry around new rocks for a while, an experiment ... But way deep inside, where babies grow, I KNOW that bag of rocks is NOT me anymore, and I don't have to have it, and I know how to put them down if I do carry them. And I'm upright and free.

All right, having a baby is hard, hard work. It was awful when I was going through it, and I'll admit, I begged them to turn off the pitocyn, just for 10 minutes so I could stop crying and get a grip. They couldn't. Poor Steve, the resident, was almost in tears telling me he couldn't.

AND I GOT THE BABY AND I'D DO IT ALL AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT. Your body forgets pain. I remember that it hurt that much and it is impossible to go down inside and make it hurt again like that so I can feel it. Women have more than one baby because your body forgets and the end results are worth everything you give for them. I remember the shame and fear I had before I told someone what I’d done and who I’d been. But they don’t hurt me inside any more. And feeling like this is worth what I did for it.

All that was triggered by the Inward/Outward message in my e-mail box this morning:

It's heavy to drag...

William Stafford

It's heavy to drag, this big sack of what
you should have done. And finally
you can't lift it any more.
Someone says, "Come on," and you
just look at them. Trees are waiting,
mountains. You never intended
that it should come to this.

But Now has arrived and is looking
straight at you, the way a lion does
when thinking it over, and anything
can happen. It's time for the cavalry
or maybe the Lone Ranger. But they
won't come. Maybe the music will
spill over and start it all again.

Source: The Way It Is, New & Selected Poems

I was gonna share that with a friend and say, "I know what this is," and it turned into this post. I never intended “that big sack of what I should have done” to come to what it was, and the Lone Ranger isn't gonna be able to rid me of what's inside me. But the Now can if I'm prepared to cooperate with it. And the lion looking at you thinking it over ... Lions have been important for me the last couple of years – two years ago, I listened to Bruce Cockburn alla time -- "Had another dream about the lions at the door and they weren't so frightening as they were the time before and I'm thinking about eternity. Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me." And now, lions and ecstasy are linked for me.

You’ve heard this before, if you’ve been hanging around, but it’s a new video and a live version.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Canadian Cultural Icon for Tracy K.

I’m posting the Canadian Cultural Icon now. But you gotta promise that first, you’ll go over to FranIAm and see the electric Jesus pickle. I laughed so hard I got hiccoughs.

I had coffee with Tracy this afternoon. Her Mom had got an infection and spent five days back in hospital, but is home now, and going out for short walks. She brought me two CD’s for my birthday – Joni Mitchell’s Hejira, “for my wanderlust” and Cat Stevens’ Teaser and the Firecat, “for the hippie-girl”. Wanna-be. But I’m allowing myself to indulge that these days. Leaving her, I said, “I have to go decide who’s going to be the Canadian Cultural Icon,” and she said, “Joni Mitchell”.

Of course! One of my favourite songs is on Hejira – “Song for Sharon”. So here it is, with love and gratitude for Tracy, and I know a few others out there who’ll love this too.

Due to circumstances beyond our control ...

We regret to inform you that due to circumstances beyond our control, the Friday night Canadian Cultural Icon will be postponed until Saturday. Wednesday night I slept very badly, for no reason I can think of. Thursday night I went to bed early and woke at 10:30 p.m. with a migraine. I’m fine now, just tired, and I'm posting this when I oughtta be sleeping again.

Go over to Pagan Sphinx’s place and look at the Friday Evening Nudes instead -- it's easy to guess the theme tonight.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Yesterday will have been my birthday ...

I was going to say, “Today is my birthday,” but it’s been SO full – by the time I hit “Post”, yesterday will have been my birthday.

I’ll tell you – it’s just been one opportunity after another to see the fullness of my life. A friend in Texas sent a happy birthday e-mail as soon as it was after midnight and my birthday where he is. Oystercard is now in King’s Lynn and sent me a happy birthday song by e-mail. And my friend Robby sent me a happy birthday message too – he’s in San Bernardino. He’s 12 days younger than me. We’ve known each other since June 1962. He was my very first boyfriend, when we were 8 years old. We’re 53 this month. Birthday greetings from three different time zones!

My alarm went off!!! All right, that may not sound great, but it didn’t Sunday or Monday, and I missed church, and the barbecue lunch after. Today, I got to work on time, showered, with makeup on and dressed nicely. I forgot to make or pack breakfast, but I had eggs packed for lunch, so I bought an apple on the way and had that with the eggs and coffee. There was a birthday card on my desk when I got there.

Someone from church called and took me and another friend out for lunch, which meant eating the eggs for breakfast was okay. I got started on a project that’s a little boring, but needs to be done, at work. Made good progress, and was alone most of the day. The J. Geills band, Rolling Stones, Cream and The Eagles, all played loud, helped. Talked to Dad on the phone. Got an e-mail from a friend who trusted enough to tell me and someone else what hurts a lot. My boss came in in the afternoon – she’d made me a really beautiful birthday card.

Three friends went shopping this afternoon, and bought a picnic. We had maple-smoked ham and prosciutto and roast turkey and salami and five-year old cheddar, bocconcini, salad … I’d made gingerbread for a meeting Sunday evening, with lemon icing, and took some – I don’t eat it, cuz of the diabetes, but everyone else did. Fed the end of a baguette to the mallards, Canada geese, red-winged blackbirds and swallows. Watched families with bicycles, strollers and dogs; and adult cyclists, a walking club, and members of the rowing club, single and pairs-sculling. Talked and listened and laughed. I’d known about the picnic; they brought me a present too – a sampler box of Four O'Clock Fair Trade chai teas (I already know I love the rooibos chai), and a book called Solo: Writers on Pilgrimage, edited by Katherine Govier. Then we went somewhere else and drank coffee, and I’d run out of my favourite coffee this morning, so I bought a pound to bring home.

After I got home, I messengered for a while with my son. He’s forgotten my birthday, but I didn’t feel any need to make him feel bad by reminding him. Talked to my friend on the phone. Then I looked at NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day – here’s the picture, and the link, because it’s way better when it’s as big as the screen, and besides, they tell you something about the Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius. How good is that picture for a birthday present? I’ve checked out a few blogs, but it’s late, and I’m going to go to bed soon – I’ll look at the rest tomorrow.

The whole day has been one opportunity after another to see how blessed I am, and how much I’ve been given in life. When I was on the phone a little while ago, I said, “I didn’t know it was possible to have any other kind of life than the one I did. [The one where I was stuck in my own helplessness and unhappiness, and couldn’t see any hope of change.] I never imagined this happiness was possible, let alone that the change could be this fast. I’m SO happy.”

Monday, July 14, 2008

Another Tracy's Mom Update

Tracy’s Mom has been home from the hospital for a week now. The tumour had shrunk well with the chemo she had before surgery – there was no need for a bowel resection. They believe they got all of it, and they didn’t find any in her stomach or liver. She’s pretty uncomfortable, but she had the chemo and then the surgery … who would be?

Tracy and I are planning an emotional/spiritual recovery day at the beach later this week. Many thanks for the prayer support.

Loud Music

MadPriest, Pagan Sphinx, PJ, Dennis have all been posting or talking about loud music this week. Dennis SAID he was going to post at his place, but he hasn't yet -- you'll have to read the comments thread at PJ's -- and she answered all his questions in a newer post too. I’ve been listening to a lot of loud music (except NOT what’s at OCICBW) – this week cuz I’m happy. Then I sing it all the time and drive everyone else nuts. Here’s ONE of my favourites this week – there might be more later on.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

NOT a Big, Black Dog

This is Jake. He’s a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. I bet most of you have never even heard of one before!! This is the fourth one I’ve known personally – Dad likes them. First there were Robbie and Charlie, then Sandy, now there’s Jake. They all had much longer, Scottish names.

I spent Wednesday afternoon with Dad and Jake for a while. Jake’s four, and a retriever, and he’s not getting enough exercise cuz Dad’s knee doesn’t allow walking the dog, and his general level of weakness after the crisis at Easter doesn’t let him stand around and throw a ball much. My sister goes up a couple of times a week and does as much as she can.

Wednesday, I threw the ball for half-an-hour. I haven’t played baseball since six years ago. So, I haven’t thrown for that long. My shoulder twinged a little after, and I thought it would hurt like heck the next day, but it didn’t.

And I’ll tell you something. I’ve been thinking about mindfulness. Throwing a ball for a dog is nuthin’ BUT mindful. You focus on how wet and slippery the ball is (it’s not disgusting if you love the dog); and the motion of the throw; and how he finds it when you throw it over that way instead; and how happy he looks bringing it back; and how it’s time for him to stop and drink some water now cuz it’s hot. I TOTALLY recommend it as a practice for staying in the moment and for doing something for someone else.

God and The Tree Frogs and The Heartbeat

I posted a couple of days ago about quantum theology, and got some help. Thank you, Jan! Later this week, I’ll start reading the book.

There were a couple of conversations that prompted me to ask now. It’s funny how these things start. In one, we were on the phone; he was outside; and I could hear the tiny tree frogs, singing like crazy. When I said so, he said that he’d wondered how they could be so little and so loud, and listened and found that when all the little trees frogs are together, their croaking synchronizes, and you hear one big croak. And I thought, “The Tree Frogs’ Heartbeat.” That there is a place, way down deep inside, where all the tree frogs are part of a larger, collective Tree Frog life or purpose – and it’s that larger Heartbeat that they synchronize to.

Then he said that someone had discovered centuries ago that two pendulum clocks on the same shelf will synchronize their ticking within half-an-hour. That would be vibration through the board, that’s what my ancient physics lessons tell me. But it’s working its way into my thoughts on Heartbeat – clocks have Heartbeat.

I said I know from experience that when women live together, their monthly cycles synchronize, and if they live where they are touched by moonlight regularly, the cycles synchronize and become moon cycles. Another friend said a couple of days later, that was true of her and her college roommate – they’d get their periods at the same time. And the room they lived in was tiny – they would wake up some mornings and find they’d dreamed of the same things.

That friend who lives with the tree frogs did advanced graduate studies in linguistics. He’s told me before – language didn’t develop out of our need to communicate (many species communicate without language); it developed out of semantics. There are huge variants in human language. Most of us are most familiar with languages with a subject-verb-object agreement. The subject performs an action, and the verb agrees with it in gender and number. He was talking about languages that originated in Australia, where the verb agrees with the object of the action. We learn language so early and it is rooted in and reflects and shapes our cultural realities. I am struggling with how to construct a sentence using that kind of structure. The important part is – all human language has certain deep parallels of structure, no matter how different they appear in use.

I was off the intertubes for a few weeks, because I was struggling with my own black dog. There are family issues – Dad’s not in crisis any more; they’re managing the symptoms that were causing the crisis. There were internal issues. Fear. Stubbornness. There was part of my life I thought God wasn’t going to help with, so I was trying to run it myself. (That’s been working out just about as well as you might expect, and was a big part of the arrival of the black dog.) I’ve been praying, thinking, writing and meditating about God – why I’d think I’d HAVE to deal with this on my own. What in my understanding of the God I grew up with led to that? Where I’m just plain wrong, and where I can find passages in the Bible and elsewhere that show me how wrong I am.

I’m back to trying to focus on God as The Singleness, and that we are all necessary and beloved parts of The Singleness. I’d been counseled, in my meditation, to focus on my breathing, and I’ve been doing that. Going inside to the important thing, the basis of life. Trying to listen to it. I've been starting with breath, and moving to my own heartbeat.

What I’ve been trying to listen FOR is The Heartbeat of the Singleness. I believe there is one. The beating of the Sacred Heart of God, God who loves us all. I believe it might be possible to hear it. I believe The Singleness manifests different ways – in the synchronized croaking of the frogs; in the clocks on a shelf; the commonalities of our language; the mysterious synchronization of moon cycles, for example. When I’m listening, I listen for how this that I hear could be a manifestation of The Heartbeat. Where I live, I hear a lot of traffic, and even in that, I listen for The Heartbeat. The world is never silent.

It’s difficult to post this, you know? Difficult to reveal what’s going on inside, to get nekkid in front of strangers who might drop in because they googled “Tree Frogs”. In some ways, more difficult with the not-strangers. But I’ll tell you something – if this is crazy, it still feels better than dealing with that big ol’ black dog.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Canadian Cultural Icon Night -- Ben Heppner

Ben Heppner is an extraordinary dramatic tenor. His voice is, well, you’ll get to listen to it. Reviewers say his dramatic talent is excellent, and so are his diction, phrasing and interpretation of his roles.

He’s 52 years old now, and was born on the Canadian west coast, and lived in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, and studied music at University of British Columbia. He’s just performed Siegried in Aix-en-Provence last week – Siegried as a lumberjack. The production didn’t get a great review, but he did. If you’re out in lumberjack country, he has concert dates in Seattle, Lethbridge, Vancouver, White Horse, Yellowknife and northern Alberta and Saskatchewan from mid-August through mid-October.

Siegried is one of his signature roles, as are Tristan and Lohengrin, but he doesn't confine himself to Wagner. It would have been easy enough to post a video of one of those, and I probably will, some other day. Tonight, you’re getting one of my favourite arias – “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot. Stunning, stunning. If you already like opera, it’s wonderful. If you don’t think you know or like opera, you’ll probably recognize it. If you really don’t think you like opera, well, it’s only three minutes and eight seconds long … And maybe this will change your mind.

The Effects of Cookies on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

So many of us women in the blogosphere have been struggling with the way we feel about food, and its effects on our minds and bodies. I’ve read a couple of posts in the last two weeks – Sharecropper and Jan, for sure – whose doctors have told them things they didn’t want to hear, and then there are the comments threads. Food and my weight and resulting health issues have been part of my struggle for the last 40 years.

I’ve been thinking about posting about it for some time. God comes into it. And I’m getting very close to writing that post. In the meantime, I leave you with some expert commentary. I have to say, the first time I heard this was over 20 years ago, and the phrase, “with nooooo- body watching …” rang in me like a gong. That had so often been my pattern – eat for comfort as soon as I was alone and nobody was watching.

Turn the sound up loud!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

It's Bedtime -- Dream a Little Dream ...

It’s a night for love songs. It’s not that there’s anyone to be playing love songs to. I’d consider volunteers though. It’s just one of those nights. It’s beautiful out – hot and we’re not yet having the forecast thunderstorms. And I’m deeply happy tonight. That makes a nice change.

My plan was Frank Sinatra singing “I Took a Trip on a Train (and I Thought About You)”, but there’s no YouTube of it, and I don’t have an mp3 file of it yet either. This is so high up on the list of second-best that it’s practically a tie. Cass Elliott sounds just lovely on this. I’ve never heard anyone sing it better, and I’m not sure I ever heard her sing anything else better. There’s just a still of the album cover by way of video – close your eyes while you listen and dream a little dream of someone special.

What Famous Work of Art Are You?

I went to read poetry over at After the Bridge, and wound up playing silly, happy blogthings as well. I love this painting. I was visiting friends at L’Arche tonight, and they showed me certificates they’d been given with this on them.

You Are Best Described By...

Petite Fleurs

By Pablo Picasso

Happy Birthday!!!

It’s Dennis’ birthday!!! Since he reminded me, a few months ago, of something I’d loved and lost, I’m posting it again, for a present.

Help Wanted: Quantum Physics Theology

Sometime last winter, around Christmas when I was holed up in solitude, I started thinking about quantum physics. That makes it sound like I understand something about quantum physics. Just enough to start speculating. The thing I understand best is that a quantum particle affects other quanta. What happens to one, happens to many, somehow, even the ones on the far side of the universe. I don’t understand that. I don’t understand even how scientists believe they’ve proven that. But, I accept it.

I was thinking about God a lot too, and people. Sometime in there, I decided that perhaps it would be helpful for me, for my behaviour (which wasn’t great at the time), if I thought of myself as a single particle in a larger whole. And you as another particle. And a sheep in Australia as another. (I know what you’re all thinking, especially the Mad One …) Plankton in the Antarctic. The third moon of Jupiter. Everything is a particle in a wholeness.

What that would mean is that my behaviour isn’t just my behaviour. It would affect the behaviour and well-being of all those other particles, in some way I don’t understand. And it would affect the entity of which we are all particles. I keep thinking of that entity as The Singleness. God is The Singleness. At least, that’s what I’ve been trying to keep in my mind and my heart. I’ve been trying to align myself with the well-being of The Singleness, and to act and pray in a way that would increase the innate goodness of it. Heaven knows, I’ve sent enough bad action and energy into it, over the years. And will continue to do so. Even Paul said, “I do not do the things I want to do …”

Since the winter, I’ve learned that there are brilliant scientists and theologians who have been writing about quantum theology. (Hah! Maybe I wasn’t just out there in La-La Land!) There are more books than I can read, and I don’t know enough about the field or the authors to be able to separate the sheep from the goats. If anyone’s got any suggestions, please leave them in the comments box.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Canadian Cultural Icon Night -- Jane Siberry, now known as Issa

This is for Fran, Jan and Pagan Sphinx.

Jane Siberry’s my age, almost. She’s got this sweet, sweet voice, and her songs are as lovely and complicated and interesting as they come. She’s kind of a cult hit.

A couple of years ago, she changed her life radically – sold all her stuff, changed her name to Issa, which she says is a female variant on Isaiah. As Kate Morningstar, I know that reaching 50 and changing my life and name, the new choice is intensely personal.

For today, for this post, I’ve put Jane Siberry, because it’s also her choice that the music she recorded when that was her name be sold with that name.

Love to everyone. Enjoy. And, good night.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Tracy's Mom Update

Tracy’s Mom had her surgery today – they started at 8 a.m. The news is all good so far. The surgeon said that chemo had shrunk the tumour, so there was no need to resect any of the bowel. And there was no spread to the stomach or liver. Her Mom’s tired and sore, and they were having trouble finding a bed on a ward to put her in. So they’d kept her in recovery, and the family aren’t allowed to visit patients in recovery in that hospital. Frustrating.

She said thank you for all the prayers. And I say so too.