A Thousand Souls

A Thousand Souls   A thousand souls went rushing by in a swirling wind today. They came from the west then stopped to rest in the cedars, along the bay. I was sitting in the shade where the heat of the day was lightened by the lacy green boughs, When this cool crowd swirled in, took the bower for a spin, then flew on their soulful way.   It was just a gust of wind that passed – it’s nothing – my sister said. But she’s young and naïve with no way to conceive of the paths that are trod by the dead. I wasn’t afraid of this gauzy parade that wrapped the pine trees white. It’s a natural space and a natural place for those who walk with the night.   I’ve been there at the end – the moment of death – when the spirit rises and flees. A conscious act, with no regret, as the essence of life takes its leave. You feel it move soft and dark and light as the air you breathe, It hovers and waits for a long as it takes to become what it always has been.   A part of the greatness, the bigness of life, floating through time and space Untethered and free it meets up with the band and mingles and dances with grace. A thousand souls collected together, embracing the freedom they share. We’re left in their wake, until the last step we take allows us to join them there.   A thousand souls went rushing by in a swirling wind today. They were here – then...

Question: What to do when you find yourself with a moose?

Answer: You create cards, write an explanation and distribute them to others –  2 in a envelope. A year of adventure.  This HAS been a year of adventure and as the end of 2019 rolls into view I decided to share ‘my moose’ painting, well, actually it’s a photo of the painting making it’s way through the woods from studio to house. Paint more was on my list of things to do in 2019 and not only did I succeed in realizing this goal I actually painted larger – you know ‘go big or go home’(this one is 4’ X 5’). One would expect to use a big space to paint a moose. Right?! The enclosed card is meant to convey best wishes for a wonderful holiday season be it Christmas or something else you celebrate AND an example of what can be accomplished when one embraces adventure. To be clear, I am encouraging adventure but, unlike some recently converted vegans I met the other day, I’m not obsessive about my life choice. Now, I understand not everyone likes change and some people find solace in what they know. Once a comfortable place is found it’s where they intend to stay and that’s cool too. Self determination is a good thing. My comfort zone, however, lies right in the middle of ‘I’ve never done this but I’d like to’ land. The need to hang right over the cliff (figuratively most of the time) is, I’m certain, in my genetic code. It’s what keeps my life interesting and my conversations packed with a great many sentences that begin “Guess what...