Leading the Way

We live in times of uncertainty, but of one thing I am certain: We can create compassionate communities wherever we are. I am grateful for my blogging community. We have learned how to forge connections across the globe. Together, we have built a virtual community that supports and encourages, shares knowledge and wisdom, fosters hope…

Happy Valentine’s Day

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu Celebrating Valentine’s Day is about gratitude for love and friendship Thank you to my writer friends who have created stories that give meaning to my days. Thank you to the artists who have shared their vision with the…

Friendships with Commas

A long-time friend once said to me, “We have a friendship, with commas.” “What does that mean?” I asked. “It means that, no matter how much time has passed, we pick up our conversation where we left off. There are no “periods” in our friendship timeline.” This memory floated into my thoughts as I was…

Celebrating International Friendship Day

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Professor – On Friendship

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring “Courage Merry, courage for our friends! – Eowyn”  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King “I’m glad I’m with you, here at the end of all things, Sam.” – Frodo J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King   J.R.R. Tolkien lost his…

Tea for Someone

“When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.” Audrey Hepburn The art of making tea is not about getting the water temperature right, or setting the table with rare and delicate China teacups, or serving the most expensive tea. It…