Musings . . .

on the passing scene

The Stones Speak

Kercado, Brittany. 1984 In the early 1980s, I saw a picture of the passage mound at Kercado in Brittany, France and I recognized it, with no idea why. I had never even been in Brittany. It wasn’t only familiar, but I felt an odd sadness and an urge to...

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Loving Franco

I was 20 when I left home for my first adventure abroad, and brought with me a backpack containing only one change of clothes, a poncho for rain, sandals for sun, a journal to write in, and my flute. With a scholarship to study Medieval Art History awaiting me in...

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Comfort and Care

Oops! I made another mistake: I spoke out of turn, stepped on your foot, forgot to show up for an appointment, hurt your feelings.  This time I didn’t do it on purpose, but sometimes I do, that’s how mad or jealous I can be. There are times I just project my own...

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SAVING GRACE

for Nassim Haramein and Gregg Braden These past weeks I have been taking an online course in the new Science with the geologist Gregg Braden and the physicist Nassim Haramein who, for the past 30 years, have been working together to understand Einstein's predictions...

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REAL MAGIC

In early Spring, four years after Herb died, I went canoeing with a good friend in Northern Vermont—illegally, as it happened, since it was before the official opening of the season—but the air was soft and the sun warm when we set out, so we chanced it. Wendy is an...

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On Generosity

Twice this week I was rendered speechless by the power of unexpected generosity. The first was an actual gift from someone I barely knew, and the second was a story of survival that took such courage to write that I experienced it as a gift.  The gift was brought...

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PSYCHIC DISCLOSURE

I had an interview with a reporter a few days ago from the Los Angeles Times, about my current work with affordable housing. We had a good talk over tea and a snack of dried apricots and cashews. The journalist stared at the bowl when I offered it to him, and then...

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COPING WITH DESPAIR

I will start by admitting that I am not very good at coping with despair, my own or anyone else’s. Things have been hard lately, for multiple reasons, so I’ve been taking myself down to the Bay these mornings for quiet times by the water, watching the morning melt off...

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EMERGENCE OR EMERGENCY?

About 20 years ago, I met the Psychiatrist Dr. John Mack at a gathering to celebrate his new book, PASSPORT TO THE COSMOS, which was about his work with people who had experienced what were called “alien abductions,” and this week, I am finally reading it. I don’t...

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SCARY TIMES

Years ago I had one of those life-changing dreams that happen if we are very lucky, and it is as clear to me today as it was the morning I awoke from it: In the dream I am high in the hayloft of a large barn, looking down, and below me is a circle of dancers brightly...

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Photo of Carolyn North by Susan Wilson

Carolyn North

Photo: Susan Wilson

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