wild geese flying home © Photograph by Colleen Watson-Turner

My posts are shaped by my experiences, questions, and sense of humour. I try to refrain from pontification. I explore a wide range of ideas related to  the human search for meaning and purpose. I try to illuminate the inner world  and its importance to happiness and living thoughtfully. I include lots of quotes from other writers – ones that express thoughts and capture essences better than I can presently accomplish. Or just because I love what they say what they say and want to honour how much the books of others have enriched my life. Stories are my  main medium for tying ideas and theories together with personal experiences.

“For the interior life sweetens the humblest thing. It opens for us the magic in ordinary life”. -John Tarrant

I believe the inner life is affected by the quality of our relationships with others, the natural world, and the grandeur of the cosmos. I love the big questions of existence and my writing explores questions of meaning and purpose without answering them. I could describe my central focus as those dimensions that seem of greatest importance to my life – the ‘why are we here and what then must we do’ questions and answers to them that can’t be claimed with any finality but often are.

I understand the spirit as that part of us that integrates our feelings, longings, and deep aspirations. The spirit supports our will to live and to grow, to be inspired by human goodness and find life meaningful.

The Challenges of Creating Engaging, Thoughtful & Respectful Blog Posts

I am discovering what a blog can be and offer by writing posts. Each time, the challenge is somewhat different. I knew I wanted my posts to be useful to a diverse audience and that I did not want to write in a mode of separating myself from the reader in any type of hierarchical relationship – one where I tell them what they need to know. Rather than tell, I want to suggest possibilities.

A close friend was a great help with this. In a lengthy conversation, she suggested that I wanted to get out of the reader’s way, offering thoughts and feelings and ideas from my own experiences and reading while allowing the reader to take from it what appealed or  made sense without interference from me. Such interference often takes the form of assumptions of what others “need to know”. Authenticity being the first insight of a quality my blogs should have.

On another occasion with another good friend who asked me “What caused you to want to start a blog”, I had to think once again about the why. A day later after reading a few of my pages and posts, she sent me an email with her insight into what a blog is. It struck her that a blogger is the new essayist. “Yes”, I thought, “a blog is an essay taking new forms including using visual images as part of the message.” As essays, I felt they should have both imagination and integrity. A second challenge is to achieve this without too much length –sensing that most readers don’t want academic tomes or have unlimited time to peruse the blog world.

Respectfulness of any people who might be the focus of a blog topic is perhaps my greatest challenge. I want to convey challenges people face without invoking pity. I want to take a piece of a life without doing injustice to the whole.

Human Spirit, Earth Spirit

spring greening

I feel it is of great value to the world and also personally rewarding to consider the needs of all people and all living beings in our reflections and emotional life. Central to my blog content is the understanding that everything is connected to everything else—a deep knowing that is foundational to living a life that contributes to the common good, the health of the planet, and brings joy to our commonplace experiences.

I use the word “spirit” to refer to trees and grasses, flowers, birds, reptiles, and all other living things because it connects them to the sacred and reminds us to value and protect life on this planet.

There are many senses in which you can conceive of the spirit of other life forms, for example, of a tree – as it’s energy, it’s ways of communicating, how it grew from a seed which knew what it must become. It enlarges me to choose, in relation to that which can’t be fully known, a concept that brings greater meaning to the living world.

 The human spirit, the spirit of the Earth, the spirit that creates the Cosmos is all one.