Cast Off

Her doctor explained it this way: It’s not that today was the day the leg was healed or even that it’s fully healed. It’s simply that, what makes today different from all other days, is, it’s the day the cast comes off. Despite having decades of experience (and a fancy resume), the orthopedist admitted there is no predictable […]

The Future of Encourage

In the Fall of 2013, Encourage opened its sliding red barn door at 1 Baltic Place in Croton-on-Hudson. Our mission was to develop a community of people who felt encouraged to move, breathe and rest intentionally. My hope was that this would provide a path for people to experience the depth and breadth of life. Lots happened in between. Then, June […]

Skunks in My Chest

Valentine for Ernest Mann You can ‘t order a poem like you can order a taco. Walk up to the counter, say, “I’ll take two” and expect it to be handed back to you on a shiny plate. Still, I like your spirit. Anyone who says, “Here’s my address, write me a poem,” deserves something […]

Hamsterdam

“Mom got me this t-shirt when she went to Hamsterdam.” Hamsterdam…? Lilly held up a Little Mermaid shirt that Paula picked up on a business trip to Copenhagen. Hers was the sort of slip-of-the-tongue that used to pay the mortgage on Art Linkletter’s Bel Air Mansion. Kids say the darnedest things, indeed… While it’s cute when kids mix things […]

Powering Through (On Fumes)

The second chapter of the Yoga Sutra-s directs its teachings towards busy-busy people with distracted minds. The chapter may seem to begin with a splash of cold water: “Wake up! There’s work to be done (tapas), and it’s work you need to be doing (svahdyaya), and the crux of it is, ‘Not everything’s about you (isvara-pranidhana)!’” But the splash […]

blessing the boats on Mother’s Day

(at St. Mary’s) may the tide that is entering even now the lip of our understanding carry you out beyond the face of fear may you kiss the wind then turn from it certain that it will love your back may you open your eyes to water water waving forever and may you in your […]

Running While White

Prayer dear lord in this time of darkness help us see the darknessdear lord help us not to pretend no more pretending dear lord may our gaze be defenseless and unshardable teach us the piety of the open eye dear lord in this time of darkness may we be unafraid to mourn and together and […]

Worm Week

Earthworms by Lynn Ungar Imagine. The only thing that God requires of them is a persistent, wriggling, moving forward, passing the earth through the crinkled tube of their bodies in a motion less like chewing than like song. Everything they encounter goes through them, as if sunsets, drug store clerks, diesel fumes and sidewalks were […]

Who’ll Stop the Rain?

The Mosquito Among the Raindrops The mosquito among the raindrops… It’s equivalent to getting hit, the scientists say, by a school bus, And hit every twenty seconds. And the mosquito lives. In fact, she doesn’t even try to avoid the drops. No zigzagging, no ducking. No hiding under eaves. How does she do it? No […]

Carry Me

  The Patience of Ordinary Things It is a kind of love, is it not? How the cup holds the tea, How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare, How the floor receives the bottom of shoes Or toes. How soles of feet know Where they’re supposed to be. I’ve been thinking about the patience Of […]