As part of the service work I do, I send out a monthly newsletter at each new moon. I’ve been doing it for ten years now, and I’m no longer surprised when people write back and share what they’re feeling/thinking and often the responses seems to share a theme. Many people told me yesterday that they’ve been crying and their hearts are tender.
That’s certainly been the case for me as well. It’s always interesting to me when collectively we’re experiencing times of our hearts breaking open. Often it’s in response to a tragedy that activates our collective compassion, but in this case it seems more that we’re each activated by our own mirrors and thus activating a collective reflection. These are tender times, but they’re calling us into empowerment I think.
One of the things that has saddened me is the loss of Waverly Fitzgerald, whose memorial/celebration-of-life ceremony is being held this weekend. I looked back and in the ten years I’ve been blogging I’ve mentioned Waverly 12 times. And while we never met in life, we did have a both a snail mail and cyber connection. We shared a passion for slow time and seasonal observation, and she in fact wrote the book Slow Time and created a body of work focused as Living in Season. She was a prolific author, researcher and teacher, and mentored many writers, She will be missed. I wrote a bit more about her work and link to her websites in this 2017 post.
Celebrating her and her connection to slow time, it’s not surprising to me that a number of “time” items caught my attention this week which I’ve rounded up for this week’s link share of things that have interested me.
- Time travel in fiction is an curious this, and can be entirely mind-bending. But I love this brief MinutePhysics video analyzing the various approaches.
- This School of Life video offers some thoughts on why it’s so hard to live in the present,
- I’m hugely fascinated by comets, and am for some reason inordinately thrilled to hear that scientists have recently figured out that two comets that are heading out of our solar system actually originated in other solar systems, and not from our own Oort cloud. So they are literally just passing through our solar system. That feels so expansive to me – as though it’s opened up the understanding of galactic travel in new ways.
- I’m also thrilled to learn that poetry has a new champion that I’m hoping will encourage more folks to actually approach it. Poet and conflict mediator Pádraig Ó Tuama will be doing a twice-weekly brief podcast (around 10 minutes or so) looking at a single poem in each episode. Poetry Unbound is an OnBeing.org project and I can’t wait for it’s audition on Monday. Listen to a brief explanation here.
- I enjoyed this tender piece about Reuniting with Awe.
- I want to give a shout out to Flying Edna which is the work of artists Fia Skye and Brian Andreas. Many people know Brian’s work as StoryPeople, and I was shocked to discover something this week. “Per a 2019 divorce decree in Iowa, Andreas no long holds any rights to his art or writing before September 2012, nor is he associated with StoryPeople, the company he founded and created. His earlier stories, prints and books to September 2012 continue to be released by StoryPeople.” (Who are very obviously not making it clear about the situation, nor indicating that Andreas is no longer associated with the company.) While the story behind the clearly contentious divorce is unknown to me, it frankly is none of my business, and not what concerns me. What I find frightening and upsetting is the very idea that, in this current day and age, an artist can be separated from their work – entirely written out of the equation as though they didn’t even exist. How is this possible? I’m pondering this from an existential point of view. And I will admit that the clear lack of kindness in this world that would allow this to be possible hurts my heart.
- But not to end on a discouraging note, let me add a final link about something that does encourage me. Lyla June Johnston is definitely someone who should be on your radar. While she’s currently running for political office in New Mexico, she’s been bringing an indigenous perspective to wide range of issues as an musician, public speaker and internationally recognized performance poet of Diné (Navajo) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) lineages.
So there you have it – a peek at my week, what captured my attention, and what I consider worth sharing. And tag, now it’s your turn. What’s been up in your world – touching your heart and sparking your brain. Do tell – you know I love to hear. And know that I wish you a most auspicious 2020 Year of the Rat.