Archive for December, 2012

The Unknown

Monday, December 31st, 2012 | Reflections | No Comments

Rumi Image Tree of Life Bess Hamiti

 

A new year is beginning, and once again I find myself on the cusp of the unknown. I suppose we always ask ourselves what the new year will bring. More of the same? Or will we take a new, unknown path, and change our lives? The joy of living is that we can always step forward and change our path, choose a new one, build a new life.

So here’s to the future, as yet unknown and unseen. May it bring us all joy and Light.

Light As A Choice

Friday, December 21st, 2012 | Gratitude, Joy, Reflections | No Comments

First published on Mary Sharratt’s beautiful website, Viriditas.

 

“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds.”

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

 

We get to choose whether or not to be light bringers. In every moment, whatever actions we take, we can bring light or darkness. Of course, it is often easier to focus on ourselves, our petty problems, our losses, our defeats.

 

The shadows are distracting to the point that we think they’re all there is. But light makes shadow, even if the Source is unseen.

 

The Light that came into the world on the birth of Christ has always been with us, and will always be. Like the green, verdant, ever-living Viriditas that Hildegard von Bingen wrote of, this light fills the world. We carry it in our hearts, whatever our faith or lack thereof. We are a part of this river of light that is moving through the world, whether we know it or not.

 

In every moment of every day, we can choose to bring light to a situation, or not. In the quote above, I think His Holiness is asking us to think of our daily lives, and how we can do better in each moment. It is an imperfect world, and we are imperfect, but that does not change our responsibility, to ourselves or to each other.

Candle

 

In order to express this light in our lives, however, we must find it.

 

Every tradition has it own path into this river of light. Prayer, meditation, a walk in a green wood, facing the ocean, the desert, the sky. Any or all of these might work, or they might not.

 

Only you can discover your own path into the light that lives within you. Even to look is an act of faith. Even to look is to begin to find it.

 

Our breath is the simplest way to open ourselves to the possibility that this light exists, that it is not a fairy tale told by fools to quiet the masses. Our breath is an ever-moving river, a mirror of that divine grace that lives within us all. You might choose to sit, to let everything else go, and to follow it.

Stream

 

This perhaps is the hardest thing for us to do in this modern world, to simply sit and follow our breath wherever it leads. But know that this task was hard for every man and woman who did it before you. You are not alone in this. You are a link in a chain of seekers that leads from the beginning of time, to now, and onward into a unknown future that none of us living today will ever see.

 

So you might find a spot, indoors or out. You might choose to stand in place, or sit, and simply breathe. You will find that the breath is not simple, that the shadows are there as well, but keep following it. The light is there, too, behind this world, supporting it, nurturing it, waiting until we all decide that we want to come home.

Regency Friday: Jane Austen In Love

Friday, December 14th, 2012 | Regency Fridays | 2 Comments

 My friend Lauren Gilbert alerted me to this fabulous post on Jane Austen in Vermont, a fabulous website dedicated to Jane and her writing. I am a huge fan of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and now I have yet another reason to be…they’ve hooked me up with a fabulous book.

JANE AUSTEN IN LOVE: AN ENTERTAINMENT looks and sounds fabulous…they have even interviewed the author…so Jane fans, click on the link below and check this out…

book cover - ja in love - solender

http://janeausteninvermont.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/jane-austen-in-love-an-entertainment-by-elsa-solender-now-in-real-book-format/

Rakes, Rogues and Romance

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

 

HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE is truly launched now, and what a blessing it is to me to see my baby out in the world. Some people love Anthony and Caroline, and some people hate them…they certainly seem to bring out the passion in others as well as each other. Here is one lovely review from the fun website Rakes, Rogues and Romance…three of my favorite things! Thank you, Nancy for the fabulous, thoughtful review.

 

 

http://rakesroguesandromance.com/2012/12/03/how-to-tame-a-willful-wife-christy-english-2/

 

 

Winner of THE LINCOLN CONSPIRACY

Monday, December 10th, 2012 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Drum roll please…

And the winner of Timothy L. O’Brien’s brilliant novel, THE LINCOLN CONSPIRACY is…

 

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Jo An  Butler!

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Congratulations Jo Ann! And thank you to all who joined us. Please stay tuned, more give aways will be happening in January and February, Regency and historical fiction both! Thank you for always coming by 🙂  I really appreciate you all…

 

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