They’re shooting at our regiment now.”
I read the quote above and put down the New York Times, the gallows humor too profound to ignore. The article by Mark Epstein was quoting a friend whose contemporaries were dying.
Mine are, too. At an alarming rate. My Christmas card list this year showed a disturbing number of deletions.
There’s nothing like a realization about death to make you think about life. It also makes you count your blessings, so herewith a few thoughts on both subjects. Continue reading “They’re Shooting at Our Regiment Now” »
Posted on July 11th 2014 in Death
I was raised an Irish Catholic. 6 a.m. Mass most mornings, Novenas every Tuesday night, First Fridays every month and as many rosaries as could be squeezed in between. To say nothing of choir practice for the Sunday Mass. I was taught by the long-suffering nuns and was usually their chosen debater to be sent to Archdiocesan Religion Contests to compete on matters of faith. I was even given my very own Jesuit theology coach in high school to prime me for the fray.
Then I grew up. I studied other peoples’ theologies and evolved my own connection to God – a close one, very dear to my heart. I’m a major pray-er and have been known to storm heaven when the occasion demanded it. I’ve written about God from a Tibetan, Catholic, Mystic, Native American, Hindu, Jain and Kabbalist point of view in my books. I’ve penned a book of Uncommon Prayer. Continue reading “What Would Jesus Do About the Catholic Church?” »
Posted on February 8th 2013 in Faith
People don’t look to the long-ago poetry of Edgar Guest for soaring metaphors or complex pentameter. He was often called the People’s Poet because of his commonsense-able thoughts about life, rendered in the form of simple verse that was full of homespun wisdom and spiritual decency. When I was writing the What Would Jesus Do blog I remembered this poem from childhood about “the men who live their creeds.” Continue reading “Maybe This Says it Pretty Well” »
Posted on February 8th 2013 in Poetry
Among the many reasons I’ve breathed a sigh of relief about the results of the Presidential Election is that I no longer feel the Arts are in immediate danger of being de-funded. They only get a pittance compared to other budget items that could be cut, but somehow they landed in the political crosshairs.
So I ask you this: can you even imagine a world in which we have only Hedge Fund Managers, Wall Street Bankers and engineers to keep us company? Imagine how our hearts, minds and inspiration would be strangled by the absence of art, music, books, theatre and all the other art forms we’ve recently been told aren’t worth being supported by a society that has no problem supporting wars. Continue reading “The Energy of Creativity” »
Posted on November 24th 2012 in Life
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Lakota Sioux Visionary and Prophecy Keeper of the White Buffalo Pipe, has a powerful message for all of us, one that leaves no doubt about the role assigned to us in these chaotic and dangerous times. The simple dynamic beauty of his words really touched me so I’d like to pass them on. I don’t know how anyone could give us our marching orders with more poetic power.
“Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind. Did you think that Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of such terrible danger?
“Know that you yourself are essential to this World. Believe that! Understand both the blessing and the burden of that. You yourself are desperately needed to save the soul of this World. Did you think you were put here for something less?”
© Cathy Cash Spellman/The Wild Harp & Co. Inc 2012
Posted on November 17th 2012 in Faith
The storms and blackouts of the past two weeks kept me from posting this blog before the election as I had intended. I wrote it because the paradigm of the 99% vs. the 1% that we’d evolved into as a nation reminded me how good life had been when the percentages were more equitable. And I wanted to raise a voice in support of Democracy, not the Oligarchy that threatened us. Judging by the results of the election, Democracy won this round. The people weren’t silenced and the election couldn’t be bought by the super-rich, no matter how hard they exercised their checkbooks. What a pity they didn’t give those hundreds of millions that flowed so readily, to the staggering number of unemployed Americans. Continue reading “The View After the Election” »
Posted on November 17th 2012 in Life
I intended to write this for Memorial Day but got sidetracked by the hoopla around the joy of Dakota’s graduation, so I’m offering it instead as a tribute on the 4th of July.
In these politically troubled times, it’s easy enough to forget that we can hate the carnage and waste of war, but still love and honor the courageous men and women who’ve served and sacrificed themselves in the name of a country they love and the freedoms they mean to defend and uphold.
I ran across this poem recently quite by accident and was so touched by it, I’d like to pass it on to you. It reminded me of a family incident a few years ago, that showed me how easy it is to overlook the true heroes around us, or perhaps, simply not know their stories, so we can honor them appropriately. Continue reading “The 4th of July Meets Memorial Day” »
In my lifetime, Women refused to keep their place, Blacks refused to ride in the back of the bus, Men refused to be drafted into an unjust war. Gays refused to be kept in the closet. A Black man became President of the United States. So I know we have it in us to change the world.
In my lifetime, I’ve seen other, less hopeful signs, too: insider deals that made the rich richer and the poor poorer. Prisons sanctioned by our own country, but outsourced to hide the truth, where people are tortured and held without trials or lawyers or hope of due process. Continue reading “What if We’re the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For…” »