Monthly Archives: June 2009


It can be a small thing: for instance, last week my friend and Naturopath, Dr. Cecelia Hart, made a very unexpected transition. None of her friends knew she was sick, and in fact, I had not seen her in over a year. Though we occasionally saw each other at East Bay Church of Religious Science, which attracted us by its deep spirituality and vibrant soul,… Continue reading


© 1991 by Alice Walker

I am in mourning
For your face
The one I used to love
To see
Leaping, glowing
Upon the
The stage
The mike
Eager…
Thrusting
In your
Fist.

I am in mourning
For your face
The shining eyes
The happy teeth
The look that said
I am the world
And aren’t you
Glad
Not to mention
Deeply
In luck.

I… Continue reading

A friend brought over the film AUSTRALIA for us to watch. I had told him of my visit to Alice Springs in the Nineties and my meeting with a band of Aboriginal grandmothers who taught me how to hunt. I loved being with them; and found the Australian vastness astonishing. That people had lived there for at least forty thousand years, seemed amazing. When the… Continue reading

There’s a lot on our plate in this life, as the world awakens to the crisis we’re in. What is the most revolutionary thing one can do? Especially if there are a million choices of things that need doing, not just last year, but a couple of centuries ago? I think the most revolutionary thing each of us can do is reclaim our health. Or,… Continue reading


The film
Frozen River is a moving surprise. I’d never heard of it, but once we got our Netflix going, there it was to be considered. It is such a relief to see a film that shows the true anguish of poor Americans, to acknowledge the anxiety and poverty in which so many Americans live. I especially appreciate the relationship that develops between the white… Continue reading


A Few Monks Need a Cuddle Buddy

©2009 by Alice Walker

Having lived
As a monk
Myself: I recognize us.

Those long decades
Of soundless
Trekking through
The squealing
Forests.

Those pre-dawn
Meditations
Whose
Insights
Ramble on
For years.

The young ones
Left
Behind us
abject:
Their well aimed
Curses
Hurled
With venom
At our
Departing
Enlightenment
Seduced
Necks.

Wake up!

The Buddhas
You set… Continue reading


Three days ago, one of the happiest moments of my life. My teacher showed me the missing left-hand “G” in
Ode to Joy. This music is the first I’ve been able to read completely by myself; it is simple once you play it, but I didn’t know where or what the missing note was. Had Beethoven left it out? Etc. I love Ode to… Continue reading


Loving Our Leaders

©2009 by Alice Walker
For Beverly

I find I am loving
Our leaders
Unconditionally
As I know
I am
Loved
Myself.

I love him
I love her
I love the girls
The grandmother
The friends
& deceased
Grandparents
& ancestors:
I especially
Love
The
Dog. And would hope
For him
Soon
A cat.

They
Are us
You know,
Our leaders;

Finally
Leading… Continue reading

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