Journals from the heart of Ethiopia, part 3

Posted by on 06.11.11 | No Comments
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Linda Johnson’s journals from Ethiopia.  See part 1 for more information. Ethiopian Journal June 3, 2011 As usual, today started with a plan.  And, as is customary here, plans were made to be broken. My day started with a wonderful skype conversation with my husband, and I was struck with how much I miss seeing [...]

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Journals from the heart of Ethiopia: part 2

Posted by on 06.11.11 | 1 Comment
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From Linda Johnson’s unedited journals while in Ethopia May/June 2011 withn Reach Another Foundation. Ethiopian  Journal Day 3, 5-28-11 Today is Saturday, and in spite of my usual routine of sleeping in until I awake naturally, those plans won’t work here. I took an Ambien last night and had the best night’s sleep in a [...]

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Journals from the heart of Ethiopia, first days May 2011

Posted by on 06.11.11 | 6 Comments
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My dear friend Linda Johnson is on a month long work tour in Ethiopia with the Reach Another Foundation*.  Linda is an RN and an administrator.  She has applied and been accepted for the Peace Corps, but is awaiting deployment later in 2011 or early 2012.  We are posting her journal entries, several at a time for [...]

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Inviting one’s self to tea

Posted by on 06.11.11 | 2 Comments
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From one of my favorite artists… How To Invite Yourself To Tea When you invite yourself to tea Be sure to bring enough cream and cookies along. Shortbread cookies sure are nice in the morning. Be sure to bring a journal and plenty of colored pens. And don’t forget to light the candles whatever you [...]




Who Has Who?

Posted by on 05.22.11 | 1 Comment
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I’ve Got You Now  By Rumi My face free of sorrow, my mouth full of wine, my clothes torn off my body. Look what you’ve done to me now. He says, That’s what I do. I tear away the layers. I melt the shame. I reveal the unrevealed. He moves too fast. One breath, he [...]




‘Closer than our own skin’, updated

Posted by on 05.15.11 | 1 Comment
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Dear friends of Virtual Teahouse, One of the first posts made to the VTH back in February or March of 2007 was in the forums section and was about a near-death experience of my maternal Grandmother.  Because Wordpress doesn’t have forums, I wanted to post this story because while it is personally very powerful, it is even more [...]

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…only small things with great love

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I don’t know much info about this video except that it touched me deeply this morning.  Apparently this young man rescued this baby hummingbird and is raising it, caring for it very tenderly and teaching it what it needs to know to survive.  Hope you enjoy it too.  (Wish I could embed it, but that [...]




Morning Light

Posted by on 05.09.11 | 1 Comment
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Amidst clouds, a double rainbow bestows grace. There are no tears where magic meets the heart. If I can kiss the flower awake And genuflect to the morning light I am found. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on [...]




Spring Giddiness

Posted by on 05.03.11 | 1 Comment
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Found this by Rumi called Spring Giddiness: “Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. ——————————————————— The breeze [...]




May 2011 Poem of the Month: Happiness

Posted by on 05.03.11 | No Comments
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POEM OF THE MONTH ~ MAY 2011 May you know True Happiness, which wants only to bless you, unceasingly. Such grace does abound. It is already so, as you read these words. –Krayna The Return of the Prodigal Son (1773) by Pompeo Batoni HAPPINESS There’s just no accounting for happiness, or the way it turns [...]

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