How do you uplift your heart and mind? 

Here are shared some of the ways I do that – through taking photos, making up silly songs, and writing poems.  I hope these may uplift your heart and mind as well.  All are free to download – no attribution necessary.


This little song (27 seconds) reminds me that I’m DOING THE BEST I CAN

Ever wonder what to do when you just “can’t get anything done”? This song (1 min. 22 seconds) has the answer:  JUST DO THE NEXT THING



This is her picture.

But I will not tell you the secret place

Where years ago I joyfully left her

In the sheltered hollow of a huge oak tree

Once struck by lightening, “dead”.

There Our Lady dwells.

Her gaze turned upwards

Towards all that heals, loves, helps, and does good works

Her palms together in perpetual prayer.


She is still there.

I visit her at the turn of seasons.

Even now she prays and gazes.

Even now her hollow niche slowly transforms in glorious decay.


In time the sheltering wood will be gone

Leaving her open to rain, sun and wind.

Her painted features will run

Her unglazed clay will dissolve

Back into the earth from which it came.


I invoke Our Lady’s blessings.

Like her, may I bridge paradigms:  nature spirits, Christian divine feminine, Buddhist emptiness.

Like her, may I choose to gaze toward profound possibility and pray with good heart to accomplish it.

Like her, may I gracefully know impermanence:  at peace with elements dissolving back into the luminous mystery, continuing in whatever forms this lawful chaos demands.

And may all who see her, hear of her, think of her, or come in contact with her in any way, be inspired

To find their path of true peace, freedom, love, and happiness

And follow it unceasingly.



Arise good hearts
No matter how dark the day

Now is the time
To shine forth.

Hold close good hearts
No matter how fierce the way
Now is the time
To blaze bright.

Fear not good hearts
No matter how deep the pain
Now is the time
To birth light.

We are birthing light
dear fearless hearts
We are blazing light
Close-holding hearts
We are shining light
arisen hearts.

Light begets light
good hearts.