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Soul Space Stories

Welcome Back!

Because Jim and I have been traveling a lot this summer, seeking to still enjoy exploring the wonders of this world during pauses between challenging medical treatments, I've combined the July/August newsletter.  We are excited to be leaving for a river cruise on the Duomo River in Portugal on the 13th and imagine many of you are also 'in and out,' feasting on the small and generous pleasures of days in the sun.  Storing these memories seem to help when the long months of winter prevail!

The Irish poet/priest, who popularized Celtic Christianity with his lyrical and insightful writings wrote a collection of poems "To Bless the Space Between Us" before his early death.  It's filled with poems for both everyday and transformational moments, both those of joy and realistic expressions of sorrow.  Topics such as "For the Time of Necessary Decisions," "For Friendship," "Elemental Blessing on a New Home," or "On Loneliness." 
After our last camping adventure to the Olympic Rain Forest, we decided this was the end of an era and that we needed to sell our R-Pod, the small RV that allowed us to take our Golden Retriever Chelsea to adventures at the ocean and state and national parks.  We were delighted to meet the new owner, a father of a Krista Colleague who loves the outdoors, is a longtime member of the Sierra Club and hopes to eventually become a campground host.  During a dinner celebration of his new adventure, we read segments of O'Donohue's poem "For the Traveler."  Since many of you might be on the road during these months, I hoped you'd enjoy a taste. 

For the Traveler

When you travel,
A new silence
Goes with you,
And if you listen
You will hear
What your heart would
Love to say. 
May you travel in an awakened way, 
Gathered wisely into your inner ground,
That you may not waste the invitations
Which wait along the way to transform you.

May you travel safely, arrived refreshed, 
And love your time away to its fullest;
Return home more enriched, and free
To balance the gift of days which call you.
The rewards of planting a no-fuss Butterfly Bush bless our land every day.  When the vibrant flowers bloomed, the Tiger Swallow Tail butterflies nourished themselves every hour in the garden right in eyesight from our kitchen eating nook and the patio.  Their grace and beauty inevitably cause us to pause and watch them....a quiet moment of contemplation and joy amidst garden tasks.  

We've experienced first hand the insightful reminders in Ecclesiastes where it is written "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens."  These include "a time to plant and a time to uproot....a time to tear down and a time to build."

For us, the "time to mourn" came when we needed to take down a beautiful 90 foot blue spruce that was leaning dangerously on a rock ledge.  If left to fall naturally, it could harm the many children or adults who walk our lane.  It was leaning so precipitously, no arborist could climb it, so we watched in fascination how arborist in a crane bucket dismantled it section by section.  But if this was "our time to tear down," we also entered into the reimagining of a major space that now has been replanted with low growing Siberian Juniper that will eventually flow over the rock wall, plus several different hydrangeas that should flourish there.  A major change!

I continue to be in awe that such garden gifts emerge from tiny nondescript seeds and roots.  Abundant  Sungold cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, blueberries, leeks, plums, lettuce and kale have been flourishing.  Total failure, though, with zucchini.  I have to be the only gardener in Spokane that couldn't grow one.  Each one blossoms and then dies....perhaps lacking pollination?  But ever the optimist, I found a 58 day variety and planted seeds again and, maybe, by late September, they will come?  But the bees will likely be gone, so the problem may reemerge.  Lilies, begonias, roses, daisies, phlox, zinnias, cana and hydrangeas are all in bloom, daily surprises always emerging.    

Soul Space News:

Two reviews are coming out soon on Soul Space including one in Sojourners Magazine.  I'll try to include these in an upcoming newsletter.  I'm also hoping to add a component to this so that you can write back...would love to have a two-way conversation.  One more technology to learn!  

Thinking of you and hoping you find moments to savor during these deeply troubling days,  Linda
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