In this Winter Solstice season we celebrate the Light. The returning Light and the Light we hold. However it’s hard to not see the incredible darkness that has settled over our country. And wonder how we will find the way forward. The way out of this dark place.
I question whether we can look to our leaders, even and perhaps especially democrats, to find our way. But we can look to the fundamental values we hold and to others who share our vision of what is possible. And I am reminded we can look to our Irish heritage. A heritage of a people who overcame subjugation and oppression and genocide. They never forgot who they were. May we never forget who we are.
Long after dementia robbed him of so many memories, this one remained. The way he used to introduce himself. Dad was a brilliant man with a great sense of humor. Although Canadian by birth and US citizen by choice, it was his Irish heritage he most cherished. And within his rich legacy, inheriting his love of Ireland and all things Irish is what I most cherish.
Bob. Barley Bob. Bob with one ‘o’. He loved his name and as I continue to wander through boxes of family photos and slides I am reminded of another Bob memory that was important to Dad.
While Dad was Dean of Science at WSU he had the opportunity to start an environmental sciences program in collaboration with the University of Idaho. Much of that initial funding came from Robert Redford. Dad used to delight in telling us how they used to phone each other. “Hey, Bob. Bob here,” was the beginning of each conversation regardless of who placed the call.
Whether fly-fishing or standing in a field of ripening barley, generally a strain he had developed, Dad had a love of the natural world and devoted much of his life to a deeper understanding of it. As I continue to walk with my spiritual guides and embrace their teachings of being in right relationship with the Sacred, with the Earth, and in Community, I appreciate that this connection with the Earth is yet another gift of Dad’s legacy.
Dear friends. I do so appreciate your comments on my posts. But I need to let you know that future comments might be a bit more challenging. Over the last few months I’ve been getting as many as 200+ spam comments every day. Actually not comments related to any of my posts but more the nature of a chat room between people of many languages all with car insurance email addresses. It’s as if they were using my blog as a portal for communication among themselves. After extensive conversations with WordPress the only solution they could offer was to change my settings and disallow anyone not signed up through WordPress to comment. Well. It’s worked for closing that car insurance chat room portal. No more spam comments. But I fear it will also block your comments. And for that I apologize. I’m still exploring options, but for now this is the setting. So…although I know it’s not nearly as convenient, I invite your comments directly through my email.