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WOMAN'S WISDOM by Rhea Ruth Aitken

Woman's Wisdom                                                                                                     How does she nourish a hungry soul? When the pains are raw Biting at her, unbidden Making her want to scream  Loud and wild Desperate and wanting. How does she feed an empty space? When all is elusively floating Unobtainable and distant Out of her reach Yet are desired so deeply Flame red and burning Inside of her very core. How does she begin?  To become the woman That is impatiently waiting  Her pleading eyes, her piercing cries Hands reaching far, not yet touching To bring her to that knowing                       Of her soul's desire. How does she placate the screams? And nourish the need                    For that knowing peace  When she walks a labyrinth Blinded by high walls And blocked pathways The essence of her Imprisoned in the obscured Sacred place she cannot see. Only in the sa

SIT WITH ME by Carolyn Riker

I was invited to share a little about my newest book of poetry and prose,  This is Love,   written over several years.  Last August I managed to slip off for three full nights and organize my surplus of poetry and prose. On the second night I realized there was an ample set of words leaning up against a pale amethyst pillow all dedicated to love. And in that sea of heartfelt renderings, I started to see a pattern of how  This is Love    holds self-love, love of nature and the love lost and found in relationships.  The middle section has sustained me over the years. The outer two sections have been stitched together by developing trust in self and understanding the variables of love are not always glorious but in fact difficult. When we love fully we can be hurt, betrayed, lied to, manipulated and in the end that very love space can become hardened or it continues to accept vulnerability as the magma of our heart’s flow. We recreate and grow. Flourishing has a trajectory of s

GO THERE by Sarah Carlson

Go There Don ’t go there -  worst advice ever. At least it was for me. In truth, it became vital to go into  that which was causing my dis-ease. You can wrap it up,  store it away,  deny its existence. But  there  IS there, will continue to be. It’s not easy to take the leap, plunge on in. It can’t really be done alone, so you’ll have to ask for help. You’ll need support and love,  but when the time is right, when you hear the call or feel the tug, go there . You’ll learn and grow, gather what is necessary, enabling you to take  what  there  has to teach and utilize it for good. Over time you will discover  slivers of understanding, shards of insight, specks of wisdom that, together, provide illumination and peace. There  has virtues all its own that will mingle and mesh with here and now revealing the beauty  of a familiar landscape anew. So  go there -  wander and wonder, explore and examine, and i

THE SIREN'S CALL by Anita Neilson

I was born into a God-loving Catholic family. We were brought up to believe in God, to be kind; we were taken to church every Sunday and other holy feast days. We followed the traditions of our religion like not eating meat on a Friday and saying our prayers at night before bed.  In my twenties, when other responsibilities and leisure activities took up my time, I decided I didn’t need God. I was happy as I was! Then―like everyone else—challenges beset me and I became angry with Him. I can look back now and shake my head and smirk a little at the childish ignorance and arrogance of the person I was in my youth. What was it Jesus said about those people who orchestrated his death, “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.”     For we are like children spiritually when we’ve turned away from Him. We end up not knowing how to live our lives and getting it all wrong in the process! I certainly wasn’t expecting to come back to God. I believed I was living a ‘good’ life unti