Three Generations

Today marks a very special Mother’s Day, as our family recently welcomed a third generation. The arrival of a sweet young daughter born to my nephew and his wife mean my wonderful Mom is now a great-grandmother. The day she got to meet this sweet new baby, my sister-in-law told me Mom sang a Japanese …

Deborah H Rahalski

Dreaming of Snow Geese

While we’ve flipped the calendar page from February to March, the ever fickle weather gods of CNY have decided to flip backwards from February to January making the first week of March monotonous, blustery and grey. Even our dog agrees it’s unpleasant for walking. Worse still, I imagine any spring migrants are feeling pretty discouraged …

Deborah H Rahalski

A New Song

Greetings, fellow travelers! Yes it has been a long and silent month here. The struggle to find ways to adapt has moved to a deeply personal level and my energies have been focused elsewhere. I am ok, yet many I know are not. And, the ongoing warfare between narratives troubles me- it has stifled my ability …

Deborah H Rahalski

Deborah H Rahalski

In Search of Magic

So fellow travelers, rising well before dawn to greet the Solstice, a glance out the window in my meditation space revealed this gift a moment which provided the last key to finding what seemed lost. Tis now a seasonmade strange and unfamiliarby required distancingin full contradiction withthe inherent nature of the daywhen gathering together to …

Deborah H Rahalski

Sunset Zen

So fellow travelers, catching a sunset never fails to give rise to a wave of emotions for me. Gratitude is always a component, even if it is simple gratitude for a challenging day’s end and the gift of a chance to rest. November’s short damp days often end with cloud cover so thick it obscures …

Deborah H Rahalski

The Decision

So fellow travelers, it is Thanksgiving Day here in the US, a holiday I enjoy even more than Christmas , and I have always loved Christmas! . Even the few times when I was alone or grieving a great loss , Christmas Day always becomes* magical to me. Still to me Thanksgiving is a celebration …

Deborah H Rahalski

Autumn Flags

So fellow travelers, the colors of my favorite season are peaking here in Upstate New York. Autumn waves its flagsreleasing what’s done with easewith joy I follow This glorious season of ephemeral beauty and joy is too brief to spend indoors. The Acadia trip posts will just have to wait. Walk gently on the path …

Deborah H Rahalski

The Road Forward

So fellow travelers, September continued with it’s theme of significant losses. Thankfully, by Divine Grace, none were from the living. Still, the loss of a companion of a different sort created a domino sequence of changes which has yet again altered my path forward. Farewell Little Blue RaVan On the first evening of Autumn, after …

Deborah H Rahalski

Stretching Time

 So fellow travelers,  flipping the calendar a few days ago brought a moment of peace I was deeply grateful to take in~ For the first time in 21 years,  turning the calendar to August did not generate a rush of urgency fueled by the impossibility of “fitting in” all my planned adventures in the remaining …

Deborah H Rahalski