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With a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction degree (Goucher College, August 2014), I am looking at a new phase in my life. From 1992 to 2009, I served as Founding Executive Director of Miriam's House, a residence for homeless women living with AIDS. I left this position when Chronic Migraine Disease overtook my ability to do my job. Now I hope that a writing career will both accommodate the migraines and give me a creative, productive outlet. And soon, September 4, I will launch my Inkshares author page in a bid to hit the 1,000 pre-order goal in 90  days. The book I want to publish is "Nowhere Else I Want to Be," a memoir of ten of my years at Miriam's House.

16 April 2013

Reading Mariechild Together: Foremothers

My prayers today are especially with the people in Boston, where bombs killed three and injured 140; and with the people in Kabul, where bombs killed 25 and injured hundreds.

It is so hard to find beauty in a world where such violence is endemic.

Today's reflection in Diane Mariechild's Open Mind -- Women's Daily Inspirations for Becoming Mindful is titled, "Beauty."

She quotes from Hildegard of Bingen:

The earth is at the same time
she is mother of all that is natural,
mother of all that is human.
She is the mother of all,
for contained in her
are the seeds of all.

I feel grateful for the wisdom of our foremothers, whose gentle yet incisive spirituality reminds me of the essential goodness and beauty of Creation. I need, today, to be reminded that we are all contained in one vessel; we are the very seeds of Creation.

How very different this world would be if we lived this truth.

We who live with chronic pain must find beauty and life in ways unnecessary to those whose health is better. Today my pain is more spiritual than physical, but still I turn to the practices that are so ingrained in me -- quiet, reflection, meditation, music, prayer.

I have learned no better response to the pain of my migraines. And I know of no better response I can make, today, to the pain of this world.

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  1. “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
    ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos


  2. LOVE IT! Someday may we all be able to live this truth. Thanks, Cristina.