What you got?!

From ghoulies and ghosties, And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!
~ A Scottish prayer

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Could it be those things we think won’t let go of us . . . are things we won’t let go of?

Mom’s Day: Celebrating Feminine Energies


The Gregory Girls. ©karalgregory2017


Happy Mother’s Day to those who nurture our planet’s souls. Human people, animal people, and the planet itself all need the love!*

*To my mom: I have the utmost love and respect for you as a mother and a woman. You live your life with strength, integrity, and a love for your family that is deep and unwavering. Through your love and example, I have found my way, blending the soul of a gypsy with the heart of a true woman warrior.

I love you.

Never Stop Smiling!

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Lollipop and Daisy after a romp on the beach. (2008)

“You have a beautiful smile. Never stop smiling!”

~ Old man in a black hat,
Fairfax District of Los Angeles.
Saturday, April 3, 2010.

Have you ever had one of those moments that showed it’s significance later?

Black Hat Guy passed me on the street one block behind Cantor’s Deli on Hayworth and never even slowed his pace, just said what he said and kept moving. But his timing was impeccable.

The next day was Easter Sunday and the day a close friend chose to end his life. Those words, spoken by a random stranger who did not even know me, came back so often in the following weeks, months, years, as another friend and then another chose to leave and I worked to regain a sense of balance, and grounding, and peace.

Never stop smiling!

Thanks, Black Hat Dude! Your words remind me that there’s more to life than just my interpretation of what’s happening at the moment, that there’s more to me than just this human body with it’s worries and problems and stories it tells itself. There’s a light within! Good to know on those days that it burns a little less bright.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~Albert Schweitzer~

Question: What’s your significant moment?

Expanding the Gypsy Soul

Walking Meditation Mount. Ojai, CA (2015)

in releasing attachment, i abandon expectation.
in abandoning expectation, i become present to the now.
in becoming present to the now, i open my spirit to life.
in opening to life, i acknowledge inevitable death.
in acknowledging death, i walk consciously through grief.
in walking through grief, i dance fervently with joy.
in dancing with joy, i unearth a creativity buried within.
in unearthing creativity, i awaken to an awareness that i am not you.
in awakening to this awareness, i embrace the freedom to be me.
in embracing freedom, i release attachment.