Hi Readers: I’m shar- ing a tale from one of my ollections, hope you enjoy it.


fter three days of San Fernando Valley rain-

fall, the brisk air was pristine and the pale morning

sun was

aglow, warming my older bones in a most auspicious manner. El Escorpion Canyon was newly carpeted in green –in January! Climate change? But it was so beautiful. Plus I’d stumbled onto a cave maybe a hundred feet high. And deep too, extending way back into the dark recesses of the hill- side, creating an awesome echo chamber.

I continued along the path lis- tening to bush birdies, a red tail hawk’s squawk, and a buzzy winter bee or two. I j o i ne d in, sing- ing a med- icine

song I’d

brought through years back, honoring Father Sky and Mother Earth. A medita- tion would be nice too. I cast my eyes uphill, looking for a flat enough place to stand on. Easing up the slope, my ears were struck by

the ipated

unantic- splendid

sound of hundreds of frogs, all croak-

ing at once. My very own froggy serenade coming from a pond formed by torrents of rainwater. Frogs were hidden in a small forest of short syc- amores that stuck their necks out from the water. I sat down on an ample rock, grinning ear

to ear, to enjoy the amphibian symphony.

After a while, I resumed my search for a quiet medi- tation spot. I began the climb to higher ground, diminishing


In A Word by Marcia Singer of Santa Rosa, CA. ~ ~

frog had ordered an entire or- chestra to shush, and all had willingly complied, conspir- ing to trick me. .

Caught in this “con- spiracy

of improbabilities” (Deepak Chopra’s term for synchronic- ity), my mind bog- gled, beginning of its own accord to review immediate events and to question them: Had this happened in re- lation to me?! Or— what?!

More chicanery un- folded.

the din of froggy crescendos below. Finding a lovely green knoll, I stretched my arms out into the breezes, inviting body prayer. Moving slowly, I felt the si-

lent rhythms of earth, sky, the All


Me. Sway- ing, bend- ing, I began

my dance to the four directions, adapted from an ancient

Inca invocation. In

this way of meditation, sacred questions arise, natural heal- ing is invoked. Answers arise as my heart comes open again. This Way is my private heaven. With gentle

joy I faced south. Beckoning its soft breezes, I grew very silent within. In the quiet of the moment, I became aware again of

the multitude of frog voices nearby, going at it. I Listened from a stillness within. Impossibly, without warning, the frogs stopped singing. In no more than three seconds, their mad music had ceased altogether, as if a conductor

“Time flows away like the water in the river. ” ~ Confucius

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had I begun to rumi- nate, to stir the pot of plau-

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JOKES & Humor #6

Jake came rushing in to see his Dad. “Dad!” he puffed, “Is it true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away?” “That’s what they say,” said his Dad.

“Well, give me an apple quick! I’ve just broken the doctor’s window!”

“Te future was one thing that could never be broken, because

it had not yet had the chance to be

anything.” Sarah Dessen


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