To Honor Freddie

by Diana Rankin

This morning I drove to the Vernon’s, the funeral home and crematorium where I take my animals to have their bodies turned into ashes to be spread on this land where we have lived together that is filled with so much love and laughter . . . and a few tears. It was Freddie who […]

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Stitches of Love

by Diana Rankin

The postmistress handed me a pair of scissors so I could cut away the tape around the box that held a gift from one of my clients, Kathryn. We were both awestruck, the postmistress and I, as I pulled out the colorful quilted throw and held it up. I ran my hands over the stitches, […]

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A Blessing Creates a Higher Consciousness

by Diana Rankin

Blessing another, our food, a situation and ourselves takes us to a higher state of consciousness that allows us to experience life from a perspective different from that of the normal state of daily affairs. Although there is some controversy within the scientific community about what happens in the brain when we bless, a twenty-year […]

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Summer Solstice Shift

by Diana Rankin

The energies shifted this Summer Solstices.  They lightened up. It feels like a division of that which isn’t to be has left and that which is to be will now shine.  It’s a subtle shift, and yet quite a strong one. Certainly it’s an interesting shift. Before the shift, I had a couple of the […]

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Before I Grow Old

by Diana Rankin

          Before I grow old I shall dance in Bombay and Chase the sun in Athens, Greece. Before I grow old I shall savor dewdrops and Live life as a prayer. Before I grow old I shall catch up with myself and Give away everything I don’t need. Before I grow […]

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Silence and the Music of the Human Voice

by Diana Rankin

I love silence. I love the peaceful quiet of my home in the early morning hours before the world is awake. I love the quiet steady hum in my vehicle with the radio off and the windows rolled up. I love the quiet of the woods and the openness of an empty farm field. I […]

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Off the Bike but Still Traveling

by Diana Rankin

The sun was bright, the sky blue and the clouds white and puffy. It was a good day for a ride, but since the motorcycle spill a few years ago my rides have turned into drives, and dropping off the recycling is as good excuse as any. So I loaded up GC (my Golden Chariot […]

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Philomena and My Father

by Diana Rankin

 “I wonder if he ever thought of me.” These words spoken by Dame Judith Dench as Philomena, in the film with the same name, grabbed at my heart and took me into my own question: I wonder if he ever thought of me. In the film, Philomena was questioning whether the son, who had been […]

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Rainbow Drive

by Diana Rankin

I didn’t know I was chasing rainbows when I set off. I had gone to the post office to pick up the mail and wasn’t quite ready to head home. While at the post office, I walked over to the grocery and picked up a Snicker’s Ice Cream Bar, and I wanted to savor it […]

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Living Life as a Prayer

by Diana Rankin

For years my prayer was to live my life as a prayer. It took many more years to come to understand what that meant, and had I known, I just might not have prayed so hard . .  . or even prayed that prayer at all. Yet I’m deeply grateful I did. Although I can’t […]

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