And the people stayed home

  And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new … Continue reading And the people stayed home

The Giving Tree

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”  – Pericles The Giving Tree by Maria Fokas The music filled my office like the sun fills the face of a flower eager to blossom, and then the phone rang. Three rings before I picked up the handset and put the receiver to my ear. It was my sister and she said she had some bad news… I interrupted her, asking whether everyone was alright, and she replied that the bad news was of a different nature. I panicked. The sound of … Continue reading The Giving Tree