Sue’s Snippets

Sacred Space

Terra Divina is like reading the language of creation through birdsong, waves lapping the shore, whispers of wind through willow trees. My favorite "Place" is what I dubbed the Pine Cathedral. It reminds me of a church without walls. Golden sun seeping through branches is the bell tower calling forest critters to join the celebration.... Continue Reading →

Winter Solstice 2022

We are deep in the heart of darkness. Winter Solstice invites us to pause, savor Earth’s hush, and turn to the light within. In the words of David Whyte from his poem, Sweet Darkness, “The dark will be your home tonight. The night will give you a horizon further than you can see.” My ideal horizon... Continue Reading →

Disappearing Into Swaths of Blue

(What animal would you return as?) Leaping through the thresholdof two worlds,dolphins catapult past the boundary of a watery universe,briefly suspended in their Otherworldof invisible currents.Aerialists twist, spin, free fall. Exuberant joy. Mother and calves glide in perfect sync.Click and whistle in a secret language.Pulse of the sea beckonsin surging waves.Silver sailors disappearinto swaths of blue. I, too, want... Continue Reading →

Memories Etched in Stone

Does the cinnamon-y smell of snickerdoodles wafting from the oven bring back memories of grandma? Fragrances are one of our strongest memory triggers. So, sit back, close your eyes, and imagine your favorite food cooking in the oven or sizzling on the grill or steaming in a pot on top of the stove. Hold that... Continue Reading →


The Nature Conservancy calls the tallgrass prairie a more threatened ecosystem than the Amazon rainforest. What words will we use to describe this once vibrant landscape to our grandchildren—vanished, extinct, restored? Compass plant, spiderwort, big blue stem,Disappearing words.Botanical names float in the airlike strands of music.Vast stretches of grasslands,nowremnants, fragments, traces.Tallgrass prairiemore threatened than the... Continue Reading →

Blessing for 2021

May the song of compassion ring louder than the din of hatred. May we live in a world where generosity overcomes selfishness. May our dark times and times of light so entwine that they become one and illuminate the way forward. May we know when to tenaciously cling to what is important and when to... Continue Reading →

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