Posts in Old Ways
A Four Legged Christmas

Exactly 7 years ago, I adopted Mia at Christmas (actually I fostered, and then foster failure followed but that’s another story) and a few years later realizing I could not foster, I had the opportunity to help out Paws New England in a pinch. Just in time for Christmas we transported a dozen animals from Tenessee to New Hampshire, from a place which did not want them to homes in time for the holidays and it was the most wonderful experience of the true holiday spirit.

This year I was able to head to a different type of rescue operation. Little Brook Farm in Old Chatham New York is one of the oldest horse rescues in the country, and has 96 worthy equine souls in their care as well as dozens of cats and a pig, who scared the daylights out of me when it emerged from under a tarp.

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The Universal Prayer that found me

I believe things happen for a reason, but that faith has shaken in the recent years. Still I found myself in a sanctuary of an Airbnb in Brooklyn, a yoga institute, and this prayer was in a book I opened at random. I was struggling, missing Mia and worried about work. Although I am not a proponent of theft, I felt compelled to take the prayer card with me. The next day I learned we were moving my mother to a memory care unit, something we knew was on the horizon since her alzeihmers diagnosis but which is painful nonetheless.

Although I try to meditate, it escapes my rushing mind and this prayer being in french forced me to slow down and find the true meaning of each word. My mind could not drift and it is a beautiful prayer. I think that the “Universal Prayer” of Swami Suryadevananda found its way to my hands just as it was meant to. And so I am sharing the beautiful words, translation and meaning with you.

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Maple Sugar Shack, in upstate New York

On a ride in upstate New York two collies sitting in the seat of a tractor caught my attention and I stopped to meet the pups, Massey and Fergie-named for the tractor they sat in, and their owner Richard, who invited me back to see the maple syrup making process.

Today Ron, Richard and friends from his paper mill days, as well as the new generation, showed me the age old process of boiling down maple syrup into the sweet sugary goodness. 

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Roadtripping, Part 3, Heading up the Bay of Fundy

When a road appears passable on google maps only half of the day, and is "subject to extreme tidal conditions," meaning underwater, you have to drop everything and head to this road! 

So Mia and I headed straight for the road to Minister’s Island, in Saint Andrews by the Sea, New Brunswick.  She was far less excited than I was by driving out into the Bay of Fundy, but by this point had gotten into the spirit of the trip fully.  As 90’s baby in an 80’s Mercedes came on the radio, we rumbled out across the cobbles of the “road” and enjoyed the otherworldly aspect of a road which is underwater and then not. 

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