Sometimes the only thing we need do to see the beauty beyond is to intensify our focus.
A sunlit, breezy August afternoon in what could be Umbria or Toscana brought back memories and reflections of wonderful days living in Italy. Today, however, was a forty minute drive on Long Island to Greenport’s Raphael Winery with a tasting of Rose Pinot Noir and a blackberry-licorice laced Cabernet. It was a day when Nature’s whispers calmed my soul and reminded me of Her Peace that surrounds us if we choose to look and feel Her warmth.
The accumulation of issues oftentimes weigh heavily on our minds, our hearts and our spirits. Nevertheless, those who hope and believe in a Greater Strength find an incredible resilience even under unfathomable weights. Seek under the weight and find the … Continue reading
Layers of warmth, distance, screen and glass remove the cold, ice, snow silencing the Island and reminding me just Who is really in charge!
within a matter of minutes on an unpredictable long island morning, there have been sunshine, rain, sleet, ice and snow. i think carlos santana & buddy miles had it right in ’73…if things aren’t right. just wait for a moment … Continue reading
“It was rainin’ hard in ‘Frisco, I needed one more fare to make my night. A lady up ahead waved to flag me down. She got in at at the light.” (Taxi, Harry Chapin)
Many of us from the 60s generation recall the few opening lyrics and can’t help but sing with a certain nostalgia that echoes a time of hope, promise as well as an irretrievable feeling unique to those times. Now, we find ourselves in situations of the same social urgency with fewer common resources, but oh-so-much-more knowledge! On Long Island, Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank not only embodies the legacy of Harry Chapin, but maintains an exceptional array of outreach programming serving the greater LI public. Thursday, November 7th, Christine Brown from LI Cares came to our school to engage students in an interactive workshop called “Hunger 101.” Students learned the realities of hunger in local communities and were encouraged to “only imagine” how that situation might be “magnified” into various regions of the island, the state, the region, the country and the world. It was an exercise few students and all-too few adults truly realize. Ms Brown continued with a video detailing the programs that have developed from the dream of alleviating hunger so many years ago: food delivery for the elderly, for veterans, an after-school cafe’ for kids with mentoring and nutritious food, as well as supplying food for countless pantries and soup kitchens on Long Island. Students learned how they would deal with certain issues in their lives through role-playing with budgetary constraints, unexpected contrived problems and the choices they would be forced to make when these problems occurred in their families. The results revealed brought a new-found understanding, just a touch more empathy about the world around us and hopefully a commitment on the part of others to understand that we are ultimately here for a purpose – to be engaged, be a part of goodness and to take little steps in creating a better world.
“Through the too many miles, and the too little smiles, I still remember you.” (Taxi, Harry Chapin)
- NYers Encouraged to Give to Local Food Banks/Pantries (thecatskillchronicle.com)
- Remembering Harry Chapin (philosophers-stone.co.uk)
- Baltimore entrepreneur tackles hunger and food waste (recyclereminders.com)
- Can You Please Help The Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger This Year? (watchcroton.com)
i awoke this sunday morning with the sunlight crashing into the treetops, a spectacular symphony of colored leaves conducted in their sounds by a rhythmic easterly breeze. a day to behold as Nature whispers to us to stop, to breathe, … Continue reading
we are here for some definite service. we have been committed to some work which has not been committed to others. we have our mission which we may never know in this life, but we shall be told it in the next. we are links in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. we are not created for naught. therefore, we must trust – whatever, wherever we are. sickness – may serve. perplexity – may serve. sorrow – may serve. nothing is in vain. we may feel alone, desolate, sorrowful, overwhelmed, lost, fearful, unknowing…yet we are never, in Truth, without hope, without strength, without Spirit.
reflection adapted from a mediation by Newman
photos from Food Not Bombs, Long Island
- Food Not Bombs (nicolemarie251.wordpress.com)
- Great evening at The Wool House Project (sotonfoodnotbombs.wordpress.com)