Sangha Update and Prayer Requests - November 15

full moon and pink clouds at sunsetphoto by Joanne Friday

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. —Rabindrinath Tagore

I owned the world that hour as I flew over it. Free of the earth, free of the mountains, free of the clouds, but how inseparably I was bound to them. —Charles Lindbergh

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. —Thich Nhat Hanh


Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and happy and enjoying this peaceful evening.

THANKSGIVING SANGHA GATHERING We will be having a gathering on Sunday at our home in Matunuck to celebrate Thanksgiving . . . of course, in our tradition we try to practice thanksgiving every day! We will have a vegetarian potluck at 4 PM. At 6 PM we will have our sitting/walking/sitting. I will offer a short talk, and we will enjoy a Dharma sharing. It will be wonderful to be with you again. I hope that you can all be with us.

OI/ASPIRANT MEETING SATURDAY MORNING We will have an aspirant/OI meeting at the Bell Street Chapel at 9:45 after the meeting of the Radiant Bell Sangha which meets from 8 - 9:30 AM. This meeting is open to all Order members and aspirants and anyone who would like to learn more about our practice. There will be a Recitation Ceremony for the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings and Dharma Sharing about our practice. Robert will be facilitating the meeting.

PRAYER REQUESTS We were so sorry to learn about the passing of our dear friend Ann Galkowski's father. Below is his obituary and funeral arrangements . . . He led a very full life and leaves many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Please keep Ann and her family in your prayers and meditations. You can send love in the form of a note to her at or to:

Ann Galkowski 43 Briarwood Ave. Middletown, RI 02842

Please continue to keep Clare and her father and family in your prayers. You can send her your love at or

Clare Sartori 680 Curtis Corner Road Wakefield, RI 02879

I hope that we will be able to be together soon and in the meantime, I hope you are enjoying every minute . . . You can begin that as preparation for the Thanksgiving celebration by watching this youtube video on gratitude . . . Enjoy!


with much love, many hugs and the wink of an eyelash moon for you, Joanne

O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home __________________________________________________________

Robert E. Galkowski (December 29, 1924 - November 12, 2012) Robert Edward Galkowski, 87, of Portsmouth, RI, died Monday, November 12, 2012 at the Newport Hospital. He was the husband of Darlene (Kueny) Galkowski. Born in Springwells, Michigan on December 29, 1924. He was a son of the late Stephen Galkowski of Poland and Bernice (Gawrych) of Michigan. Polish was his first language. Robert attended school in Detroit, Michigan, like others during the depression he dropped out of school to help support his family. Robert got his GED in the service and went on to attend college in Ann Arbor, Michigan and at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. Robert was a 20 year United States Navy Veteran, retiring as a FTGC, and retired from Raytheon Company. He was a combat veteran of WWII, Korean War, and Suez Canal Crisis. In his younger years he loved to play ball, fly fish, summer at the lake, dance, and listen to music. He enjoyed doing cross word puzzles throughout his life, had a great sense of humour, was a devout Catholic and loved his family. Robert is survived by his wife Darlene Galkowski of 59 yrs. He was predeceased by his daughter Mary Ann Galkowski, grandson Vincent Paul Galkowski. his brother Edward Shoenrath, and sister Irene Studnick. He is also survived by his children Rita Kelly of Groton, CT, Larry Galkowski of Rockland, ME and his wife Joanna, Robert S. Galkowski of Colorado and his wife Kris, Gerald Galkowski of Newport, Teresa Warburg of Westerly, Ann Galkowski of Middletown, Peter Galkowski of Middletown and his wife Sheila Randall, 21 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. His sister Florence Foldvary of Michigan and her son Kevin also survives him. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at St. Augustin’s Church, Carroll Avenue at 9am. Burial at St. Columba Cemetery in Middletown, RI. Visiting hours will be held in the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., Newport on Friday from 4-7 PM. Donations may be made in Robert’s memory to Woman to Woman, 164 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840.