I am blooming as a flower, I am fresh as the dew...
Thich Nhat Hanh
People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
~Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat
The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers. ~Basho
A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more
than the metaphysics of books.
Flowers don't worry about how the're going to bloom.
They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful. ~Jim Carrey
I hope this finds you turning toward the light, blooming beautifully and being able to share all of your gifts with everyone...just as the flowers do!
And great joy...I put out the hummingbird feeder today and within an hour four hummingbirds were at our feeder! What a cosmos! If you want a front row seat to the miracles unfolding... go to
There will be a gathering Sunday evening, the 12th, at 6 PM at the home of Cindy West. Directions are below. There will be sitting/walking/sitting meditation. Cindy will be facilitating this meeting and the focus is the book "Fear" by Thich Nhat Hanh. She will offer a synopsis of the reading for this month and this will be followed by a sharing of the Dharma. I hope you will be able to enjoy this lovely opportunity to deepen our understanding together.
…this from Cindy
We are not too difficult to find…
We live about 2 miles from URI. From rt 138, go north onto Old North Rd. (across the street from big sign “Used Books, Old North Rd”. Also, just a smidge west of the 138/108 traffic light). Old North Rd starts off as a one way, continues on as a two way street, and finally ends as a T. You will see our corner property from there. Go left at the T (Old North Rd meets Stoneyfort Rd), and then a quick right onto Plantation Dr. We are the first home on the right (2nd driveway is easiest). Come on in the side door (porch/kitchen)!
I hope you can come!
A deep bow of gratitude to Cindy for hosting this gathering.!
There will also be a Generations Sangha (for all ages) this coming Saturday, May 11, at 10 AM.This is usually held at Westminster Unitarian in East Greenwich, but because there is a wedding, it will be held at the Bell Street Chapel in Providence. If you think that it is important to share the practice with children and you are free on Saturday morning, I hope you will consider joining us to help support the children and their parents. The following is from Eric…
Just to confirm, we will plan to have the Generation Sangha gathering this coming Saturday 5/11 at 10:00 in PROVIDENCE, not East Greenwhich due to wedding event at the church there. Joanne Friday will be able to join us this month! The themes will be appreciation for our mothers, and being peace together. The meeting location is shown below. As always, there will be children’s programs and snacks afterwards. I hope you will be able to come!
Meeting Location: 5 Bell St, Providence, RI 02909
Jennifer has created a beautiful flyer to publicize our meetings. I have included it as an attachment. I hope that you will each make a couple of copies and post them in places where you think there might be interest. Thank you…and Thank Jennifer!
There are still a few places available at the Aldersgate Retreat. If you can join us from May 17-21….go tohttp;//www.joannefriday.com for information and registration forms. I hope you will be able to be with us, it is wonderful to be able to be together to deepen our practice. Also financial help is available if it is needed.
I am also including my annual sharing of the first Mother’s Day proclamation by Julia Ward Howe. This was following the Civil War...the intention was peace. I think it is helpful to remember it's origins and perhaps to strengthen our commitment to look deeply at the causes and conditions that lead to war and transform them in ourselves and in our society....let's do it! It's been almost 200 years!! I do hope you all have a wonderful, peaceful day and can see the highest and best of your mother being continued in you.
I also hope that you will be able to be with us for Saturday, or Sunday, or the 17 th-21st or all of the above!!!
with much love, many hugs and a shower of cherry blossom petals for you,
Mother’s Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe*, 1870
The First Mother’s Day proclaimed in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe was a passionate demand for disarmament and peace.
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or tears!
Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have taught them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”
From the bosom of the devastated earth, a voice goes up with our own. It says, “Disarm, Disarm!”
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail & commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesars but of God.
In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.
Biography of Julia Ward Howe
US feminist, reformer, and writer Julia Ward Howe was born May 27, 1819 in New York City. She married Samuel Gridley Howe of Boston, a physician and social reformer. After the Civil War, she campaigned for women rights, anti-slavery, equality, and for world peace. She published several volumes of poetry, travel books, and a play. She became the first woman to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1908. She was an ardent antislavery activist who wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic in 1862, sung to the tune of John Brown’s Body. She wrote a biography in 1883 of Margaret Fuller, who was a prominent literary figure and a member of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Transcendentalists. She died in 1910.