12-31-13 Happy New Year - Please read - January Schedule


The ancestors we honored in years past.

Dear Friends,
We have successfully completed another trip around the sun! It is wonderful to have such sweet traveling companions!  I hope you and yours have a wonderful new year filled with every blessing.
Let's celebrate! We will be gathering at our home on  the First Sunday of the month, January 5 at 6 PM to welcome the New Year with our ceremony to honor our ancestors. We will ring in the New Year with bells….so…please bring a photo of an ancestor or two whom you would like to honor…and please bring a bell, if you have one…and if you have more than one, please bring another to share. I hope you can  be with us. Please RSVP if you are coming, so we can arrange the space.

The Mind Tamers will be meeting on the 14th and  28th of January. It will be good to be able to begin the New Year together.

In the meantime, you can watch Thay's New Year's eve talk from Plum Village at:
Robert and Monica will be offering another Half Day of Mindfulness at their home on January 11, 9:30-2:30.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend…all of the info is below.
Also, please remember that there will be a Day of Mindfulness in Franklin, MA on Jan 25th.
Day of Mindfulness — Franklin, Massachusetts Saturday, January 25, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Changing the World from the Inside Out: Cultivating the Courage to Love Ourselves, Each Other, and This Beautiful Planet
Registration form at
More information: Susan Emmer Schmidt, 781-985-4911
I hope you can join us for one or more of these events….
In the meantime, here are a couple of things to brighten your new year….
start the new year with the highest and best of humanity….an Ode to Joy!
If increasing your exercise is one of your resolutions, you might consider this…it is a delight!


And most importantly, for the new year, may our boundless love pervade the whole universe…(we have hard evidence that it has reached Mars!) 

NASA photos of Mars
with much love and best wishes for keeping an open and loving heart this coming year,
Half Day of Mindfulness!
Why: An opportunity to deepen our practice by supporting each other.
Where: At Robert and Monica’s house, 24 Mallory Lane in Wakefield RI
When: Saturday, January 11th from 9:30AM to 2:30PM
What: We will practice sitting and walking meditation as well as listen to a dharma talk and engage in dharma sharing.
Important Details: 1) Bring your own lunch, Monica and I will provide hot tea; 2) RSVP since we have limited space—emailing Robert at vanhorn0@gmail.com