“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.”
— Jessica Harrelson
“In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”
— Mark Twain
“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.”
— John Muir
I hope you are well and happy and enjoying the joyful enthusiasm of the glorious springtime. I also hope that you are being grateful for your mothers! It is a lovely time to contemplate the strengths that our mothers transmitted to us and to cultivate them!
I will also include my annual Mother's Day reminder of the genesis of the holiday - a proclamation in 1870 from Julia Ward Howe in response to the Civil War which was an appeal for women to unite for peace in the world.
We are fortunate to be able to be peacefully together this coming Sunday at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. at 6 PM. We will enjoy sitting/walking (outside - weather permitting)/sitting, I will offer a talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us. Please note the change...usually this 2nd week we meet at Cindy's home. - we will meet at the West home next week.
Please continue to keep Laura French in your prayers She is doing better, is more alert and she appreciates getting cards at
South County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
740 Oak Hill Rd, North Kingstown, RI 02852
Also you might like to help to strengthen our Sangha by using our google group. It is a wonderful way to communicate directly with each other. You can let us know of the need for prayers, ride sharing, upcoming events, etc. Contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate.
Also, here is a lovely article by Sister Dang Nghiem about her visit to Vietnam to be with Thay...
Meeting Thầy’s Life Force
and...as if wonderful talks and a beautiful springtime is not enough...
the hummingbirds are back! what a miraculous cosmos! Enjoy!!!
with much love and the joyful enthusiasm of springtime for all of you and your mothers who are continuing beautifully through you,
Original Mothers' Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe 1870
Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of 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 been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country 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 is not the balance of justice.” Blood does 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 and commemorate the dead. Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each learning after his own time, the sacred impress, not of Caesar, 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.