July 2019 E-News
Joys of Summer
"Live in the Sunshine. Swim in the Sea. Drink in the Wild Air."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson --

With summer in full swing, many of us look to slow down. Often that means being by the ocean, up on a mountain, out in the woods, or just lying down in the park - places that allow us to soak in this gloriously beautiful and astounding planet.

In her poem, ‘ The Summer Day’ , Mary Oliver reminds us to celebrate all that connects us to the natural world. Perhaps she is also nudging each of us to honor God and each other by caring for the shared home we call ‘Earth’?

Dan Quinlan

The Summer Day
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean -
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
Mary Oliver
Reflection Question
How will you honor "your one wild and precious life" this summer?

What are your plans for "your one wild and precious life?"

A Summer’s Tale

Summer is a time of light. Warm days stretching into night and blooming gardens that finally show us what they’ve been up to all winter. Straw baskets on display at local farmer’s markets are brimming with red and purple plums, succulent cherries, mouth watering peaches, watermelons with or without seeds and a rainbow of fresh vegetables. Now it’s up to us to decide how much of everything we would love to buy.

Summer is a time to lay back a while, watching clouds roll through the sky, breathing in the sweet scent of cut grass.

As a child, summer was the beach. We piled into the back seat of my father’s Ford Fairlane and made our way to heaven. We sang songs only meant for beach excursions, and ate peaches picked from a tree my mother gathered for our trip. Nearing our destination, the wild grass grew taller and white sand collected under their long billowy shafts of green. Excitement tightened its grip as the intoxicating saltwater breezes hinted the ocean was near.

As quickly as we piled into the car we piled out, racing toward the sand to stake our claim. Soon the umbrella went up and the sunscreen went on. It wasn’t long before I dove into the water splashing everyone in sight and not returning to dry land until my lips were blue.

Summer was a time to kick back as a family and feel the joy of being together. Doing things that kids and parents do. Being in the light.

Alice Barbera
Summer Music & More
"Summer Breeze"
Seals & Crofts

"Listening to the World"
An On Being Interview
with Mary Oliver
Denver Area Women's Retreat
Unleashing your Inner Power:
Exploring Healing, Mysticism and Creativity

Retreat Leader: Marjory Bankson

Estes Park, CO
September 20-22, 2019

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Boston Area Transitions Mini-Retreat
View change in your life through a spiritual lens
Norwell, MA
September 28, 2019

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Highlands Retreat Center
Allenspark, CO
October 4-6, 2019

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Duxbury, MA
October 11-12, 2019

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