I hope each of you is finding all that you desire in our changing environment. I find myself today with many questions, few answers, much desire and unexpected grace. I offer this, one of my favorite poems, as a small gift to celebrate the new year.
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
© Wendell Berry. This poem is excerpted from “The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry” and is reprinted with permission of the author and Counterpoint Press.
I want to take just a moment to acknowledge the passing of our beloved cat Yogi.
Many of you knew him. He was an ambassador for stopping and smelling the roses – or more to his point – to pet the cat. Our entire neighborhood knew Yogi and had their own special relationship with him. Several times throughout the week, someone would be sitting on our front lawn with Yogi sitting alongside them.
Ross and I decided we would put a notice on our front lawn that Yogi had died so his neighbors and passersby would know. We have been so blessed by this amazing tuxedo cat. We know neighbors from blocks away because of him. Strangers have stood in the front yard and cried with us and shared their stories. Some have brought flowers. One gentleman said, he heard a story that when a pet dies, they leave their tail in your heart and when you feel your heartbeat it is them saying hello. I love life in all its ways – sorrow, love, connection and more life.
This is the notice we put up a photo of the board after a week of remembering Yogi.
He never met anyone he didn’t like.
2004 – 2017
A Family & Community Cat
Thank you, Yogi, for making us smile, giving us respite and for being you.
To neighbors & passersby:
Thank you for loving Yogi and letting him love you. Each of you made him happy.
We miss him and will ALWAYS remember him with love, respect and a smile.
Please feel free to write him a note.
This is a photo of the messages people left on the board
as they passed by and acknowledged Yogi.
Thank you Yogi for everything you brought to our world!
Beginning January 9, I will be doing a six month course called Compassionate Self Care for caregivers. It is sponsored by Revere Court in Sacramento. This is an innovative and committed course. If you are interested you can register by calling Revere Court at 916-392-3510. I hope you’ll join us.
Compassionate Self Care
An intensive six-month course for caregivers
Second & Fourth Tuesday of each month
Beginning January 9
2:00 – 3:30
Revere Court Memory Care
7707 Rush River Drive
Sacramento, CA 95831
Explore life-changing ways to cultivate compassionate self care in the midst of caregiving.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
• Learn new ways to communicate
• Practice tension releasing techniques
• Acknowledge ongoing losses and live in hope
• Practice acceptance and live peacefully
• Learn what to consider when making difficult decisions
• Cultivate lasting self compassion & care
• Unravel limiting beliefs that block self care
• Explore ways to light up and have fun.
This 6-month course is free of charge but you must register in advance
Space is limited! Please register by January 8, 2018 at 916-392-3510