Category Archives: gift

A Writer? Who, Me?

7 Steps I Took Through the Mine Fields Above my Heart Chakrah Before I Decided   to call Myself an Author! Mary Ellen Latela Reprinted 7/9/2017 Seven Steps on the Writing Ladder Having the Tools Mom was very busy with … Continue reading

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Review of The Great Spring

Natalie Goldberg weaves a mosaic of zen and writing, stories, and vivid side trips in a Must-Read Book. Review by Mary E. Latela, June 11, 2017 Natalie Goldberg exists between two rocky places – writing and zen, and she manages to … Continue reading

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June Jamboree

May your hands always be busy … May your feet always be swift…
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The Harmful Effects of Disrespect

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, February 4, 2017 Based on statement from @jhalifax: (Roshi Joan Halifax) “I am concerned about what disrespect is doing to the fabric of our society; incivility is normalized & is eroding moral sensibilities.” I decided to … Continue reading

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Kwan Yin, Goddess of Compassion

Kwan Yin – Compassionate Mother, Attending to those who are Suffering, the Feminine Face of Compassion Reflection by Mary E. Latela, M.Div., January 29, 2017 Two bunches of reeds, leaning against one another long enough they become connected. When Grandpa … Continue reading

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A Child Comes to Us

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, December 25, 2016 Christmas is full of paradoxes. A baby is born of a poor couple, far from home, in the bustle of a registration or census. Bethlehem is the city of the family of … Continue reading

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A Good Man ~ John Herschel Glenn

A Good Man. Reflection by Mary E. Latela, December 9, 2016 Poets, politicians, scientists, adventurers, cobblers, tinkers – are the stronghold upon which we build our hopes and dreams. Ralph Waldo Emerson would have recognized him,  would have been proud … Continue reading

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The Fear of Being Unneeded

Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded NYTimes OpEd by H.H. The Dalai Lama & Arthur C. Brooks, 11/4/2016 Reflection by Mary E. Latela 7/9/2017 This elegant op-ed piece is like a strong tonic, needed to build … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Blue Heart

Mary E. Latela @LatelaMary October 10, 2016 THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE HEART When Emily was a kindergarten girl, she was happy when her teacher said that for Mother’s Day, they were each going to make a mosaic. She explained … Continue reading

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