Author: Mary Lou Logsdon

Summertime

The Phoenix · Summertime “In summer, the song sings itself.” — William Carlos Williams We are in the fullness of summer, the season of light, vitality, and rest. A few years ago, I visited Norway during their time of high sun. Long days stretched into midnight and began anew at 4:00 a.m. I recalled the …

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A Retreat for Grieving

The Phoenix · A Retreat for Grieving “Give the sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” William Shakespeare, Macbeth Each year I look forward to writing a piece for our Retreat Issue. Often, I compose it on my way home from my annual retreat. However, this year …

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The Time is Now

The Phoenix · The Time is Now The eyes of the future are looking back at us, and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time. Terry Tempest Williams I write this as winter’s cold and ice extend across our country, shattering records unbroken for hundreds of years. Texas’ whole electric grid is failing, …

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Becoming Community

The Phoenix · Becoming Community “The most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” – Kurt Vonnegut I miss people. I miss little people, big people, happy people, crabby people. I miss the spontaneity that a safe environment supports. I miss hugging friends and rubbing …

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Holidays Upended

“You know this is our COVID year. Let’s accept it. It’s not like last year and it’s not, hopefully, going to be like next year.” — Michael Osterholm, University of Minnesota How will we enter holiday season this year? An unwanted guest is at the door—perhaps several. The villainous virus hangs in the air. The …

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Connecting and Reconnecting

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” William James I sit on my porch, morning coffee in hand, watching light expand as the sun rises above the horizon. In those first rays I catch the glint of fresh spiderwebs. They connect marigolds to basil in porch …

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The Art of Feeling

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe How are you? How do you feel? How do I feel? I am not sure. I come from a long line of people who avoided feelings–or at least conversations about feelings. My grandfather would answer those questions …

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Corona Retreat

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” — Parker Palmer Retreats. I usually schedule retreat dates with care, finding calendar space with little disruption to my life. I aim for a good chance of pleasant weather–Arizona in January, …

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One at a Time

“For fast acting relief, try slowing down.”   Lily Tomlin Our yoga instructor asks us to come to a standing position “one vertebra at a time.”  I am not that well acquainted with my vertebrae.  How many are there?  Do I take them in sequence?  What if they aren’t interested in going alone? Yoga familiarizes me with the inner workings of …

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A Hopeful Gaze Into 2020

“Hope is passion for what is possible”. Søren Kierkegaard I am looking into the New Year with a hopeful gaze. As a glass-half-full person, I grab for ribbons of hope rather than entangle myself in webs of despair. Moving into a new year and a new decade I ask myself, what gives me hope? Greta Thunburg, …

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