Category Archives: Reflections

The Challenge of “Getting Real”

Carol A. Hand “The more real you get, the more unreal the world gets.” (John Lennon) *** *** Working on a book manuscript that is in part a memoir presents unique opportunities and challenges. In the editing process, I often … Continue reading

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Reflections – Early June, 2017

Carol A. Hand A cool morning breeze touches my feverish forehead while I watch the dawning struggling to breathe What is important in this moment? Loving thoughts of the next generation Gratitude for healers and visionaries who stand together in … Continue reading

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Reflections about Learning and Vision

Carol A. Hand Last night before I fell asleep, I did what I usually do. Solved a cryptogram puzzle or two. Often the quotes in the puzzle books are silly, but on rare occasions they inspire deeper reflection like the … Continue reading

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Time Travel?

Carol A. Hand One moment, I’m reliving memories of the past, driving through a snowstorm on an October night. After eating, I go to the small gas station next door to ask directions to the address Ward Wright gave me … Continue reading

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Contemplating Impermanence

Carol A. Hand *** Awakening to bird song just before sunrise Heart touched with a mixture of deep awe and sorrow Aware of the impermanence of life and beauty Wondering how many song birds will survive ‘til tomorrow In a … Continue reading

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Relationships and Responsibility

Carol A. Hand What happens when people don’t show up or fail to fulfill their obligations to others? Do absences and empty spaces symbolize what’s wrong with the world today? *** *** How can we work toward a shared vision … Continue reading

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Illusions

Carol A. Hand *** Separating fact from fiction may be more difficult than it seems *** *** Can what matters most in life be discerned when we’re programmed with false news and empty materialistic dreams? *** *** Smoke and mirrors … Continue reading

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“Integrity vs. Despair”

Carol A. Hand The mean(ingless)-stream media circus continues Celebrating the latest ignorance and cruelty Seas, air and land poisoned by hubris and greed Drones and bombs shredding lives and livelihoods Millions of refugees searching for shelter I feel the earth … Continue reading

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Editing Journal Week Five

Carol A. Hand Tuesday, March 14, 2017 The days I work on my manuscript feel sacred to me. It’s why I can’t do anything but manuscript work for dedicated blocks of time. And that’s why I don’t force myself to … Continue reading

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In a Single Frame

Carol A. Hand In a single frame Symbols of civilization juxtaposed with nature reaching ever higher for the light yearning to breathe free *** ***

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