Tag Archives: oppression

Looking Up

Carol A. Hand Looking up Watching the eagles gliding high above treetops in the hazy cloudless sky on this Sunday morning the beginning of July Enjoy peaceful moments while you can before fireworks signal warning “The rockets’ red glare, bombs … Continue reading

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Blessed Rain

Carol A. Hand I swear I can feel the tension building among thirsty trees and plants anxiously waiting for life-giving rain to bless their day – at last I breathe a sigh of relief as healing drops finally begin to … Continue reading

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What’s in a Title?

Carol A. Hand What deeper messages do titles convey? That’s a question that arises as I contemplate a powerful poignant book I just finished reading, Beyond Two Worlds: A Taiwanese-American Adoptee’s Memoir & Search for Identity by Marijane Huang. I … Continue reading

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Finally Spring Snippets

Carol A. Hand *** After waiting patiently through summer, fall, and snow a mystery of the willow is finally revealed *** *** Catkins bloom on swaying branches as gentle breezes blow answering my question about gender, an enigma unsealed *** *** … Continue reading

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History Keeps Repeating

Carol A. Hand I wonder how many have experienced being a sensitive child born into a world of chaos and abuse. Perhaps your first memories are similar to the ones described in a post I wrote years ago for a … 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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Somedays, I Wonder What Is True

Carol A. Hand “Love …. For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest … Continue reading

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“It’s Not Just What You’re Given”

Carol A. Hand There are those who build walls and gated communities to protect privileges and possessions And there are those who courageously reach out with compassion across borders that divide to ease the suffering of others during desperate times … Continue reading

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Pondering Power and Possibilities

Carol A. Hand Do you ever begin writing without a clear message or destination in mind? Yesterday and today are like that for me. I’m still surrounded by a sea of ice permanently bonded to sidewalks and earth, watching as … Continue reading

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