Twinkle Stars

Stars are constant friends to me,
hidden they can be and sometimes seen,
to fill my mind with wonderings why
the stars can twinkle high up in the sky.

If I could fly with wings that soared,
my daily thoughts would not be bored,
because I’d learn from every star
how each one can shine so far.

But darkness falls as eyelids close,
from struggling out of all my clothes,
I tumble on the bed and sigh,
to watch the stars high in the sky.

Dr. Deb

Friend of the Children

When children are playing alone on the green,
in comes the playmate that never is seen.
When children are sad, lonely, or good,
The Friend of the Children comes out of the wood.

Nobody has heard him, and nobody can say,
If he is a picture that a kid may have drawn,
But he’s sure to be present, abroad or at home.

When children are happy and playing along,
He lays in the laurels; he runs in the grass,
He sings when you tinkle a musical glass;

Whenever you’re happy and cannot tell why,
The Friend of the Children has surely gone by!
‘Tis he, when at night you go off to your bed,
That bids you sleep and not trouble your head;

For wherever they’re laying, in cupboards or shelves,
‘Tis he who takes care of your play-things himself!

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I wrote that in 5th grade . . . hope none of you readers
are laughing too hard!!!

Dr. Deb

Easter Bunny Rabbit Time!

Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, is not on a set date every year as most other holidays are. It is always celebrated on a Sunday immediately following the Paschal (Passover) Full Moon date of the year. Easter is the Sunday after the first full moon on or after the day of the vernal equinox. The dates for Easter can range from March 22 through April 25 in western Christianity. The Paschal Full Moon can vary as much as two days from the date of the actual full moon, with dates from March 21 to April 18. (Vernal has to do with spring; equinox is the time when the sun crosses the equator, making night and day of equal length.)

The day before Lent, known as Fat Tuesday, is the last fling of food and fun before the fasting begins. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, a time when ashes were used to make the Cross’s sign on the forehead of the believer. Then, the week preceding Easter is known as Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with His disciples; Good Friday, which was the day of His crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between crucifixion and resurrection. Next, the fifty-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide; this includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into Heaven. The word “Lent” comes from an Anglo-Saxon word, “Lenten,” meaning spring.

The Easter bunny was said to have been introduced in America by German settlers arriving in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 1700s. According to legend, the Easter bunny brings baskets filled with colored eggs and candy to the homes of “good” children on the night before Easter.  It was also a custom for the children to build brightly colored nests, sometimes out of their caps or bonnets, for the bunny or Easter Hare to place eggs in the nest if the children had been good. (Sounds as though this custom could have been borrowed from Christmas, doesn’t it.) The first edible Easter bunnies were made of pastry and sugar and were introduced in Germany during the early 1800s.

As we think about the significance of Easter, we should consider the real meaning of this season. Spring itself is a time for awakening, renewal, and a new beginning.  Even though Easter is a serious and thoughtful time of year, all of us can enjoy hiding Easter eggs and have family gatherings to celebrate as we are reminded of the significance of the season.  Unfortunately, an unexpected issue clouds Easter just a bit because of the new rules regarding the pandemic. Hopefully, we will soon see our lives improve as we get closer to how things were before the Coronavirus interruption.

Happy Easter, everyone! Here comes the “sugar rush” from all the candy!!!

Dr. Deb

Earth Gifts

The earth offers gifts to humanity every single moment.  She shares her natural abilities and offerings with humans in multiple forms.  She creates the forests, lawns, and rain to support the trees, bromeliads, birds, snakes, fungi, butterflies, and ants.  Each and every one of them has a special story to tell.  Forests belong to the world – they breathe, grow, flourish in snow, heat, and rides out storms.  They survive frequent over-fertilization and periods of little water due to lack of rain.  Giving nature our full attention allows us to realize Mother Earth’s gifts speak to all of us – you, me, our parents, children, and friends.

Each of us can use the power of nature to nourish our creativity, imagination, and spirituality.  Nature is not simply a physical resource; it is an undiscovered treasure chest for the whole of humanity.  Nature has taught me to appreciate, with compassion and love, every single moment of this life.  Living is about the nature of humanity and its desires and dreams.

Without the gifts of Mother Nature, we wouldn’t exist. So, in honor of Mother Nature, take the time to walk in nature today, tomorrow, and well, every day.

She’s waiting for you – open the door and let some of her energy in.

Dr. Deb

Alone

She spent her life dancing to her favorite songs,

She was a little girl who was all alone.

Eyes wide open, always hoping for the sun,

She was a little girl crying all alone.

Fragile as a leaf in autumn as they fell to the ground,

Without ever making a sound.

She had a crooked little smile on her blue-eyed face,

as she starts to tell me her silent tale of grace.

She’s still a little girl standing all alone.

Wondering if she’ll ever have a home.

Dr. Deb

Silent Words

I long for a language of love and simple truths; where wrong words don’t exist.

I long to begin a silent conversation with effortless words that find the person they were spoken for; on the tail of swirling breezes from a windless dream.

I long for a time when words can be shared universally without hesitation and fear of judgment; honoring all beliefs.

I long for a time to pause at the edge of a midnight forest; breathing in the soft sweetness of the night.

I long for wildness wherever it lives – to free my longings as I dance with abandonment.

Dr. Deb

Pray for the Children

I have no parents
I made heaven and earth my parents
I never give up on others
while holding the hand of those in pain

I pray for the children
Who put chocolate fingers everywhere
Who likes to be tickled
and stomp in puddles

I pray for those behind barbed wire
Who can’t walk in new sneakers
Who have no blanket to keep warm
With no bread to steal

I pray for the children who want
to be carried and for those who must,
And I pray for those who never give up
because they didn’t get that second chance.

I pray for the photos that never sat on my dresser
once I myself learned monsters were in fact real,
I will cry from the memory of my nightmares
as I hold my hand out to you for peace.

By Dr. Deb