— (c) Cat Charissage, 2015, detail, Queen of Her Own Heart

Dear Friends,

Full moon, lunar eclipse, and Spring Equinox just a couple of days ago, trees budding out and many with that dreamy cloud of green hovering around their branches, so many new beginnings are here.  Yet some things have ended, as well.

A dear friend’s spouse died early this morning, unexpectedly. Though he’d had health challenges, no one thought his actual life was in danger.  He was in his prime, doing work/service he loved and for which he’d prepared all his life.  I’m still in shock, not yet even beginning to mourn.  They have four children between the ages of 12 and 19.  My friend is a member of our Story Circle which has been meeting monthly for more than 5 1/2 years.

Last year at this time another member of our Story Circle was in her final weeks before passing from a recurrence of cancer.  Both, and.  Both beginnings and endings.

Dr. Estes often tells us that we always are in life-death-life cycles.  Is it the night between two days?  I hope.  Hearts can be so big, big enough that when broken, can be broken open.

Both/And.  Broken/Open.  So grateful for those whom we love as we now begin life without some of those whom we love.

With much love,