As summer slipped away I found myself at first resisting the autumn chill yet no sooner did the lovely colors arrive and I said a quick hurray and went on. I drive east to Annapolis along the beautiful Rte 70 quite often and the trees there truly put on a show. So I decided to invite a friend and we went for a days drive down to Skyline Drive entering at Front Royal Virginia and wending our way along. We stopped at several of the overlooks. At the lower altitudes the trees were so colorful and as we drove higher the cloud cover blotted out the views and the air got wetter. We had a nice lunch at a store with a lunch counter  on the drive then we went on a bit, but the predicted rain was getting heavier and we decided to return home so we could beat the rush hour traffic.

What a glorious drive. The traffic was light and it was easy to pull

Skyline Dr, VA

Skyline Dr, VA


Skyline Dr , VA

Skyline Dr , VA

over at the overlooks jump out,  take some photographs and enjoy the vistas and move on.

Today on NPR I heard the Skyline Dr recommendation for Fall colors. Yes I second that!!

Skyline Drive, VA

Skyline Drive, VA

Juan Felipe Herrera at The Library of Congress Sept 15th Our New Poet Laureate

Dr James H Billington started the program speaking of the choice of  Juan Felipe Herrera as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. He also spoke of previous Poet Laureates and their choices of projects that they achieved during their tenure. Wonderful  Projects like the favorite poem project by Robert Pinsky in 1997 and Ted Kooser’s project to create space and presence for poetry in American Culture by providing  a free  weekly column for newspapers and periodicals and Natasha Tretheway’s project of exploring societal issues through poetry’s lens in a series of reports with PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown, as part of the show’s Poetry Series just to name a few.

Juan Felipe calls poetry Freedom and he is right. This is what he said to NPR

“Poetry is a call to action and it also is action. Sometimes we say, “This tragedy, it happened far away. I don’t know what to do. I’m concerned but I’m just dangling in space.” A poem can lead you through that, and it is made of action because you’re giving your whole life to it in that moment. And then the poem — you give it to everyone. Not that we’re going to change somebody’s mind — no, we’re going to change that small, three-minute moment. And someone will listen. That’s the best we can do.”

I was honored to be at this wonderful reception and reading by our new Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. I was able to get some photographs of Juan Felipe during the reception and also later at his reading. There was a wonderful Balada and spoken word performance which was put together in an earlier ballad class presented by Juan Dies, Juan Felipe’s friend. The words were written  by the attendees of the class:   I have recorded most of the words spoken by Juan Felipe here accompanied by the beautiful guitar music of Juan Dies who often frames Juan Felipe’s own poetry in just this way :

I want to sing about it about a woman who died   her name was Sandra Bland they say she committed suicide.  It was the 10th of July in Texas the police arrested her just because she didn’t blink the lights right and took her to jail. She was a brave African American she who knew her rights she was a great  activist and she stood up against the police. Brian was a mean man he thought too much of himself and he abused Sandra Bland and now everybody knows. Sandra knew about all the dangers of discrimination, she shouted out “Black Lives Matter” and that was her doom. When Brian told Sandra, “Put out that cigarette” she said “no sir, I know my rights.”

Brian was so upset he just yanked her out of the car with violence and with pushes and with force he arrested her. She was in jail for three days no one knew what had happened to her with a plastic bag they say she committed suicide. “Please everybody you know, violence is going to continue even though you have a video that may not save you.”

There was more, unfortunately my iPhone photo app was suddenly full, so I missed the last bit. It wasn’t much longer, but so beautiful and I am going to put up what I have on You Tube.

I was moved to tears more than once by the poetry of Juan Felipe. It is so real and so deep, so honest and so free. The son of Mexican migrant workers Juan Felipe was encouraged to use his voice by his 3rd grade teacher who had him get up in front of class and sing. When he finished his song she told him what a beautiful voice you have Juan Felipe and so his journey with words began.

This wonderful woman was present for this event along with Juan Felipe’s family and friends from Riverside CA. Recently has been the California State Poet Laureate.

The poetry of Juan Felipe Herrera speaks to the richness of color and life of the earth and her bones, he writes of the journeys of man, the war and famine the soldier and suicide, the soldier and mental illness… ” all those lives    never go away      they burn they burn ”       He writes with a kindness and gentleness, with a scream and a rhythm that is this life. He writes with honesty and the freedom of the gritty and the Light.

The first photo is of myself and Grace Cavalieri at the Library of Congress.


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This is what Juan Felipe read as his closing poem. He wrote this poem for the event.


Let it begin – you say, crimson fibers &

solar epoch rise up at the broken spoke of

the life highway

bones of ragged singers the ones you find painted in

street shadow life


the ones made of sugar, black coffee, tin can drink

asleep by the mountain scar – they

still keep songs woven on brown-off-white belts


let grandfather fire Tatewari tear himself

for the ache sweet waters of mother waves Aramara

teal glaze ocean – red beads sea speak here


speak here:

long and ancient strings splintered

tiny guitar plywood sanded down

sit here – this corner by Fanta machines teetering

gas pump road to Guadalajara —






Here I am down the road a few years from where I started trying to say a few things to those who might listen or argue or be somewhat entertained by my thoughts about acupuncture,  5000 years of Chinese practice might mean something! Acupuncture had saved me from terrible, lousy, allergies.

I also spoke of energy healing and the fact that there was more than one galaxy.

The fact that we ( our consciousness at that time) didn’t really know it all.. Meditation and Yoga!! Yes all this, so powerful, and such a contribution to our society at that time and now today it’s all normal!!! Such a difference. It’s all mainstream.

So I at one point got discouraged gave up and let go and now I’m back, meditation and Yoga, I have lost that weight, and my Beloved Teacher Sai Maa who brought me home, home again, to what you ask,  to the Divine within, that’s her lovely lovely work in this world. To bring us back to that experience of the Divine within.

My first trimester of pregnancy with my third child just about wiped me out with upper respiratory congestion, trying to breathe at night, asthma, wheezing and  the whole breathless catastrophe. Oh man, imagine my relief when I was finally treated by the best acupuncturist in the Washington DC area. We made a trade, I would work as a receptionist Saturday mornings and he would treat me.

What a difference, 6 weeks of treatment and I was no longer sneezing or congested. I was breathing easily and walking tall! Soon after I started studying with Dr Wu and doing energy healing work which was my specialty with some of his clients. What a gift to study with such a great Master Acupuncturist.

To this day I am still practicing energy healing and I am my self a Master Healer.

At 71 I am a happy, healthy and delighted Human Being.

My teacher today, Sai Maa, teaches us the Divine state of being and as an Enlightened Master and a living Saint raises our vibration and what I know now is that, that is the job of a teacher….to raise our vibration, to inform us and heal ourselves in that exchange.

Maa as a living saint has a signature program called the Journey of Profound Healingwww.sai-maa/profound during which she cuts the roots of those haunting and injurious traits that run from  generation to generation, such as depression and suicide which runs in my family, could be abuse and heavy alcoholism whatever……  You can find out more about Maa at

I would like to acknowledge my poetry teacher and mentor, Grace Cavalieri. I do so love words and the art of poetry. Grace has been a tremendous contribution to my life as a poet, as a woman and for her tremendous contributions to the lives and words of all the many poets she has made eternal by her recordings with their interviews at The Library Of Congress at “The Poet and the Poem.”

You can find my interview along with my fellow West Virginian and dear friend, the poet Sonja James at Part 2 at this address 

How I love you, My Maa and how I love you Dearest Grace. I am so grateful for you. Your appreciation and encouragement of my poetry craft.Your guidance and editing. I am so grateful.

So In september there will, I hear, be a huge influx of energy to our beloved Mother Earth. This to raise the energy, enliven and enlighten the consciousness of the planet. God knows we need it.

With so much of our world stuck in we versus them it is time to go to work. Raise your own vibration through meditation, dancing and the enjoyment and self expression of our lives in gratitude for this life. Somewhere you agreed to come here to this earth at this time to bring in a world of Peace and Prosperity.

A state of joy and Knowledge of our own individual Divinity.

Are you ready to roll? Come on Come on!!

Grace Cavalieri with the Poet Laureate  Charles Simic.

Grace Cavalieri with the Poet Laureate Charles Simic.


Grace with Sue Silver and Sonja James  at the Library of Congress, Washington DC  The Poet and The Poem 2014

Sia  Maa in India

Sia Maa in India

The love of my Beloved Sai Maa, heals the world.

Here is one of my poems written at a wonderful workshop with the poet and neurologist Frederick Foote.


I am from infant failing to thrive

saved by intramedullary feedings

saved with Mother’s milk.

I am from always the new person

on the block.

From unknown to maybe you’re OK,

milk bottles delivered to the house

air raid drills under the desk

Rock ‘n Roll and Elvis

I am from the ocean, clean salty swell, surfing the waves

on 8 foot boards at Piha beach, black sands and riptides,

sweet parties at the Surf Club, 1960’s

Scuba diving, in the caves of the Poor Knights Islands

I have travelled on the Oronsay to this new home down under

the land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand,

the Maori. Mother’s friends and family.

I am from divorce and decree, Catholic school and rules,

writing, writing and my first Brownie camera.

Poetry, stories and photographs

The Newmarket Swim club, sunburn and swim meets.

I am from the red phone box, press button B to speak

the sailboat adventures with friends, on the 36 foot sloop with ketch rigging,

winning the race at the Akarana yacht club,

nightime sailing in the cold, warmed with coffee and a drop of rum,

I am from Scuba diving in caves at the Poor Knight’s Islands.

Nursing school and Post graduate studies , the Ann Arbor riots

I am from Meditation, Kriya Yoga, energy healing and growth

Soul retrieval,


Travelling through profound healings.


Hillary's sister and Maid Of Honor with Hillary and Danica. Such beauties !!

Hillary’s sister and Maid Of Honor with Hillary and Danica. Such beauties !!

Hillary Topping and Thaddeus Stamps my daughter and her love Thaddeus recently married at a lovely ceremony at the Carrollton Inn in Baltimore, MD.  What a lovely setting for a very beautiful ceremony planned and executed in 10 days by my dear daughter Hillary and her Beloved.

It was a lovely gathering of close friends and family in such a unique place. Lots of photos here.

This is Mr and Mrs Thaddeus  and Hillary Stamps, Their children Danica and Decimus Stamps and her friends. Decimus and Grayson, Pip and Hillary and Danica.I love my dress

At the Reception

At the Reception

Throwing the Bouquet

cutting the cake together as we will share  our lives deeply  in love and Light  always my love

cutting the cake together
as we will share our lives
in love and Light
always my love

on the left, my grand daughter with two friend at her parents wedding.

getting kind of tired

getting kind of tired

Danica Stamps

Danica Stamps

More DanicaMonk, Thaddeus and Hillary

the light play

Decimus and Grayson. Just lovely. Lovely lovely, lovely.


IMG_1454Stopped by the river today for a visit, the air had a sweet breeze blowing so gently and the light was delicious.

I took my friend’s little dog Dusty, a Tibetan Spaniel. An easy companion, we sat on the dock for the longest time, just watching the light play with the clouds and the waves. A nice place to be after a good days work. Outside at last.IMG_1452IMG_1463

New Blog Theme

Lots of rain happening for us here and we are happy to have it. What better task to undertake on such a day as to look around for a new theme. One that might show off my photographs and blog content better. I hope you like this new look. Let me know.

The Healer’s Internship and a Weekend at Albany

For the past eighteen months I have been in a program called The Transformational Healer’s Program as an Intern to the Enlightened Master Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi. Mary Sise started this program with Sai Maa and I feel so honored to be a part of it.

I went to Albany, NY  last year to attend an event with Mary Sise LCSW, DCEP.  Mary was to give what are called Personal Sessions to individuals at the event. Mary Sise does Sai Maa Personal Energy Sessions.I am getting ready to go again this month June 18th through the 21st. I am so looking forward to this!!

Sai Maa is a spiritual luminary and global humanitarian,  who gifted her massage table and the Shakti of her personal energy sessions to Mary, who has been a student of Sai Maa for almost 15 years and serves as Director of the Transformational Healers Program. This reflects the importance of the continuation of Sai Maa’s energetic healing legacy for the world and Mary’s role in this work. Sai Maa has a mission of global enlightenment through personal transformation and self-mastery.

Sai Maa shared this announcement while addressing 170 participants at an advanced workshop for healers on May 9, 2014 in Albany, NY.

Sai Maa’s website is at

The Personal Sessions are a transference, clearing and raising of our own energetic fields which have the effect of giving the receiver a conscious experience of what can only be called “heaven”.

Mary Sise is a very interesting and amazing woman herself.I am going to quote from her website here…” An international speaker, teacher, counselor, and author known for her pioneering work in the field of energy psychology relating to the treatment of trauma, and her work in exploring the spiritual dimension of the soul and its integral relationship to authentic healing. Her warm, witty, and authentic approach makes her a frequently sought after speaker.

Condensing years of work and innovations in the field, Mary co-authored the ground-breaking book The Energy of Belief: Psychology’s Power Tools to Focus Intention & Release Blocking Beliefs with psychologist Sheila Sidney Bender, PhD. She has developed several teaching and self-help tools. ” Mary’s website is at

Our Healer’s Internship program has been the most wonderful Journey I have ever undertaken.


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In Annapolis

In Annapolis

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In Annapolis this week we have had some lovely snowstorms. Driving to work yesterday was definitely challenging, but I do have those years of driving in Michigan which will last you forever.At least I think so. I would drive to downtown Detroit from Ann Arbor on Sundays for meditation with Yogacharya J Oliver Black, a devotee of Paramahansa Yogananda who started a meditation and satsang group called Self Realization Fellowship or SFR back in the 1950s.
Mr Black was definitely an enlightened Master in his own right and had a fairly large group of people who attended the Sunday meditation at a beautiful old church in Detroit.

I remember the many beautiful and deep experiences of meditation I had then and how those experiences gave and continue to give me such peace in my life.
My present teacher is Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi, an Enlightened Master with whom I have been studying for the last 6 years. This is my 7th year with Sai Maa. I feel very blessed and I am so grateful to have Maa in my life. Her teachings are very clear and down to earth. They can be found on her website and at the bookstore on that website a book called Petals of Grace.

Today I went for a great walk down to the river and took some photos. The contrast of the snowy river and the boats is lovely.

Hanukkah and Christmas

It is the season of Hanukkah and the season of Christmas. The season for giving and greeting. Old friends and family new friends and traditions. The marrying of the old and new.
Give in gratitude to the Divine within you, just a few minutes of your time. Give that attention to celebrate your life, the preciousness of this human life.
How blessed we are no matter our age or state at this time in our lives.
Give this gift of your attention and gratitude in quiet, in stillness within or in prayer
Allow the Divine to flow through you, fill your heart with that love, that joy.
Blessings to you all, dear readers.
Wishing you all Love, Joy, Peace and Prosperity in the New Year.