Lesley Irene Shore

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Alignment

Alignment

At this year’s Winter Solstice, our sun will align with the middle of the galactic birth canal, the dark rift very close to the center of our Milky Way Galaxy.  Much has been written about...

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Making Stone Soup

Making Stone Soup

One of my favorite spiritual practices involves participating in ceremonies that honor the wheel of the year, the seasonal cycle from winter through spring, to summer then fall.  By aligning...

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The Great Turning

The Great Turning

People prefer not to think about the fact that we’re destroying our life support system.  Feeling helpless and scared, we protect ourselves from the awareness that we’re nearing a planetary...

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Learning from Sandy

Learning from Sandy

Heeding warnings of Hurricane Sandy’s impending arrival in Massachusetts, we battened down the hatches as much as possible.  I carried outdoor chairs into the basement, watering cans into the...

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Circle of Stones

Circle of Stones

Many years ago I read “A Circle of Stones” by Judith Duerk.  The repetitive “How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you, a place for you to go to be with…” evoked a...

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Mixed Blessing

Mixed Blessing

In my previous blog, I wrote about the joy of discovering our guinea hen with her newly hatched brood of keets and my excitment about how all the adults were caretaking the babies.  I hoped...

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Cooperative Edge?

Cooperative Edge?

After yet another Lyme disease infection, my husband and I decided to bring guinea fowl onto Harmony Farm.  These attractive birds supposedly eat ticks and we hoped that their presence would...

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Stone Woman

Stone Woman

Melinda Coppola, a local poet and yoga teacher, arrived at a Harmony Center event bearing a gift.  As she handed me a beautiful assemblage of stones, my heart immediately responded.  The minute...

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Skullcap

Skullcap

Herbalists read the land.  Traditional herbalists teach that the herbs we need volunteer in our back yards.  In general, herbs growing closest to our homes are for more daily use, while those...

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Nature’s Internet

Nature’s Internet

I leave for my walk hoping that it will help calm my mind and still the energy swirling inside me.  Following my usual route, I cross the pond and head into the woods.  The trail leads me...

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St. J’s

St. J’s

After waiting for the dew to dry, I walk over to Harmony Center  where one of my two Hypericum perforatum plants continues to flower.  My friends and I refer to this plant as St. J’s, staying out...

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Summer Soul-stice

Summer Soul-stice

Today, the summer solstice, is the longest day and shortest night of the year.  Summer blossoms forth from this day forward.  After today, daylight will shorten and night-time will lengthen until...

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Spring has Sprung

Spring has Sprung

Spring springs forth with great abandon and joy.  Each day brings new surprises as Earth’s creative energy finds expression everywhere I look. The landscape grows greener day by day.  Green...

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Web of Life

Web of Life

We live in a web of inter-connection, inter-dependence, and inter-relatedness - the web of life. Human beings co-evolved with nature, and in nature.  Everything in nature is genetically and...

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Practicing

Practicing

Travelling home from the hospital, I worry, “How will I finish preparing to go away?”  “How will I pack if I’m hopping around on crutches?”   I wonder, “Will I be able to enjoy my...

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Letting Go

Letting Go

I begin my walk marveling at the glorious spring day – sunshine, blue sky, warm weather.  “What more could I want.” Passing the pond, I note 2 pairs of ducks gracefully gliding through the...

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Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

I awaken to a sign of spring. Looking into the day through the bathroom window, my eyes get drawn to a fiery red area highlighted against an otherwise drab landscape.  Focusing on the color,...

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Oak

Oak

On a recent walk in woods behind Harmony Center, I feel drawn to stop and commune with a beautiful oak tree.  I admire its strong trunk and look up into its branches. ...

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Prayer

Prayer

Prayer, to me, means opening your heart, listening to its yearnings, putting those wishes into words, and sending them out to the universe with the hope that they will be "heard." I used to think...

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Trail in Woods
Walking in Woods

Walking in Woods

Sitting at the computer, my mind whirs. Busy with thoughts, ideas for a class, I organize and plan for the future. My fingers tap rapidly at the keyboard, trying to keep apace with thoughts...

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