A fingerprint remains the same for a lifetime, even as layers of skin wear away amd are replaced by new ones. Surface patterns reflect deeper structures – layers,…or embedded crystals and fossils, faults and folds – they will change continuously as slow abrasion reveals a slightly different view.

– Margaret W. Carruthers, beach stones text (photographs by Josie Iselin)


We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

– T.S. Elliot

Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.

Brené Brown

I wish I could tell you that I have always had a clear sense of my iown self-worth, my inherent dignity as a human being. The truth of the matter is that I needed someone to let me know that I was seen to feel like a human being.

May we live like this. May we see each other for who we are, for what we are. May we face each other, seeing and being seen. Loving and being loved. May we see all of each other. May we see all of us. May we be seen.

– Omid Safi, The Power of Being Seen for Who We Are (https://onbeing.org/blog/omid-safi-the-power-of-being-seen-for-who-we-are/)




Play is the highest form of research.

– Albert Einstein


Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

– Leonard Cohen, Anthem

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

– Joseph Campbell

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.

If it were always a fist or always stretched open, You would be paralyzed.

Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced

And coordinated as birdwings.

– Rumi

Books Worth Reading

Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, Start Where You Are – A Guide to Compassionate Living, Welcoming the Unwelcome ~ Pema Chodron

The Anatomy of Change ~ Richard Strozzi Heckler

Wherever You Go, There You Are ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

A Path with Heart, No Time Like the Present ~ Jack Kornfield

Diving in the Inner Ocean ~ Dominic C. Liber

Einstein’s Dreams ~ Alan Lightman

Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, The One Life We’re Given  ~ Mark Nepo

Awakening – A Paradigm Shift of the Heart ~ Rodney Smith

Through Forests of Every Color ~Joan Sutherland






Photographs and Art:

  • Ansel Adams
  • Josie Iselin – beach stones, heart stones, sea glass 
  • Andrew Wyeth

Poetry and Prose:

  • John Brandi
  • Renee Gregorio
  • John O’Donohue
  • Mary Oliver
  • David Whyte


  • Will Ackerman
  • Shawn Colvin
  • Aaron Copland
  • John Denver
  • Earth, Wind, and Fire
  • Dan Fogelberg
  • Michael Hedges
  • Peter Kater
  • Joni Mitchell
  • James Taylor


Apps & Tools


Insight Timer

Sounds True


On Being with Krista Tippett

Sounds True

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