(Virginia Hines with Patricia Burke) I am a mother, grandmother, spiritual seeker, medical practitioner and psychotherapist. I have passionate interest in the mind-body-spirit connection, from my experiential learning in different healing and spiritual traditions, as well as from studying Western research models. As a child in the countryside of Maryland, I was able to experience and appreciate the delicate relationship between people and their environment. I began writing poetry about my own relationship with the natural and social world around me, and went on to college to major in English with a plan to be a writer. What happened was quite different. Rather than finish school, I took some time off to live in California in the late 1960s, becoming involved in the anti-war and civil rights movements. These activist days planted seeds in me which germinated underground while I was in school to become a physician assistant, raise three children, work in the medical field and later return to graduate school to study psychology. During this time my husband and I settled in Concord, Massachusetts and were pretty content with our lives. There would have been no way for us to anticipate what would happen in the summer of 1997.
By Anna Von Reitz
It’s Mother’s Day. Who cares if it was a Hallmark Holiday?
The truth is that it is a celebrating of all the acts— great and small — that we all make every day of every year, to take care of and nurture others and to take care of the Earth and otherwise pay our dues.
I am very proud this day of my most recalcitrant child, my Step-Daughter, Brenda, who — having almost nothing to spare — nonetheless spent all that she had to save her cat companion, Sassy, an elderly feline who is her only companion.
Some people would say, well, the cat has had a good run…..put her down. Don’t trouble yourself. Dying is inevitable. Let it be.
But in the face of this reality, Brenda chose life. And life is worth choosing.
I am content. Despite everything, all the many ills and problems, all the disasters, all the wrong choices, all the things that weren’t right — in the end, this is right.
If all parents could look back and say— “My child chose what is good, what matters most!” — then this would be a better world.
And not just life for an elderly, cat, but life for all.
The Belle Cher family motto is “Loyale au Mort” — “Loyal unto Death”. And so they are. God bless them all.
I am proud and pleased with all my children, of every race, kind, and creed, who choose life and love. I truly don’t care what you look like, how rich or poor you are, what kind of pedigree you have or don’t have.
What I care about is that you love.
I will simply note this Mother’s Day, that my Brother-in-Law came through his by-pass surgery and that we look forward to his return to his family and his well-tended garden in Minnesota.
He has been a pillar of strength, endlessly hard-working, honest, generous and kind for all us and for his community since November 1939. He came into the world in the worst of times and we pray that he can be here to celebrate far better times to come.
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