Category Archives: art

The Harmful Effects of Disrespect

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, February 4, 2017 Based on statement from @jhalifax: (Roshi Joan Halifax) “I am concerned about what disrespect is doing to the fabric of our society; incivility is normalized & is eroding moral sensibilities.” I decided to … Continue reading

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Kwan Yin, Goddess of Compassion

Kwan Yin – Compassionate Mother, Attending to those who are Suffering, the Feminine Face of Compassion Reflection by Mary E. Latela, M.Div., January 29, 2017 Two bunches of reeds, leaning against one another long enough they become connected. When Grandpa … Continue reading

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A Child Comes to Us

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, December 25, 2016 Christmas is full of paradoxes. A baby is born of a poor couple, far from home, in the bustle of a registration or census. Bethlehem is the city of the family of … Continue reading

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Already; Not Yet

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Reflection by Mary E. Latela, December 24, 2016 It is Christmas Eve, 2016, and I have just returned from a candlelight Service with Pastor Bradford Bray preaching a stunning sermon on the birth of Jesus, and how that is a sign of … Continue reading

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The Fear of Being Unneeded

Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded By H.H. The Dalai Lama and ARTHUR C. BROOKS NOV. 4, 2016 NYTimes OpEd This elegant op-ed piece is like a strong tonic, needed to build up the rather dismal attitude … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Voice

A Mother’s Voice Reflection by Mary E. Latela, 11/20/2016 Many of us who have given birth have a feeling that baby knows us, knows the sound of our voice, before birth. As a corollary, we find that we can discern … Continue reading

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The Price I Paid for Being a Writer

Reflection by Mary E Latela, @LatelaMary, November 6, 2016 I began to write seriously because I had a wonderful English teacher in the eighth grade, the late Elizabeth Connellan. Besides all the readings and memorizing vocabulary, our teacher emphasized good … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Blue Heart

Mary E. Latela @LatelaMary October 10, 2016 THE MYSTERY OF THE BLUE HEART When Emily was a kindergarten girl, she was happy when her teacher said that for Mother’s Day, they were each going to make a mosaic. She explained … Continue reading

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Mother’s Voice

   wiki.org Mother’s Voice Reflection by Mary E. Latela, 10/08/2016 Many of us who have given birth have a feeling that baby knows us, knows the sound of our voice, before birth. As a corollary, we find that we can … Continue reading

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Writing – the Price I Paid

Mary E. Latela, December 19, 2014 I dove into writing because I had a wonderful English teacher in the eighth grade, the late Elizabeth Connellan. Besides all the readings and memorizing vocabulary, our teacher emphasizes good writing, including creative writing.  In … Continue reading

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