Peace for your Path...

"peace. it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart." (unknown)

Friday, April 30, 2010

how many dolphins are dying at this very moment?

Whether it be at the hands of the horrible oil spill in the Gulf, a careless boat hit, a commercial fishing net, a polluted environment or a planned dolphin slaughter in Japan, HUMAN BEINGS are the problem (and the only solution).

Help. Now. Please....

two poems by Mira (c. 1498-1550)

"So fragile this petal the earth,
as fragile as

"God has
a special interest in women
for they can lift this world to their breast
and help Him
- Mira

Damselfly, Trout, Heron by John Engels : The Poetry Foundation [poem] : Find Poems and Poets. Discover Poetry.

Damselfly, Trout, Heron by John Engels : The Poetry Foundation [poem] : Find Poems and Poets. Discover Poetry.

We are all inextricably connected.

"Hurt No Living Thing" by Christina Rossetti

"Hurt no living thing;
Ladybird, nor butterfly,
Nor moth with dusty wing,
Nor cricket chirping cheerily,
Nor grasshopper so light of leap,
Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat,
Nor harmless worms that creep."- Christina Rossetti

i can't quit crying this morning....

Why is so much of this oil spill crisis focusing on the economy rather than on the murder of marine life and birds? The ocean is their home, their nourishment, their pulse, their breath. The ocean is their LIFE.

All some humans seem to be thinking about today is the fishing/shrimping industry.


My heart is breaking.

Please help....

Robin wants you to take action on "Help Save Japan's Dolphins"!

Robin Bradley Hansel has just read and signed the petition: Help Save Japan's Dolphins

You can view this petition at:

Message from Robin Bradley Hansel:

In The Cove, a team of activists and filmmakers infiltrate a heavily-guarded cove in Taiji, Japan. In this remote village they witness and document activities deliberately being hidden from the public: More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year and their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan, often times labeled as whale meat. To really make an impact on this issue, we must get the word out in Japan and urge action from our own leaders. We believe that once the world and the Japanese people know, they will demand change. Help us save Japan's dolphins. Click the link above to demand action from our leaders!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

a wonderful article on World Labyrinth Day by Meryl Ann Butler

My friend, Meryl Ann Butler, one of the founding members of The Labyrinth Society, wrote this fabulous article.

Please read and share everywhere! Help us tell as many people as possible to "Walk as One at 1" on Saturday, May 1st.

Peace for your Path,

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

in praise of "the butterfly effect"

...what is your role? what is mine?

guilty of guilding the lily

Prayers of thankfulness were said before the last of Easter's artistic creations were consumed....

Eggs really are beautiful all on their own. Have you ever actually looked at one?

A peaceful pic of The Good Shepherd Labyrinth

Join us on Saturday, May 1st at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd to "WALK AS ONE AT 1" in honor of the second annual World Labyrinth Day!

For more about events happening all over the world, visit The Labyrinth Society.

Find a labyrinth near you on The World-Wide Labyrinth Locator!

bumpersticker wisdom

"Ignore the environment....It will go away." - Anonymous

Here's to everyone refusing to ignore....Peace for your Path, Robin

Sunday, April 25, 2010

enjoy a children's book/DVD combo and help support a wonderful cause

I am honored to have been asked to review award-winning children's author Tina Marie Turbin's delightful book Danny The Dragon "Meets Jimmy" and the newly released DVD by the same name. I enjoyed this gentle tale about Jimmy and his sister, Sally, and their dog, Freckles, who find a very special green and white talking shell on a family trip to the ocean.

Exciting things happen when the kids bring the mysterious shell home. Danny the Dragon and his navigator, Skipper, make a surprise appearance during the family's dinner. New friendships are quickly made and the stage is set for an adventure that is sure to continue in upcoming books. The cheerful illustrations by Aiija Jasuna compliment each page and will no doubt engage even the youngest reader.

Yet what made the experience of Danny The Dragon "Meets Jimmy" even more enjoyable for me was the pleasant surprise of learning about the Ms. Turbin's deep commitment to The Blossum Montessori School For The Deaf in Clearwater, Florida. While viewing the DVD, I learned that 93% of all deaf children are born to normal hearing families, but only 10% of those families learn to communicate effectively with their own children. Equally troubling is the statistic that 85% of high school graduates read at only a 3rd to 4th grade level.

This is part of what motivated Tina Turbin to partner with Carol Downing, Associate Director of Blossum Montessori School of the Deaf. Ms. Downing provides enthusiastic sign language interpretation of the story directly alongside each page which is read aloud by Janis Welch. The run time for the Danny The Dragon "Meets Jimmy" DVD is only 12 min so keeping the attention of the youngest viewer is not an issue.

Ms. Turbin has agreed to donate 50% of all the proceeds of the sale of the DVD (published by Imagination Publishing Group) to The Blossum Montessori School. The other half of the proceeds of the $24.95 DVD will be given to other charities the author supports.

Such generosity surely benefits everyone involved....

For more information visit or or

Peace for your Path,

USE LESS PLASTIC to Save Our Oceans

a springtime prayer for our planet

"Shower, O heavens, from above,
and let the skies rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation may sprout forth,
and let it cause righteousness to
spring up also;
I the Lord created it." - Isaiah 45:8

Lately, I have discovered many faith-based organizations active in the social networks that are committed to environmental conservation and protection of animals. This warms my heart, as about a year ago we left a local Christian mega-church that was making fun of environmental concerns right from their pulpit on Sunday morning....

Happily, my family and I have found many other local churches that share our love of the planet. However, this disturbing issue of people of faith taking a "hands-off" attitude toward our precious planet continues to sadden me so deeply.

Please join me in standing up as a person of faith, whatever your faith may be, to advocate for our environment and for the animals who have no voice of their own. Together, we can make a difference and model the biblical charge by God to truly exercise our "dominion" by being good stewards of His creation.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

talking turtles on Earth Day

I just recorded a very special episode of The Wisdom of the Labyrinth in honor of Earth Day 2010. My guest was Nanette Lawrenson, President of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center Foundation and Advancement. Our episode together will air on Thursday, May 27th at 10am Pacific so I hope you will listen in then.

Visit to learn more about one of my very favorite non-profit organizations.

Here is a lovely quote for today:

"We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children." - Native American proverb

Peace for your path all sea turtles and humans. May this day remind us of how we are all so divinely connected....

Happy 40th Birthday, Earth Day!

I love you Planet Earth...

If you missed last night's simulcast, you can view it all week on THE BLESSED EARTH website. Watching it is a great way to celebrate today....

Saturday, April 17, 2010

a fresh understanding of an old song....

An interesting morning led my husband and me back to some lyrics from a familiar old pop song from the 1980's.

"Kyrie Eleison" - what does this mean to you?

Kyrie - Mr. Mister

The wind blows hard against this mountainside
Across the sea into my soul
It reaches into where I cannot hide
Setting my feet upon the road

My heart is old it holds my memories
My baby burns a gemlike flame
Somewhere between the soul and soft machine
Is where I find myself again

Kyrie Eleison
Down the road that I must travel
Kyrie Eleison
Through the darkness of the night
Kyrie Eleison
Where I'm going will you follow
Kyrie Eleison
On a highway in the light

When I was young I thought of growing old
Of what my life would mean to me
Would I have followed down my chosen road
Or only wished what I could be

watch the Blessed Earth simulcast on 4/21

This is an amazing idea which I fully support....

Blessed Earth from Blessed Earth on Vimeo.

Learn more at

"Blessed Earth is an educational nonprofit that inspires and equips faith communities to become better stewards of the earth. Through outreach to churches, campuses and media we build bridges that promote measurable environmental change and meaningful spiritual growth." - quoted from The Blessed Earth website

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

walk the labyrinth tomorrow!

Join us from 10am to 12pm at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Visit for more info....Peace for your Path!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

working on the show a bit today...

....yet remembering to keep this day Holy. Peace to you and yours.

spring break day #7

Lily recovers from her time at "Dog Days" with a nap in her favorite
chair as we unpack at home on this beautiful Maundy Thursday. God is
so very, very good....