Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Coat of Arms

Everyone needs a coat of arms. Well, maybe not everyone. Okay, I do. Here then is my coat of arms, the symbol and words of my Human Family Values, in neon (of course):

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I am grateful to many for their presence and support this past year. WARNING: the following will read like an acceptance speech at the Academy Awards. But I there is no other way but to name names and even that is paltry next to the great gifts given by the beings with such names. I am The Winner and I wish to thank...

Pema Chodron, you are numero uno Bodhisattva. Thich Nhat Hahn, you are my Thay, my gentle and masterful teacher. Susan Miller, Helen Schweitzer, Rickie White, La Sarmiento, Wendy Taylor, Fiona Grant, Heidi Mordhorst, Paul English, Sanborn Hodgkins, Glo Cantwell (aka "Mom!"), Sara Ashenburg, Carol Grunberg, Kate Cutlip, John Andrews, Susanne Bingham, Diana Deitrich, Don Wells, Lucy Langenkamp, David Smith and Eric Salmon, you have all defined "friend," played a crucial role in my healing and moved me beyond mere "healing." Carol Klem and the women of "Starting Over" at Whitman Walker's Lesbian Services Program, you have validated and supported at every every turn. Corky, the ultimate Wonderdog, no words can touch my gratitude for your steadfast companionship these past 10 years of our lives.

I can't say how many times my heart has filled with tears this past year, and each time I wrung it out it just seemed to fill up again. Somewhere along the way, it stopped filling up. Every so often gentle rains still come, and a garden grows there now. I have found this Being, life itself, to be a great friend.

i am no one
if any one, myself
never some one else
unless every one.

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At 6:04 PM, Blogger Lucy Langenkamp, RN, NP said...

i had no idea you included me in this Kristen. I am totally touched. Thank you. xo om shanti

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Yes, I'm glad I could be a part of your life this past year and help with the ups and the downs.



Sunday, July 01, 2007


Corky Joybringer Barker



At 10:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Corky Joybringer Barker an Aussie?? I've got several nephew and niece doggies that are Aussies! They're rather popular in my family! Love the name!! I need to tell you about my kitty cat...Ilka Joy! She's not so much mine as I am hers! Here she is!!

You have Corky Joybringer, and I've got Ilka Joy (ILka, Scots for "every" and taken from the last verse of Robert Burns' poem/song "Ae Fond Kiss")

I'm so glad to have found you again after all these years Kristen!!! I'm so pleased, and proud, to hear you are working with Nature Conservancy!!