Author: Deb Avery

Removing Our Blinders: Living Life With A 360 Degree View.

  By Deb Avery   It has been a difficult past few days for many of us. The compassionate, empathic collection of cells that I am has been on a roller coaster ride of emotions. With the realization that Donald Trump, a man who has wheeled and dealed his way through life, using racial slurs, misogyny and intolerance as a platform for his campaign, I find myself very concerned for this country and the people of the United States. Am I the only one? No, of course not. Not only am I not the only one, but I think...

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Legends of Halloween: Myths or Truths?

  By Deb Avery   When exactly did Halloween begin? It depends on whom you ask. Many countries and cultures the world over celebrate a day (or night) in honor of the dead. Some say the first celebration, known as the night when the veil between the spirit world thins, was of Scottish/Celtic origin many, many centuries ago. However, I have a feeling that in some way shape or form this night of honor—this sometimes frightful night of spirits walking among us—has been going on for millennial. The custom of wearing masks began in Ireland. It was a Celtic...

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Kindness to All Living Beings, Both Big & Small.

  By Deb Avery The ravens are calling again outside my open window. The lyrical, mystical part of my mind tells me they are wondering where I am, for it’s been a couple of days since I’ve been able to be up and about, much less outside, due to illness. Perhaps they’ve missed me? We can never fully appreciate the intelligence of the animals, plants and trees that live here with us. But for me, I have seen and felt enough to know this: communion is not only possible—nor is it only restricted to those with a PhD in...

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One Pebble Can Make a Tsunami: Let’s Be the Change.

  By Deb Avery Bombarded with negative news and events on a daily basis, we all know the feeling of hopelessness and what it can do to us and our emotions. After awhile, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and simply want to turn away from all the images of suffering and violence being done to the people, the animals, and our world. The scale of tragedies today is mind boggling. The injustice, starvation, greed, hate, violence and loss of life—is enough to bring any of us to our knees from the sheer weight of all the suffering. We may feel...

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Buddhist with a Pagan Heart.

  By Deb Avery   From my experiences on this planet, religion has taken the experiences, daily practices and habits by extraordinary people over the ages, and turned it into a complicated, sometimes dogmatic, highly ritualistic and exclusive way of living. All religions are based on people and experiences, class and gender restrictions at the time, and many other variable attributes of culture, idealism and local legends and beliefs. In saying this, I don’t mean to diminish religions that have built upon experiences that have led people to a better way of life, inspired an awareness of the ever...

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