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Tears of A Bud

tear of the bud

It was winter, with trees asleep and dreaming of spring. In the cold and quiet of morning, the sun-warmed icy branches bloomed with drops of water. I took the shot.

The artist and painter, Philippe Pherivong, saw my photo, and called the image “the tears of a bud.”

The phrasing, more than the image, reminded me that where there is life, there is movement. Even in what appears to be stillness. Even though you feel you are waiting. Process is the path of living things. Change. Growth. Life is the glorious and bittersweet unfolding of continuous becoming. The tears of a bud waiting to be born.

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New York’s Irish Heart

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day…

NY's Manhattan Bridge

Photo: Toni Tan

“Scaffolding” by Seamus Heaney

Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding;

Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.

And yet all this comes down when the job’s done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone.

So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me,

Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall,
Confident that we have built our wall.


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Year of the Horse

January 31, 2014 Leave a comment

Happy New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

moon horse

That beautiful snake slithered away on its reptilian belly, just clearing the hooves of the horse, who galloped in on the new moon. The warm blooded Chinese horse is a burning flame and this year’s wood horse will feed the fire.

It’s your horse, it will carry you, with its incredible power and spirit. Look into its big, beautiful eyes and you will see loyalty, independence and a little bit of a rebel heart. It’s time for adventure.

C’mon, let’s go for a ride.

Happy Trails….

xo, Toni

horse 2014

More Light

December 22, 2013 Leave a comment


Scoll ahead to 38:59 to hear Chris Stevens’ presentation.

The Winter Solstice….

In astronomy, the seasons move in celestial cycles. As the earth rotates around the sun, it also spins on its own axis, which tilts towards the plane of its rotation (about 23.5 degrees). The northern hemisphere receives less direct sunlight.

Days of less and less light, moving towards the birth of winter and a new year. The sun appears at its lowest point in the sky, unmoving on the horizon. “Solstice” translates from the Latin “sun” and “standing still”. And in this shift, the northern hemisphere experiences its first moments of winter. And the annual winter solstice begins.

This marks the shortest day. It is also the longest night. After the darkest dark, the sun will again ascend in the northern sky as the days begin to grow longer. It is the Earth returning to light. There will be more light. And more light.

Eileen O’Toole and Roses

December 19, 2013 Leave a comment

It was my great pleasure to film my dear and talented friend from Ireland, Eileen O’Toole, during her New York visit. Here is Eileen’s moving rendition of Kevin Quain’s haunting song, Roses. It reminds me of Rumi’s words:

“First, he suffered from the troubles of the thorn, but in the end, everything turned into a rose for him.”

Take A Pin To Your Ego

December 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Take a pin to your ego.

It’s hot air in an old balloon.
Jung said, There is no coming into consciousness without pain.”

Do it.
You will feel better. We all will feel better.

ego!

Nelson Mandela

December 6, 2013 2 comments

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

In Chinese, Wu De means martial virtue.
“De” is the “de” in the Tao De Ching, and it ultimately represents spiritual, transcendent power.

Nelson Mandela epitomized the term in every way. Martial Virtue: strength, courage, integrity, beauty, restraint, forgiveness, peace.

The purest form of spirit. And the most powerful.

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martial virtue


Usi Letela Uxolo – Mandela Brings Us Peace