Mountain Meditation

Mountain Meditation
March 7, 2018

Our students are reviving the “American spirit”

By Marguerite Jill Dye

“Be a nuisance where it counts. Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action. Be depressed, discouraged, and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption and bad politics – but never give up,”…

Mountain Meditation
February 28, 2018

The new American revolution

By Marguerite Jill Dye

How have we come to this point, America, that students who cowered in closets and classrooms, beside murdered classmates and coaches, must lead the charge to bring sense to our laws? How have we come to be represented by leaders who…

Mountain Meditation
February 21, 2018

America’s killing fields and sacrificial lambs

By Marguerite Jill Dye

“Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over,” British journalist Dan Hodges tweeted when the gun debate ended after the Sandy Hook massacre where 20 elementary school children were gunned down.

We have had 239 school mass shootings since…

Mountain Meditation
February 15, 2018

The wonder of nature à la Rachel Carson

By Marguerite Jill Dye

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts . . . there is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night,…

Mountain Meditation
January 24, 2018

Racial segregation: how it came about

By Marguerite Jill Dye

On Martin Luther King Day, while investigating the roots of segregation in America, I stumbled upon an article in The Atlantic that shocked even my husband, who grew up in segregated North Carolina. “Segregation Had to Be Invented” by Alana Semuels…

Mountain Meditation
January 16, 2018

The chaos and fury of a tweeting fox

By Marguerite Jill Dye

One day last August I was stupefied when words spilled from my pen without pause or thought, as fast as I could write them down. When I reread what I’d written, I was confused and afraid that such words had poured…

Mountain Meditation
January 12, 2018

Flurries of a different nature

By Marguerite Jill Dye

We are beginning to recognize the immense power of Facebook as a forum, and vehicle of propaganda and fake news since learning about Russia’s cyberwarfare and meddling in the U.S. election.

Through Russian Facebook and Instagram accounts, 80 million political posts…

Mountain Meditation
January 3, 2018

Happiness, karma, and the Golden Rule

By Marguerite Jill Dye

The past year has been an exercise in striving for balance in a turbulent sea. The wear and tear has been quite extreme, often exhausting and terribly frustrating. Many people, including me, have fought depression and lacked motivation. How is it possible,…

Mountain Meditation
December 28, 2017

A time for new beginnings

By Marguerite Jill Dye

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”—Henry David Thoreau

The…

Mountain Meditation
December 15, 2017

Extreme self care in extreme times

By Marguerite Jill Dye

“Not what we have, but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.” – Epicurus

Extreme self care is called for in extreme times, and these times are most certainly extreme. I learned this lesson when I returned home from Argentina after living…