Tag Archives: Mountain Meditation

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October 11, 2017

Blessings from Covadonga, Spain

By Marguerite Jill Dye

Sitting outside the Gran Hotel Pelayo in Covadonga, Spain, the internet connection was as elusive as  el sol, but soon the sun and blue patches of sky emerged from swirling clouds and mist. We didn’t realize how rare sun could be…

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September 20, 2017

Dispatch from Europe, Part II

By Marguerite Jill-Dye

I sat in the library of a great man whose vision has touched people’s lives all over the world. His name is Father Ernesto Bustio from Guemes, Spain, in the Province of Cantabria. His adjoining office walls and rafters were filled with…

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September 6, 2017

Awakening to a new reality

By Marguerite Jill Dye

I feel as if I’m abandoning a sinking ship, leaving America for a pilgrimage across Spain during this perilous time of crises, turmoil, and uncertainty. Keeping up with the news, one can only wonder, has Armageddon begun? Scenes from “Mad Max”…

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August 31, 2017

Taking a stand for diversity

By Marguerite Jill Dye

We attended the very first gathering of the Woodstock Social Justice Initiative, a last-minute rally for love, equality, and peace on the Green in Woodstock. Seventy-plus local residents demonstrated in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville and took a stand against…

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August 23, 2017

Communicating with animals

By Marguerite Jill Dye

Animals bless our lives and give us joy. Especially our pets. They love us unconditionally and connect with our deepest selves. How I miss our black lab, “Luke.” I remember how careful I had to be of having a fleeting thought…

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August 16, 2017

Iraqi and Yemeni friends in Vermont

By Marguerite Jill Dye

At a time when we may be on the brink of war with a country with which we’ve never had diplomatic relations since its partitioning between Russia and the U.S. after WWII, I am especially aware of the importance of international programs…

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August 10, 2017

Ecotherapy and Killington nature notes

By Marguerite Jill Dye

Two Sarasota writer friends and I opened the door of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park’s Forest Center, ready to make notes for our non-stop, no pressure, “free writing” assignment. We’d signed up for Dartmouth Professor Terry Osborne’s Perception, Self-Awareness, and Nature…

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August 2, 2017

Heavenly hiking adventures

By Marguerite Jill Dye

It was high time we hiked up the Deer Leap trail once again but I’d forgotten what a challenge it was. Even with my twin hiking poles keeping me balanced, placing my feet atop, in between, and over boulders and rocks, carefully…

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July 27, 2017

A celebration of creativity

By Marguerite Jill Dye

Exactly one year ago I wrote my first weekly column in the Mountain Times when a Canada lynx kitten was perched outside our home upon our return from Woodstock. The magnificent creature appeared during the annual Bookstock literary festival and seemed like…

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July 20, 2017

Finding joie de vivre

By Marguerite Jill Dye

Watching presidents Macron and Trump at the Bastille Day celebration on the Champs Elysées in Paris took me back decades to standing on the wide boulevard’s sidewalk on the Fourteenth of July during studies and travels in Europe.

A little over two…