Willow Tree Talk

Originally posted on Rough and Rede II:
“I visit the willow tree because she listens. Silence. Breath. Leaves.” By Lakshmi Jagannathan Sunlight filters through the branches casting shadows on the water.  A gentle breeze ripples the reflection.  Long thin branches, bend low — heavy with bright green leaves. The ground is dry and rocky, the…

The Lady and the Lotus — Rough and Rede II

By Lakshmi Jagannathan The flat round leaves, anchored with bulbous stems, float gently in the water like giant saucers. A black-and-white bird steps on a leaf delicately with one leg, walks on water and gently skitters on to another leaf. Scattered throughout the floating barge of green are ethereal blooms of water lily radiant in […] … More The Lady and the Lotus — Rough and Rede II

Maria and Mario

I think the tour is over, but I suspect that Maria doesn’t often get visitors. She wants to talk some more about her past and I am eager to listen. These words of wisdom resonate with me. “I am not obedient,” she says. She tells the story of how she was offered a job by the Portuguese government, but she turned it down. Instead, she set up her own media business and worked as a consultant. This is an entrepreneur – way ahead of her time. … More Maria and Mario

Beyond Enemy Lines – A 94-year old’s story of heroism as a spy during World War II

A diminutive woman with snow-white hair and a tall senior gentleman walk into the stage at the Livermore Performance Art Center’s Bankhead Theater and sit down on the chairs placed there. The audience is expectant, realizing they are the guests of honor. Turns out that they were not supposed to be there so soon.  A … More Beyond Enemy Lines – A 94-year old’s story of heroism as a spy during World War II

A Legacy of Love – Getting blessings of peace from Arun Gandhi

I am at the India House restaurant in downtown Portland. Somehow I have been invited to this very private tea. I pull up a chair, hesitantly, feeling like I am crashing a party. Then a woman invites me to sit next to the guest of honor, an ordinary looking Indian man who could easily be … More A Legacy of Love – Getting blessings of peace from Arun Gandhi