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Blog of the Grateful Bear

ramblings of a freelance panentheist {"all things are in God, and God is in all things"} . . . musings on Emergent spirituality, powerlifting, LGBTQueer issues, contemplative prayer, mysticism, cats, music, healing, and more. I like my coffee and my existentialism dark-roasted.

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Location: Marietta, Georgia, United States

I'm an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), in private practice in Marietta, Georgia. My writings on queer spirituality have been published in Whosoever and several other magazines. I live in a house-in-the-woods (Bear's Hermitage) in Marietta with Leonidas (Lenny) and Guy, Mighty Warrior Cats, and way too many books.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day 2008

Invoking Uncle Walt

As we celebrate Earth Day (April 22), let us invoke Walt Whitman, who wrote:

Smile O voluptuous coolbreathed earth!
Earth of the slumbering and liquid trees!
Earth of departed sunset! Earth of the mountains misty-top!
Earth of vitreous pour of the full moon just tinged with blue!
Earth of shine and dark mottling the tide of the river!
Earth of the limpid gray of clouds brighter and clearer for my sake! Far-swooping elbowed earth! Rich apple-blossomed earth!
Smile, for your lover comes!

~ Leaves of Grass, 1855


Friday, April 18, 2008

A List of Random Gratefulness

1. Riding around in my PT Cruiser convertible with the top down (pollen be damned!)

2. The wonderful people participating in the Sufi Healing Circle for Earth Day, this Sunday (April 20) at 2 pm at Freedom Park in Atlanta (hope you can join us!)

3. Funplex, the new CD of sublimely shallow post-punk party-pop from The B-52’s

4. The graceful way the cat does yoga

5. The intensely green leaves of the giant oak trees in Marietta Square, seen against the deep rich blue of the late-afternoon sky

6. Roman Catholic geckos who would pray the Rosary if only they had opposable thumbs

7. Good friends, good coffee, and good conversation (what more do you need?)

Photo by Fran McColman – many thanks and much love, Fran!


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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Daily Caffeine Protects the Brain

Coffee may cut the risk of dementia by blocking the damage cholesterol can inflict on the body, research suggests. The drink has already been linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer's Disease...

Thanks to Coffee Mystics member Sujatin Johnson for posting this link!