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  • When I became a member of Cowbird, I read as many stories as possible to determine what would be appropriate/safe/respectful to share. There seemed to be a wide latitude from one line observations to deeply heartfelt stories of personal vulnerabilities, struggles and loss. I was touched and encouraged to see not just the respect of the members for one another but their respect for the gift of this site as a sacred place. I remember having the same sense after a concert at Tanglewood in the Berkshire mountains of New England. There were close to a thousand visitors yet the park was as clean when they left as when they arrived. I believe there is an intuitive desire in most people to preserve the beauty of sacred spaces, sanctuaries that invite intimate connection with the divine and with one another. I believe that’s true at Cowbird.

    My life has been miraculous, messy, violent, adaptive, courageous, lonely, misguided, content, broken, wondrous... It’s been a symphony of deep discords and soaring harmonies, a rich manifestation of all that makes me a member of the profoundly common human community. To share my authentic self with honesty and sincerity has always been a challenge given what I’ve experienced and silence has always been my choice. But the stewards of language here have shown the redemptive power of words wisely chosen. It’s not the choice of what to tell after all, but how to tell it.

    What’s next? I have no idea but I believe that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. You all seem to be the teachers so I guess I’m ready. Hopefully, I can follow your lead and share your generosity of spirit in return.

    The picture is the Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA courtesy Wikipedia
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