(Practicing) Seva




Drawn and Quartered, You cut the rope,

Now I take cautious steps toward hope,

I hope to be brave, I hope to keep curious,

Puzzle pieces connecting to beauty so endless,

Constellations of events lie behind and ahead of me,

But I will never forget what you said to me,

“Connect, it’s not hard, embrace the O/other and be embraced,

You have the right to ask questions, It’s going to be okay,

You’re not alone, me too,

When everything is fakakta nourish yourself and others with good food.”




Day 30: NaPoWriMo (Things That Happen Again and Again)



Sun sets, moon rises,

New day, new lives begin,

To seek peace, there must be war,

There will always be rich, there will always be poor,

Those who celebrate and those who mourn,

Those with strength and those meek,

Those righteous hungry and thirsting,

The O/other, the same,

A line, a lie, a name,

The truth is a circle and we sit around the bonfire and sing,

We raise our voices to nothing and it’s everything,

Nothing is everything,

We will be free,

When we can see,

The line between you and me,


Blessed are the ignorant,

Blessed be the skeptic,

For theirs is the kin-dom of heaven.

Day 29 NaPoWriMo: Specific Noun From Favorite Poem: Flower



Like humans, flowers gestate in the dark,

Each fed by time, water and sunlight spark,

A flower can be wild, can be a weed,

Can overtake expansive space, starting out as small seed,

The line between admiration and envy,

A comma, so common, yet breathtaking, begin and ending.



Read one of my favorite poems whose specific noun, flower, inspired my poem:

“When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver:


Day 28 NaPoWriMo: Skeltonic Verse



Your mind will not be my cage,

Light the palo santo and the sage,

Purify and turn the page,

Pause for righteousness, cease, release,

There is a case for Godliness, a reason to seek peace,

We must still ourselves as the world continues to turn,

Though absent now, the sun will return,

We will descend or rise together,

Let’s be wise and rise, let us be windswept feathers,

Floating on the breeze of mystery,

Hope, hardwork and many dreams,

Collaborating to rebuild our shared reality.


Long before Beyonce’s fabulous album, “Lemonade” which by the way is an amazing collaborative piece of art which has inspired countless other works of art including this:

I was a newlywed, in 2007, with a sign in my kitchen that read “Make Lemonade.” Sometimes when I have moments of clarity I can appreciate that past me was doing my best to make sense of and navigate the bitter and sweet aspects to life. Now as I dig further into aromatherapy I can’t deny that lemon is one of my favorite scents. Pair it with Lavender and C’est Magnifique!


Dark Citrus Oil Painting by Emily Christoff

A poem that does an amazing job of wrestling with the bitter and sweet:


A favorite Lemon song:

I hope this post will uplift and inspire you, as that is how the scent of lemons makes me feel, may you be equipped to:



Grace, Peace, Star/Sun Light and Love,

Songbird Sparkle: April Barnhart MDiv

Childfree Reflections

Feeling like a Childfree square peg in a round hole? There have been moments when I have felt similarly.

What I would say to you has best been said by That Vegan Couple (on Youtube) In the following video take everything they’re saying and add Childfree when they say Vegan:

For instance:

“One of the most common (comments they receive is) I really want to go vegan (childfree) but I live in a non vegan (child-centric) household (world)”

“Let’s begin with clarifying that every vegan (childfree person) is surrounded by non-vegans (those who have chosen to have children) this is not special this is not unique, this is not, oh, it just happens to one person…this is all of us

It’s not important what anyone thinks or feels about you as a vegan (childfree person) but how you, yourself feel about you as a vegan (childfree person.) In many cases the way someone treats you as a vegan (childfree person) is very much a reflection of your relationship with them and how they treated you before you went vegan (Childfree.)”


Each and every family member (and friends and people you will meet) is (are)going to react differently to your choice to be vegan (childfree) and IT’s NEVER REALLY ABOUT YOU but rather about their own insecurities, fears and moral dilemmas regarding everything that veganism (being childfree) represents.”

What I’m reading/watching/playing/listening to

I always read multiple things at once, are you like that too? Or do you prefer to read one thing at a time? Here’s some of my current lists:


“The Case of Anita: An Existential Integrative Inquiry into Death, Anxiety, Groundlessness and the Quest for Meaning and Awe” Kirk J. Schneider PhD

“Awakening to an Awe Based Psychology”  Kirk J. Schneider PhD

“The Female Eunuch” by Germaine Greer

“Original Blessing” Matthew Fox

“St Rita of Cascia” Fr Joseph Sicardo O.S.A.

“No Death, No Fear” Thich Nhat Hanh

“Jaguar Woman” Lynn V. Andrews

“Pocket Prayer Book: Excerpts from Divine Accordance” Holly Burger


3rd Rock From the Sun (re-runs)


Playing (Video Games):

Tokyo Jungle

Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit

Listening to:

What are you reading? Watching? Playing and/or Listening to? In what ways is it enriching or draining you?

Grace, Light and Peace,

Wherever your paths do take you,

Songbird Sparkle: April