A Message From Melanie

May 28, 2022


I hope you all are having a restful Memorial Day Weekend. This weekend is one in which we are still reeling from the massacre in Uvalde, Texas, and if you’re like me you don’t feel much like celebrating. However, this Memorial Day does give us an opportunity to stop and reflect on heroes past, as we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us during wartime. The point of such reflection, in addition to honoring them, is to ask ourselves how we can emulate the qualities they brought to the struggle that defined their times. They exemplified courage, hope, friendship, and community. Can we do the same, in these troubled times?

My talk this week focuses on that question, and I’d like to share with you some inspiration I’ve gotten from other teachers. Let’s get together and see how we move through these times, together.

I also want to let you know that we have some wonderful speakers coming up in June, so save the dates. Leanne Rubinstein and Iyabo Onipede, both Co-directors of Compassionate Atlanta, will speak to us on June 12 and June 19, respectively. Leanne will explore the power of ritual, and will share with us how we can expand our understanding of this practice to enrich our lives. Iyabo, speaking on June 19, will focus on Juneteenth, celebrated on that day and the following Monday to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved persons.

Finally, Jennifer Ferren will be our speaker and will provide her own fabulous music on June 26. So, there is a lot going on, and we look forward to seeing you at all of it!

Love to all,


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