Words to the Wise: Sharing Life, Lessons, and Observations

Words to the Wise is a collection of stories, observations and insight drawn from my own experience both in the past and in the present, together with my perspective on what I may have learned in the process. Occasional poetry and astrological insights will be included when appropriate. I welcome comments, suggestions and thoughts of all kinds and am happy to respond.

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Tasha Halpert

Tasha Halpert

Practical mystic and poet Tasha Halpert writes a column called Heartwings Love Notes for a Joyous Life, as well as a monthly astrology column for the internet. She writes a weekly perspective column for the Grafton News called Good Earthkeeping.  Her poems and essays have appeared in Quest Magazine, For the Love of Life, Heart and Wings, The Unicorn, and other publications. She is staff poet and storyteller for the Unicorn, and a regular part of Granny Moon’s Morning Feast. Her book Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life is available; She has another in preparation: Up to my Neck in Lemons, as well as a poetry chapbook: Poems and Prayers. With her writings she hopes to be of help and comfort and perhaps even entertaining.  With her husband Stephen she lives in Grafton and is the mother of 5, grandmother of 7, and great grandmother of 2.  

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A Smile is the Best Cosmetic

          My young daughter asked if she could draw a portrait of me. I sat in the living room, smiling as she drew studiously, being very careful in her five year old way, to get everything just right. Suddenly she ran over, peered at my face and then went back to her drawing. Her pencil went dot, dot, dot on the paper as she put in her final touches. Proudly she showed me the portrait. To my dismay, the dots were a representation of a recent break-out around my lips.

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  • Tyger
    Tyger says #
    I stopped using makeup many years ago. For one, I cannot tolerate anything around my very sensitive eyes, and for another, I don't
  • Tasha Halpert
    Tasha Halpert says #
    Good for you. I agree! However it is a great blessing if one has good skin to begin with, as I do. I feel blessed.

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Life's Patience Training

 

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Eating for Good Health and Good Taste

Many of us probably ate too much over the holidays. It's easy to do when party potluck invitations bring out people's desire to celebrate with good food.  There is a temptation to try "just a little" of every dish and that includes the usual array of desserts and tasty treats special to this time of the year. Salads don't tempt most appetites and hearty soups do, however, what really makes the tongue sit up and take notice are sauces and condiments that can enliven jaded appetites.

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Expectations of Christmas Time

 

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Holiday Cookies

 

          According to Wikipedia, were it not for Alexander the Great, we might not have Christmas cookies. Not really, but in 327 BC he discovered and spread sugar cane that is the source for their basis, first throughout Persia and eventually Europe. The early little cakes or cookies would probably taste strange to us today. They were spiced with whatever was on hand, including cumin, and either shaped by hand or rolled and pressed on wooden boards carved with cut out shapes. The invention of cookie cutters helped form their myriad shapes.

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    Anthony Gresham says #
    Our tradition was date bars. Nowadays I find it hard to find chopped dates. I used to make rum balls on the last Sunday in Octob

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Expressing Gratitude for Small Blessings

          "Take nothing for granted." The complete stranger who spoke these words looked into my eyes; the elderly woman's expression was earnest. She told me several more things and then vanished into the crowd waiting in the vestibule of the Cathedral of St. John in New York. I was there to see a pageant I was to take part in at another time. Her words made a strong impression on me and some forty plus years later still have. I didn't make the connection then, but later I understood its application to the practice of gratitude.

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  • Tasha Halpert
    Tasha Halpert says #
    You are both most kind and I appreciate the supportive words, warmest wishes, Tasha
  • Mark Green
    Mark Green says #
    Yes! Gratitude is a human quality we can carry in our hearts, and in so doing, we enjoy our lives more, are happier, and appreciat
  • Tyger
    Tyger says #
    What a fine concept! As a non-theist Pagan, I always assumed that gratitude required belief in a deity, but it is just as easy to

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The Eyes of Perception

Because I was very different in my interests as well as my life circumstances from that of many of my classmates I was badly bullied in grade school. However what was worse was that I had no good way to respond to my classmates' unkind behavior. It wasn't until I discovered meditation that I acquired a way of controlling not only my reactions and responses but also of avoiding the potential complications of thoughtlessly spontaneous and perhaps provocative words and actions.

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