We are having a very cold and white Twelve Days of Christmas here in Colorado. It doesn’t look like a desert! Thank you for helping make 2014 such a wondrous year. We hope you’ll enjoy our brief video description of how we are celebrating. Happy New Year!
The “Oh Antiphons,” seven short verses prayed on the seven days before Christmas, grow out of our bones, our blood, out of the depths of the human heart. Beginning with “Oh Wisdom” on December 17 and ending with “Oh King” on December 23, these images are as old as the awakening of human life on earth, which […]
A Deeper Look at Halloween All my life I’ve loved Halloween. I have fond childhood memories of my favorite costumes: the gypsy, draped in soft flowing scarves, wearing earrings long before I was old enough in “real” life; the pirate, with a black patch over one eye, front teeth and chin blackened with charcoal; the […]
Ever since moving into my hermitage called al Hadiyah (Arabic for “the gift”), I have greeted visitors with my favorite Arabic greeting: Ahlan wa sahlan, which means, roughly translated, “These are your people and may this be your welcoming land.” You step into my entry gallery onto a red and black carpet given to me […]
I’m sitting at the big picture window at the Hogan, looking over rabbit brush, piñon pine and golden rice grass to the San Juan Mountains, across the open valley to the west. The blazing sunset has just subsided, and I await the appearance of Venus, Jupiter and Saturn in a rare alignment of planets that […]
Listening to John Esposito The Desert Foundation has been concerned about the rise of Islamophobia in the United States and Europe especially since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Last June I heard a news report on a Tennessee town in which a young Muslim expressed her fear and sorrow after an attack on her mosque. I […]
Q: Why focus on the desert? A: In a world of mobility and displacement, many long to recover the importance of the sense of place in general. A common Arabic greeting is “Ahlan wa sahlan,” which roughly translates, “These are your people and this is your land.” The Desert Foundation is an informal circle of […]
I first fell in love with the desert in 1967 when I moved to the red rock country of Sedona, Arizona to join the Spiritual Life Institute. I had grown up in lush green New England, yet I immediately loved everything about the desert: the stark landscape and sparse vegetation, the heat and aridity, the […]