Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New month, New Bus

After a few day hiatus, I am back on the bus.  had a seat on every bus yesterday.  On the way out of St. Paul, I sat in the first seat after the movable chute, the thing that hooks two buses into one!  What a hoot!  people sit on the seats that face the middle of the bus, and they swing along, the entire ride.  Note to self don't sit that close to the chute, dizziness can occur as you see people shifting back and forth for 20 minutes!

Strangest site while on bus?  Man on unicycle, riding on sidewalk in downtown Minneapolis.  Biggest surprise? After rushing (not quite a run) out of office, I did make the earlier 94B.  Newest adventure?  Took the 4 vs. the 25 home.  Got dropped off on Johnson (6 blocks from home).  This bus comes more often, and runs earlier and later.  Not sure why the 25 was not a good connect but that is the way the route finder took me. 

What questions on the bus last night?  Where is Papa John's?  Last week it was finding the funeral home, yesterday pizza.  It is fun to watch everyone whip out smart phones and provide assistance.  The age range on the 4 is about 15+ years older on average than the 25, what's up with that?

So today are some out of office appointments, so driving is happening, then back in the saddle tomorrow!  I am getting the hang of this urban transit, it does me good to know that my bus is coming and I am getting on it! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bus Pass, No Bus

Wednesday meant errands so off to get my picture taken one more time, they lost the first one in the camera....So in a few weeks I will have my bus pass with picture.  I like not driving, and I like the freedom of going anywhere I need in my car.  That last statement sums up the American love with cars, and I will continue to move towards my transit life day by day.  As I write today it is sunny, crisp and maybe it will not rain today!  I brought Gerber daisies home from the coop last night and they are smiling right at me, as I work towards getting myself out the door.  Today is not a bus day either, I am getting new tires and some tweaks fixed for my old, new jeep.  She doesn't have a name yet, but I think one will come soon.  Maybe I will name my bus routes as well!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

No Bus, Basketball Blog Today

Lynx Pre-Season Finale

No Bus today.  I did not go into the office today worked from home, and took a mid-day break to go to the only pre-season game with the Lynx.  It was fun to see the team, some exciting new women, and oh those returning stars, they are just fun to watch.  When a play works it is so pretty, and when the misses come it is such a "oh my!". 

I have been reading the stories about the new players, each woman has her own story.  Many of them not easy ones to tell.  The work, perseverance and grit each one has brought on her road to be a WNBA player. 

I like this team, I like teams that are teams, where you can see and feel how they connect with each other, the building of trust, having fun, and getting each other to be better, bolder, more sure.

You can ride the bus free two hours before and after the game, just show your ticket, but it was rainy and I was going with a friend so we decided on speed vs. green.  I did look up the schedule, and there will be bus rides to future games.

So the intention to drive less is a day to day lesson.  Making choices, and making change, and at the same time saying yes in a way that allows a balance.   I will be out there tomorrow morning, 30 minutes earlier for an early meeting!  Wondering what my next four bus rides will hold.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Second Day on the Bus....

Day Two Observations:
  • There are lots more people on the bus on Monday than there was on Friday.
  • Buses do sometimes run on time, all my buses were right on the minute today, all four of them!
  • I did not miss the evening connection, it feels like I won, when I make all of the connections!
  • On the 25A going home tonight, a woman got on, she was going to a funeral home, she didn't know where it was.  At first no one spoke up, then the i-phone user got the map, and at least 5 people chimed in to give directions and get clear about the stop - it felt good!
  • Someone offered me a seat on express ride to Minneapolis, I was grateful and enjoyed the seat.
  • You can answer a lot of emails from downtown St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis.
  • I like when the driver tells you the stops, it seems like training wheels for the new rider.
  • I said thank you when I got off each bus, feels good.

Someone asked why I was riding the bus, without thinking I said, it is a way that I can help make sure my grandchildren have a beautiful earth to grow old in.  It does feel good to jump in, and jump on the bus.  Have GoTo Pass, will travel!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bus Blogging

After another absence, one year plus, I am on the move.  My last blog was about turkey's on the move, like in turkeys that were moving along in my yard.  Now I am moving along to and from work on the bus.  There is not ONE bus that can take me from home to work, so I go to downtown Minneapolis and then head for the Capitol Complex in St. Paul.

I now have one day under my belt...and....
  • there appear to be no protocols for customer service
  • some bus drivers know nothing about connecting routes
  • the 94D Express bus is a wild and wooly ride
  • running across street waving your monthly pass does not help in stopping the connecting bus from just pulling away from the stop
  • that means 30 more minutes on one of the most uninteresting blocks on Nicollet Avenue
  • 3 out of 4 bus stops I use have no shelters, I will have to work up to winter warrior status
  • according to metro transit I saved some large number of bad things going into the atmosphere, by my count I saved one gallon of gas, which is now $4.29 due to some refinery work (I think it is just the start of summer driving trips!)
  • most people say thank you to the driver as they leave the bus
  • I did too!
I promise more later on why the bus, why now, and more musings from the bus....

Friday, April 27, 2012

A Glimpse

Yesterday I saw one turkey, she was walking into my alley neighbor's yard.  I had been thinking about the turkeys, how much I enjoyed their visit to my yard this winter.  How resilient and fragile and feisty they seem to be, then there she was.  I grabbed my phone (to take a picture) and when to the alley.   I was hoping that the rest of them would be right behind the one I had seen.  I couldn't see her or any other turkey.  Sometimes that is all we get, a glimpse.  Then I tried to still my mindof course I was off to the races.  Where were the others, was she on her own.... So I thanked her for giving me another look, a moment of chance, that her walk, and my glance would meet.  That she may have felt my yearning.  Oh life in all puzzling ways, aren't you beautiful.  Who would have guessed that a wild turkey could stir such wonder!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Universal Worship and Ordination

Basir conducting my House Blessing and Universal Worship - 2001
I am so conscious of the light these days.  The light in Sicily was fuller, brighter, and yet of course the same.  There is such an attraction to the light, the sun, even in the darkness there are shadows and reflections and beams of light.  It is the absence of light that leads towards the dark.  

It is fitting that as the light extends and the sun rises higher in the sky, that I am moving toward  ordination as a Cherag.  This has been something that I have been moving towards for a long time.  My path in the Sufi Order International, and the resonance and love that I have found in the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan who brought Sufism to the west has been one of the most amazing gifts in my life.  It is also one that has carried much doubt, question, fear, and stumbling along the path.  The vision of the Sufi Order International is:
1. To realize and spread the knowledge of unity, the religion of love and wisdom, so that the bias of faith and beliefs may of itself fall away, the human heart may overflow with love and all hatred caused by distinctions and differences may be rooted out.
2. To discover the light and power latent within all human beings, that is the secret of all religion, the power of mysticism, and the essence of philosophy, without interfering with customs or belief.
3. To help to bring the worlds two opposite poles, East and West, closer together by the interchange of thought and ideals, that the Universal Kinship may form of itself, and human being may see with human being beyond the narrow national and racial boundaries.

So here is where technology interrupts my story...there is this space....and just let it be that...and read on below, please.

The Universal Worship is a part of the mission and activities of the Sufi Order International and several other branches on our family tree of the sufi message.  I have been training to be an ordained minister, they are called Cherags, for several years, and this weekend I will be ordained, Insh'Allah.  

I wanted to share a little about what the service is and what is this service that we do, the Universal Worship.

The Universal Worship represents an ideal put forth by Hazrat Inayat Khan in 1921 to bring all of the world’s religions together in order to promote tolerance, understanding and spiritual awakening for humanity. We offer a prayer service, kindling lights for the world’s religions and all of the prophets who have come to earth to further the experience of love by human beings. The service often uses music and meditation to connect the participants with their inner state.

Honoring and protecting the holy scriptures of every faith without judgment or prejudice is a foundation of the Universal Worship. There are ordained ministers called Cherags (“lamps”), women and men, who facilitate the Universal Worship service and who are empowered to perform weddings, receiving infants, funerals and many other duties.

The Universal Worship is also a catalyst to bring together clergy and people of all religions in interfaith events. The Universal Worship is celebrated in many countries of the world both East and West. Hazrat Inayat Khan has averred that the Universal Worship will be the vehicle to bring forth the understanding and experience of love, harmony and beauty to the world.

I am excited and sober and find myself slowing going within in preparation for this incredible passage way that is occurring in my life.  I like that this is happening in Spring, it is rebirth, it is opening up, it is receiving, and there is all the steps of preparation of the soil, the spring cleaning inside and out.  Awakening from the stillness of winter, coming out of the dark.  Stepping into the light.  All reminders of the love, the harmony and beauty within ourselves and in our world.