Jan Wizinowich

  • Aloha Kakou. It was so great to be reminded about the choir performance. That was one of the high points of my visit last summer. I have just returned from NYC where 13 Waimea Community Chorus members (including me) joined choruses from all over the world to sing “Calling All Dawns”, directed by the composer Christopher Tin at Carnegie Hall. A…[Read more]

  • For the last few days we have had to find a way to round up and relocate feral chickens who are loose and digging willy nilly in the garden. This has been a bit heart rending. Having trapped a hen and 3 of 4 of her chicks, the fourth chick was left in the middle of the garden, alone issuing a plaintive distress call. After dinner as the sun set…[Read more]

  • Mahalo Andrew. Dharma reflections tied to life experiences are so helpful. I’m in Seattle right now helping my husband Peter with alternative cancer treatments and a ketogenic diet. Oddly enough it’s been beautifully sunny here. Humingbirds, crocus etc. Life is good! Namo Amida Bu

  • We’ve weathered our second winter storm. Continuous rain (what a blessing) but maybe thinking about looking around for Noah and his ark. Been meditating my way through storms of other varieties. Pop-up demons, like your hate message Andrew. Our community chorus is doing 70’s music and so I have things like: Fire and Rain and You’ve got a Friend…[Read more]

  • Jan Wizinowich posted an update 6 months ago

    We have just endured an almost unprecedented winter storm and so I am grateful for the sturdiness of the house and garden, which took a beating with grace and style. I’m grateful for the chickens that greet me with expectation every morning and I’m grateful for our sangha, which greets me with warm aloha. Namo Amida Bu

  • Jan Wizinowich posted an update 8 months ago

    It is a calm clear morning on the island. Finally after many days of howling winds. If one does not celebrate Christmas then what this time of year? There have been many celebrations long before Christianity. For me, the natural way to celebrate is fostering and recognizing all we have to be grateful for and to acknowledge that gratitude to all…[Read more]

  • Much light, howling trade winds, making temperatures drop as low as they get here in Hawaii. My cat condescended to sleep with me, which is a real temperature indicator. Bring it on Amida!!

  • The trades are here bringing misty, blowy rain and best of all huge arching rainbows, reminding us of the beauty and light that is always there, waiting to be discovered and seen. Namo Amida Bu

  • Itʻs Tuesday morning, so as usual Iʻve missed the Monday morning window out here in the middle of the Pacific. Weʻre just starting to feel the crispness of seasonal change, here itʻs Makahiki, harvest and a time to honor Lono, the god of agriculture and many other things. The huge garden I have been blessed with is producing banana, papaya and…[Read more]

  • Aloha e Andrew;

    I love your thinking here. I can really connect with the poem / song as in Hawai’i we are connected closely to all of nature as we humans are of the land. To me the amazing mystery of the natural world that is our origin is Amida. Mahalo again for allowing me to sing with you. It was a highlight of my trip. Namo Amida Bu, Jan

  • Jan Wizinowich posted an update 1 year ago

    So beautiful Andrew. The garden is always there for us. What’s happening for me are thoughts of connection. When I returned last week, I was assigned a story about Kalani Souza, whose message is all about making connections for resilience and I thought this is perfect because my whole trip this summer has been about connections. Connecting to the…[Read more]

  • Made it to Berkeley and am tucked away in a little cottage in a Berkeley garden. Andrew, just wanted to thank you again for the lovely choral singing experience. Kaspa-seeing the photo makes me sorry I didn’t attempt the weekend. Beautiful! Fireworks (4th of July); dryness and brush fires. As our insulation erodes so equanimity. Such is life. Namo Amida Bu

  • I agree that we are all doing the best we can in different ways and I guess for me, awareness is a good place to start.

  • Growth. Garden has had wonderful Kona rains and is bursting. My brain has many invitations to write and so is bursting as well. Looking forward to seeing you in June. Namo Amida Bu

  • Inspiring. Did you do a temple journey on your trip? I’d love to hear more about it. Maybe when I come in June. Namo Amida Bu, Jan

  • Mahalo nui for the inspirational letter and for sharing more of you story. We are so blessed to have a sangha that is a heart in the storms of this world. Namo Amida Bu, Jan

  • Thank you so much for this reflection. I’ve been pondering love as I witness my son moving into manhood and feeling change happen in my own life.

  • I’m always behind on the other side of the planet. Yesterday was a holiday in celebration of King Kamehameha, the Hawaiian superman that united the islands. Parades, lei draping, dance, music. Eo Kamehameha!!

    Filming church on the deck at Kahua Ranch, where I’ve been working on a video of a reunion of the families that worked and lived on the…[Read more]

  • I received the love and attention of my husband as I prepared for two choral performances.

    We (the chorus) received great enthusiastic responses from the audience.

    I received a wonderful dinner at the beach with a gorgeous sunset.

  • Jan Wizinowich posted a new activity comment 2 years, 2 months ago

    Music, chanting, calling out is transformative. It’s just plain magic.

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