1. Mary Lou van Schaik


    Today, Monday, March 20th, marks the official start of spring. The red-winged blackbirds arrived two weeks ago, trilling cheekily just before the last (we hope) huge snowstorm briefly silenced them. Warming days brighten the promise of green beginnings after the long white winter. In the face of new life, it...
  2. Mary Lou van Schaik

    Standing differently now

    I have a confession. I did not participate in the Women’s March on January 21st because I felt conflicted. Public activism has never been my way: I prefer to work behind the scenes, writing letters, signing petitions. Demonstrations that coalesce around hard-line positions, pitting one camp against another, make me...
  3. Mary Lou van Schaik

    Starlight of the soul

    Wendy Sarno, one of my tribe members in Kim Rosen’s Mystery School, is a remarkable poet and writer – for a taste of her artistry, check out Writings from Wild Soul. Wendy, who lives in Missouri, introduced me to Canadian poet, Jan Zwicky, whose book Forge, offers a collection of...
  4. Mary Lou van Schaik


    Welcome to Soul Walker Poems. Each month, I post my reflections on a poem that I’ve been walking with, and taking to heart – a poem that is teaching me something about being human. I’d love to hear your comments.