Stories and Journeys

Imagine along with me


Imagine all the people living in peace! Wait! Not just yet!
Imagine us walking exploring the yard surrounding my house. It's spring but feels like summer. We see tulips, dandelions, violets displaying bright colors. There's one of four double high raised garden beds. The neighbors cat is using it for a litter box. Green grass is starting to grow. Spring emerging from winter. I never know who or what is going to appear. It's about being at ease without knowing. It's about letting new life come to me. My curiousity is aroused.
Imagine! We are in my house. We see a wall calendar. It tells us May Day, the half way point between spring and summer, which is also International Labor Day. The start of Ramadan has come and gone. International Labor Day arouses my attention. I'm a union retiree.
We walk to my bedroom closet. We see my winter coat now in storage. We see my shorts now out of storage.
Imagine! My daily walk around the block. I have resumed walking outside triggered by warmer weather. You are still with me. I have adopted a new practice if see a Messenger newspaper. If I see it's not placed at the front door of every house, I pick it up. I place it at the front door. Imagine the newspaper saying, here I am right outside your front door! Pick me up! Read me!
Imagine! Metro Transit bus #23. We are on it. The bus takes us on the Ford Parkway bridge over the Mississippi River. We are seeing/experiencing it. Our senses are taking in its calm peaceful appearance. Yet it continues to flow. Calm, peaceful and flowing is my inner experience as I allow the river into my awareness.
If you have read this far you have likely taken the plunge! You have joined me in the river of life experiences by reading Stories and Journeys. Welcome! Lets keep the energy flowing as we leave what I call Longfellow Nokomis Messenger territory and make our way to Southwest Connector territory in Uptown.
Imagine! We are on city bus #6. The driver per our request lets us off at 22nd and Hennepin Ave. A destination location for me. First thing I do is say hello and hug my friend the oak tree in the front yard of the Uptown Natural Care Center.
Next we cross the street and go into Tao Organics. Keep in mind I have just declared that, for me, 2022 is the Year of the Woman. We make our way through the cafe toward the doorway that leads to what is officially called the Herbery. As I go through the entry way, I look to my left. There is a book out on display as if it's saying, buy me! So, I did! Have you ever imagined that a book or a newspaper was saying to you, pick me up, buy me, bring me into your awareness, read me? Tell yourself, tell others or tell me at
Name on the book is "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing" by Christiane Northrup, M.D. Out of sheer curiousity, I like to check out the inside and outside covers of books. I want to know who is endorsing the book and what they are saying about it. On the back cover are names familiar to me, but one in particular stands out for me.
The words of Deepak Chopra grab my attention. He states, "I recommend 'Women's Bodies,Women's Wisdom' to all women and also all men who want to understand and nourish the women in their lives." I'm thinking now, what man doesn't want to understand and nourish the women in their lives? I'm all in! After all, I just declared 2022 as the Year of the Woman for me! I may have just found my primary resource along with "Reclaiming Our Health: Exploding the Medical Myth and Embracing the Source of True Healing" by John Robbins. Probably wouln't hurt me to converse with some real life women as part of my Year of the Woman journey.
Imagine! It's time to bring this edition of Stories and Journeys to an end. Become aware of your breathing. Relax into to your breathing as you imagine all people, women and men, living in peace!
In gratitude! Stay tuned! Until next time! I am Ukraine!
Donald L. Hammen is a longtime south Minneapolis resident, and serves on the All Elders United for Justice steering committee.


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