listening to the Ancestors

It is fall, Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere; a time of harvest and reconnection;

a time of glancing at mortality as the seasons change;

a time when the veil between the worlds grows thin…

Call it Samhain, Halloween or All Souls Day – the Thanksgiving season is about to begin in the US — it is a time that seems carved out for remembrance.

WE are told to Honor our Mother and our Father… but what does that look like?

Have you had your DNA tested?

What does it mean to honor those who went before? What does it mean to listen to lessons of fear and fearlessness without shame or pride?


I presented this at the lovely Unitarian Universalists of Putnam County in Palatka, Florida at Hammock Hall.

The Story for ALL AGES was  ‘Grow’  a seasonal story of growth and transformation I  wrote many years ago which has just been turned into a tiny book!


I told it again this past Sunday at Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church in Jacksonville… it was of course slightly different, and I will try to get an audio of that version for you pod peeps and post it here as well, but I wanted you to have this now, when the veil is thin as i walk unveiled in the world.

I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me,

I love you.

Rev. Teal


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I haven’t posted in a while, and i am not always recorded, but this was sent to me last month, and we need it now. It is filled with mis-speaking, and opens with a technical glitch . but please join this conversation…


The phrase “thoughts and prayers” fills our social media as well as the mouths of politicians and journalists…emojis of praying hands fill out text messages, and activists carry signs like “no more thoughts, no more prayers, time for action”
but What really is prayer and what does it mean to really pray?

When I was a little girl, I was read a wonderful bedtime story by Margaret Wise Brown, no not Good Night Moon… but A Child’s Good Night Book, and it ended with a prayer…

Dear Father, hear and bless
Thy beasts and singing birds
And guard with tenderness
Small things that have no words…

we need this now, please listen

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Souls: Who Gets Them….

Because of my ministry with animals and my involvement in animal assisted interventions, very week someone asks me if i think that pets go to heaven… so rather than give glib answers, i decided to delve deeply into the question….

and what i found surprised me… and gives me reason for hope and sacred activism.

This sermon, with its companion story are the result…

please listen, please ponder, please help raise up our holy world.

The Real and True Story of Emerald the Frog

Souls: Who Gets Them,,,who doesn’t



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god is before me

god always has my back

Everywhere I look I see god 

even on a blank sheet of white paper.

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Rise Up!  A sermon for Spring, for Passover, for Easter and Hope

delivered at All Souls Unitarian Universalist of Putnam, in Palatka, Florida

April 21, 2019


The reading was Maya Angelous’s Rise Up

The Story for the Ages was  Ostara, Goddess of the Dawn and the Bird Who Could Not Fly

(i hope to have a video of it soon)

The Meditation was on “Seeds of Hope”, inspired by a UU Wonderbox story where we had many sunflowers of many kinds lining the front of the altar, and gave sunflower seeds in folded flower packets to everyone.

Often, we think of Spring as a time of new beginnings and new starts, a time of renewal and tender growth.  Every culture has them, but I believe what all these stories of Spring might have in common is Hope.

Have you ever hoped for something? … can you remember a time when something you hoped for happened?  That is the essence of Springtime Hope.

the hymn’s was: Blackbird by the Beatles and

the sung prayer was Spirit of Life by Carolyn McDade



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LOVE! a story about 2 mice

More and more i find myself in deep meditations and ponderings on Love, unconditional, conditional, how our love stories are shaped and how they shape us.

enjoy! share! thank you!

first a story of two mice:


next: a sermon about Love. stay tuned!

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little grrl lost

we all get lost now and then….


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