Monthly Archives: August 2014

Tea and Sea Otters: A Poet’s Cottage

Sometimes my ‘house karma’ amazes even me. Seated at the mosaic-tiled bistro table on the flagstone terrace in front of the cottage, a pot of afternoon English tea and a small dish of almonds and dried Turkish figs before me, I gazed through the stand of shapely Monterey cypresses to the blue-grey sea beyond. What

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Hummingbirds and Communion

The little jeweled acrobat zoomed up to the window, hovered for a moment as if peering at me, then shot straight upward and disappeared from my sight. Seated at the long, rectangular dining table in my friends’ house, a steaming cup of fragrant tea beside me, I smiled. I have adored hummingbirds for as long

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Rouse from Inertia: Soul Skill Number 1

I’ve felt it often this past month, a certain heaviness in my bones. Part of that weight is the heat and humidity of summer amid the palm trees of Hawaii’s lowlands, my body not inclined to move much, other than to place myself in front of the cooling fan. There is also something deeper, however,

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Betwixt and Between: Passages in a Nomadic Life

A few weeks ago, while my family was here visiting, the small bird’s nest—empty and hanging precariously by a few threads of dry grass—just out of reach in the poinciana tree, fell to the lawn. Outside in my barefoot ritual to greet the morning, discovering it had fallen in the night, I picked up the

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