Monthly Archives: June 2015

A Ball of Yarn: A Meditation on Place

It is Friday night and I’m sitting at home alone, rolling balls of hand-dyed yarn. For just a moment, I step beyond myself and consider the scene, as if I was outside looking through the windows. The living room with its large, wool tufted rug is softly lit by a single bronze table lamp with an

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Washing the Dishes, Tending the Earth

I’m washing dishes in a white plastic tub in the kitchen sink. I am not a big fan of plastic. Never mind that it lingers around to junk up the planet forever, the aesthete in me simply finds it cheap and unappealing. I prefer things that are handmade, elemental, and have some semblance of character

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A Pause to Reconnect: Barefoot on the Earth

Somewhere in the world it is summer. The local high school has recently celebrated graduation, and here in the northern hemisphere the summer solstice draws near. Yet as I sit on the wooden steps of the deck at my little writer’s cottage on the central California coast, fog swirls thickly through the trees, and the world

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The Work That Endures: In Praise of Artisans

In the early morning of dawn, I’m sitting with my tea. Seated by the window, I hear the birds outside begin to twitter but the house is still silent, the dogs tucked under their blanket and curled up asleep on the sofa. In my usual style I am welcoming the new day quietly with a

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