Rewilding the Heart: Finding Nature

I need to go find the deer, eat some wild weeds, and walk beside a singing river.  While tree blossoms burst open in profusion all around, scenting the air with honeyed sweetness, and the earth is overrun by lanky, bright flowers of yellow woodsorrel, I’ve been gradually constricting. Slowly, like a lengthening shadow, domesticity creeps up on me…

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Mysterious Gifts, Healing and Forgiveness

At the rocky shoreline in the late morning, I sat with my bare feet in the chilled, gravely sand. Sheltered in the lee of a giant, grey stone monolith, I was protected from the steady winter wind but I wrapped the soft charcoal scarf around my neck a bit more snugly. I have been struggling lately…

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A Bunch of Dandelions: An Autumn Cleanse for Health

Life is a curious journey, especially if we’re paying attention.  It was All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween as we have come to call it. In the pagan calendar, along with Beltane, six months opposite on the calendar wheel, the veil between worlds is said to hang at its thinnest this night—an opportunity when spirits and…

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Finding Balance and Well-being: Unplugging at Dusk

I don’t generally buy magazines, but every now and then something interesting catches my eye. Standing in the checkout queue at Whole Foods Market, a cover feature on Paleo magazine (dedicated to the recently popular Paleo diet and lifestyle) drew my attention, “10 Ways To Limit Your EMF Exposure.” How curiously timely. I’ve been struggling…

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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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