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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Eros, Landscape and Soul

The trees are calling me. Specifically, the wordless siren song emanates from the windswept cypress trees here on the central California coast. Graceful evergreens with a light green color and pale grey bark, they are often gnarled and shaped into living sculptures by the coastal winds. On my first adult visit to Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea…

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Conscious Loving

The night air is rich with the heady scents of plumeria and puakenikeni outside our door, luring me sweetly to the dreamtime with intoxicating aromatherapy. How lovely to sleep in my own bed with my beloved. I’ve recently returned to Hawaii after three weeks in Carmel Valley, California, my longest stretch of time away from…

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Spirits of Cedar: A Walk on the Mountain, and Feeling into Nature

Days of monsoon-like rain. Nights of howling wind and crashing trees. A brown torrent of water coursing down the driveway, washing away all the gravel. The ravine below our house, which normally sits dry, is a raging current alive with voices as water hurls down the mountain. A bit lower on the slopes, a house…

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Honey bees and Inspiration: What Do We Bring to the World?

It’s a cloudy afternoon and I am seated at the large, rectangular dining table with a notebook, gazing distractedly upon the lush green tapestry of foliage that surrounds our ‘tree house’ here on the slopes of Haleakalā. The doors are open to the lanai, my two English Whippets are passed out on the floor for…

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