Soul Skills

Speaking of Shadows

Insight arrives in curious ways sometimes. Recently, during one of my very limited online windows of computer and social media time, I responded to a ‘friend request’ on Facebook, a friend of a fellow writer//journalist/poet that I follow and respect. The woman who reached out to me is a powerful, evocative writer herself, a fiercely

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Pulling Weeds, Seeking Health

There is a timeless metaphor in tending a garden and pulling weeds. I have spent several hours in the past weeks in the rear yard/garden of this small cottage, barefoot, tugging up handfuls of new grass and tartly tasting clover. With the abundance of recent rain, this stretch of central California coastline shimmers lush and green, and half

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Embracing Darkness, Tending the Soul

I’m standing outdoors in the dark. Darkness, in our manmade world of near-constant electrical illumination, is relative. Still, it is night time and I am outside my house in a realm of shadows, standing quietly with bare feet in the grass, gazing up at a handful of glittering diamonds flung across a wide stretch of

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The Lost Art of Listening: A Soul Skill

The morning is steeped in pastel hues of quietude. I am up with the dawn in my usual way, stepping outdoors with bare feet to greet the arrival of another day, savoring the lingering tranquility of the world around me as it slowly wakes to life. Even my little friends, the birds, are still quietly

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Savoring A Fresh Catch: Dining on Solitude

I am dining alone. Though the 34th Hawaii International Film Festival has drawn to a successful close, my partner has flown over to the ‘neighbor islands’ to assist with the shortened version of the festival that runs a few days on Big Island and Kauai. I’m at home with ‘the boys’, our two English Whippets,

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