Seeing: Leaving My Shoes Along The Trail, Part 2

[Note: this is the second part in a series; for Part 1 click here] Amid the trees, the dry, herbaceous aromas of the lower canyon trail transform. Here the air is not only cooler by several degrees but suddenly tinged with mossy notes and a scent of green-tea, catapulting me to other places and other wanderings.…

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Severance: Leaving My Shoes Along the Trail, Part 1

I admit to a conflicted relationship with Big Sur, the vast and sparsely inhabited coastal region immediately south of Carmel, California. It is a land of dramatic hillsides and cliffs meeting the sea, a narrow winding highway (often closed for rockslides, or un-navigable due to thick fog), and an untamed wilderness. As the rugged and raw…

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Meet the Green Man: Archetype for A Wild Soul

After days of cold, grey rain, I needed to get out and walk. Opening the gate in the tall deer fence, I stepped through into the soggy field with its newly sprouted carpet of vividly green English wheat. The sky shimmered blue overhead and a sheer, golden light illuminated the bare trees and the rolling…

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Blessing for a Wild Soul

“A Blessing for a Wild Soul” ~ As you depart the old life that has grown too small, heed your curious, beguiling allurements. (Take your passport, wallet, and dreams, leave the rest.) ~ May you loosen the shackles of shame and be willing to walk naked to the gods. ~ Understand that the derision, mockery…

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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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