Walking the Dogs: Embracing Willingness

True confession: I don’t really enjoy walking my dogs. They’re two male, English Whippets that joined our family as puppies whilst we were living abroad. These gorgeous brothers from the same litter are very sweet boys; a little naughty (a lot, actually) at times but terribly affectionate and loving. Being part of the Greyhound family…

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Place, Soul, and Wendell Berry: Being in Conscious Relationship

I find myself musing repeatedly on a sense of place these days. Perhaps ‘musing’ isn’t the optimal word; maybe it’s something more like ’steeping’ which implies a full-bodied, brewed, somatic sense of what I’m feeling. Or ’soaking,’ which also feels closer to the mark; a saturation of the bodysoul while absorbing the uniqueness of the…

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In the Spirit of O’Keeffe: A Life Lived Deliberately

I’m not really a hermit. Living high up on the mountain in Maui at the end of a road (or other remote places I have resided in the past), it’s an accusation that has been leveled at me more than once. I’ve even jokingly referred to myself as a hermit but, really, it’s a bit…

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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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After the Storm: The Gift of Losses

After twenty-four hours of hard rain, in the midst of a powerful and intriguing dream, the crash outside wakes me in the dark, predawn hours. It takes only a second for my sleepy brain to categorize the sound as a falling tree, though I am still disoriented enough that I cannot exactly place which side…

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