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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 undriveable due to thick fog), an untamed wilderness. As the rugged and raw threshold

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Candles, Tea and Friendship: A Parcel from England

Exiting the Post Office into a bright August afternoon on the California coast, I carried three packages in my hands. One was a book I had ordered, the second was an ‘earthing’ pad for working at my computer, and the third was a brown paper-wrapped parcel from England. The handwriting on the label I instantly

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Walking the Dogs, encore: Bees and Nature

It is early afternoon on a sunny day and I am walking my dogs through the tranquil, tree-crowded neighborhood of Carmel-by-the-Sea. After several days of guests in my little cottage, the visitors have just this morning departed. I have done the laundry, cleaned the house and swept their presence away, but there is still a new

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The Wild Bees

The bees have arrived. Seated at the small desk in the office of our Hawaii house, I was working at the computer and every so often looking up to gaze distractedly at the sea of lush greenery outside. A bit of quiet music played through the desktop speakers, accompanied by notes of birdsong through the

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The Knowing Heart: An Organ of Perception

It was the bees that called me back to myself. To my heart, really. One sleek Whippet on a lead in each hand, I was somewhat groggily stumbling barefoot down our current street this morning, taking ‘the boys’ out for their morning walk. My head pounded with a trigger point headache (a chronic problem lodged

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