Category Creativity

After Summer, Before Winter

Green veins in a scarlet leaf. You no longer carry the life-giving gifts you once did. Still, you are part of this season’s beauty.

Poem: Strange Herd

I just returned from a 3 week trip, encountering the most marvelous beings, including DeWitt and a fetching red horse. Here’s what came of our rides together: Strange Herd Climb atop the chestnut fox-trotter named Master for a ride to the ridge top. See the Painted Hills on the other side, where our guide-and-wrangler Dewitt […]

Sharing the Sky (June 2016)

Sharing the Sky (June 2016) One light to govern day. Another light to govern night. Tonight they salute each other across the dance floor of the earth. The sun making his grand solstice departure just as a strawberry moon arrives in her full-faced round beauty. For a few moments balance stretches from one horizon to […]

Getting Buzzed

So this strange thing happened to us in February. We are standing on the muddy shoulder of a country road after five hours of tromping about. We focus intently on a copse of trees: is that unusual and cool bird — a possible gyrfalcon — still perched there? Perhaps. Can we stalk closer? Maybe…noo…yess…and WHOOSH […]

Gargoyle Birthday

Birthdays. Hah. A big deal when you’re a kid. A mile-post when you’re an elder. But, really, it seems self-absorbed to make a deal over them in my middle years. Then birthdays like this year’s fall BAM on my heart. I decided to be all dispassionate about this year. Sure, I could go to that […]

Epistles from the Forest

The Spirituality Center at St. Placid, where I take retreats,  includes a lowland wood. The sisters have somehow enlisted the local birds, ferns, fungi, and trees to conspire in creating provocative images for reflection.  Here are a year’s  cycle in the form of haiku.  Three of these images are from St. Placid, and two snuck […]

One Icon Fits All?

In Hawaii, they have a different take on Universal Man and Universal Woman. (This is for you, Omar.) There, even the restrooms have island spirit. The summer’s trip to the Pacific is a warm memory, as we pull up the covers in the dark season in the Northwest. You think I’d remember what it takes […]

Garden Envy

My mom is a prowler. For as long as I can remember, she has staked out particular homes with what some might call obsessive interest, driving past them as often as possible, slowing to the pace of a toddler on a tricycle so everyone in the car could practice the Art of Appreciation: My how […]

On Sharing Rumi

“Poems are rough notations for the music we are.” writes the guy who, arguably, wrote more poetry than almost anyone in the history of the world, tens of thousands of lines. Why listen to him? Why have I spent months & hours preparing for tomorrow’s event, where we’ll sit together and join our imaginations with […]

End Times & Election Season

“Now I know we’re going to hell in a handbasket,” “Finally, things are turning around.” I wade through the swamp of rhetoric daily, climb onto a small island of time, and listen to Rumi. He lived in a time of true sea change — as the middle east was swept by the Mongols, the crusaders, […]