Why getting outside matters

Capitol and Capitol Lake, Olympia, WA by Brylie Oxley, via Wikimedia Commons.

There are a million ways to connect to Place, and most of them involve going 'outside.' Some of the reasons don't necessarily involve the Land, but involve people, groups, events, our own homes, etc. Of course, this makes it sound like those things are separate from the Land, which they are not, as everything is interdependent.There are also many reasons why going outside matters. We can talk about the health reasons for walking and not driving, for the environmental education the outdoors … [Read more...]

A new season

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Spring has arrived in Olympia. It's been coming, slowly, but last week the sun blazed and the blooming began in earnest. Today it has been grey and rainy all day; the forecast for the week to come is more of the same.I sat in my house today, quiet and still after a morning of errands and I listened to the rain. I have been out of the house so much more in the last week. Every week I ponder what I'll write for the coming Friday post here. I almost always think, 'I barely leave my house. What … [Read more...]

House and Home

Something like would sure be nice..... (Joe Mabel, via Wikimedia Commons)

My partner and I are looking to buy a house. We've decided to settle in Olympia. We want a house that we can raise our kids in and live happily for the next 20 years. We've never owned a home before. This entire process is a giant learning curve. We're getting educated at every step along the way: mortgages, inspections, paperwork, what to look for, what to ask at showings, etc. We know what we're looking for, as far as size, price, location, and aesthetic.But there's a certain piece of … [Read more...]

I like weather

By Juni from Kyoto, Japan (Flickr), Creative Commons

Spring is here! In Olympia we have blooms and blossoms, verdant greens and dreary grays. One moment we have icy rain and near freezing temperatures, the next the sun is blazing and things feel (almost) warm. On the cold mornings when we walk to preschool, my 4.5 yr old son insists it's still winter. No, I say, look at the daffodils, violets, and pink blossoms on a tree I don't know the name of yet. Spring is just getting started!People love to¬† complain, especially about the weather. … [Read more...]

My spiritual map

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 I wrote last week about what my spiritual landscape might look like. I took this idea and came up with a map. It was a bolt of inspiration at 5am. It's not exact, of course. It's mythical, silly, and in no way an actual reflection of my precise journey, though it does of course reflect myself. It is also in no way an accurate reflection of any tradition. Click on the map to enlarge it. Click again and you can move around to see things close up.At the very top is Mount … [Read more...]

Sacred Lands and Spiritual Landscapes

Abraham Ortelius 1570 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I love maps. I love their aesthetic. I love their usefulness. I love the wide variety of information we can gleam from any one map. I love seeing how maps change over time. Wouldn't it be useful if the spiritual life came with a map? This way to the Springs of Refreshment! Avoid the Pits of Despair!Cherry Hill Seminary is hosting a conference next month and an accompanying class (beginning next week) dealing with sacred lands and spiritual landscapes. I've been given a sneak peek at the … [Read more...]

Make Magic of Your Life: wherever you are

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T. Thorn Coyle's latest book, Make Magic of Your Life, is everything I expected it would be. It's easy to read, thought provoking, deceptively simple, conversational, and full of reminders to breathe. It's also a great place to start for people who want to make changes to their lives, or who want to dip into concepts like magic without having to cast spells.The book focuses on the powers of the Sphinx: to know, to will, to dare and to keep silent. Much of this book resonated for me from … [Read more...]


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