How to be a tourist

Juneau by flight

What is it like to make your home in a “tourist” town? [Read more...]

When one’s home shows up on television

Juneau, Alaska, By Gillfoto (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

Are any of you fans of Bravo’s tv show, Top Chef? I am. I love it. It might seem a strange question here, except for the fact that this week’s episode was filmed in Juneau, my home land, and the previous episode was filmed on a cruise ship sailing up the Inside Passage. [Read more...]

The problem of Imbolc

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I’ve never felt all that connected to this spoke on the great wheel of seasonal observances. While I feel connected to all things Celtic, I grew up in Alaska, where spring lasts all of six weeks and doesn’t arrive until after Beltaine. How could the coming of spring be visible in early February?? That’s crazy talk! [Read more...]

Waiting for spring

Chehalis Western Trail, photo courtesy of Regan House Photo

I’ve gotten out and about a little bit more in the last two weeks than I have in a while. I’m looking for signs of spring, signs of the shift to brighter days. I love winter. I love that we’re in the thick of the quiet and the cold, but this winter’s intensity is wearing on me. [Read more...]

Land as Lover

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David Abram, in his amazing book The Spell of the Sensuous, talks about geography as a container. More than just mountains that enclose or fields that spread out, land shapes our views of the world, our experiences with future places, how we perceive time and seasons, how communities function, and how we relate the non-human world. [Read more...]

10 things to look forward to in 2013

By Aaron Fulkerson (http://www.ninje.com) (en:Image:MountRainierEastTrail arf.JPG) [CC-BY-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Ten things I am looking forward to seeing/doing/experiencing in western Washington in 2013. Some will easily connect me to that sense of place I crave. With others, I run the risk of being a white spiritual tourist. [Read more...]

Finding the magic

Salmon swimming upstream; all photos courtesy of Everyday Life Magic.

Even though I’ve been in Olympia for a year I feel as though I’ve hardly explored any of it. Having two small children makes it tough. However, thanks to a new friend here I have discovered the magic of the Mclane Creek Nature Trail. [Read more...]


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