Procession of the Species

By Davidakoontz at English Wikipedia via Wikimedia Commons, from 2005.

I love parades. Most parades are really boring, though. I find them mostly to be advertising: business sponsor floats but seem to be the highlight, politicians hand out fliers. Bah humbug.But when a parade is done well, oh it is a joyful thing! The kid in me gets all worked up. I never know what is coming next. Costumes? Bands? Possibly a marching band?This time last year my family was new to Olympia. Had we heard about the Procession of the Species? And Spring Arts Walk? No, we had not. … [Read more...]

A taste of place

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I'm finally recovering from a week's jetlag, after two weeks in the sunny Southern states of the USA. One of the main ways in which I get in touch with new places when I'm travelling is through food - especially as I have a litany of food allergies and sensitivities, which make me hyper-aware of what I'm eating.Of course, my first stop for food was at a place where I knew my needs would be met: Sevananda natural foods co-operative. It's always a pleasure to visit this little home from home … [Read more...]

I’m a Pagan because of connection, and continuity and change

Atlanta airport. Image by Chris Yunker, used under Creative Commons License.

I've spent all day today in transit: walking, bus, tube, aeroplane. I'm currently sitting in the International terminal at Atlanta airport. "What's that got to do with why I'm a Pagan?" I hear you ask. Well, nothing, except that it's its opposite.Vehicular transport is a peculiarly human experience. No other animal, that I am aware of, creates systems for transport which involve mechanical, social and economic engineering the way that we humans do. If we accept, just for a moment, the … [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...]

Finding place through the eyes of a child

Photo credit Kira Nuit 2013

This month's guest post comes to us from Kira Nuit, who explores the sacredness of the ordinary outdoor spaces around us through a child's vision. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It’s easy to connect with a large, famous sacred Place. The weight of history presses its importance into our thinking mind. The accumulation of energies -- natural or created, intrinsic or fed by human ritual -- is palpable enough that folks of d … [Read more...]

Tracking Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

The cherry trees are in bloom here in the San Francisco Bay Area. The white and pink blossoms signal that spring is here. Their beauty brings a certain lightness to the step. The tradition of picnicking under a blossoming cherry tree brings a certain joy to the heart. The San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival in April is a wonderful celebration of Japanese culture in California as well as the beauty of the flowers and the excitement of spring.But the festival is in April and the trees have … [Read more...]


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