Living and belonging where clouds go to die

observatory

I'm sorry, I know, today's blog post is very, very late. In my defence, today is 'Blue Monday' -- supposedly the most depressing day of the calendar in the northern hemisphere - and boy, am I feeling it. It feels like someone's pulled a plug in me somewhere, and all my energy's just drained away. It's not helped by the constant cloud.Not that that's any surprise in Eskdalemuir - there's a meteorological office here, Eskdalemuir Observatory, and apparently the scientists there joke that … [Read more...]

Land as Lover

nikidawson

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. I see this so clearly from my own upbringing in Juneau, Alaska. It has so profoundly shaped me that, even though I’ve not lived there for a decade, I still consider my … [Read more...]

A Place Within A Place: reconsidering what is sacred

Elisabet Ney Museum : Hyde Park : Austin, Texas

The bees are still. The wild hive in the back garden is quiet. It's cold out. A sliver of moon rides high in the sky: french tip manicure nail of beauty. The air is crisp, with hints of sycamore leaf, tobacco smoke, and steel--the numb metallic smell when too cold air is breathed in through the nostrils.This week, winter weather dances over Austin.As dusk deepens, I walk to one of the neighborhood coffee shops. A faint glow graces the horizon. Porch lights are on. Colored bulbs drip from … [Read more...]

The Challenge of Place

Pacific-centred globe

We welcome our first Guest Contributor to A Sense of Place: Denise Osborne, Feng Shui practitioner and mystery writer.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As a Feng Shui practitioner, I know that the prevailing energies of place must be addressed if one is to accurately read any dwelling or business location. An apartment in a Hong Kong high-rise and an apartment with the same layout and square footage in New York City will be … [Read more...]

Eaten by the Nothing

Fog in Glasgow

Some time in the night the clouds rolled in over Glasgow and settled down onto the land. They wrapped the city up in a blanket of grey. As early morning led on to later morning and then on to afternoon, the grey did not burn off or blow away. The city just sat there with the fog as its cover, snuggled in against the January cold.When I was young I lived within walking distance the Golden Gate where the Pacific Ocean comes in to San Francisco Bay. I would often go out on my own or with a … [Read more...]

The land does not belong to us; we belong to the land.

snowyhills

Saturday was the first new moon after the winter solstice: in the Roman calendar, it was the first calends of the year, sacred to Janus. It was a religious festival probably celebrated officially in Eskdalemuir about 1900 years ago, at the fort built where the Rae Burn meets the River Esk.If I were a reconstructionist Pagan, living where I do, based on the past of this land, I'd have a host of Pagan religious traditions to reconstruct from: not only those of the Romans, but of the … [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

It's a new year. I'm not much for resolutions, but I do like to set intentions for the year. What's the difference? Resolutions feel like ways to set myself up for failure. This list contains things I can look forward to. So, here are ten things I am looking forward to seeing/doing/experiencing in western Washington in 2013.Some of these are simple enough to do. Some require some serious family planning. Some will easily connect me to that sense of place I crave. With others I run the risk … [Read more...]


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