Procession Photos and May Day

Some one dressed up as skunk cabbage! One of my favorite plants!

I couldn't have imagined a better beginning to May. Last weekend was the Procession of the Species parade and art walk. May first was celebrated by local anarchists with a picnic in the park. I took my kids to all of it. We played and drew and wove ribbons around a maypole in the spring sunshine.Below are some pictures from the Procession parade. Please click on this link to see many more photos of the weekend, as well as some video clips. [Note: this is not my site or my photos, but were … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

My spiritual map

nikisSpiritualMap

 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...]

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...]

Traci’s Top 10: Tips For Cultivating Place In The City

Mrs. Eberly and her cannon : Austin, Texas

My return to the U.S. last week felt disconcerting, but it's rarely a smooth transition.  The transatlantic flight leaves the body tired and the souls displaced.  Confronting American culture feels loud and intrusive.  Arriving on the day of the Connecticut shootings meant that news of the heart-wrenching tragedy blared from screens throughout the airport. I sent prayers for the suffering; however, I did not wish to listen to the sensationalized reporting. I searched for a space to rest and br … [Read more...]


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