Earth Day: A Moment to Celebrate

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So it is on this Earth Day that I recall that early enthusiasm, with the real world just outside the door, just off the gravel road, just behind a neighbor’s house, just in that stand of trees. Challenges await, but today I celebrate. [Read more...]

A Tale of Hospital Spirits

Hospital Hall

During those quiet days of the weekend I had time to sit in the hospital and think about the energy of the place. I realized that I mostly shut it out, not wanting to know or think about what goes on in there. But even in a sleepy hospital in a small town surrounded by wheat and lentil fields, there is the frenetic energy of life and death and scary moments that change people forever.
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The Scythe… Harvest And Death

Scythe against hedge" by Richard New Forest - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

The Hooded Figure With A Scythe is not a squanderer of opportunities. It is silent and sharp and efficient. It kills and gives life in a single motion. An animal dies and billions of micro-organisms get a feast. Maybe a few larger organisms, too. And what of the possibilities inherent in the life of the thing before it died? Except for humans and the friends of humans, we generally don’t think of such a thing at all. What opportunities have been lost by a mouse that is caught and eaten by a wolf? [Read more...]

Where They May Be Found: Ceridwen

Photo credit: Kevin Freitas

We living feast relentlessly on the dead, and love is a kind of death–is death a kind of love? The Fourth in the Series “Where They May Be Found”: This one, Ceridwen, goddess of inspiration and death. [Read more...]

The power of the song thrush: life, death and the feast of St. John

Image by Jose Sousa, used under Creative Commons license.

The Jug of Punch, the song thrush, the summer solstice, the feast of St. John, life, sex, death and singing. What does it all mean?! [Read more...]

The Value of Communities of Place

Knit-bombed Seattle. Image by sterling 2011

Sometimes the most important communities are the unintentional ones, the ones that happen just because you live in a place and you run into the same people every day whether you like it or not. [Read more...]

The Place of Death.

Photo by Anne Burgess

I’ve known for a while that one day I would have to learn what death was like — so far every supposedly terminal person I’d done healing for had recovered. But this friend was not going to be the person to teach me about Death. I told her, “No. It can’t be you. That’s just not right. You were supposed to go to the clinic in the morning!” [Read more...]


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