The body as a place

My Welsh fairy tree, standing in for the World Tree today.

Niki ponders a brand new (to her) idea about our bodies being Places and Lands of their own. [Read more...]

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A new season

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Spring makes Niki want to get out of the house and move! [Read more...]

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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...]

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The Sit Spot

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No matter how well you think you know a place, you can’t really know it until you’ve spent a long time sitting quietly in one little spot. [Read more...]

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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...]

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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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The beginning is nigh

My fairy tree, Lampeter, Wales, during the summer

I doubt anyone will be surprised that I don’t believe in the End of the World. There are no ends, only beginnings. Every time I’ve felt as if my world was collapsing, something new and amazing sprouted in the space created by the destruction of the old. [Read more...]

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