Lessons From D.C.

Flooding at the Capitol Mall due to a broken irrigation pipe 2006

At some point along the drive I noticed a change in myself. I was agitated and annoyed with the other people on the road and the imagined inhabitants of the buildings near the freeway. Something in my head had processed the fact that we were in the area around the capitol where lots of Federal employees live and work. I mentioned what I was feeling to my friend and said, “It’s just that I feel like this is where they are messing up the country.” [Read more...]

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The Train as Merkava

Train Tracks

As economy land travel goes, a coach seat on the Empire Builder is pretty comfortable, but what discomfort there is I use. Many shamanic states are reached through the conscious use of discomfort, and allowing myself to not only accept the limitations of travel but to embrace them transforms the experience entirely. [Read more...]

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Cursed Places

What is it about some cities that seem to have squeezed out most of their joy and now find themselves stumbling along in economic depression and physical disrepair? The city of Spokane was always at a disadvantage in my eyes, because it’s not Seattle. I wonder if the greatest curse on a town like this is simply that the tale of the curse keeps being told? [Read more...]

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Japan’s Fukushima Disaster and Its Impact on Fish in the Pacific Northwest

A fishing boat in my home port of Auke Bay, Alaska. By Gillfoto, via Wikimedia Commons.

For the most part, those of us that love wild seafoods from the Pacific Northwest don’t have to worry — at least, not about radiation from the Fukushima nuclear reactor. Sadly, it is Japan that suffers the most from Fukushima’s meltdown. As I give thanks to the Great Salmon for their life-giving abundance, I offer up prayers for the people and land of Japan. [Read more...]

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Distracting you with flowers

Purple rhodedendrons.

Niki shares pictures of pretty flowers in her yard. [Read more...]

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Procession Photos and May Day

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

Niki posts pictures of the amazing Procession of the Species parade in Olympia, WA. [Read more...]

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Procession of the Species

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

Niki prepares to participate in the Procession of the Species. [Read more...]

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