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...]

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. Sure, I take them out with me, but attempting a two mile walk can take close to two hours with them! However, thanks to a new friend here I have discovered the magic of the Mclane Creek Nature Trail. There's an easy, flat trail that loops around a small lake, with lots of ducks and beaver dams. The western side of the trail has a stream where salmon fight to … [Read more...]

What is Place anyway?

Photo by emmett.hume, flickr, creative commons.

Place may seem like a strange choice for a religion blog. There’s no religion called Place. What does that even mean?Place was the first ‘religion’ that I knew. Place, Land, Home – it can be called any of these things. I was raised secular, but Alaska left an imprint on me. How to explain the sense of place and land to some one who didn’t grow up with that, or who found it later in life?The secular household I grew up in didn’t talk about things (still doesn’t). Almost everything was assu … [Read more...]

Living by the Light

With kind permission from Everyday Life Magic.

The calendar said December. My brain understood it was coming; I'd just wrapped up Thanksgiving holidays here in the US. Logically, December follows. But my body didn't believe it - and still hasn't fully embraced December. My rational, planning, organized brain lives by my paper organizer, but my body follows the weather and, more importantly, the intensity of the light.We are midway through December. I've sent out invitations to a small Solstice gathering for two weeks from now. How can … [Read more...]


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