The First Harvest of 2015

Lammas, or Lughnasadh, falls this coming weekend. This cross quarter holiday celebrates the first of the harvest coming in. It is the height of summer and the heat is reaching its peak (and my pique). As much as I prefer the grey, overcast weather that is supposed to be typical to the Pacific Northwest, I acknowledge that honor must be paid to the Sun that radiates its light and heat upon us. My garden is exploding in a wealth of zucchini, broccoli, and kale. The garlic is drying. The … [Read more...]

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What the Land Taught Me

At the end of last month I went to Alaska, my homeland and lifelong Love. (You can read the previous entries to learn a little bit about this Place and my heart struggle with it.) My kids and husband and I went to spend two weeks with my parents, sister and her kids. It was a great trip, though like all my trips home, it was emotionally and spiritually complicated. It has taken me the better part of two weeks to recover. Thanks for being patient with me.I left my home in Olympia in the … [Read more...]

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Land as Lover

[Written originally in 2012. I've modified this, since some of my thoughts have changed a little.]David Abram, author of 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 … [Read more...]

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A Love Song for Juneau

[Modified from a post on June 1, 2012]I haven’t lived in Juneau, Alaska, for over a decade. I’ve spent little more than a handful of weeks at a time there. Home for me these days is Olympia, Washington. [I am winding up my time from my most recent trip home - the first one in three years.]For those that know me in person forgetting that I’m from Alaska is impossible. It is a part of my identity on par with being human or female. I am not my body, I am not my sex, yet I am completely e … [Read more...]

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Shinto Blessings

Yesterday Rhyd Wildermuth, PSVL, and I went to the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of North America in Granite Falls, WA. This is one of the only official Shinto Shrines in North America. Please take a moment to look through the Shrine's website to learn more about it's history and to look at the pictures.I know a little bit about Shinto and feel quite an affinity with the Shinto animist world view and many of its practices. However, I had never been to a Shinto Shrine and what I experienced was … [Read more...]

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Procession of the Species

Nestled between Earth Day and May Day/Beltaine is the Procession of the Species in Olympia, WA. Procession is a set of a parades, a luminary night time parade on Friday evening and a Saturday afternoon one, that occurs in the last weekend of April, in conjunction with Arts Walk. It's been happening for 20 years. It's one of my favorite community gatherings of all time and is one of the reasons I love Olympia so damn much.Why? I love a good parade. I love creativity, marching bands, the … [Read more...]

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Kindred Spirits

I have a gully. Some people have a forest, I have a gully. It's only about 7 blocks from my house. The deep gully has houses lining the tops of the sides. People walk, run and bike through it. But it's the wildest, greenest space that I can get to without driving.I've been needing to get out more. Get offline. Get away from the bills and to-do lists. I've been taking the kids for walks up and down it, almost daily. This piece of land and I are taking our relationship to the next level, from … [Read more...]

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