Harvest

Today is Lughnasadh, a Celtic cross-quarter holiday celebrating the first fruits of what has been sown and preparing for the harvest to come. I don't typically observe it, as I'm not much in tune with farm cycles. I notice that the selection at the farmer's market is larger: more vegetables, the first pig from my favorite local farm was just slaughtered. But I don't garden, nor do I live in a community centered on farm life, and so this holiday doesn't often register for me.However, a lot of … [Read more...]

An Apology

I have decided to remove my most recent post. While I was trying to convey my insights, I revealed too much about someone else. My sincerest apologies to my friend, whom I love.I haven't read all of Dante's Inferno, but I wonder if he created a circle of hell wherein people spend an eternity hunched over trying to pull their feet out of their mouths. If this exists, surely it is where I shall end up.I'll be gone from this blog for the next two weeks. My family is off to Colorado and … [Read more...]

Honor the Hearth

I've actually got a large post brewing in me about vulnerability and writing, but I've not had the space to cultivate it. The kids are intensely clingy - all the change of travel gets to them, even though I am so lucky that they travel well. We're back from Alaska but I'm preparing to leave again tomorrow for another trip for five days. This time alone, to California for a good friend's wedding. Of course, there is much to be done to prepare myself and my home for my departure.Which is a … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Great White North

It’s been three years since I’ve been back to my hometown, Juneau, Alaska. My relationship to Juneau is complicated. I wrote about its formative qualities in the early part of my spiritual biography. I’ve never been away from Juneau for this long. It’s as if I have new eyes, and yet my senses remember: the way the water smells here, the feel of this beach, my legs know how to respond to the sea, my eyes know how to spot whales and eagles at 300 yards, my ears recognize the wake of the cruise ship … [Read more...]

Link love

It's been a busy week in my house. Last week my husband sprained is ankle quite badly and has been off it for the last 7 days. I've been picking up the slack. Now that his ankle is much better, I am preparing to take myself and the kids to Juneau, Alaska, for a week. We leave at an ungodly hour on Saturday morning (up at 3am, on the road by 3.30, at Seatac by 4.30, flight leaves at 6.10am. The weeping you are likely to hear from the heavens is just me).I have some posts I hope to finish for … [Read more...]

A year later in My Own Ashram

When I started this blog one year ago I was living in Wales, debating whether or not to quit or continue with my PhD in feminist Mariology. I had a just three-year old son and a four-month old baby girl. My family was doing well financially. I felt stuck spiritually and intellectually. I started this blog as an outlet, as a way to hold myself accountable to my practice, and as a way to explore what my practice was or might be. I was wary of blogging under my real name, publicly, so that all … [Read more...]

Solstice!

Tomorrow marks one year of My Own Ashram. 126 posts, 4 quarters, 2 countries. I will be 'concluding' Place and writing a piece reflecting on my project and where I want to go from here. That's tomorrow.Today I will be out all day with my kids on a field trip with my son's preschool. We're going to NW Trek, a wildlife park containing all regional animals. I admit I'm super excited to see some animals. It doesn't hurt that the weather is clear and sunny this morning.May you be blessed on … [Read more...]


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