One year ago, Wales

Today, if the world hasn't ended, marks one year since my family packed up and drove away from Lampeter. We pulled out of the driveway before dawn. We watched the sun rise on the incomparable Teifi Valley. Our car was headed for Cornwall to spend Christmas with friends before heading back to the United States. (I linked to my last real post in Wales over on today's A Sense of Place.)I find Washington to be far more wild than Wales. It makes sense: it's not been as cultivated for as long … [Read more...]

Link love

Today I started my official Friday blog at Patheos! First post is about the solstice and the play of light and dark. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

The end is also the beginning

The calendar year is winding down. Does anyone ever feel restful at this time? In the United States we seem to have a full six weeks of holidays, events, family gatherings, and shopping madness. While I go light on the last two (my family of origin are in Alaska and Australia), I've got more than my fair share of Other Stuff going on right now. Much of it is really exciting, so let me share some news with you!Firstly, you might notice that my avatars have changed, both here and on the … [Read more...]

Land as Lover

Inspired by The Spell of the Sensuous I want to explore more personally what Land and Place mean to me.David Abram 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 profoundly shaped me that, even … [Read more...]

The best non-magic books about magic, part 1

My two most favorite books about magic aren't explicitly about magic at all. One is a philosophical work in the 'deep ecology' vein, the other is a young adult book about Vikings and Saxons.In this post I'll review (oh, who am I kidding? I'll praise) David Abram's The Spell of the Sensuous. I first learned of this book three years ago, during my first autumn in Wales. My friend, Haloquin, loaned it to me. I was thick into my PhD studies, so I did a 'grad school skim.' I loved it and knew it … [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...]

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...]


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