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...]

Walk Like a God – a review

One of the blogs that inspired me to start my own is Rogue Priest, written by Drew Jacob. He is a modern-day Priest, Hero and Adventurer. What does that mean? Well, you'll have to read his blog to figure it out. I don't always agree with his take, but I love that he's actively thinking about the big Life Questions and attempting to live the life he believes in. One of the things that I love about P/paganism is that it seems to create space to live the life of one's imagination (fodder for a … [Read more...]

Think Like a Mortal

Today's Delphic Maxim is think like a mortal. Wait, what the heck? Don't we already do that because we're all mortals? And isn't thinking like a mortal something we want to do less of? My first instinct is to write this one off with a resounding, DUH.One second reflection (ok, third, fourth, and fifth reflections) I think this is actually asking us to delve more deeply into our humanity, our flesh and blood selves. In fact, I think it ties in beautifully with my Place quarter.What is a … [Read more...]

Silence and Opportunity

The next Delphic Maxim is Know Your Opportunity. It seems a pretty obvious one, and yet, it's a lot more difficult to actually suss out when, where, and what kind of opportunities are waiting for us. Opportunity is, in my head, an action word. Opportunity is to be grabbed hold of! Opportunity is not to be missed! Go out and forge some opportunity!But for me, these last two months, I have had the opportunity to rest. To not do. Don't seize anything. In fact, let go. Learning about place, … [Read more...]

A love song for Juneau

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've just recently returned from a 'long weekend' in California, a stunningly beautiful part of the world. There were six ladies present: three of whom live in California (two in the Bay Area, one in the LA area), two in the Pacific North West (me and one in Seattle), and one who lives in Alaska - Anchorage. But five of us are from … [Read more...]

Return

Hello again. I've returned from a few days along the Russian River in Northern California. The Sonoma/Russian River area is easily my favorite part of that great state. The wineries, oak trees, enormous redwoods; the jays, buzzards, herons; the warm sun, cool breezes, and lazy river are intoxicating. I'm not yet ready to get back to the Delphic Maxims or my daily grind/practice. I am sleepy (baby girl decided to celebrate my return by nursing all night long) and full of … [Read more...]

Artifice

Earlier this week I went hiking with my kids. We went to the Watershed park in town. Olympia is chock full of parks and I'm enjoying exploring them. The forest reminded me of SE Alaska, only slightly more tame, open and safe. Many of the plant species were familiar, though the underbrush wasn't as dense and more light was able to enter in. I was able to show my son two of my favorite plants, skunk cabbage and devil's club. Skunk cabbage is a bright cheery plant that grows in … [Read more...]


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