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April 10, 2011: We Are Rich

April 10, 2011: We Are Rich

“Everything is here to be happy on earth. We have snow and every day a new morning. We have trees and rain, hope and tears. We have humus and oxygen, animals and all the colors. We have distant lands and bicycles. We have sun and shadow.                           We are rich. “ ~Hundertwasser ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ …I discovered [...]

March 20, 2011: Taking Down the Ropes

The Perigree moon called me last night. As her magnificence rose over eastern treetops, I gathered a blanket and some hot tea … hoping to curl up a bit in the spot where Querencia, my earthen artist cottage, will soon be born. The light was surreal. Like a room filled with burning candles- holding the intensity of darkness and [...]

February 2, 2011: The Gift of Snow and Silence

February 2, 2011: The Gift of Snow and Silence

Tomorrow I head off for a 4-day, silent, women’s retreat in New Windsor, Maryland. My packing list is short: comfortable stretchy pants and tops, warm sweater, socks, shawl, and meditation cushion. No makeup, no cell phone, no reading, no gadgets. When we arrive, we’ll check in, find our shared room, plop our cushions in the meditation hall and [...]

January 28, 2011: Building Querencia – The Hand-Sculpted House

January 28, 2011: Building Querencia – The Hand-Sculpted House

There is now a makeshift bulletin board hanging on the wall across from me. Huge foam-core boards are dripping with post-it notes, inspiring images and architectural drawings of Querencia- my soon-to-be artist cottage. It is big and messy and changing shape daily, but the vision remains pure. I will revisit it often as we get pulled into [...]

December 26, 2010: A Word Can Lead You…

This is my annual end-of-the-year invitation… to choose a word, not a resolution. I have been doing this in January for many years, ever since I read Christine Kane’s blog called The Resolution Revolution. It has changed me over and over. Here’s the invitation: Instead of making futile promises to “fix” something (like lose weight, or [...]

December 3, 2010: A Place of My Own

December 3, 2010: A Place of My Own

It is really happening. A dream come true. Today, I began searching in earnest for doors, windows, shelving and such for my own little cottage- one I plan to build with Tim’s support and many hands this spring and summer. A shelter of my own. Made of mud and straw bales. Adorned with colorful bottles [...]

September 15, 2010: The Call of River Time

I’m sitting in the warm sun on the front porch… watching the breeze whisk yellowed leaves from the Sycamore trees.  Fall is in the air and all living things are feeling the pull of gravity.  It seems stronger as the days shorten. How long have I been sitting here? The sun has passed the mid-sky [...]

April 25, 2010: Tending

April 25, 2010: Tending

I have been on my knees a lot lately. Kneading soil between my fingers like a baker… breaking up the clay chunks, blending them thoroughly with chocolate-rich compost and sugary-light sand. I even catch myself sniffing it.  mmmm…healthy soil smells like morning in the heart of a forest. Countless hours and hours of turning and digging. [...]

March 28, 2010: The Return of the Wood Ducks…

March 28, 2010: The Return of the Wood Ducks…

A week or so ago, as the remnants of a long, frozen winter were finally melting, Tim tromped excitedly up the hill from the river with a  little boy look on his face, “The Wood Ducks are back!” We smiled… and shared a still, unspoken moment. At the top of that ridge somehow it hit [...]

March 8, 2010: Mindfulness

March 8, 2010: Mindfulness

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: On Purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”       – Jon Kabat-Zinn Ahhh, sounds so simple… and on some levels it is. Yet, I found out that in order to be consistently mindful- to be PRESENT, NOW, HERE- I needed some training. We are conditioned to [...]