A Short Walk

“Many people nowadays live in a series of interiors…disconnected from each other. On foot everything stays connected, for while walking one occupies the spaces between those interiors in the same way one occupies those interiors. One lives in the whole world rather than in interiors built up against it.” ~ Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking […]

The Power of Story

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”  ~ Philip Pullman   The past few days have been rough for me. It’s a lyme thing. Partly because of the pathogens that have invaded and taken up residence in my body and partly because of the ongoing treatment to evict […]

Coffee with a (feathered) Friend

  “Without birds, trees would be very lonely and men too!”  ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan   As I sipped a coffee yesterday, killing time, with worries on my mind, a little Mickey Bird (Noisy Miner) came to visit me. The Universe must have known I needed some company. The friendly bird stayed with me, singing cheery songs and […]

Delicious Fig, Feta and Walnut Salad Recipe

“No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.” ~ Epictetus My farmer friends, Rob and Robby, have a wonderful commercial stone fruit […]

The Rock, the River and the Mountain

“…your memory is a warm stone hidden in my hand I’m always turning over…” ~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain “I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but […]

The Blessing of Sleep

“Even a soul submerged in sleep  is hard at work and helps  make something of the world.”  ~ Heraclitus, Fragments   No proper blog today. Something miraculous happened last night. My friend Sally came over yesterday afternoon and brought me a rock she’d found for me in Nepal. As she left a gentle rain began to fall, […]

Saying No to Conditional Love

“You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of […]

Tasty Sausage Casserole Recipe

“I think preparing food and feeding people brings nourishment not only to our bodies but to our spirits. Feeding people is a way of loving them, in the same way that feeding ourselves is a way of honoring our own createdness and fragility.”  ~ Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way I […]

Why We Need YOUR Voice

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” ~ Neil Gaiman   Thanks to you, and to some wise and loving friends, I’ve been pushed to a major […]

Hooray for friends!

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”  ~ Elbert Hubbard   Isn’t this the most colossal bucket of flowers for ten dollars? They are grown and sold by two elderly brothers who live up the road from us. You can read more about that here. I’ve had a lovely time […]

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