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Detoxing the Future

1/19/17 Detoxing the Future These are the days for purification, this month particularly, bridging the old year’s celebrations and the dizzying potential of spring. January—all that remains in this time of the good god Janus, seer of the two directions, the looking forward and the looking back, visionary guide across doorways and thresholds, our initiatory […]

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Mantra for 2017

May I be a guard for those who need protection A guide for those on the path A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood May I be a lamp in the darkness A resting place for the weary A healing medicine for all who are sick A vase […]

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This Wish-fulfilling Land

Gathering around a tree in winter, wishing each other “Merry Christmas” and other kindnesses—such moments characterize this season we are fortunate to share with others. In the distant past, a tree might come from a family’s woodlot. Now, mostly, now it comes from a commercial lot, where similar trees, bound and wrapped like hostages, await […]

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Pandora Searches For Hope

When life goes against you, friends offer their sage advice— “Keep on going. Never give up. There’s always hope.” But how do they know this? My own mother used to tell me, “hope in one hand and spit in the other, and see which fills first.” According to her, that was about it for hope. […]

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Winning A Lottery? 

On election night, before the returns came in, I already felt the need of a super hero. And what better super hero than Dr. Strange? I took myself to the movies. I did not know at the time that I couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate storyline. Earth is in crisis, thanks to a band […]

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Can’t Wait

Pollsters are on top of things. And those who calculate a winner’s percentages too. And let’s not forget the media, god bless them, they are as indefatigable as ants, constructing and deconstructing by the moment, climbing onto your back porch, pushing a foot in your door, perhaps even marching across your counters (figuratively speaking), picking […]

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We The People

“On the same day that the seven armed occupiers of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon were acquitted of all charges, 141 people were arrested in their ongoing protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline a few states away,” announced the Christian Science Monitor on October 28, a day of surprises. Property rights for one group […]

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A Word . . . A Seed . . . An Egg . . . And A Time of Change

——   Yogis teach that life came into existence through sound. Tone. A word, but not any word. Not “crow,” for example, or “fish” or even “hu-man.” Something bigger, this instigator word, rippling forth like electricity singing through water, birthing motion for the first time. A word, a tone, a complex sound greater than our so-much-smaller […]

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One Heart Beat Away

One Heart Beat Away   Whispers of Creation found. patterns, pulses, narrowing to the center of our being. alive, moving, perpetual. God particles. Limitless joyfulness limitless mournfulness a strip of land left unplowed at the end of a field. One heart beat away, lying in wait, to confiscate or liberate. ones past, ones future, ones […]

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Dedicated to the Salmon of Auburn Ravine

 I Am Here wave upon wave year upon year generation upon generation seasons upon seasons eons upon eons a drop of rain then two multiplying exponentially greet the ocean keepers of the wisest wisdoms graceful in their travel home. Gloriously predictable, Mother selflessly shapes a nest, selectively chooses a one in a million mate. a […]

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