• grief for a broken world

    Celebrating Pockets of Wilderness

    I wonder what our ancestors did with their lawns two hundred years ago. Did they keep them meticulously mowed with the manual rotary kind of mower my widowed grandmother still used when I was a teen? Did they wait until it grew tall and then use a scythe? Apparently the Puritans were fairly meticulous about their homes, cleanliness is next to godliness and all that. But did that same obsessiveness pertain to their lawns? Or maybe they were so busy growing crops and shoeing horses and sewing clothes that they just didn’t have the time to worry about the aesthetics of their lawns. Let me hasten to add that I…

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    Women with Wings

    Birds in migration, a nation of women with wings! These are the words to a wonderful Goddess chant. I am one of those women with wings!  And I’m not the only one! In 1997 I made one of those “treasure map” collages.  The idea is to tear or cut from magazines anything that calls to your spirit.  When I was done and everything was glued to the poster board, I was surprised to notice I had three images of redwoods in my collage.  (One was a seedling.)  Seven years later, without ever once having had this as a conscious goal, I moved across the country from my lifelong home in…

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    Clearing Ourselves when the Skies become too Cloudy

    Are you sensitive? Does the state of this world weigh you down sometimes? Are there days when you just can’t shake the sadness and despair? That happened to me this morning. I was worried about a dog I know who was not living in a good situation. This big beautiful sweet German shepherd each night was being forced to sleep in a cage that was too small. My thoughts then, of course, flew to all the children and teenagers and others who are also being forced to live in cages where they don’t have enough room to lie down. In addition, these refugees don’t have mattresses or blankets or sufficient…

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    Surviving in an Ever-changing World

    Have you ever wondered… if civilization collapsed, if there were no more electricity or oil, would you be able to survive? If there were no more refrigerators, stoves, faucets with fresh water, or flush toilets, would you be able to cook? Bathe? Could you find potable water? Could you forage for food? Do you have the seeds and the know-how to grow your own food? If your car could no longer function (without gas or oil available), could you survive on your little plot of land? Could you get to somewhere with greater natural resources? Without electricity, the banking industry would collapse. Could you get by without money? Do you…