I recently heard a podcast where the invitation was this: Look around and see all the red items in your view. Try this with me. Take a moment and look around you for things that are the color red. When you see one, pause and pay attention to it. Acknowledge it. "There is a red … Continue reading What do you see?
Ahhh….It is a brand new year and news feeds are filled with January newsletters announcing the specular plans for our favorite non-profits, resolutions promising a sparkly life if only we have self-discipline, and robo-emails that seem to have no idea we are still in the holidays, and frankly do not want to know that our … Continue reading Ahhh…the new year…
The seasonal shifts of the North come with a conversation. A back and forth rhythm when temperatures vacillate from one side of zero and the other. Residents respond with their own rhythm of sweatshirts, jackets, parkas, with the final addition of thermal underwear and other such cold-surviving accessories. Spring sends this fashion into reverse. We … Continue reading snow, sleet, ice
The cold starkness of winter has arrived far too early for me. My cuddle duds were pulled out of storage in October, and on the days I resist wearing them, find myself standing at the bus stop with goosebumps of regret. When dark and cold descend quickly, I am caught off guard. At first I … Continue reading When Dark and Cold Descend
I love the night sky, especially as we move into the darker months of the year. Constellations, planets, comets; I watch with great awe. Every evening during the cold months, Orion, with dog Sirius at his heels, stands tall in the back yard. Polaris hovers in place, never leaving the side of the Big Dipper. … Continue reading Patterns of the Sky
The match was struck, the candles lit. I rolled out my mat and settled my rather stiff morning body onto the cushion. Headphones on, the music slid through the tired spaces in my brain and I took a deep breathe. As if joining in, various members of the fur family usually take their places around … Continue reading Gratitude and the Cat Food
Recently I was reading an article by Pamela Gayle White called How to Care for Others (Without Exploding into a Thousand Bits). You can read it here: https://tricycle.org/trikedaily/burnout/. The title alone caught both my eye and my heart. At some time in life, most of us fall into the category of "care-giver." Whether it is … Continue reading What is Burnout Anyway?
Fall is upon us: cool evenings, changing leaf colors...the fragrance of spent leaves waft up from our path touching our soul. To acknowledge this autumnal threshold and to fend off crisp nights, we light a fire, some big, others small and gather round. Encircling a fire is a favorite practice of fall. The other evening … Continue reading Putting Fires to Bed
The holiday weekend plan was full of guests, food, and events with anticipation of high step numbers on the fitness tracker. Then everything cancelled. Everything. Guests from the south stayed on the sandy shores of their home, sandbagging in defense of Hurricane Dorian. Here in the North, we went from a packed schedule to four … Continue reading Summer Rains and Hurricanes…
Minnesota's glorious North Shore. A gift known by those of us who are blessed to live in this area, and often a hidden gem to those who live elsewhere. Mother Superior is powerful, nurturing and beautiful. And, surprising. She can go from calm to powerful, seemingly peaceful to fitful in a relatively short amount of … Continue reading I Met a Crayfish Along the Way