The Ocean Within – Part Two.

This is the second in a three part series of posts on the lymph system. See Part One- Yin Magic here.  Part Two – Watershed Way back in 1996 when Joe and I moved to Astoria, my daily walk to work took me along the railroad tracks on the waterfront. Through a still active cannery, with huge…

Walking into Joy

Whoa – Beauty abounds all around.  Due to a confluence of factors, our car in need of repair, newly developed tailbone-bike-seat-incompatibility, plus beautiful weather, all conspired towards my walking to and from work this week.  Basically providing me with two hours each day to reflect on the state of my life, the universe and everything. My goal this…

77 Reasons to Relish our Wild Spaces.

As of late I have been hearing the frogs singing into the night, and have caught just a few bars of the red wing blackbird practicing his song. The quickening of spring is a time of immense transition as the winter birds begin to gather themselves to fly towards their nesting grounds, and the summer birds…

Lessons from Apple Trees

The house I lived in until I was ten, had many apple trees on the property, both in the yard and out in the pasture to the east.  These were big old trees, probably over a hundred years old.  Though the apples from them were beset with scab and coddling moths, they were still very much worth…

Honoring Birds & Día de los Muertos

Birds “Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.  Only a life lived for others is worth living.” –Albert Einstein We have a game we play each day when we go for our walk-…

Prodigal Daughter

Yesterday the rains returned, ending our days in the sun for the time being. We came back from our Southwest travels only to dive straight into some needed kinwork. Then last week I was gifted the opportunity to go to Breitenbush for a writing workshop taught by my friend Amy. Even though I had never met the fellow writers in…

Natural Dyeing

When I was in college I called home one day to talk to my special grandparent-ish people, Edna & Ed. I had recently changed majors from Biology to Fine Arts.  When they asked what I would be studying I replied, “Natural Dyeing.”  “What?” they asked, “Why would you want to study that?”  They of course thought…

The Cure for Cowbirds

Yesterday on my walk with Joe, we saw one of the little yellow warblers flitting amongst the branches of a blooming scotch broom. They are so beautiful, with a quick cheerfulness and a loopy small-bird flight pattern – as if they are always skipping or dancing.  We also happened upon a courtship routine of a few brown-headed…

Elderflowers

Elder is a plant with a long history of being used for protection from “bad” energy. It is a plant much associated with the fairy realms.  Elder blossoms and berries have been used medicinally for centuries. (Especially Black Elderberry Sambucus nigra.)  Here on the coast we have Red Elderberry, which is blooming on the edge of forests…

Tree Baths

The last week has been so very beautiful. I hope that all of you have been soaking up sun or taking tree baths. (Tree baths are a Japanese idea of hanging out with trees as a healing modality – basically walking amongst trees breathing the air made by trees.)  A year ago this week, the Family Daire loaded…

Moving forward

So, we actually decided against changing to the treatment plan outlined in the April Fools post – though we hear it’s working great for some (see 4/1 comments). Tuesday’s final session of chemotherapy went smoothly. Now we’re in recovery mode, and Preparation-for-Surgery mode. Iris is spending extra time horizontal, reading books pertinent to treatment.  We’re planning…

Happy

So a couple of months ago my friend Jan sent me a link to a music video by this guy Pharrell Williams.  As I live under a bit of a rock, pop culture wise,  I am not sure who this guy is – however I have been dancing nearly daily to this song since Jan sent it to…