A tool we need for the task at hand.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the impact of kind regards in my life.  Specifically as it applies to health and happiness.  It dawned on me that our thoughts for and about each other create some sort of force field, the Vibe-O-Sphere if you will.  In a healthy Vibe-O-Sphere the community of folks trust each…

Busy-Body

You know the stereo type of the Busy Body? You know the one who is in everyone else’s business? Probably criticizing others while being blind to their own limitations? Well I am turning into one lately. Yep. It all started with what seemed like a really good thing. And then another really good thing. And…

Body as Enemy – Body as Ally

Some of my best thinking happens in the shower. The warm water and steam seem to open up my mind to possibilities that otherwise wouldn’t occur to me.  The other morning it was a question: Am I being an ally to my body or am I my own worst enemy? This led to more questions….

Pete Rose Rooster and Gilda Chicken are Dead.

An open letter to the human companion of the dog who killed our chicken. In the last days of 2016, I came home after work to a flurry of feathers overlaying the grass at the curb. There were feathers even more numerously covering  the stairs up to the house. I knew we had lost another chicken, but…

Good Bye 2016 -Will Auld Acquaintance be Forgot?

What a year. What a wild transformative journey 2016 has been for us all collectively.  Even now people in New Zealand and Australia have already passed the threshold into 2017, a threshold that is moving across the globe as we speak.  As we look back and look forward we have two tales to tell ourselves….

Insomnia on Boxing Day

At one time my days regularly started at 2:50 a.m. That is when my alarm went off to set in motion my work as a baker. It was a rare day that the alarm actually woke me though, it was most usual for me to already be awake with my mind racing ahead or behind like…

Stopping the Black Snake with Prayer & Discipline

Yesterday some much needed good news came in. The DAPL is being halted. As a result of months of prayers and disciplined non violent organizing led by the Standing Rock Sioux. This is the most hopeful thing I have witnessed, maybe ever. I am so grateful; to the wise elders who led, to all those who…

Imagine 2017: the year your dreams come true…

With all of the events of 2016 rattling around our minds, it can be hard to imagine how anything can be right in the world. How it is possible for our lives to move in a positive direction. I know.  The thing is that when we step into the place of getting clear on what…

Is my time well spent?

Minutes to Hours. My friend Gila was recently out kayaking with another friend when they found a message in a bottle.  There was no action requested in the note contained within.  What was the motivation for the person who made it and then set it adrift?  What is the motivation behind making anything?  Sometimes we do…

Happy Anniversary – 3 years and counting.

Happy Anniversary to me!  I mean, Happy Cancerversary to me! Three years ago today in 2013 I got the biopsy that started my breast cancer treatment adventures. It seems like something to celebrate because every month that passes without evidence of a return of disease, there is a slightly better chance that I will remain…

Navigating the Medicine Show

“Step right up! Step right up! Hear about the amazing healing powers of Dr. SmartyPants’ patented formula!” If pharmaceutical drugs were distributed out of the back of a charlatan wagon at a medicine show  would they have fewer takers?  Wait a moment, what about commercials for prescription drugs? You know the ones, with the huge list of possible…

Standing up for Water.

The mighty Columbia flows past my front door. Meanwhile on the other side of the continental divide, her sister river, the great Missouri, with her winding ways and beautiful chalk bluffs, flows towards the east. The song birds are somewhat different there, singing in the cottonwood trees that line the water. Though this time of year they are few…