Thursday, November 23, 2017

There is so much to be thankful for in this beautiful world and all that this year has taught me...Mother Earth is so abundant and just keeps on giving.  Feeling especially grateful today and always as we head into winter in the northeast.

Hoping for some peace in everyone's hearts and a feeling of fullness (more than just from food) for all.  Though last year held some challenges, 2017 has been strikingly fulfilling and joyous.

Lingering Thoughts of San Francisco

Monday, November 20, 2017

I've only been to San Francisco once, but even almost a year later I still find myself day dreaming hazy, magical day dreams of drives over the Bay Bridge listening to Creedence Cleerwater...  It has been on a loop in my mind.  I find myself humming this song all the time, thinking of the blue bay water and the soft moss that grows on the trees in Marin.  It has stayed with me.  I'm enchanted by it - partially because when I think of Northern California, I associate it with the 1960s and 70s and certain hippie movements that evoke freedom.

Maybe its the fabled streets, the imprint left behind by the beat poets and prolific writers who called this city home.  Or maybe its the nearby surfers who continue to add an air to San Francisco.  The city is like a mysterious woman.  It is one of America's quieter cities, but nonetheless robust in presence.

Friday Rituals

Friday, October 20, 2017

Nights without watching TV, spent in bed early.  Reading for hours - a really good book - or a really compelling podcast.  When there is nothing else to do but relax and just sink into where you are.  Friday nights hold so much hope and I often fill them with activity.  But there is nothing quite as sweet as a Friday night spent doing absolutely nothing after a productive week.

Natural Disaster Relief

Monday, October 16, 2017

In the last two months, things have happened rapidly and it makes me reevaluate how precious everything is.  Following the solar and lunar eclipses in early September, the hurricanes seemed to roll in, one after another.  Then - the California wildfires intensified and left in their wake severe destruction.  Not to mention the devastating earthquake in Mexico.  The Red Cross makes it easy to donate just $10 or more to any of these relief funds (and many more).  My heart goes out to all those affected.  See here to send supplies directly using different outlets.  It makes me feel so full to know that so many others want to help our sisters and brothers in need.

The Magic of Rhode Island

Monday, September 25, 2017

There is something about Rhode Island.  The unfettered nature preserves that are dense and wild with thicket.  The soft, sandy beaches pronounced by bluffs.  The soothing, sea air that seems to level everyone and remind us that something so much greater than us exists.

Emma Cline's The Girls

Monday, September 18, 2017

"I looked up because of the laughter, and kept looking because of the girls."  Northern California in the late 1960s.  Just as that era's initiatives of peace and love were punctuated by brutal violence, so is the group that Evie Boyd stumbles upon one afternoon in the park.  Emma Cline's work of upmarket fiction is haunting and well sculpted.  She weaves the reader into the drug ridden cult of a wannabe musician.  The group is ultimately bad, but the foundation of some of their principles seem positive.

One Day in Woodstock

Monday, August 14, 2017

Woodstock, New York: Fields of tall grass that smells sweet; signs that read "Show Compassion;" wild flowers blooming on the edge of the yard; acoustic guitar bellowing into the streets.  A feeling welled up inside me and I knew I needed to escape the city for a softer environment.  Woodstock is just that.  Woodstock is a round, welcoming woman, who ushers you into her arms.  There are definitely some characters there, but it's interesting and at ease.

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