A Chance Sighting

I was feeling rather aimless yesterday — from the start of the day at work to the meandering afternoon of house chores. At 2, I set off into the woods for a walk, thinking that might calm my restless spirit, but it remained just so. Instead of going right, I went left. Instead of the... Continue Reading →

Oh Deer! How Time Flies!

There is so much I have been meaning to write to you about... Like the day I went to collect pictures of shore birds for you. They were wading out across the marsh at low tide. But then I got stuck in the mud and laughed so hard they all flew away. And then there... Continue Reading →

Answers: Here

There are moments in this life when I cannot find explanation. When searching for why becomes too much to bear. And so I walk off into the woods where, instead of answers, I just find peace. • • • "If a dragonfly has shown up in your life, you may need some fresh air in... Continue Reading →

Auspicious Sightings

Yesterday, as I was walking in the woods, I came upon a frog sitting in the middle of the trail. He humored me for a while, as I chatted about the pretty day and the cool of the shade we had the luck to be occupying. It was only when I moved a little too... Continue Reading →

Sweet Dreams

“It takes a bee 10,000,000 trips to collect enough nectar to make one pound of honey.” — Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees My 16 ounce jar of Swords into Plowshares honey, then, is just that: a jar full of 10,000,000 bee trips. (Do they get frequent flyer miles?) Swords into Plowshares is... Continue Reading →

Wake me up when September

On Friday, I took the opportunity of a beautiful, early September evening to enjoy a walk along the shore in my neighborhood. It’s a different time of day for me, as I am often awake before the sun and asleep before it fully leaves the sky. I could feel the waning warmth of the day,... Continue Reading →

She does not play small, why should I?

“Which causes me to wonder, my own purpose on so many days as humble as the spider's, what is beautiful that I make? What is elegant? What feeds the world?" — Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum • • • Orb Weaver. Doesn’t that conjure up an image of some great goddess weaving planetary trajectories through... Continue Reading →

*brought to you by the letter F

• • • If a frog comes into your life, it may mean you need to call forth new rains to cleanse old energy or old ways. The frog is a totem of metamorphosis, and always has connection to the creative force from which it came. — Ted Andrews, Animal-Speak • • • Photos ©2011,... Continue Reading →

When Opportunity…Slithers?

“Let’s see what it means,” my friend Martha would have said before promptly pulling out her copy of Ted Andrews' Animal-Speak. But she wasn’t with me, and… “Oh my!” was about all I could muster when I spotted this gorgeous three-foot black snake on the trail in front of me. If my amateur snake identification... Continue Reading →

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