Saturday: Amazing Experiences

“And now we’re supposed to go back to our normal lives. That’s what people do. They have these amazing experiences with another person, and then they just go home and clean the bathroom or whatever.” — Susane Colasanti, When It Happens I have been home for two weeks now. Back to normal life and cleaning […]

Friday: All in a Day’s Walk

It was all in a day’s walk, really. The familiar sights and cadence of our feet along the sand. Morning. Evening. By the pool, along the boardwalk, past the turtles, into the powder-like sand – feet bare all day, every day. Cool Gulf tides, a carpet of seaweed, and the company of shore birds. A […]

Thursday: Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

We are blessed this trip with signs. Brief messages from the Universe that point the way, remind us to stop, explain the terrain, and give us directions we might not have asked for had we not slowed down. There are other signs, too. Ones that make us tell stories, laugh, and collect the ingredients for […]

Wednesday: Pool Buddha

Each morning, Pool Buddha arrives for his daily meditation. Each day, we discover a message to take from his presence and his mindful work. This morning it is raining. In his absence, we understand “there is a time to work, and a time to not.” We bow our heads and hope we can bring this […]

Tuesday: In Birds, A Mindfulness Unfolds

In meditation, you focus your attention. It is “to pay attention,” no matter its school or form. In birding, there is like action. A thoughtful observance of what sits right in front of you. Each moment calling out for attention and keen awareness: crested caracara, laughing gull, least tern, ruddy turnstone, sanderling, willet, brown pelican, […]

Monday: The Generosity of Magic

If I told you how much magic appeared, how generous the Universe was to us on this trip, I suspect you might have doubt. The rational might scoff and use a word like coincidence, but I’ll tell you anyhow. At our feet every day were angel wings and feathers, each carrying their own messages about […]