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We need each other to Flourish

We need each other to Flourish

This week’s post is a favourite passage from Nancy Houston’s exquisite novel An Adoration, in which the character Fiona says: Mama claims that people can’t exist in and of themselves, they’re a patchwork of everything they’ve seen and done, their heads are teeming...

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Life Unlike We Have Known It

Life Unlike We Have Known It

As I sit here and work on this new blog post, I hear the rain drip drip outside the windows of my studio. Apang (actually a raw ache) in my heart pulls me back to the email I read from avaaz.org earlier this morning about the Syrian government’s crackdown on the Arab...

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Reflections on The Sea

Reflections on The Sea

There is an intimacy here that includes you.     David Abram My partner and I spent 5 days in Tofino over the holidays, on the rugged West Coast of Vancouver Island. We stayed at a beautiful seaside  lodge and spent our days walking, reading, writing, eating and...

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Illuminating The Journal

Illuminating The Journal

I have been journaling for 24 years. I’ve written in every kind of journal: spiral bound, hand-sewn, hard and soft-covered, lined and unlined. I have bought journals in bookstores in Canada, the States and Europe. I have written in several different colours of ink,...

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Seeing Clearly Now

Seeing Clearly Now

When I was a child I started the habit of picking the cuticles around my fingers. My mother used to ask me to stop; she could hear the picking as we sat on the couch in the basement and watched TV. Try as I might, the picking continued, despite her desire for me to...

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Learning to Rest

Learning to Rest

The horses are lying down in the pasture, taking a break from their usual upright position. For the past 1 1/2 months I too have been taking a break from my usual position. During the month of February I attended a silent meditation retreat in Northern California. For...

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A Hand Full of Water

A Hand Full of Water

life with its unnecessary (unceasing) expectations find a spot to    rest write whatever       comes from presence, memory hold gently as if the soul has already leapt trying not to fail falling any way not so fast and all over labyrinthine  tree  language mosaic...

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Moonsnail & Other Metaphors

Moonsnail & Other Metaphors

  As we gear up toward beginning our journey together, I wanted to share an event that happened last week. Last Monday I gave a talk to a group of retired women called the High Nooners, who meet twice a month on Salt Spring to share lunch, conversation, and to listen...

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