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The Apple Tree Episode

  My husband climbs into the car loaded with several sacs of apples and mutters, “I had an encounter with the New Boulder.” “Uh oh,” I respond. For my dear husband, late September often means apple-foraging. Through years of cycling the county’s backroads, he developed a mind map of the apple trees along the rights of way. A few years ago we planted a couple of trees on our property and foraging elsewhere has been unnecessary. But our trees, along with many others in the area, took this...

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The Way of Orphanhood

I have often written about the need to create a new life-affirming culture as the most pressing task before us. The hypermasculine story of rational hegemony and the promise of technology is toxic and urgently needs to be replaced. But with what? And how? Recently I heard Bayo Akomolafe, a Nigerian intellectual, speak about similar topics. His personal story involves leaving academia and decolonizing himself by returning to traditional Nigerian village life. He is a cultural refugee of sorts....

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Homework

  I abandon my assignment. I will not follow instructions, but sit impassively with the pine trees listening to a distant chainsaw and a dog barking questions. My eyes trace the curves of the southeastern hillsides, remembering the fire and studying the shape of the burn. I will not return at the appointed hour. I walk along the edge of the mountain’s granite apron to the skull of a bobcat, where I busy myself collecting its teeth, fitting them carefully into each socket. At sunset I...

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Calling the Circle

    Months ago I signed up for a wild nature retreat for women to be held at the beginning of July. The intent of the gathering is to explore the sacred feminine and how we are embodying that energy in our own lives. To ground ourselves in that animating power. The retreat is to be held in Colorado’s mystical San Luis Valley, which has been a destination for spiritual pilgrimages for centuries. It’s one of the most sparsely populated parts of the state, and one of those...

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Grief & Reconnection

I thoroughly enjoyed this interview of Joanna Macy with Krista Tippett. In the conversation they explore Joanna’s path, her early experiences, and her current insights. The fact that the dialogue draws heavily on the poetry of Rilke is a definite bonus. I deeply value Joanna Macy’s teachings and view her as an important elder playing a critical role. I belong to a Work That Reconnects practice group, based on her teachings. I am so grateful for this beautiful, supportive circle of souls. We...

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