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November in the garden and Art Every Day Month

November in the garden and Art Every Day Month

November in my Northern California garden often means digging in the dirt. Autumn is the very best time for perennials, shrubs and trees to take hold in the still-warm soil. The baby plants extend their roots deep underground, settling in for the cooler weather to come. And later, when spring rolls around, there’s a huge … Continue reading

savoring the last of things

savoring the last of things

I snapped this photo a few weeks ago: the last local peaches of the season. Beautiful, round, sweet and especially juicy, probably because of September’s unseasonably warm weather. And I was determined to savor them. I feasted on one peach leaning over the sink. Half of another in a smoothie. The last one cut up … Continue reading

remembering when we were enough

remembering when we were enough

Lately I’ve been thinking about enoughness, and the nature of it. Here’s what’s rising to the top for me: when a group of women come together and begin to let down their defenses and trust one another, their collective journey becomes a collective quest for enoughness. And the paradox is that the quest is as … Continue reading

this day only

this day only

She loved to lose track of days dropping them like rose petals or sending them off into the sea. Bottles with messages bound to be retrieved by someone else: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (nowhere in sight for her). *     *     * Her days folded into one another without headings or proclamations. No: … Continue reading

Busy lives: Always catching up

Busy lives: Always catching up

It had been a long time. Many, many months since I’d seen her. A deep friendship forged years ago. Yet lately, grown distant. Extended absences will do that. Not enough face time will do that. Busy lives will do that. Where does the time go? It didn’t take long for us to move back into … Continue reading

making room

making room

This week I’m making room for.. beach walks fireworks naps deep breathing sewing hanging out with old friends reading fiction cooking What are you making room for?

What’s the big deal about balance?

What’s the big deal about balance?

I have to thank Charlotte, over at Wordstrumpet, for inspiring me to take on the topic of balance. Back in April she wrote a thoughtful post about balance that stayed with me for weeks. So I figured it was high time I wrote about balance too. As Charlotte tells it, there’s been some talk lately about how … Continue reading

Kind of Like In Life

Kind of Like In Life

So. I wasn’t going to write this week because I’m immersed in seeing clients, consulting with my mentor, getting ready for a weekend out-of-town, and lots of other stuff. And right now I’m preparing to finish some paperwork that must be completed today. OK, to be perfectly honest I’m procrastinating. Eating a cookie. Sitting in a chair. … Continue reading

A Day Spent Outside

I was nothing more than forest. Through wind, fog, and rain, I saw life more clearly than ever before. ~Robin Easton Last Saturday was special because I spent most of my day outside. The adventure began in the early afternoon, with a trip to the University of California, Davis (UCD) arboretum. This beautiful garden spot … Continue reading

Finding Clues to Life Balance In a Time Journal

Time…thou ceaseless lackey to eternity. ~Shakespeare For a long time I was tentative about the idea oflife balance. It conjured up images of hanging scales, suspended in mid-air, perfectly even. Or small, orderly piles of things – I don’t know, maybe rocks or shells – all mounded in equal proportions. Taken together, these images hinted … Continue reading