From March, 2016

Floating Thoughts

We live close to the Locks here in Seattle, giant steel channels where boats squeeze together as the water rises or drops, depending on which way the bow’s facing. Without these Locks, Lake Union would bleed out into the Sound, its borders and depth forever altered, but with them, the two bodies of water stay…

Fern

Crumbled, wet earth slowly erupts with green magma. A tiny frond emerges from the dark earth. It blindly searches for light in a forest of low lying fog. It rises, up, up, up, but cannot find the slightest inclination there is anything waiting for it, so it begins to unfurl. I am afraid of the…

Caring Loudly

“What I hear when I’m being yelled at is people caring loudly at me.” – Leslie Knope   Every toy that my husband, Akash, picks up with a sigh hits me like a mini, personal, attack. My own insecurities kick in:  Another one you missed? Why is it so hard just to put things back…

Awake

Awaken the soul. Listen And fuel the craving for Kinship.   Awaken the voice. Silence Then burst forth in glorious Singing.   Awaken the mind. Wonder At all that the world has to Offer.   Awaken the eyes. Dream of all that is yet to be Made.   Awaken the body. Open Hands wide to…

My thumbs are not green. My garden does not care.

When my husband Matt and I first bought this hundred-year-old farmhouse, we were astounded by the gift of it. In this seaside town north of Seattle, townhouses with postage stamp footprints are being built down the street in both directions, but this old homestead parceled off its farmland to suburban expansion and stopped with a third…

Adventuring together

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” —John Muir On a rare sunny Saturday in February, my little family sloughed off its cozy winter sedentariness and donned trail shoes and day packs for a hike in the forest.…