The traveling poet: “Cutting Sky”

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The highlight of my day: coming across a poet-for-hire GennaRose Nethercott at the District Hall anniversary celebration tonight…I showed her this photo of me playing with jo staff and sky, and in about 3 minutes or less, she typed up this free verse poem: Cutting Sky Take up your sword, felled from a tree which grew into the swelling earth. … Read More

Experiencing the Total Eclipse 2017

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(timelapse video above) I happened to be in the right place at the right time (after sifting through last minute weather forecasts) to experience the total eclipse at nearly the maximum length: 2 minutes and 33 seconds. In our case, we ended up outside an old graveyard in the rolling sandhills outside Arnold, Nebraska. A perfect place, perfect time, perfect … Read More

An extraordinary run on ocean trails in Australia

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Had one of my best runs ever today – up a mountain trail I discovered by chance here in Victoria Australia. Past some waterfalls, up mountain stairs, startled two kangaroos, out to Castle Rock lookout with an exhilarating (and terrifying) view. I’m not a “serious” runner, but sometimes when the land is so gorgeous, it feels good to spend everything, … Read More

William Ricketts Sanctuary: Forest of Love, Victoria Australia

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Yet another extraordinary nature experience I had here in Australia…the William Ricketts Sanctuary in the Dandenong Mountains outside of Melbourne. The sanctuary incorporates 90 or so sculptures built into trails in the landscape…all by the visionary artist William Ricketts, who created a “forest of love” focusing on connection to nature and aboriginal experience. Feels like a combination of William Blake, … Read More

Three stones from home…

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meditation stones

When I went back to my homelands, to the hill looking over the Missouri River, I decided it was a good opportunity to find three stones to carry with me, to do the meditation I learned at the mindfulness retreat with Thich Nhat Hahn many years ago. What I discovered was, there aren’t many stones on the hills looking over … Read More

Thich Nhat Hahn Meditation: Three Stones

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image of three stones in hand used in meditation

I was fortunate many years ago to attend a 5 day mindfulness retreat with meditation teacher, peace activist, and poet Thich Nhat Hahn, much admired world wide for his work, including the book Present Moment Wonderful Moment. Our days were spent in walking meditation, sitting meditation, mindful eating, lectures, and small group meetings. One of the powerful techniques I learned … Read More

“Jewel words shining in the world”

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When you get most of your exercise running around through the woods with a stick, you start to notice changes over time. And now, here in New England in the Fall, I’m aware of leaves…the way sunlight can fall on them through the trees and light them like jewels — golden, red, brown, green — shining beyond me as I as … Read More

Mandalas from fallen leaves…

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acorn berry mandala

I was inspired by an article in the Boston Globe this morning about flower farmer Melissa Glorieux, who creates mandalas from leaves, twigs, and other things found in the woods. Great idea! There are so many visually interesting things on a walk (or run) through the woods.  I noticed some little red berries on the ground on the walk out to my … Read More