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"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."

Soren Kierkegaard

“You will be haunted,” resumed the Ghost, “by three spirits… “

I marked the Winter Solstice this past week, flanked by the Geminid and Ursid meteor showers. I have spent several frigid nights bundled up watching a clear, cold winter sky full of stars for those restless, errant ones streaking across the black. I was not disappointed, though on these magical winter nights of blue, silver,…

“You were the one who taught me,” he said. “I never looked at you without seeing the sweetness of the way the world goes together, or without sorrow for its spoiling. I became a hero to serve you, and all that is like you.”― Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

August has arrived with hazy, humid days, crickets and afternoon thunderstorms. It is the height of summer and yet there are hints of autumn. The constellations shift, and here in the northeast you can see Scorpio again in the night sky. The mornings begin with a slight coolness that will soon become a chill. My…

“Instructions for living a life:

Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” – Mary Oliver I sit in my backyard, feeling the morning sun warm my face, listening to the echoing song of a wood thrush, smelling the scent of water and warming earth drifting over a light breeze. I remember the sound of lake water lapping the shore where…

“People need a sacred narrative. They must have a larger sense of purpose, in one form or another, however intellectualized. They will find a way to keep ancestral spirits alive.” – E. O. Wilson

The Fibonacci Sequence (Golden Ratio), Sacred Geometry, the Music of the Spheres – we are always seeking some pattern or order to the universe and our lives. While there are indeed patterns that repeat and it does seem that biological life is ordered to a degree upon some essential designs – the one constant in…

Telling the Bees…

“Do you know who I am?” she said, “I’m the one who taps you on the shoulder when it’s your time…” – Tori Amos, Beekeeper There have been a lot of bees around lately. Sure, the fall flowers are putting on their last display and overripe apples are irresistible. Still, a couple of times now…

“I did not believe because I could not see. Though you came to me in the night. When the dawn seemed forever lost. You showed me your love in the light of the stars.” – Loreena McKennitt, Dante’s Prayer

Yesterday David and I took the pack up into one of our favorite meadows, a gentle hike with one great hill that rewards you with a glorious view of the Monadnocks. In late summer this meadow shimmers in a sea of goldenrod flowing down to the horizon, meeting the sky, and creating an exquisite frame…

“Attention is the beginning of devotion.” – Mary Oliver

Despite some strange weather (even for New England) the trees are budding and the landscape softens. A dozen shades of green, mixed with pink, white and yellow blur the harsh edges of winter and we have warm days to bask in the sunlight. The deep breath of winter lets go. Lifa has also been a…

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