So Much Stuff

Aug 15, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on So Much Stuff

I have been standing in line for three hours at the Antiques Road Show, waiting to get an appraisal of an old painting. I gaze out at the thousands of people here and reflect on how we assign meaning to temporary things. Everyone has a story about something precious to them, an item they hopeRead more …

It’s Alive!

Aug 4, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on It’s Alive!

Western coralroot (corallorhiza mertensiana) is an orchid species common to Pacific Northwest conifer forests. It is a myco-heterotroph, meaning it feeds upon (parasitic to) a kind of fungus for its nutrition. And that fungus depends upon tree roots to get its nutrition. So, you most commonly encounter this beautiful but understated orchid growing near theRead more …

Downstream

Jul 18, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Downstream

I am perched on a basalt boulder as I peer through strands of lovely fireweed and columbine toward a small a waterfall on Paulina creek. The roiling white caps flow over strands of deep green algae that seem to wave goodbye to the water as it passes. My thoughts are ensnared by the river—they are carriedRead more …

True Community

Jul 13, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on True Community

While hiking on Browder Ridge I see a beargrass community in full bloom—rising like spears of white piercing in the forest understory. This year I also see the brilliant orange of tiger lilies intermingling and providing an exquisitely beautiful contrast. But I have a particular fondness for the beargrass plant and it teaches me likeRead more …

Ghosts of Silence

Jul 13, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ghosts of Silence

I am surrounded by a towering stand of old growth conifers that seems to absorb every sound. Not a breath of wind stirs the air. Even the the birds and insects have disappeared. The silence is deafening. Stillness penetrates my bones and my thoughts scream for support. But there is nothing but spaciousness punctuated byRead more …