Against the Stream

Jun 27, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Against the Stream

The Merganzer mom led her clutch of fluffy ducklings through eddies and ripples created by a series of spring fed waterfalls flowing into the Metolius river. It seems strange she would choose this route. But the little duck muffins dutifully bobbed and paddled through the current, following their mother upstream to an as yet toRead more …

Wind Mantra

Jun 17, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Wind Mantra

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.   John, 3:8 On this high overcast afternoon, the wind picks up and penetrates the space between branches and twigs ofRead more …

Good Alignment

Jun 6, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Good Alignment

I am sitting on a stool next to a cafe-style table near the the front windows of a local tire store while I wait for an alignment service on my truck. My front end is shimmying. I gaze out at a line of wind-tossed junipers and ponderosa pine. The trees sway back and forth untilRead more …

The Devil, You Say

May 29, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Devil, You Say

The popular media rarely reports the challenging side effects of meditation when one uncovers hidden afflictive emotions stuffed way down in the psyche. Zen Buddhism has a word for these sometimes disturbing experiences: makyo, which combines the Japanese words for “devil” and “objective world.” Philip Kapleau, the late American Zen master, once described confronting makyoRead more …

Digging Out

May 9, 2017 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Digging Out

San Lorenzo Canyon is a place of wonder near Socorro, New Mexico. The geology varies from sedimentary to igneous, from alluvial to limestone. Desert wildflowers are abundant this year with prickly pear blazing in orange/yellow hues. Apache plume is blooming and pluming; white blossoms floating amidst feathery wisps of seeds. Signs of a recent flashRead more …