10 Reasons Why Today Is the First Day of Spring

The calendar tells me Spring isn’t supposed to arrive until March 20th. With a heavy frost and the thermometer reading 24 degrees Fahrenheit  this morning, it seems the weather agrees.  Yet, according to the ancient Celtic calendar February 1st is the first day of Spring, a season traditionally called Imbolc, referring to the time when …

Learning to Re-Connect in a Divided World

I watch from the edge of the field as waves of snow geese take flight; a kaleidoscope of wing beats from hundreds of birds intuitively aware of themselves in relation to their companions. Their strident calls fill the air like raucous chatter at a crowded cocktail party. The geese return from the Arctic tundra to …

A Salmon Story

The first wave of rain has swept in on an incoming tide of  moisture off the Pacific Ocean, ushering in the season of gray. Forget 50 Shades! Here in the Pacific Northwest we specialize in gray, November through June, from platinum mist draped over trees to graphite storm clouds, and every shade in between. The …

A Walk, Birdsong And The Art of Communication

An election year! I admit I’m tired of all the politicking. What better antidote than a good dose of nature? The dog and I take ourselves for a walk. Any day outside, no matter the weather, always helps to deliver an attitude adjustment. But today is a blue sky, sunshine kind of day and I’ve …