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 …

Yellowstone in Winter

What better way to celebrate a milestone birthday than to stay in a yurt in the heart of Yellowstone in the middle of winter! Nothing like a wilderness x-country ski trip in sub-freezing temperatures to distract from the number of decades we’re checking off in life. Everything slips into perspective after skiing ten miles a …