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  • home-going


    The rugged old Norsemen spoke of death as Heimgang-“home-going.” So the snow-flowers go home when they melt and flow to the sea, and the rock-ferns, after unrolling their fronds to the light and beautifying the rocks, roll them up close again in the autumn and blend with the soil. Myriads of rejoicing living creatures, daily,…

  • many gods, many truths

    many gods, many truths

    Origins of Sacred Texts & Sites Humans began walking the earth nearly 200,000 years ago. Buddha is said to have been born 2,600 years ago (623 BCE), Jesus 2,000 years ago (4 BCE), and Muhammad nearly 1400 years ago (570 CE). Interestingly, the first examples of sacred religious texts began well before that — 5,000 years ago.  Prior to the written word, expressions…

  • full circle

    full circle

    During times in our life when we feel stuck or uncertain, there is a practice called “Full Circle” that can be used to navigate and guide us. This simple practice is inspired by nature’s cycle of the seasons and offers a universal way to reflect and explore new possibilities. The Full Circle practice allows us…

  • day of love

    day of love

    History of Valentine’s Day, its meaning of origin, and an invitation to create new traditions.

  • grandmother moon

    grandmother moon

    The story of Grandmother Moon told on the night of the Blood Moon Eclipse, a once-in-a-lifetime event.

  • the meaning of nature

    the meaning of nature

    Explore how a shift in the meaning of nature occurred during the 1500-1600s with significant implications for how we interact with and perceive our environment.

  • life stories

    life stories

    Listening to Krista Tippet’s interview with Bessel Van Der I discovered an interesting paradox about stories and trauma: It is normal, even vital, for stories to change. The nature of memory is that it transforms and gets integrated into stories — our life narrative. The stories we tell about our lives change over time and…

  • senses in winter

    senses in winter

    On a winter hike this morning – heart beating, arms tingling with chill, and mind racing with thoughts. Just as the sun peaks out from the clouds, I stop to sit on a stump and presence my senses.  My eyes close as I take in the warmth of the sun.  Opening them again, the beauty that…

  • growing possibilities

    growing possibilities

    I came home one afternoon to find three neighborhood kids with sticks in hand and the windows of our garage broken. I asked them if they knew who broke the windows. The littlest, age 3, nodded and pointed at his brother. His brother, age 12, told a very different story. The sister, age 8, looked…

  • Winter Solstice

    Winter Solstice

    The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year and the longest night.  Each day from this day on will grow brighter. A time of year when we reach the end and just before we begin anew.  A chance to slow down and savor the beauty in nature. To reflect and hope for brighter days…

  • festive winter

    festive winter

    Away from the harvest the seasons have turned.   The nights have grown colder and fires we’ve burn. The stars in the heavens look down where we stand. Neighbors and friends with candles in hand. Warmth is returning, the sun and the light will brighten our days and shorten our nights. Come gather around the…


Many festivals and religious holidays are united by similar themes and seasons throughout the year. May we be inspired by the harmony and kinship of the celebrations around the world!

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