Remember December? Perhaps it seems lifetimes ago already, a distant memory as you get ‘”back to the old grindstone.” Or perhaps last month still looms over today in the form of unsent “Thank you” cards on the desktop, a dying Christmas tree in the corner of the room or a slew of credit card … More Can I Get a Witness?
“John Burroughs once said that if you were to sit under an oak tree for an entire day, you would have enough information to write an entire book.” -Tom Brown, Jr. Swimming has always been one of my favorite warm weather activities. Even as a child, I woke up early every summer day, when … More Midsummer: The Longest Days
Well, it is Memorial Day week and we have already seen 90 degrees here in northwestern Wisconsin. It’s hard to believe just one month ago, folks were grumbling as winter took its last blizzardy breaths. At the time, my daily bike ride to work was marked by the scent of wood smoke from neighborhood chimneys … More May: Stillness in the Storm
It is mid-April and I am hunkered down yet once again, nudged indoors by forceful winds and dropping temperatures. A frozen fortress quickly forms around me, as the snow falls heavy and wet to the warming earth of northwestern Wisconsin. I’m reminded of the remaining quiet of this season, reminded to keep the fires … More April: Stoking the Fire
I remember the first time I was officially introduced to the plant Osha. I was living in the mountains of Colorado at the time, studying meditation and yoga asana at a residential ashram and retreat center. One of the yoga teacher trainees at the time was very enthusiastic about the native plants surrounding the … More March: Waking up…
Do you remember the first ways in which you assigned meaning to the passage of time?…to the changing of seasons? I grew up in a middle class family in rural central Illinois, attending a small Catholic school until the 9th grade. Years were neatly divided into two parts back then: the school year and the … More February: From Storage to Release
The quiet and calm of January can be almost deafening, as the chaos and activity of the holiday season wind down and give way to the depths of mid-winter. The snow piles high on the branches of the saggy evergreens and at moments, their riotous roots beneath the frozen earth can seem lightyears away. It … More January: Go Ahead and Stay In
The birds that nest year-round in my neighborhood seem especially disoriented this morning. And why shouldn’t they be? Daytime temperatures in western Wisconsin have hovered just below 40 degrees for the past two weeks, with sweet sun showers powerful enough to warm us right to our bones. This had been a most welcome contrast to … More Ways of Knowing