The Sweetness of Patience

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson The pace of life can be overwhelming at times. We live in an era when time is marked down in nanoseconds (billionths of a second). In the past I taught teachers about GPS, and I was often asked – how fast is …

Poem: Blue Moon Rising

Pulsating sinuous strands Spread along sandy flesh Like a lover’s luxuriant tresses across a pillow The approaching lantern of fertility Brightens the aching heart Drains away negativity Positive tingles prickle the spine Musky incense tantalizes the tongue Face into the wind and listen The blue moon’s siren call Echoes throughout the briny deep Silky steps …

What is Enough?

I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough? – Vincent Van Gogh We live in a time of great material abundance. But the haves and the have nots stand on opposite sides of a deep chasm of inequality. Many people focus on the holes in their lives …

Ecologue

It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become. – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax This morning I added a new word to my personal description – ecologue. Eco – meaning ecology, which is derived from the Greek oikos – extended family. Logue – one who is immersed in or driven by. Some …

Ode to My Kite Soul

This body in which I live has ripened to maturity Once supple flesh strains against the yoke of time Outflowing years sculpt my well-seasoned visage Every day I open my eyes is a good day My essence is ever-reaching beyond this tangible frame Entering the green tabernacle I unpack my kite soul Folded within my …

Tranquil Reflections

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. —LaoZi These are trying times. With all the constant communications channels blaring 24/7 non-stop anxiety, each morning can seem like a fire-walk across a bed of glowing coals. Embers and ashes of what could have been lie on the ground, as constant reminders of what’s been lost. …

Fat Bear Week is Here: Vote Today

Enjoy a fun, new live sporting competition. Katmai National Park and Preserve’s annual Fat Bear Week has arrived. Each year the park holds a celebration of the brown bear’s ability to fatten up for the winter. This fattening up process is critical to the bears’ survival. You can see the various contestants and learn more …