Waterfalls

Carmen and I hurriedly zip our jackets and hunker down in the cold while I struggle to attach my camera to the tripod and put on the right filter. Horsetail Falls in the Columbia Gorge must be perpetually in winter shade for Carmen notices how some of the mist coming off the falls turns to […]


A Journey Through the Underworld

Last night I carried into my sleep the tensions I live with while awake — the same tensions many carry right now. I felt cramped, smothered, yet I couldn’t escape from the place where I found myself. I was part of a slow-moving horror, a crazy darkness. Then gradually, something of life and sanity returned […]


On Abuse of Human Freedom

I asked that divination tool, The I Ching (The Book of Changes) what to do in the wake of last week’s shocking election results. It told me first to keep still (Hexagram 52. Kên | Keeping Still, Mountain) for awhile, with movement in the second line, suggesting there is an unstoppable trajectory to the situation, […]


When the Animals Come

When the animals come, pay attention. Even if it is only a bush wren dancing among the branches, stop for a moment and praise this little being. She knows a deeper language than you may ever share. It doesn’t have to be some grandiose, inflated miracle — the white stag high up against the sky […]