Laughter Is Immeasurable

“Breathe, Zawadi, Breathe!” These words expressed as intervention, not during a time of distress, but because laughter had overcome my daughter.  She was turning purple, her eyes full of tears, she was laughing so hard that her basic bodily functions (like breathing)...

Slowly and Carefully, We Emerge

And slowly, very slowly, it became clear to me what they were saying. Said the river I am part of holiness. And I too, said the stone. And I too, whispered the moss beneath the water. [From “At the River Clarion” by Mary Oliver] For a while the turtles kept crossing...

Wood As Art Medium

On the full moon in June the all-black-man-crew of Earth-Bound Building arrived at Earthseed Land Collective.  With them they brought a trailer full of timber framing, equipment and supplies.  Enough to create a solid foundation for a 16×32 outdoor learning...

Dear Great Blue Heron

[Photo courtesy of NCWildlife.org] As I walked my daily path in the woods yesterday and came upon my favorite bend in the creek, I was stopped in my tracks by your presence.  You see, I’ve been a great admirer of yours for many years.  Your exquisite grace, the slow...

Cocoon, Vol. 1, Issue 7

Reconnecting with Ourselves, Each Other, and This Land I come here to listen, to nestle in the curve of the roots in a soft hollow of pine needles, to lean my bones against the column of white pine, to turn off the voice in my head until I can hear the voices outside...

Cocoon, Vol. 1, Issue 6

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn by Wu Men Hui-k’ai English version by Stephen Mitchell Original Language Chinese Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn’t clouded by...