when we die

the memories, oh how there are thousands, millions of them now that flit across my mind. like dragonfly wings over water. where do they all go when we die? the song is hovering tonal and i’m looking at the lines of my face in mirror and the texture of my skin that has captured sun’s rays …

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Dear Body

Twenty years ago today, I found out I had cancer. I was nineteen years old! I had Hodgkin’s disease in my lymph system and did six months of chemo. It never returned, but my life changed forever…what a journey. I wrote a thank you letter to my body. Dear Body, Thank you for carrying the …

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Pele’s Pa’oa: The Power of the Fire Stick

For the inhabitants of the Big Island, hardly a week passes without mention of Pele, the island’s personal goddess of the Kilauea volcano and fiery keeper of the lands in Puna and Ka’u district. Mysterious, exciting, passionate and powerful stories abound describing Pele, known as the goddess of fire and lava, She-Who-Shapes-the-Sacred-Land in ancient Hawaiian chants. …

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Joy in the Daffodils

Yesterday morning I walked outside in the gray, cold Portland to offer the cedar, juniper, and hawthorn that my girlfriend and I had gathered for the last month during the Holy Days. Since I now live in a two bedroom condo in the city of Portland…a city, albeit that is resplendent with nature, is still …

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Cultivate Spaciousness

In busy times it is important to continue to cultivate spaciousness in our lives.  We are often overwhelmed by a multitude of tasks, bills to pay, phone calls to make, work and school, our jobs.  Oftentimes, people I meet may be doing things that do not inspire or nurture their well being.  Creating a small …

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Sitting with Death

As I attempted to relax on my recent flight back from Hawaii, someone sitting near me had a medical emergency.  She became nauseated and unwell, then lost consciousness and had to be laid down at the back of the plane. In that moment, all my confusing, self pitying, random nostalgia came to a screeching halt …

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