Sunday, December 28, 2014

quiet time








I love the days between the this year and the next, balancing between the present and the future. These days are quiet, reflective. There are early morning walks in the desert cold and afternoons finishing the projects started earlier this year. There's lots of dog cuddling and contemplation. Mostly, there's gratitude for each day, and for each of you, scattered around the world, as you've brought so much into my life this year.

Wishing you all a very happy new year, filled with everything your heart desires.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

christmas past






Wishing each and every one of you peace, happiness, and a good old-fashioned cardboard fireplace. 
May all your future memories be good ones.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

between the dark and the light









Finding quiet in my surroundings, because I have a need for peace, a need for a place to breathe. Seeing the small things, the everyday sacred that makes sense, that brings calm to my world.
I wear the clouds that cover the sky. I stand in the dark of the early evening, count the few stars that shine through and ask for snow.

As the solstice approaches, I find myself turning inward, seeking solitude, living between the dark and the light. This time of year, this neolithic moment, it suits me.

May you all find peace, however you choose to welcome the solstice. xx


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

life is good

Celebrating my favorite season!

Linking up with Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural world around us.

Friday, November 28, 2014

the map of my life













The map of my life would look something like this:
favorite place #1, where I was first introduced to the mesa so many years ago
favorite place #2, where I camp under the pinon tree and greet the sunrise
favorite place #3, where I continue to learn and explore
the dog canyons
the nautilus
the pendant mound.
I have names for all the places on the mesa. And someday, I'll draw a map. Like a cartographer from another time, I'll create an illustrated map of my life, complete with the names I've bestowed on the places I love. I will hang the map on my wall. I will carry it in my heart.

Where does the map in your soul lead?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

knitting the mitts





I bought a book last March called "I Taught Myself How to Knit". I bought two skeins of yarn. I followed the instructions in the book, made some crazy looking things, and ripped out project after project. I even threw the yarn across the room.
But I stuck with it.
And I knit a pair of mitts!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

owl medicine






A handful of feathers, scattered under an old pinon tree.
An owl pellet, found nearby, filled with small treasures.
A nest, hidden in an alcove in the rock.
A day, blessed by the gods of the canyons.

Linking up with Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural world around us.

Friday, November 14, 2014

tall grass sunset





Evening comes softly in the high desert.
I lay in the grass, watch the sun go down. I walk the old gravel road, drawn toward the promise of the night.
The sun meets the horizon.
We become one.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

every day is a gift and every leaf a shining jewel











It might not look like autumn in the high desert, but oh, the subtle beauty of the season! The mornings start out cold and I wander the mesa bundled in layers. Canyon wrens sing and rabbits wander in the sage.  By mid-day, the sun is shining, the air is warm, and my soul drinks in the light, the sound, the smell of this place I love.
But it's the late afternoon, when the hike is done, the light is golden, and we sit on the edge of the mesa, that I hear the canyons speak. And there are some secrets I dare not tell....
This place, this magical place....it grounds me. I am grateful to call it mine, to say I belong, to know a love like this.

Linking up with the awesome Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural world around us.