I’ve been thinking about character. Something the Australian Tyson Yunkaporta wrote in his book Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World sticks with me as a truth. He wrote: “As usual, I seek the most insightful knowledge in the most marginalized point of view.” Yes. The most insightful knowledge can be expressed by … Continue reading On Character (Spoiler Alert: Chef’s Table BBQ on Netflix)
This summer I've been teaching a class at the California Institute of Integral Studies. I had the rare privilege of being able to interview two writers, each deeply involved with ecology, conservation and natural resource management in different ways. I used Obi Kaufmann's wonderful first book, The California Field Atlas as a text for the … Continue reading Two interviews on remarkable work: California Field Atlas and The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America’s Wilderness Trail
He was perched atop an acacia tree, still as a sentinel, guarding, surveying the savannah. I watched from the stone terrace and took my video camera out at the ready. He watched and I watched him. His gray, white and black wings tucked up against his body, light catching them with a shimmer. He watched … Continue reading Eagle Medicine
Earth is speaking to us and more and more people are awakening each day to her messages. The evidence of a whole new earth culture rising is visible in all the efforts towards sustainability and righting our relationship with nature. At the same time, dire messages out there about ecological collapse cause despair and a … Continue reading Nature + Art = Joy + Resilience
Sometimes you try to keep things a secret but the Universe has other plans. Over the past few months, while working on a novel set in my birthplace of Jamaica and weaving in some ancestry stories, I created a character out of my imagination. This character was a woman who loved birds and had a room full of birds... (Read more by clicking on title)
All month the painting speaks to me, teaches me what it is to surrender. Surrender to what the body wants, needs, craves, demands. You cannot rush the body. Surrender... (Read more by clicking on title)
We need new positive stories to seed for the future. We are drowning in dystopian visions, both real and imagined these days.
When the largest literary festival dropped into town last week it seemed ridiculous to not go. I was a newbie to the AWP Conference and Book Fair though I had heard about the Association of Writers and Writing Programs since my days in undergrad. I wasn’t quite prepared energetically to mingle with the reportedly 15,000 … Continue reading ‘Coven Up’ and 7 other things a Newbie learned at AWP
Why do I love working with the Wild Woman Archetype? Because connecting with this archetype is so powerful. She is the archetype that bridges the cosmic creative force of the universe and the planetary creative force of the earth. She helps us to take the energies of heaven and earth, embody it in our wombs, … Continue reading A Wild Woman Sacred Art Workshop
When I was in graduate school I had the great good fortune to study with Shiloh Sophia, renowned visionary artist and founder of Intentional Creativity®. Shiloh's classes were my introduction to painting the feminine essence, art as a sacred practice and the world of Intentional Creativity.