Everything I want

Everything I wantis already hereJust step from the darknessto the shining world beyond Tiny hummingbirds come to drink from lit lanternsfooled by the beautylaughing, fly away Old age has its secretsthe masks come offand we see the day for what it isin the land of long shadows The sun crosses every zenithand sets for every soulpassages… Continue reading Everything I want

Has Relational Work Been Finally Validated by Mainstream Psychology?

“Mainstream Western psychological theories tend to depict human development as a trajectory from dependence to independence. In these models, the “job” of parenting is to bring the helpless, dependent baby into a state of autonomous and independent adulthood. In contrast, relational-cultural theory (RCT) is built on the premise that, throughout the lifespan, human beings grow… Continue reading Has Relational Work Been Finally Validated by Mainstream Psychology?

How Experience with LSD Prepared Me for the Alternate Reality of Dementia

Being with someone who has dementia is a lot like being with someone on LSD; they are in a somewhat different reality. It seems to work best to get excited for them each “new” realization, when they tell you again what they just said 20 minutes ago. It’s certainly further developing my own capacities for… Continue reading How Experience with LSD Prepared Me for the Alternate Reality of Dementia

Summer Fades

The sunflowers’ dark faces, shining with gold still greet me on my walks Persevering and bright, through unforgiving sun and rain Loving every minute of their joyful lives holding court over cottontails and tiny birds perched in their branches. The air turns cool, and now, dead heads outnumber the blossoms feeding the hungry birds, it’s… Continue reading Summer Fades

I AM DONE (An Ode to Quitting)

I AM DONE (An Ode to Quitting) I am done with this I’m finished, I’m through. I have had enough I’m moving on. I am ending this relationship, friendship, acquaintance. I quit this club, I retract my pledge I am leaving this place vacating this premises dropping off the key Forgetting this town. I’m dumping… Continue reading I AM DONE (An Ode to Quitting)

Being in the Unknown with Family

Our construction plans screech to a halt, everything changing under our feet like the desert sand. Stop, drop, sit, wait, watch. More going on. We knew we had to get out here to fully understand the situation and what the need may be. Living close to family, living on family land, and sharing a house… Continue reading Being in the Unknown with Family

Give Me A Farmer

Give me a farmer, who knows the labor of love it takes to grow nourishment Over a silk-pillowed kirtan-chanting spiritual seeker; Give me someone who plants her feet in the dirt to feel the power of the earth, held by cosmic energies above, beaming rays of glorious light into her soul Over a sweat shop… Continue reading Give Me A Farmer

Being with Changing Times

Chaos happens. It feels like we’re amidst uncertain times. How do we ride this wave of change? Is the Sonoma County blaze, which ravaged our cities and countryside last month, leaving so much disaster in its wake, a freak accident? Or is it the herald of big changes underfoot, as unusual climactic conditions portend things to… Continue reading Being with Changing Times