What is it?

Is it a piece of crumpled paper? a well-worn piece of leather? Or an aerial photo of  a river system? One of the things we can see from the air is the similarity between the surface of the earth and the surface of some of the smaller things we find on earth. Did you know, for instance, that the mathematical …

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Winter Remembers the Spring

I walk out into the desert’s winter, watching for signs. The blonde brittle grasses part, giving me a glimpse of apple green beneath. The hard ground softens for ants wakening to build spring mounds. Black broken trees play dead, but tell me the sap is rising like warm honey in their limbs. The mountains’ sprinkling of sugar pours down into …

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Your authentic voice

What if your true voice–the one that represents your deepest truth and your most spectacular gifts–sounded like this flower looks? I think it does. The question is, how do we remember how to bring out that true voice and give it to the world? After all, if we don’t, our deepest message–which is what Angeles Arrien calls our personal medicine–could …

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Stalking beauty

As a photographer, I stalk light, but I also stalk color, form and everything that to me represents beauty.  Sometimes that means looking past something that is at first glance ugly or ordinary to find a new element I hadn’t see before.  That’s the reward: seeing something I hadn’t seen before. California is host to so many interesting plants, and …

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Fuel for the Journey

What gives you fuel for your life journey? If you’ve seen my website, blog page and gallery, you already know that one source of fuel for me is photography. I love immersing myself in the study of light and the continuous discovery of how light reveals the ever-changing forms in nature. Looking at this agave plant makes me think of …

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A Sand Spirit’s Healing Message

I’m continuing my experiment of asking a question about a personal issue of mine, and then thinking of a number between 1 and 36, since that’s how many Sand Spirit Insight cards there are in the set. Today I asked about my lingering laryngitis.  What do I need to know or do to get completely well? Two numbers came to …

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Surrendering

I’m taking a wonderful tele-course from Craig Hamilton, who is teaching for Integral Enlightenment.  Craig seems to be a highly evolved, gentle and thoughtful human who is giving his listeners wonderful exercises for shifting their lenses to a place beyond ego. Even though this kind of surrender isn’t something we can “do” or “accomplish,” it’s so lovely and true when …

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Food and the Life Force

Wow!  Have you seen these rainbow carrots? I thought they were so lovely that I decided to buy them no matter what the high-end grocery store was charging. They would be so fun to cut up! I couldn’t wait to see how much they held their color when cooked.  And would the purple ones taste any different from the plain …

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Sand Spirit #18

Often I pick a Sand Spirit Insight card at random, trusting that I know which one will tell me what I need to remember for the day. This is an image I’ve always loved. I see a woman with a heart-shaped face, wearing flowing robes and bedecked with ceremonial scarves and decorations. Her body looks relaxed and she is walking …

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Tea with Henry and Ella

Whenever I go to visit my grandchildren in South Pasadena, CA, I stay at a sweet B&B called the Artists’ Inn, where every room is decorated to honor a different artist. I’m especially fond of the Georgia O’Keefe room, but really the best part of my stay is afternoon tea. Ella and Henry, the eldest of the grandchildren, come and …

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