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Inspiration in the Dark

Since Imbolc, I have been feeling the shift of light and dark intensely both inside my body/mind and in the outside world. I saw bluebirds out scouting for nesting spots on Monday. The chickens have started laying eggs again, and I am remembering images of summer. Today I saw two birds land on the telephone…

On Authenticity in Practice

This past week, I gave a talk to my colleagues at the College of Pharmacy at the University of New England to be considered to join the department as an adjunct faculty member. While pondering my talk, I struggled to think about how best to present myself to a room full of scientists, since I…

On Coming Home: an update

These past few years have been rough ones. So many people I know have made major life transitions, lost dear ones, confronted the realities of chronic illness, moved into the unknown. On the larger scale, we are living in a world that is stressed and wounded because of the ways that we humans have exploited…

Moving through Shadow

It seemed that I was incapable of putting things into words in 2016. I wrote only the papers that I had to submit for professional purposes. I wrote no poems. I answered emails so sporadically that I’m sure people must have thought I disappeared. I wrote in my journal but twice. This space sat empty,…

Upcoming classes!

The spring has swept me up in its sudden bursting, but now that I’ve got most of the gardens planted and the humidity is contributing to a slower pace, I can find my thoughts again. There’s just been so much to keep up with–like the Solomon’s Seal that sprouted from nubs barely poking through the…

Celebrating Spring

While it may seem like spring will never come for those of us buried this winter under 6+ feet of snow, the earth is doing what it always does this time of year–it is thawing. The maple sap has started to flow; the birds are chattering in the bright sun of the morning; the squirrels…

Listening to the Call

For most of my life, I have second-guessed myself, stood back to observe, avoided anything that might expose my lack of skills/knowledge/intelligence. I have taken the back seat, fumbled for words when asked to speak my mind, and generally been afraid of failing. Since 2013, I have been deeply asking what my true purpose here…