Hope in the Time of Sheltering-in-Place

  As spring hangs on the tips of every branch, verdant green stalks shooting through mud,  tight buds on the brink of bursting open, And the skies aswirl with storms of a passing season,  There is a dense and unrelenting darkness     Like the deep sleep of winter —  Crowding, pressing, pushing Us to stillness,…

After the Smoke Clears: November Days of Gratitude

The smoke is still pretty thick ’round here, although the rains have come.  We’re used to the Bay Area having fog cascade over the hills like some magical potion pouring out of a steaming mug, but this daily blanket of smoke has not been the same.  Our eyes have watered; we’ve coughed; our voices have…

2018: Be the Phoenix Rising

2017 — you were a hard year.  It seems as if you put all the things on the line and then took a steamroller to them. And while we are certainly worse for the wear — cracks and fissures in our humanity and our democracy — we have also proven our strength and our resilience….

Hiking the Coyote Hills in the Bay Area Can Give You Hope

Sometimes, with all the heartache and ugly in the world, we need to escape – just to have the energy to come back to center, to that place of light. So yesterday, to get away from Facebook and the news which was minute-by-minute coverage of evil and ugly, we put on our hiking shoes and…