Island Times


“I would like to live on that tiny island up ahead.”  It was just a thought.  It popped into my head while I was on the deck of a ferry here in the Salish Sea.  I was on a drive to a friend’s house a few islands over and the...

Giggles


If Kai-the-dog were able to speak, I think he would giggle.  Labs seem to have a giggle inside them. I have never met a Greyhound, for example, that seemed to be stifling a giggle and yet Labs seem to be doing it all the time. When he sleeps his little...

the little classroom


“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.” Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper At this time of year, I...

The pause of paws:


A meditation on Red Flags, hoofs, and paws The Park by the Pizzaria, Langley, Whidbey Island, Washington, The Salish Sea Sometimes when we walk, we must now pause, since Kai-the-dog is 98 in human years. So we stop.  We pause to rest our paws. Perhaps because it did not speak? ...

Se-duct-ion


Whidbey Island Our eyes are drawn to light at night.  For some, it is the blue light of the television.  For others, it is the grey light of net-surfing and for others still, it may even be the red light of a brothel or a working home-fire-detector up on the...

The Serpent’s Tail


A wreath made from beach findings on Friday Harbor on San Juan Island here, in Puget Sound, in the Salish Sea. Toward the end of the 16th century, a word was coined from the root word “wer” meaning to twist or bend from which the word “wreath” came.  It was...

Living life in the present moment


the ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island You are going to die. In Bhutan they say that contemplating death five times a day brings happiness.  When I was told about this by a friend this week, I was unconvinced.  It sounds macabre.  It sounds depressing.  It sounds morose. ...

mistakes


Sometimes things just do not turn out the way we had planned, or even dared to hope. The often-quoted phrase “Compare and despair.” is a valuable reminder to me that when I compare myself and my life to others, despair is usually the only result.  Needless suffering.  The thought-version of...

Warmth


Kai-the-dog and I have turned off our TV and stored it. The evening news is too hard to hear and I can get what I need from NPR on the way to work. Now, the light in our home is no longer blue, it is orange, gentle, soft. Kai-the-dog likes...

Finding


These days, as I age and slow down a bit, I am finding myself less and less inclined to rush past precious things in search of many or impressive or self-anesthetizing things.  I am letting go of things like board membership, speaking engagements, impressive job titles and things like …well...