Earth & Air

Snowpocalypse Road Warrior

This is the story of how the friendly and seemingly fearless leader of our grocery store (Trader Joe’s store #664 in Nashville, TN) made sure every one of his morning crew made it home safely during the worst snow storm Nashville has experienced in over 12 years. It…

Red Autumn

  The cypresses shed blood Red on the asphalt, driven like Snow at the marina, and I deathlessly sneeze and Cough, sniffling in Leaf mold and the changing weather, Watching yet another Youthful season grow old And senile. The summer Waned helplessly before me And could I have…

Indian Summer: Magical ‘n Marvelous!

  This was taken by a lovely young East Indian woman, who was with her large extended family in the Smokies for the first time… we took ALL their photos here too… spent 1/2 hour laughing with all of them… so lovely! NEVER saw SO many Indian families,…

Blessings

Blessings from Montana, Family. From the earth your body was given, and one day you will return it. Look at this beautiful mountain, snow, wind, and sky. This is your body. Even you cannot deny how beautiful you are. Be blessed all. God bless. One love. -Joshua Ryan…

Goin’ In: Road Trip to Sapelo Island

    Late last year, I had a session with the renown Dagara elder, author, and teacher, Malidoma Patrice Some’. He prescribed an island location for the last leg of my well-being ritual.  Immediately, I thought, “I’m Caribbean bound!”   After all, I had resided on St. Maarten for…

Collective Wisdom

I think of myself as, basically, a good person.  I want positive things for not only myself, but also my family, friends, and community.  When there’s a community problem, I see it as being out of place and I want to help correct it.  I might not know…

When Surrender is Victory

There is one thing about the Phoenix out of the Ashes scenario that we so often overlook. The phoenix willingly steps into its nest and fully abandons itself to the all-consuming fire, only to rise up out of the ashes as a glorious and empowered phoenix with the…

Struck By a Lightning Bolt

I had just walked out of the door at my mother’s house and I heard what sounded like someone had lit four or five packs of firecrackers at the same time. So upon a quick scan, I saw no people anywhere but saw the tree in front of…

From the Cradle to the Rocking Chair

My grandmother told me, when I was just a little baby, my mother used to put me to bed for the night, before she came over to babysit.  Apparently, if I knew grandma was there I wouldn’t sleep and cried and fussed the whole time she was watching…

Life Is Joy! Joy Is Life! Or Is It?

While I sit here writing this story, workmen are installing a new heat pump in my home.   It comes complete with a 12 year parts & labor warranty.  That is, as long as you continue to have it inspected twice a year by the installer or dealer of the unit.  First…