Category Archives: Spirit

Happy Easter!

Columbine - Oakland, CA  4.14

As I shed things I no longer need in anticipation of our move, I’m relishing the signs of rebirth that happen every spring.  When I need to take a break from bundling up clothes that don’t work for me anymore or books I’ve already read, I make my way to the back garden and marvel [...]

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Blood Moon. Not.

Full moon 4/14/2014 - Oakland, CA

Last night we stayed up late and watched the moon disappear before our eyes.  Initially we were going to drive out of the canyon for a better view, but as we headed towards the car we looked up through the telephone wires and realized that the moon was right above us and perfectly visible.  So [...]

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Friday Things: The Snail Edition

Snail as hitchhiker

On my way to meet a walking buddy this morning I noticed an unexpected hitchhiker on my car hood.  A good sized snail was stuck mid-slime trail on the other side of the windshield. I’d missed it in the early morning fog, otherwise I would have flicked it to safety before I took off. As [...]

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Friday Things Considered: The Valentine’s Day Edition

Road Jam outside Tarma, Peru

Happy Valentine’s Day!   A few weeks ago I was stuck on a muddy road outside Tarma, Peru waiting over an hour for construction to clear. Was I frustrated? Of course. But after awhile I stopped fussing about getting to our destination and started focusing on the  unexpected beauty around me.  I saw a good [...]

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Misty Monday

Foliage in the fog, Oakland Hills

Native born Californians relish sunny February days.  But for us transplants from cooler climes, there’s nothing like a misty midwinter morning to rev us up. Wet, gray skies turn the evergreen landscape into a black and white still life reminiscent of our snowy childhood playgrounds.  

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A Frosty Farewell

Moving the casket to the grave site

Sorry to leave you hanging with promises of Peru pictures.   I meant to make good on those promises, but then a few days after our return, just as I was feeling back to normal, we got a call in the middle of the night.  The kind of call that lets you know the old [...]

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Pondering Peru

Street children in Olliantaytambo

Hello!  I’m back from exploring a part of the world that is frankly otherworldly.  Peru was so much more colorful, noisy, beautiful and demanding than I expected.  I’ll share more over the next few weeks as I edit photos and compose my thoughts, but couldn’t wait to show you some of the gorgeous colors and [...]

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Revving Up for the New Year

2014 Doodle Map from Susannah Conway template

Happy New Year! I hope you made very merry over the holidays.  So much so that you’re just now turning to New Year’s Resolutions.  I haven’t made a single one, but I have enjoyed dipping into Susannah Conway’s Unraveling Workbook for 2014.  The workbook is a free download and gives you lots of writing prompts [...]

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Winding Down

Merry Christmas all! Here’s hoping you’re resting from your holiday labors this weekend.  Feet up, book in hand, take-out menus or a no-fuss slow cooker recipe nearby.  Me? I’m perusing a new collection of essays on knitting, finalizing Peru plans and playing with the kids when they’re around. Just doing my best to slow down [...]

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Holiday Home Stretch

Holiday Card 2013 - Minted

At a recent gathering a friend mentioned how much she was anticipating Christmas and another responded that as a child she could hardly sleep because of the anticipation.  I remember feeling that way as a kid, but as a grownup it’s easy to become more anxious than excited about Christmas.  I still lose sleep, but [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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