Quit trying to Capture everything.

The most magical moments are impossible to capture anyway. So close the camera/phone & open yourSelf to receive what is. Try recording what you’re witnessing within your cell tissue instead of on your cell phone. A few weeks ago I was in a new place, a lovely place, but I didn’t know it well enough to know the right place…

Home

(there are song links at the end–you might like to play them while you read!) Home It’s the question wherever I go. “Where’s your home? Where’re you from?” Sometimes I get “welcome home”, which is nicer. Usually now I run my fingers down my midline & say, “Here.” That rarely satisfies them. They want to fit me into something they…

this is how I pray

Last year at this time I was at Sundance. About 99% of people I have mentioned Sundance to assume I mean the film festival. I struggle to continue after that, except in the vein of pointing out how deeply the appropriation of “Indian” is in the western culture–so deep that it’s unconscious by now. Partly First Nation peoples had to…

Iceland

Don’t go. Don’t go to Iceland unless you know how to be reverent, deeply reverent, to the land and to all that is less-visible.  Don’t go with a Western mind that feels something is owed to it, that feels it has inalienable rights to go wherever it chooses without first asking permission or seeking to make communion with the residents…

Sacrificial Child or Disappearing into Motherland

In my 8 years or so of teaching pregnancy yoga, I’ve had the enormous privilege and benefit of simply being exposed to the process of gestation, birth & the on-going transitions into parenthood. This is no small thing in a society that is no longer tribal, where we are generally not privy to the rites of passage and the wisdom…

Snail Subverted

I’ve been blessed to celebrate another birth-day. Due to unexpected heartbreak I am feeling challenged to truly absorb the blessings. I am working hard to shift my view. Sometimes I find it’s work to be grateful, particularly when I feel sadness & grief. I cannot seem to see beyond the immediate pain into some bigger-perspective where the heartbreak makes sense, &…

striving together–redefining competition

By now, if you know me at all, you know I love words. When I was considering post-grad study it was in linguistics or ethnobotany, and both are branches of anthropology. I’ve all-ways been curious about why we do what we do & how different cultures display differences in how we humans do what we do, and why. If you…