Posts Tagged ‘family’

Hands in the Dirt

My breath tastes of compost and dust as I scoop a handful of damp earth with my right hand and gently place the roots of an arugula start into its new home with my left. I pat soil back around the hopeful green sprout and wish it ease and endurance as it settles in. I…

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WOW: 4 Matrilineal Generations

My grandmother is beckoning a smile from my daughter by tapping her arm and meowing while holding her lifelike orange toy tabby cat. My mom says something to her in Japanese, and my grandmother momentarily breaks her focus on Lily to respond in a curt tone.  Her facial expression shifts again as she turns back…

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WOW: The Power of Endings

“One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.”  Henry Miller The ends of the dried palm leaves hanging from the palapa roof seem to dance in slower motion with the wind today. The air feels heavy, even thick. With my office door propped open, I listen to the…

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On Ease, Denial and Toxic Smoke

We can all use a bit more ease in our lives, as it invites us to relax into the adventure of life.  However, as ease becomes a guiding value, the relationship between ease and denial must be clear. When things are going well, it may seem easy to overlook a challenge as to not upset…

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WOW: The Body’s Ability to Restore and Maintain Health

Our world is polluted. As a mom of a young child, I am aware of this now more than ever. Pesticides.  GMO’s.  Cleaning supplies.  Sunscreen.  Air.  Personal care products.  Preservatives.  This list can go on and on. Recently, I found myself pretty worked up about all the ways I try to protect our family from…

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A Pilgrimage to Hiroshima

“Pilgrims are persons in motion, passing through territories not their own, seeking something we might call completion, or perhaps the word clarity will do as well, a goal to which only the spirit’s compass points the way.” – Richard R. Niebuhr During WWII, my great grandmother “Obachan” was a widow raising three daughters in Hiroshima, home…

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