The Black Dog

This song is true. The first two verses are about people I knew who recently took their own lives. The third verse is what I hope will become more and more true. Eckhart Tolle’s remarkable book, “The Power of Now,” recommends becoming an observer of our thoughts. Feeling something difficult? Take a step back and […]

Journaling the Journey

Journey and journal come from the same root, but by slightly different routes. The Latin word diurnum means “daily portion.” The English word is a combination of the French journee, meaning daily travel for work, and the old English word diurnal, which has come to mean the day divided by daylight and dark. The combination […]

The Goddess and the Green Man

I’ve been doing a lot of reading and contemplating about our primal archetypes, the ones that are so ancient and so universal that they show up nearly everywhere. Most cultures worshiped a life-giving Mother and some kind of vegetation God. As a card-carrying member of the Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA), it makes perfect […]


Pre-S: Good lord, my hair really does look fabulous in this photo. Holy crap. Thank you, DNA gods! But that’s not why you called. My main squeeze took his daughter for a week to an amusement park, and I got the house to myself. We aren’t the kind of couple who have to be inseparable. […]


Sometimes we are inhaling information, and it has to become integrated before we can exhale. Creatives in particular are subject to this ebbing and flowing of inspiration – which is another word for “inhalation.” We become filled with Spirit, and if we are clever and humble, we can then allow Spirit to speak through us. […]

In Your Dreams

Dreams are a wonderful source of confusion. Most of them make no sense at all. So much nonsense. Upon waking we are mystified, horrified, amused, befuddled. But when we were in there, it made so much sense. Dream dictionaries are only moderately helpful; they are collections of the most common meanings of dream images and […]