Ghost Pipes

Ghost Pipes

Monotropa uniflora is a small plant, wholly white, a pale translucent flute known as Ghost Pipe or Ghost Plant. It bends at the top and has but a single flower. Without chlorophyll, it cannot create energy as green plants do, from the sun.  Instead it draws energy...
Breaking the Spell

Breaking the Spell

(Photography by Joy Houck Bauer) “They say Aslan is on the move.” The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis has enthralled me ever since I was 9 and read the Puffin book with its pen and ink illustrations by Pauline Baynes.  Many generations of children have...
I am so distant from the hope of myself…

I am so distant from the hope of myself…

I recently participated in a conversation in which dissatisfaction or dissonance was a recurring theme poignantly and piercingly captured in a line quoted from a Mary Oliver poem: I am so distant from the hope of myself, in which I have goodness, and discernment…...
Imperfection

Imperfection

Last week we changed the clocks, “spring forward”, shifting the hours to catch more afternoon sun. As the daylight slowly widens toward the solstice, we strive to let the natural light linger, to grasp its presence. Around here we have taken advantage of the longer...
Processes and Small Circles

Processes and Small Circles

Frog Eggs in the Pond used with permission by Douglas James Studios It must be the season, or the year. This snowless winter I was part of three retreats, one per month, about finding the grace in darkness even while leaning toward the light, about the essential...
Gratitude

Gratitude

Photo by Joy Houck Bauer How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of … the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? … One must live in the middle of contradiction,...