Liminality

Liminality

photo by Scot DeGraf It was hot, a rainless time.  The stick weed and wine berries wilted among the straw grasses. The creek beds were scatterings of tumbled stones.  In the garden, Kate watered, and watered again.  The hard soil seemed to repel the...
A Prayer for the Threshold

A Prayer for the Threshold

Grief in a Time of Not Knowing. The podcast’s title had me at hello. It turned out to be an interview with Zen Buddhist teacher and author Joan Halifax. The discussion opened by considering whether living in these times means to be engulfed in a collective initiation....
Journey of the Heart

Journey of the Heart

We are grateful you are joining us for our “Journey of the Heart” today, on Good Friday, also known as Holy Friday, a time set aside for the hearing of sacred story, for opening the heart, and for tending soul. The practice has its origins in the early Christian...
Falling Out and Falling In

Falling Out and Falling In

On the Schoolhouse Trail I passed an old tree with a craggy opening near the forest floor, an intriguing portal to the Underworld.  Meanwhile, the serviceberries are out, their delicate creamy blossoms like fallen stars in the woods.  Serviceberries are so...
Hope

Hope

Photo by Linda DeGraf The vernal equinox is a handful of days away, announcing the astronomical beginning of spring. On a morning last week, as dawn chased the darkness from the forest’s edge, the moon was a glowing, golden plate resting on the western horizon....
A Prayer in the Divine Night

A Prayer in the Divine Night

A new year’s turning at Rolling Ridge. The moment held a peculiar potency, for it passed on the hinge of a turbulent decade, when so much is at stake. The Earth and all her inhabitants, all that we love, is in dire straits. There is an instinct within us in such times...