Sunkissed

Sunkissed

The fear crawls in at dawn when my eyes open. I used to ask every morning: How many more refugees? How many less trees? How much longer?   Now I stir and shake but not in the pattern that the fear wants. I won’t keep any promises to this fear. I won’t do what it...

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A Dangerous Hope

When we hiked out of the forest at dawn before the logging trucks, the stars glittered through spindly giants, uninterrupted by branches, whispering birth secrets.   The Kalmiopsis Wilderness in Southeastern Oregon burned two years before in an all-you-can-eat...

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Sing Us Back to Life

I am afraid of my phone.  That is usually the way that I find out that someone has died or attempted to die.  I slide my finger across the screen and the halted voice of someone I love begins revealing details about someone who has gone. He left a note.  She didn't...

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Need Fire

We need to talk. Last week, I dropped the whole enchilada filling on the floor thirty minutes before everyone arrived.  I crumpled like a tissue.  My loved ones just looked at me; this was not an emergency, why was I falling apart?  I said something sharp, blamed...

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This Land is Your Land

I am at a spiritual retreat in the woods of Squamish, British Columbia. We stand in a circle in a meadow at sunset among towering cedar and Douglas fir trees. One person asks out loud if the land will be our teacher, if we can learn what it knows about what it needs,...

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The Bystander Effect: Challenging Racism

  I am having a hard time sleeping. I hear what could be a woman screaming so I get up and check. I open the door, phone in my hand but I only hear the occasional car on the busy street behind my house. No one is there. Every time I sit down to write about...

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Love in Action

We can do better. They found George Zimmerman not guilty in Florida.  I am not a person of color so I can’t imagine what that is like for someone who is but I care about the beings with whom I share community and planet.  So I am enraged and resolved again.  I am full...

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Namaste

When you return from Somewhere Else, if you are lucky, people ask about your journey.  I have not known what to say.  I use phrases like “intensely beautiful”, “hard and rewarding”, “powerful”.  I mention that we treated over 500 people in the community clinics that...

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The Ways We Shine

I hated grade six. In a new school, in the suburbs of Indianapolis, I committed the triple sin of being physically awkward, intelligent and the youngest person in my class. If I were just ugly and dull, they could have ignored me. But I had bright red hair, giant...

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