Liquid Release

Tears. It is often the arrival of unexpected tears which feel the most powerful when they arrive. The tears that sneak up and surprise, indicating deeply flowing emotions I may not have known were hiding. This happened yesterday when I read the news of the election results. Not when I heard about them but when…

DIY Vernacular

I would say Happy New Year but it’s really only my new year. As in the past, I observe a new year’s eve on October 31st and my own personal new year on November 1st. And like some folks celebrate their birthday all week or all month long, I start prepping for the thinning of…

Cons’ Piracy

Sometimes small villagers come over to my estate to play. I have especially good grounds for play, romp and frolic. Some of these small villagers cannot play on their own lands because there are fiery beasts. They have no staff to eradicate the beasts so they travel to my estate for outdoor relief. They often…

Tenth Month Rituals

Here we are again; a ritual return. Ritual highlights are ready to reel. Back when this became a wellness blog I called each of these end-of-the-month posts my Work Release. To support my 2020 theme of Ritual, I have elected to describe and observe these monthly posts as Rituals themselves, in addition to being filled with rituals which support wellness. Welcome to a…

Slow Poison

Creative folks paying the bills by working non-creative jobs. Raise your hands. How do we do our best work 9 to 5? We don’t. We just don’t. We do well to give ourselves a pass for this. Emotionally, I mean. Consider an emotional allowance for ourselves. Our creative souls are well-suited for certain kinds of…

The Fifth Season

It is the season of fire. It is the season of smoke. It is the season of fog. It is the season to find even numbers while out on a run. It is the season of October, which should be the fifth season. Sunburns you can’t feel coming. Succulents brought indoors. Nutmeg dust on the…

Ninth Month Rituals

Here we are again; a ritual return. Ritual highlights are ready to reel. Back when this became a wellness blog I called each of these end-of-the-month posts my Work Release. To support my 2020 theme of Ritual, I have elected to describe and observe these monthly posts as Rituals themselves, in addition to being filled with rituals which support wellness. Welcome to a…

Burning Off The Abracadabra

Items found while running now include a jalapeno. Two actually, which cannot be a coincidence because I found them more than a mile apart in different neighborhoods. The first one I had to kick away quickly lest the pupster snap it up. She tried, as she does with most objects she encounters on the run….

Anything. Just Write Something.

I’m still here! Almost two weeks since I posted but all is well. My time management has shifted into a vortex of puppy maintenance (with very early hours), tennis championships (hard to fall sleep after late matches), an uptick in family obligations, and a random slew of unplanned coworker absences. All of which require extra…

Eighth Month Rituals

Here we are again; a ritual return. Ritual highlights are ready to reel. Back when this became a wellness blog I called each of these end-of-the-month posts my Work Release. To support my 2020 theme of Ritual, I have elected to describe and observe these monthly posts as Rituals themselves, in addition to being filled with rituals which support wellness. Welcome to a…

Matron Of Melancholia

There is a house across the front field. A soldier and his family live there with dogs who almost never come outside. It is very rare that I see them, Black Dog and Wiener. When they do come out they are never alone. The dogs are always guarded by the humans. Watched every moment. Taken…

Seasonal Sacrifice

Since state and national parks are now being trashed by Covidiots, I’ve resorted to day hiking on the paths MUCH less traveled. Trails with no amenities. Trails with no major attractions such as destination waterfalls and the like. Trails too difficult, long, remote, not connected to family campgrounds, or without cell service; all of which…