Category Archives: writing and nature

For the Week of November 27, 2017: Embracing Winter’s Darkness

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. — Henry David Thoreau I have a habit of waking before dawn, a time when the house … Continue reading

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For the Week of October 23, 2017: On Healing: Embracing the Quiet in Our Lives

When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests … Continue reading

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For the Week of August 27, 2017: Where Hope Resides

“My house sits on about 10-feet elevation so if the storm surge gets up to 12 feet it’s going to be a bit of a problem. If it’s 15 feet I’ll sit on the roof and surf my way into … Continue reading

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For the Week of August 6, 2017: Seasons of Life; Seasons of Cancer

Maggie and I made our usual stroll through the neighborhood park as we do each morning.  Although she’s much more interested in squirrel patrol than the other dogs who arrive with their owners for a romp in the off leash … Continue reading

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For the Week of April 16, 2017: A Healing Ritual

It’s been over two weeks since the expressive writing program at Scripps Green Cancer Center came to a close, a program I have led for nearly eleven years.  As has been the tradition of our final session of every series, … Continue reading

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For the Week of March 12, 2017: The Different Colors of Life

We’ve been lucky here in San Diego.  After a deluge of winter rainstorms, the sun has finally become a regular presence in the days, so much so, that when I awakened to a foggy morning, the canyon shrouded in a … Continue reading

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For the Week of February 19, 2017: Writing to Heal: The Metaphors of Seasons and Landscapes

The fields, the lakes, the forests, and the streams, Ocean, and all the living things that dwell Within the daedal earth; lightning, and rain, Earthquake and fiery flood, and hurricane…   –From “Mont Blanc,” by Percy Blythe Shelley   The … Continue reading

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