Canine Kisses… and the Power of Story

I've been touched by a wolf, wrapped and changed and marked by her wild energy. Some years ago, during a weekend session of "Art, Advocacy and Landscape" class held on the campus of the Earthfire Institute, a spiritual retreat and animal sanctuary near Driggs, Idaho, our facilitator, Jean, halted us during a conversation about the nature …

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When the Wind

"So like many women before and after me, I lived my life as a disguised criatura, creature. Like my kith and kin before me, I swagger-staggered in high heels, and I wore a dress and hat to church. But my fabulous tail often fell below my hemline, and my ears twitched until my hat pitched, at …

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Times and Tides

  The language of pregnancy is future-minded, emphasizing not what is, but what's to come; I am "expecting," a lady-in-waiting. Meanwhile, everything I read tells me to loosen those expectations: to plan, to nest, but not to cling too tightly to those plans or expectations. Birth and life have other plans. My husband and I have …

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My Inner Outtie

She moves!  A Galilean proclamation. For two days I walked too fast and too much, and she moved too little. Now, as I settle on the couch into my own fetal curl, I watch her as she purrs. Gallops, really: tumbles, whorls, leaps and dives like a porpoise. Sometimes she will push outward slowly toward my fingers, …

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An Earthbound Education

I was a wild child. My "coming up" was rich with imaginative outdoor play, and through a mix of scouting, camps, family influences, backyard mischief, and time at grandpa's farm, I came into young adulthood with a healthy starter-dose of ecological literacy―and one helluva love affair with the natural world. A quarter-century later, the burning …

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