A Long Pause

There are seasons of life when we have more to do vocationally than we can balance with our families, other responsibilities and interests. Then, we come to a long pause. Often, it is one extreme or the other. First, our … Read More

Happy

I came out of my dark night of the soul, deeply rooted in joy. Also, I discovered a bluebird in my heart, with a gift of happy. Though the rich void was never far from me, I was lighter in … Read More

Possibility

For as long as I can remember, hollowed out sculptures have drawn me. I am not sure exactly why. Perhaps because they are empty, they hold worlds of possibility. The void allows for creative brooding and as imperative as living … Read More

Close to Home

Like so many of us in the northern hemisphere, I was just beginning to engage in Spring’s activities, when the coronavirus forced me to stay close to home. As I live through the paradox of devastation and gift, I consider … Read More

Zonkey

I remember the first time I saw donkeys dyed to look like zebras. For a long time, Zonkey was my image of persona.  Why did we give Donkey fake stripes? Was it because we domesticated the spunk out of Wild … Read More

Ugly Bird

Members of the Alligatoridae family took me through transformation in the water. Lion came with fire. Finally, birds of the air greeted me. Good Bird, Bad Bird and Ugly Bird made quite a totem. I enjoyed Good bird’s pleasant song … Read More

Lion and Peacock

Spirit came as a lion, and then a peacock. They reminded me why I champion authenticity. Lion led me through purification. Peacock guided me in creating a mosaic that told my story. Lion appeared with a blazing mane and ferocious … Read More

Crocodile

Drags Me Back was the name I gave to the crocodile-like experiences that came to pull me under after I repeatedly confronted emotional abuse without evoking much interest. The most frequent response: “Just ignore it.” Disregarding narcissism, bullying and public … Read More

Alligator

Alligator surfaced in my intention to choose Life. Beneath, were two converging undercurrents: 1. To transform unfavorable traits 2. To view negative experiences with soft eyes. “You’re too Sensitive!” I got the message early on that I’d better toughen up. … Read More

Porcupine

Porcupine’s quills transfigure her body with an elegance, just before they disfigure an enemy’s face. Similarly, our innate traits grace us, until we feel our principles being threatened beyond our maturity. Porcupine typically mines her own business. Unlike the animal … Read More

Raccoon

Come out, Raccoon. Were you the one who stole our creative flow? Or, perhaps in our quick judgment, we failed to see your generosity in mirroring the many masks we’ve put on to hide from the Sacred within. Still, we’re … Read More

Coyote

Just when our seriousness escalates to lid popping level, a holy fool comes and relieves the pressure by pulling log after log from our eyes. Every culture has its sacred clowns. In nature, Coyote is Trickster. It was garden-like back … Read More