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    Beauty is Essential

    Beauty is Essential

    Beauty is essential. In nature, it bespeaks a healthy and vibrant ecosystem. As a human, it calms, enlivens, and inspires my soul, all the while reminding me simply that this. is. home. I feel very fortunate to be able to take myself to places that remind me of the...

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    In Praise of Curves

    In Praise of Curves

    "It's too wild. Too vibrant. Untamable. It scares me. It has too much power. How can I stifle it to protect myself?..." ...I have had to understand this tender wound under the skin of oppressors. For why else would they shame my emotions? They are merely...

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    Embodied Voice

    Embodied Voice

    : : A STORY : : As a child, all through primary school, I was provoked and teased for my emotions – somehow I hadn’t learned to suppress them like everyone else had, so they were still very alive, easily called to the surface. . . . . . So in order to...

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    This is not Palo Santo…

    This is not Palo Santo…

    This is not Palo Santo. Nothing against that beautiful herb, but it doesn't live here, and I realize I don't even know what it looks like! A quick google search turns up almost exclusively pics of sticks for sale. So here's the thing: we burn palo santo...

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    Autumn Grief

    Autumn Grief

    The flowers have all faded, the seeds scattered to the wind and to be swallowed by the ground; the moisture has evaporated and leaves burnt by the sun hang on by a mere thread before casting themselves off to die and become mulch and eventually new soil...
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    Voice of the Earth

    Voice of the Earth

    The flowers have all faded, the seeds scattered to the wind and to be swallowed by the ground; the moisture has evaporated and leaves burnt by the sun hang on by a mere thread before casting themselves off to die and become mulch and eventually new soil...
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    Moon Neighbor

    Moon Neighbor

    And still there are places where the pika squeak and thrive, where cold-loving evergreens reach toward the sky, where wild mountain waters run under stone through creases in alpine meadows… . . . …But even those pikas are threatened, so many of the trees have been lost to beetle-kill and other blight, and the waters are low, the snows shallow…
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    Liminal Insight

    Liminal Insight

    I peeked outside my window to see a nearby porch light on. It brought me a moment of comfort and joy (as any good neighbor does), until I realized, "I'm out in the middle of nowhere with nothing but stars and silence!" And then I saw: the moon, rising...

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    Cry to the Moon (New Video)

    Cry to the Moon (New Video)

    (aka, losing our marbles...) TRUSTING THE WILD MIND: A LISTENING PRACTICE... I was thinking about wild mind last night, remembering how vital it feels to slip out of rational, plotting, methodical thinking, to let the mind wander and expand and take journeys of...

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    International Women’s Day

    International Women’s Day

    Enjoy this rollicking little video we made for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest this year! Whee...! Sign up to receive seasonal newsletters like these, as well as concert and workshop announcements pertinent to your region...

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    Musings on the West…

    Musings on the West…

    For this International Women's Day, I can't think of a better woman to celebrate than my mother, the person who taught me by her simple example that I am whole and complete unto myself, that I am strong and capable and intelligent, that the earth is a...

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    Wintry Musings…

    Wintry Musings…

    If like me you're feeling pretty wintry and less outwardly festive in this new year, may I recommend a good documentary for these dark days? I recently watched "Ken Burns: The West," and WOW ~ heartbreaking and beautiful and intense! ...to learn this...

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    Angelfire (New Lyric Video)

    Angelfire (New Lyric Video)

    Dear friends ~ I write you in the midst of wild times on Earth, in hopes that you and your loved ones are happy and well in this midwinter time... I've been struck so deeply as of late with our human plight, and the plight of the planet, that...

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    Prayers for the Fires (New Video)

    Prayers for the Fires (New Video)

    Enjoy this rollicking little video we made for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest this year! Whee...! Sign up to receive seasonal newsletters like these, as well as concert and workshop announcements pertinent to your region...

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    Why #fromthewild?

    Why #fromthewild?

    I'm posting this song today as a prayer for my friends and family currently affected by the fires in Southern California. I think of you every day, sending prayers for safety and sweet air. . . I also pray that in the wake of these fires, we dedicate ourselves even...

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    Wild Homecoming

    Wild Homecoming

    Why #fromthewild? Why not #intothewild? Well because although I do go into the natural world for remembrance of this fact, the truth is that I am of this stuff just as much as any sinewy creature, any legged or leggy growing thing, anything that grasps or...

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    On Wildcrafting…

    On Wildcrafting…

    I like to think that going into the wilds is like coming home, returning to a place that makes sense in a real way. For it is here that herbs and flowers grow, here where clean waters flow... Perhaps there is some element of escapism at work as well, but...

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    Full Disclosure

    Full Disclosure

    The flowers have all faded, the seeds scattered to the wind and to be swallowed by the ground; the moisture has evaporated and leaves burnt by the sun hang on by a mere thread before casting themselves off to die and become mulch and eventually new soil...
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    You are Loved…

    You are Loved…

    And still there are places where the pika squeak and thrive, where cold-loving evergreens reach toward the sky, where wild mountain waters run under stone through creases in alpine meadows… . . . …But even those pikas are threatened, so many of the trees have been lost to beetle-kill and other blight, and the waters are low, the snows shallow…
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    Grief Heals

    Grief Heals

    This is not Palo Santo. Nothing against that beautiful herb, but it doesn't live here, and I realize I don't even know what it looks like! A quick google search turns up almost exclusively pics of sticks for sale. So here's the thing: we burn palo santo...

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    Earth Day?

    Earth Day?

    "It's too wild. Too vibrant. Untamable. It scares me. It has too much power. How can I stifle it to protect myself?..." ...I have had to understand this tender wound under the skin of oppressors. For why else would they shame my emotions? They are merely...

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    On Privilege…

    On Privilege…

    And still there are places where the pika squeak and thrive, where cold-loving evergreens reach toward the sky, where wild mountain waters run under stone through creases in alpine meadows… . . . …But even those pikas are threatened, so many of the trees have been lost to beetle-kill and other blight, and the waters are low, the snows shallow…
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    From Grief to Love… (An Election Response)

    From Grief to Love… (An Election Response)

    Dear ones ~ I just wanted to write a little personal note to let you know why I don't plan to be touring this year... Ahh, don't worry, we are working hard on music, and though the longing to share it is great, there are times when we artists must go inside our caves...

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    Honoring Winter’s Cave…

    Honoring Winter’s Cave…

    Though a part of me is struck with the surreal and comic absurdity of this moment in time (and perhaps even the possibilities for change it may provoke), I must address the pain and grief that was my and so many people’s first response...
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    What is this “Wild?!”

    What is this “Wild?!”

    ...it is okay to go into the winter deep, to rest, and to fully give ourselves **time** for the practice of emptying, clearing, refining. The light will return when it does ~ please don't force it prematurely. The bud must stay closed until it is ripe, and now is the time to root down, finding nourishment in the dark of the hard winter soil, trusting it's okay to leave the skeletal branches of our lives bare and exposed to the reality of the cold world.
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    Becoming Wild…

    Becoming Wild…

    Though a part of me is struck with the surreal and comic absurdity of this moment in time (and perhaps even the possibilities for change it may provoke), I must address the pain and grief that was my and so many people’s first response...
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    Love Notes from the Trail of Rewilding…

    Love Notes from the Trail of Rewilding…

    ...it is okay to go into the winter deep, to rest, and to fully give ourselves **time** for the practice of emptying, clearing, refining. The light will return when it does ~ please don't force it prematurely. The bud must stay closed until it is ripe, and now is the time to root down, finding nourishment in the dark of the hard winter soil, trusting it's okay to leave the skeletal branches of our lives bare and exposed to the reality of the cold world.
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