Blog 2017

Kaleetan Peak

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Granite Mountain June 25, 2017

I go to the mountains to remind myself of the beauty that is already within me. Saturday evening – I set my alarm for 4:00 a.m. I wake at 3:30 p.m. to answer the call of nature. Close enough. The light in the eastern sky calls me, and the promise of ascending in silence through tall firs. (Click on the photos for full screen view). I reach the trailhead at 4:45 a.m. and begin hiking, drawing energy from the forest through the soles of my feet with every step. When I reach the snow, I opt to stay on the angular granite boulders. Although each step holds a measure of treachery, it...

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Citizen Diplomacy – Knowledge Exchange

Yesterday, at the end of a long day of errands, I received a phone call with an India number appearing on my screen. As one of my Dharma teachers lives in India, and I have several friends living there, I answered it, wondering who it was and what adventure might beckon. A man speaking in a thick Indian accent and claiming to be a doctor asked to come see me and expressed a desire to exchange knowledge. As a small business entrepreneur, and sole proprietor, one of my daily challenges in life is navigating cold calls from strangers and making split second decisions on whether to immediately...

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Back Pain and Beyond

I love to hike. This summer I am training for a 5 day off trail wilderness high traverse in the Olympic Mountains.  About a week ago, I was stretching my back, doing the “plough” yoga pose and I pushed too hard. Number one rule of yoga – and life – don’t push. I felt a pop in my back, and instant pain. Four days later, the pain – centered in the left sacro-illiac joint, had subsided by 40% but was still waking me up at 4:00 a.m.  It was also noticeably worse after sitting and relieved somewhat by walking. I asked one of my acupuncture teachers about it and...

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No Hopes or Fears

Hope. I know, the word has been tarnished through overuse and politicization. But I still like it and hereby reclaim it. And we need it desperately. I have some to offer: In recent months, I’ve seen a large uptick in fear based narratives on social media – reports that many well known scientists, including Stephen Hawking, foresee the breakdown in modern civilization happening soon. And then there’s the constant stream of news out of the nation’s capitol where our so-called leaders are reversing protections for the the working class, immigrants, women, national parks,...

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Mount Si Old Trail April 30, 2017

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