The Sweetness of Spring

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria Rilke For the past few days, I’ve noticed the birds are back and making their happy presence known. I took time out this morning to admire the black, white, and vibrant red of two acorn woodpeckers out a back window. InContinue reading “The Sweetness of Spring”

Gifts of Nature

Gift-giving has been a popular custom for hundreds of years. Initially, small gifts to help the poor were given at this time of year across many religious traditions. Unfortunately, this compassionate practice that epitomized holiday spirit has been all but lost; somehow, receiving gifts has become more important than giving.

Chai My Way

It’s chai season here. Although it’s my favorite hot tea and I drink it throughout the year, the chillier months seem to claim it as their own, and who am I to argue? I first tried chai while living in community and working in the kitchen at Omega Institute in Upstate New York. One ofContinue reading “Chai My Way”

Spirit Traditions

“Traditions represent a critical piece of our culture. They help form the structure and foundation of our families and our society. They remind us that we are part of a history that defines our past, shapes who we are today and who we are likely to become.”