Image: Cottonwood by Jon Hurd. Some rights reserved. The cottonwood tree’s roots are numerous, and its branches are wide, stretching over the expanse of our yard. The combination of root and branch are such that our backyard is never very sunny, nor does it grow much grass. The tree is the largest in our Chicago…... Continue Reading →
Image credit: Mermaid by Ryan McCullah. Some rights reserved. The only place I don’t feel monstrous is in the water. I am nine years old. I am overweight, clumsy, and taunted mercilessly at school. I have recently developed asthma, and struggle to breathe. Read more at The Mermaid’s Pool: A Water Memoir — Amoret BriarRose
Image: Bonfire by Dheeraj Dwivedi. Some rights reserved. "Fire is a hungry witness, and demands more of me than easy words and misery without accountability." Read more at The Blaze: A Fire Memoir — Amoret BriarRose
Image: Windy by Garry Knight. Some rights reserved. "It is October, and I am taking her for a constitutional in our new neighborhood one morning when I notice how powerful the wind has become – this autumn the air is especially wild. I am buffeted about by strong, cold gusts as I walk the... Continue Reading →
My insightful friend Bone discusses the risk of being a fallible human and a leader in pagan communities: I’m always hesitant about stepping into leadership in my community. I feel called to share my gifts, and resist the glare of the spotlight. Scrutiny is a difficult thing, but my religious community prides itself on being... Continue Reading →
The first three months of 2017 have been full of change, disruption and flux for me. Like the seasonal shift from winter to spring, I have been working through the fits and starts of the new exchanging with the old, of life dancing with death. I have been sitting listlessly… Read more at All the Green... Continue Reading →
Are you marching?
I am joining the march because I believe all of our voices should be heard. I am marching because I stand with those that believe that kindness and equality are the warp and weft of a just world. To borrow words from the movie V for Vendetta, it is time to “remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words; they are perspectives.”
A woman in three-quarters profile with a shaved side of her head and blond hair on top, glasses, and earrings down the outside of one ear.
By Leo Babauta As I write this, I’m sitting in cloud-filled rainforest at a retreat in Ecuador, surrounded by the calls of thousands of tropical birds and creatures, dense lush greenery, and some of the most open-hearted human beings I’ve ever met. Before I came here, I had some anxiety about meeting everyone, worried what… via... Continue Reading →
https://www.youtube.com/embed/4LtDdonNoYs?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent via This is what my polytheism looks and sounds like — The House of Vines
If you are a person who… 1. cares at all about concepts like social justice, racism, gender equality, feminism, patriarchy, and privilege …and… 2. carries a frustration with people who have either been unable or unwilling to possess a nuanced understanding for what any of these concepts mean …convicted rapist Brock Turner, his father Dan, and…... Continue Reading →