delve deeply into the quotidian
It’s quiet and the sun is soft and inviting this morning. After I finish writing this I will go down to pond to look for a willow tree I swear was there, in order to collect leaves and bark for medicine. After that I’ll check and see if any of the lettuces are surviving the ravages of bunnies that have set up shop on our property this year.
In the next few months, I will be starting to offer classes again. I’ll tell you about them here. If you read and like this newsletter these classes are for you. They will trace the seasons, delve deeply into the creativity of the ordinary. You will learn to write poems, to be in relationship with plants in new ways, to use your kitchen as a place to remember and imagine. I can’t wait to do this with you and as I lead up please share this newsletter with others who you think may want to come along.
Usually before I write this to you, I write my morning pages. They look like scratchy notes many days. Sometimes they are lists like this:
-exploding fuschia peony facing the wrong direction
-fir tips, softness, sunlight, fir tips
-the rainbow drawing on the old paper bag
-enough water, enough water, wnoungh
-a big space inside that I can’t feel the edge but over to the right towards the top it feels achey and stiff
-competing shells filled with ash
I use the practice of returning as a way to orient myself. I orient myself because that is what allows my focus to bring in what is alive. Alive for me is what is worth returning to. I am curious what are you returning to?
In the coming months, there will be a few offerings here about this questions. I hope you can join me!
If you haven’t yet tried it, I have some really exquisite tea looking to make it’s way out into the world. It is a great point of return in this moment of the world to heat up water and add plants to it to presence yourself!
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