Monthly Archives: January 2017


Kalispell, MT

Your forgiveness, gentle readers, for my absence. Chaos reigned, but, out of chaos, new growth. Here you see the blossom of a walking iris, so-called, because this flower is the first step in the formation of a new plantlet. As it grows on the end of a leaf, its weight eventually bears down the leaf until it touches the ground. The plantlet takes root and grows into a new free-standing plant, extending the perimeter of the original plant. Thus, the iris “walks,” finding new conditions in which to thrive. We are walking into new territory now, and we must grow to expand our reach and our voices. Nature’s response to uncertain conditions is breath-taking. May it inspire our own creativity.

Silent Teaching

Malheur Forest, OR

On this first day of 2017, snow falls, transforming the world with peace and stillness. All that is dingy and desolate is now adorned with radiance. Isn’t this why we turn to Nature for its wordless lessons of renewal and unbidden grace? May we understand that we are not separate from universal grace and claim our own beauty and transcendence.