Journals

1/26/2018 I saw a photo of Baudelaire. He looks evil. I had to go to the bathroom so badly on the train, I almost peed myself. I said sorry twice while I was in Chicago. The moments I experienced are like the ones I saw in paintings at the Art Institute. Timeless moments captured, like … Continue reading Journals

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Nudity and the River

The beginning of my connection to rivers As a child my father took my brothers and I canoeing down the Namekagon River. The Namekagon runs 101 miles in Northeastern Wisconsin eventually dumping into the St. Croix River.  The route we took was a day trip. 8 hours of paddling, never knowing what would be around … Continue reading Nudity and the River

Part III of the Shaman Series: The gift of a name

Thanks again to guest writer Gertrude Gingerly for this enriching piece on her experience with a Lakota Shaman. On the days prior to the ceremony, I remember feeling insatiably hungry. My stomach was an endless pit that could not be filled. The temperature in Chicago was hot to an unbearable degree and the air conditioning … Continue reading Part III of the Shaman Series: The gift of a name

Part II of the Shaman Series: A journey to the jungle with ayahuasca

Guest writer Gertrude Gingerly is back with another story in her search for spiritual truth. I was staying in Quepos, Costa Rica. It is a small town located on the west coast of the country. I  was trying to catch a taxi into town from the place I was staying.  To get a cab you … Continue reading Part II of the Shaman Series: A journey to the jungle with ayahuasca

Part I of the Shaman Series: The Vortex on Mountain Drive

This is special guest writer Gertrude Gingerly. She has traveled to corners of the world seeking spiritual refuge in search of finding something she does not know, but knows exists. Gertrude is going to write a four-part series on Shamanism. From the jungle of Costa Rica to the mountains of Santa Barbara, Gertrude’s series is … Continue reading Part I of the Shaman Series: The Vortex on Mountain Drive

14 or 15 steps in how to facilitate communication between relatives that voted for Clinton or Trump

First You must be a human that lives on the planet Earth. Second An American who is able to vote in an American election. Third Be white (otherwise, you probably will not be having this conversation). You did not vote for Trump, have an upper-middle-class family member who owns a yacht, has a hot tub … Continue reading 14 or 15 steps in how to facilitate communication between relatives that voted for Clinton or Trump