From the City, into the Mountains

There’s a strange realization settling in: I’m almost completely moved into my new place. It happened sooner than I would have ever planned, so somehow there was hardly any time left to stress and worry about, “How?” One load on a farmer’s borrowed pickup truck, and another on an open-air flatbed with wooden fence sides.Continue reading “From the City, into the Mountains”

Which Witch is Which

(pictured: 21st century witch in her habitat) The term “witch” doesn’t have the cleanest of reputations.  No surprise our cells recoil inward at the sound, with resistance, “No, not us!,” –considering it’s only been some 350 years since European ancestors were burned for such a label, terrorizing female healers for 3 centuries, no less.  (SomeContinue reading “Which Witch is Which”

In and Out

AHARA and VIHARA. What we take in, and what we put out. These concepts have fascinated me as of late, as I ponder why it is that I feel so sensitive sometimes. Whether it’s seeing a commercial on TV that makes me cry, or hearing the words of a friend that turn my whole dayContinue reading “In and Out”

Diary of a Vipassana Experience

aka Buddha Bootcamp aka Enlightenment Kindergarten aka Awakening 101 The eve of January 1st, I arrive in Kaufman, Texas. A few miles off the main road, down some winding side streets through woods that remind me of fall in Maryland, past some dry fields and onto a dirt-and-pebble road, passing small farm houses before theContinue reading “Diary of a Vipassana Experience”