Category Archives: Nature

What Is Melting?

April warmth melts snow and frozen ground. This is a powerful force of nature and it’s one we can align with. There are always things that got stuck and frozen in us. Ideas of how life should be, misconceptions, old hurts, all the ways of doing things that may feel a little stale but there […]

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April Sledding

There is a wonderful sledding hill next to the house. A few weeks ago in March I told Laura, “Well, this looks like the last time we’ll be sledding this year.” Then over the weekend we got a snowstorm blow through, lasting all the way through April Fools’ Day. April 1 and April 2 this […]

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The Tree Where Spirit and Technique Meet

A tree there is that from its topmost bough Is half all glittering flame and half all green Abounding foliage moistened with the dew; And half is half and yet is all the scene… – William Butler Yeats Like turning maple trees, like the fall itself, you too are poised halfway between something. What is […]

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A Purpose Pause, “half all glittering flame and half all green”

In his poem Vacillation, the Irish poet William Butler Yeats sets a primal October vision: “A tree there is that from its topmost bough is half all glittering flame and half all green.” This month thousands of leaf-peepers will quest for that peculiarly New England phrase – peak foliage. This moment of equilibrium, of fiery […]

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Vacillation (Part II) by William Butler Yeats – An Analysis

  Vacillation (Part II) by William Butler Yeats   A tree there is that from its topmost bough Is half all glittering flame and half all green Abounding foliage moistened with the dew;   What a primal October vision! “A tree there is that from its topmost bough is half all glittering flame and half […]

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How the Eider Duck Builds Her Nest

To build her nest, the eider duck plucks down from her own breast. She forms a hat-sized nest made entirely of her own down. This down is what keeps her warm and dry. It’s essential. Yet she freely gives what she has. This kind of selflessness and a connection with a larger purpose is so […]

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Thoreau Shows You How to Read the Eternities

I camped at Hapgood Pond in Vermont for the 4th of July weekend. I left my computer at home and – with no cell coverage available – I kept my cell phone in airplane mode. Unplugged! Again and again throughout the weekend I noticed how calm nature in summer was, how complete. Noisy humans came […]

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May Flowers in the New York Botanical Garden

When I lived in NYC, my favorite things included finding nature there, whether on the edges or in the very heart of the city. Laura took these beautiful photos recently at the New York Botanical Garden. I was struck by how idyllic these settings look. In a city of 8.4 million people, there’s not one […]

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Al Jolson, Bugs Bunny and the Flowers That Bloom In May

I was introduced to a lot of music in High School, and I still love most of what I first heard then to this day. One singer that captivated my imagination was the irrepressible Al Jolson. I realize my love of Al Jolson was probably helped quite a bit by how many of the songs […]

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What’s the month you’d like to go slowest?

I’d probably pick a summer a month to move more slowly than the others. But next would be October. This stunningly beautiful time of leaf-change always moves more quickly than I’d like it to. And coupled with this being the busiest work month of my year, there’s definitely a feeling of missing out. As Robert […]

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