The Wabi-sabi Garden

[An original version I wrote was posted February 2020, on Digging Deeper, Swansons Nursery’s blog] In the coastal Northwest, our climate and position on the Pacific Rim give us a natural affinity with Asian design philosophy and lifestyles, which can also apply to our gardens. Japanese culture, in particular, has lent us its mastery of … More The Wabi-sabi Garden

The Waves

the waves ebb and flowthe waves enter and return to whence they camethey wash and cleansebaptize and clarifyscoursmoothen, calmsometimes tickle, sometimes poundsometimes move mountainswhether we pay attention or not the waves bring gifts from afarfood and stories and transcendent spheres of glassthey bring garbage and griefexpose our weaknesses, our ignoranceerodedestroywe pay to have them as … More The Waves

What Are You Looking For?

Thoughts exposed by — but not unique to — this year, 2020. If you’re looking for a failing society…Tragic incidents of injustice,Acts of evil, sometimes in the name of God,Human trafficking,Exploitive, profit-obsessed corporations,Lying, greedy politicians (imagine that),Looming environmental catastrophe,Reasons to not go downtown anymore,Parents teaching their children to cheat,Disrespect and oppression of specific groups of … More What Are You Looking For?

Rhythms

This is part of a series in the exploration of spaces, rhythms and layers in our physical world, and other areas of our lives. How we tend to fill, exploit, abuse and pollute our open spaces, as well as ignore and neglect many rhythms and layers of life as we dwell and move about. How … More Rhythms

Mountain, Forest, Sea

Impressions, en route to Squamish, British Columbia, in January… How can there be so many greens And grays, some blues, some browns tinged with red Dark fir swaths punctuated by silvery lacework of alder Colors are muted and highlighted by grey sky Light is subtle, mysterious, hard to define in its direction The presence of … More Mountain, Forest, Sea

Layers

This is part of a series in the exploration of spaces, rhythms and layers in our physical world, and other areas of our lives. How we fill, exploit, abuse and pollute our open spaces, as well as ignore and neglect many rhythms and layers as we dwell and move about. How we might instead learn … More Layers

Spaces

This is part of a series in the exploration of spaces, rhythms and layers in our physical world, and other areas of our lives. How we fill, exploit, abuse and pollute our open spaces, as well as ignore and neglect many rhythms and layers as we dwell and move about. How we might instead learn … More Spaces