A Hybrid of Nature: Growing Up Slowly

I was sixteen, going on twelve and twenty. I was loved by family and friends, and also had my share of teen angst–alone and lost in my own spirit, the way a bird thinks it’s ready to fly long before its wings have developed, and yet, the way the wind keeps calling her out anyway.…

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The Trails are Waiting With Wonder

Silver maples in the auburn sun, pirouetting light on leaves, the sun slowing setting beyond the woods like a disco ball disappearing into a memory … I was five, six, seven… I was running like the wind, I was chasing killdeer down a long driveway lined by huge pines, my hair blowing in the breeze, my favourite…

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Top Ten Ways To Become A Sleeping Beauty (How-To #2)

Even the worst sleeper can become a sleeping beauty. I have learned over the years that it’s a skill, and one that we have to learn and work at. We can teach ourselves to sleep well, just as we can teach children to sleep. It’s called sleep training. It works on adults too. I often…

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Dear Porch Lights

Dear Porch Lights, Running from dusk towards dark, you led me home. So often, darkness is interrupted by light and love. It’s hard to know it’s coming, it’s hard to wait for it, it’s hard to even see it sometimes, but I believe it’s there. Tonight, as I ran, my heart was heavy as I…

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Cats Who Love Wilderness Adventures

This morning I came across a whole new genre of blogs and social media: cats who love adventure. Hiking in flower-covered hills, sleeping in tents, walking on fence-edges of railings, perching on the edge of mountains and the tips of rowboats and sailboats with the wind in their faces… you name it, they love it.…

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