Sunday, January 25, 2015



As we chose our one little word for the year, we can also choose the spirit animal that can help us integrate it into our lives.  One of my friends chose the word Balance and I immediately thought of Wolf.

Wolf is the master at balancing independence and community.  We use the term “lone wolf” frequently to describe someone who walks their own path but wolves are also part of a “pack”, a familiar group that live together.  The energy of Wolf can help us to better balance self-care with the obligations we have to those who live with us.

Wolf does not need to choose between solitude and society.  Neither do we.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Catching Mice

There is no good way to separate our space from that of mice.  As cute as they are, mice are messy, can carry germs, and get into our food storage.  Snap traps are violent and glue traps are inhumane.  So I choose to use a live trap and relocate mice somewhere away from the homes of people.  I realize that this is not a perfect solution, but at least the mouse has a chance of survival and a natural death when it happens.

If anyone has a better idea on how to remove mice from a home or other building, please let me know.  I am open to a less traumatic, win/win plan for sharing this earth with these little creatures.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Frog, the Healer

The Frog shows us how to adapt in an ever changing world.  Frog medicine is in the teachings of how to heal our bodies by working with time and connecting to the tides of nature.  Whether you are dealing with a health crisis or just the challenges of aging, the Frog can show us ingenuous ways to live better.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


I know the days are lengthening and the shortest one is behind us but it still seems very dark here in the northern hemisphere.  Each evening I light candles for their glow and the illusion of warmth they give.  People have been adapting to their surroundings for thousands of years, working with the natural world in order to survive and thrive.

Candles are a must in my winter tool box.  Think about what you need to survive/thrive this season and make sure you have an ample supply.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Dreaming Season

The Bear is a guide to the world of dreams.  This time of year I find myself sleeping more, piling on blankets, slowing down and feeling close to Bear.  The Bear teaches us to honor the seasons of the year and of our life.  It is quite natural to conserve energy, rest and dream when the weather gets colder.   It is necessary to travel through these cycles and often futile to resist their call. 

Make room for bear to be near you this winter as you slumber and dream.

Thursday, January 8, 2015


I found these two feathers while I was out walking last week.  Lately, whenever I see a feather lying in my path, I whisper the word "gifted.".   While not unusual, feathers are quite extraordinary and beautiful upon examination.  I feel fortunate being able to get so close to these tokens of the natural world.  Gifted.

Try this word the next time you see a feather and feel the warmth that glows inside upon that acknowledgement. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Earth Angels in Winter

Winter is here in the Northern Hemisphere and the wild animals are directly affected by this chillier side of Mother Nature.  Deer, our earth angels, are finding the ground frozen and covered with ice and snow.  They are nibbling on tree branches and the evergreens that people have discarded from the holidays.  Food is scarce and a spring thaw could be months away.  And yet deer are incredibly patient and persistent - two traits that we can strengthen in ourselves from their generous spirits.

May these winter days be kind to you and you, in turn, be kind to yourself.