Nuts About Dragons

This week begins the Chinese New Year of the Wood Dragon. Generally, I hold only a passing interest in this annual cycle of the Chinese zodiac—it isn’t my culture, after all—but I am thrilled this year. (I admit that I did note I was born under the sign of the Snake...

Multidimensional

In the last few weeks I’ve come across a surprising amount of fascinating information: —a story about how bison on ancestral lands made discoveries that fulfilled an ancient prophecy; —research documenting how dying people in hospice care often experience dreams and...

Eclipse and War

So much war energy everywhere now—not just in countries with long histories of conflict, but also wars on virtually every front: about our relationship with the earth; about how, and whose responsibility it is, to feed, house and care for each other; about who has...

Color Amid the Snow

I’m cranky today. Snow on either side of our driveway is piled about crotch-high, the remains of numerous snowfalls since the beginning of the year. This winter in the Twin Cities has already been one of the snowiest of all time. Yet the weather service predicts...

On Thanksgiving

I’ve always loved Thanksgiving. I loved the food, the emphasis on gratitude and harvest, and the gathering with family and/or friends during a time of increasing cold and darkness. I never believed or highlighted the national myth around the holiday in these...

Snakes

Snakes appear often in my art, and have for years. Snake also emerged as my animal/symbol for 2022.  Is there a message here? Over millennia, earth-honoring cultures around the globe have carved snakes on rock art and painted them on pottery. Because of their ability...