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Things Happen When You’re Quiet

This morning while on my walk, the forest was so silent. The carpet of pine needles kept my footsteps quiet. So, it was easy for me, and everything around me, to just Be. I was looking at the hollow of an old oak tree and almost didn’t notice it. I am not sure what caused […]

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If a Tree Falls and No One Hears It, Does It Make a Sound?

“I hope you have your hiking shoes on,” he said. I looked at him quizzically and responded, “Why, do I need them?” He replied, “There is a downed tree ahead. You can shimmy over it if you are adventurous, but I’d turn back.” Curious, I strode on. I could smell it before I saw it. […]

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The Lotuses are Here!

Have you seen the lotuses returning? They are here, popping their beautiful heads out of the mud. Lotuses are considered sacred flowers in the East and Middle East. They symbolize Man’s spiritual path. They  grow in the mud, flower during the day, retreat at night, but are reborn with the sun looking fresh and clean […]

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It’s Mulberry Season!

As I was walking through the woods, I stumbled upon a mulberry tree full of fat, juicy, ripe berries. I was instantly transported back to elementary school where a mulberry tree stood in the corner of the schoolyard. At recess near the end of the year, my friends and I would sneak off to the […]

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Honeysuckle, Nature’s Perfume

I walked outside today and smelled Nature’s perfume, honeysuckle. Something so sweet invites you to see if it tastes as good as it smells. When I was a kid, we used to suck the nectar out of the flowers. If it was good enough for bees, hey, it’s good enough for us. But there is […]

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Animist Theme Movies

If you are new to animism and want to learn more about it, what better way than through pop culture? Movies/stories with animist themes can help explain a lot in an entertaining way in a short period of time. So, here are my picks. This isn’t an exhaustive list or even a list of the […]

Don’t Lose Your Stories

If you look at all the ancient people, they are all steeped in story. There are stories about their heroes, why things are done the way they are, how things got to be the way they are, codes of conduct, and other things that are woven into every day life. These create the threads by […]

The Importance of Teaching Stories

In modern times, stories are for reading to children to help them learn to read or to put them to bed. Adults read in silence by themselves, if at all. But it wasn’t always that way. In tribal societies, stories were told to all for teaching. Teaching stories were the way to learn about life […]

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Something set the energy swirling. I don’t know what it was, could have been anything. But somewhere, somehow, something appeared. The chord of Tao intoned. She was a brief and beautiful thing, full of swirls and bangles. I’m fascinated by migratory birds, how they know how to go, how they all seem to know. How […]