the incredible energy for change which courses through the earth at this time, the force that through the green fuse drives the flower, as Dylan Thomas put it.
The apparition of these pussywillows was the initiation into my quest to find nature in the city.
Earth Day/Arbor Day
The origins of Earth Day and Arbor Day reach back through time to festivals of the earth goddess and the Green Man...
Temple of Rhododendrons
Prior to my observation I had a lot of disdain for rhododendrons...but going through Goethe's process of observation changed my perspective...
Pysanky: Ritual Eggs
Eggs are symbols of spring, found in cultures and ritual meals all over the world.
This postcard of a May Day scene comes from the web site devoted to May Day postcards collected by Barbara Marlow Irwin
WAVERLY'S BLOGLink Love: plants and people
I really liked my friend Joanna Powell Colbert’s idea of declaring Friday (or Freya’s Day) as Link Love day and posting some of her favorite links from the past week. (Love because Freya is the Norwegian goddess just as the name for Friday in Latin and other Romance languages refers to Venus.) So I’ve been collecting some links that I loved this past week and wanted to share them with you. Almost all came from following the threads... [Read more]
SIGNS OF THE SEASONWordless Wednesday: Rainy Tuesday, Sunny Wednesday
Nature in PlaceSlow Flowers
Dahlias by Debra Prinzig I’m a big fan of Debra Prinzig. Naturally. Since she wrote a book called Slow Flowers (it was originally titled A Year in Flowers which worried me a little since that’s the working title for the book I’m writing about connecting with nature in my city neighborhood). Debra is a garden writer who became alerted to the issues inherent in purchasing flowers after reading Amy Stewart’s Flower Confidential, which... [Read more]
SeasonsA Seasonal Pilgrimage
This idea for attuning with a season comes from William Whittmann, a Seattle therapist, who sponsored pilgrimages on the equinoxes and solstices to sacred sites in the city. He chose to align himself with the solar markers of the seasons, those days when the season shifts (or reaches its peak): the equinoxes and the solstices. During the six weeks before the pilgrimage date, he meditated on the season and its metaphors (such as the element (earth... [Read more]