The Parable of the Weeds

“Is this one a good plant or a weed?” I say doubtfully, pointing out one specimen to my husband. Really, I don’t need to be gardening today. We are moving in a few weeks, and then the garden will be a new tenant’s responsibility, and they can do battle with the snails themselves. But there’s […]

The Rose and The Thorn

By Jenny Rose Foster “The rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorns” – Rumi I remember studying as an herbalist apprentice last summer. We were on a trail, four women, hiking through a high mountain forest in Oregon. The terrain was thick with depth and diversity and then it would unfold into holy sanctuaries of […]

May the Road Rise

By Naomi Pattison-Williams | Twitter: @NaomiWilliams87 Sometime in the middle of last year I got sick. It was nothing very serious—an infection which then led to a prolonged period of exhaustion. But it was the kind of deep-in-your-bones exhaustion which means extended time off work and whittling down entries in the beloved Moleskine schedule to … […]

All That We Are

We are thin lines of orange that arc then bloom at the horizon and as birds warble and stars dim We rise We are clouds billowing above the silent water Expansive and mysterious At once hiding, then revealing We rise We are rock faces hardened then smoothed with age Our peaks honed by a hidden […]

She Gave Me The Look

“Gosh, you always look so pulled together. Make-up done, cute clothes … I could never get it together like that.” I stared back at my fellow preschool drop-off mom. We’d chatted a couple times, and I really liked her. She was funny and down-to-earth, and I’d had a tough time penetrating the already established friendships among […]