Seasonal living and the sensual, sensate life.

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Chasing Light

Chasing Light

This morning, out early to let out the dog who seemed to have urgent need, I encountered a robin in full featherage sitting motionless beneath the bird bath.  The bird didn’t so much as flinch  as River and I walked past.  After I put the […]

Late Bloomer

Late Bloomer

A reader recently called Rough Beauty—a fairy tale.  She was not being kind.  At first I laughed.  Anyone who knows me knows I am no princess; not once have I been a damsel in distress.  The course of my life has been a dirty mess, traversing […]

Liberty at Last!

Liberty at Last!

Like a lot of people, I’ve celebrated the 4th of July for the fun, the food, the fireworks.  Not today.  This year I am reveling in what for me turns out to be a profound sense of liberation and there won’t be one flag or float […]

The River Between the Living and the Dead

The River Between the Living and the Dead

Ai Wei Wei’s Zodiac:  The Ebbing of the Year of the Ram The year begins singing its death song as fall blooms on the prairie and the days hover in the pendulum swing between abundance and dearth, life and death. Outside, the yard is full […]

When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone

When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone

Prairie Chicken People keep asking how I am settling in to prairie living.  I could tell them about the long fall, astonishing for its temperate days and nights, that I sleep with the window open and have scarcely worn anything covering my legs from October […]

Making Bolognese and a Home

Making Bolognese and a Home

It’s been an exhausting month of settling in on the prairie.  For reasons that seem to come at me at sharp angles in the fall’s dwindling light, this move has been tough. Both Greg and I feel like our toy ships have been tossed on […]

Seasons of Change

Seasons of Change

Aspens Fall comes early on the mountain.  This year, it has appeared with more of the unseasonably wet weather Colorado has been having all summer long.  Nights have been so cool, I’ve had to close windows open for months to June and July air.  Mornings […]

The Lovely Lemon

The Lovely Lemon

Despite the fact the lowlands of Boulder are enjoying some lovely 60 degree weather, January is the armpit of the year.  The 31 day span following New Years’  is second only to February in my book as the most uninspiring and agonizing month. Gone is […]

Building the Fire

Building the Fire

First serious snow of the year on the mountain—about five inches–and I am thinking about the long winter  season to come as I gaze at my window boxes full of white mounded pansies. Winter isn’t really here just yet. In October, the season teases: One day there’s snow, […]