House for Rent in the Bardo: River View

I’m moving, again. And so I’m thinking about bardo states. Bardo is a Tibetan word that literally translates as the interval between two things. It is traditionally associated with the space between death and rebirth. While most people agree that moving (what my Brit friends call “moving house” or, sometimes, “moving home”) is stressful, I’m not trying […]

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Waiting for Spring

I’m still waiting for Spring.  I’m waiting for that thing Spring does where it begins to warm the soil (me) and slowly cracks the seed open (again me). The seed cracks and the tender green shoot slowly pushes up towards the sunlight. Breaks through the earth’s crust and reaches to the light and grows and […]

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The Apple Orchard

At long last, at least here in Chicago, I feel like it’s safe to say that Spring has arrived. We had a mild winter, but a long one, and one that seemed to drag on without those our breaks of a day or two shocking warmth in the middle of February to serve as a […]

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Tear Down This House!

I am in the thick of some pretty big life changes which include some major aspects of who I am, or who I claim to be. I am introducing myself by a different name and being seen as skilled at doing work that I have never before done professionally. It is fascinating to observe how […]

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Something my 13 year old self knew

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a junior high physics class, and the first time I was introduced to the distinction between effort and work. Our teacher used a simple demonstration to outline the concept. One classmate was invited to come up to the front of the room and push, as hard as they […]

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The forge and the broom

It’s been an eye opening couple of months. A couple of experiences really stand out. 1) I am lucky enough to be part of a group that for the last year or two that has been discussing and looking at ways to work to dismantle racism in our respective environments. I have learned so much […]

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