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A Manifesto for the New Year and Beyond

How to live.

candle ATB
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The Season of Light

The holiday season is meant to be light: a collective festive mood as one year closes and a new one begins. And, yet, the holidays can be stressful. It can be a time when buried emotions come to the surface as we spend time with loved ones. For me, such emotions have come with a… Continue reading The Season of Light

Guthrie and Jolene 2 Fijian dogs Rock Creek DC
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Life Lesson #2 with the Grateful Dead: Dealing with Change

Well the first days are the hardest daysDon't you worry anymore'Cause when life looks like easy streetThere is danger at your door Those are the opening lyrics to the Grateful Dead's "Uncle John's Band." Like many of Robert Hunter's lyrics, they are profound. These words have been in the back of mind since I returned… Continue reading Life Lesson #2 with the Grateful Dead: Dealing with Change

Basil ATB
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Drawing: Basil

Greetings from the U.S.! We're back after a four-year stint in Fiji. I was compelled to draw the basil sitting on my kitchen counter today. I'd already removed the big leaves for recent dinners, and just a few buds are left. I wanted to capture the plant in this moment, as it pushes new shoots… Continue reading Drawing: Basil