Tagged: nature writing

I am a snowflake

I am a snowflake

Right now I’m watching a snow storm blow and swirl and gust outside my window, a day later than expected, but still here, still covering the frozen ground in white, filling the air, turning everything monochromatic. And it is beautiful. Conservatives like to call people like me (young, liberal, well-educated) “snowflakes,” because we are “overly...

Winter blessing Spring

Winter blessing Spring

The snow melts slowly over the candle flame, first compacting into slush and then pooling at the bottom of the mason jar. Sakura-scented incense smoke rises and curls above the altar as I hum a chant, my prayer to spring. When the snow transforms completely to water, I begin the work of planting seeds for...

A gift from the New Zealand sky

A gift from the New Zealand sky

The first time I touched the universe, I stood outside the Paparoa Marae near the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, surrounded by dozens of people I barely knew. I was thirteen and almost ten thousand miles from home on a three-week trip with People to People Student Ambassadors. After our traditional Maori dinner of...

Nature blog: Tying up some loose ends on Heaven’s Hillside

Nature blog: Tying up some loose ends on Heaven’s Hillside

This post originally appeared on April 15, 2012 on Nature Writing. During my nature writing class at Chatham University’s MFA program, I had to keep a weekly nature blog. Each of us picked a place and spent thirty minutes in that place each week, and then wrote a blog post about it. I’ve just bought...

Nature blog: The insects of Heaven’s Hillside

Nature blog: The insects of Heaven’s Hillside

This post originally appeared on April 15, 2012 on Nature Writing. During my nature writing class at Chatham University’s MFA program, I had to keep a weekly nature blog. Each of us picked a place and spent thirty minutes in that place each week, and then wrote a blog post about it. I’ve just bought...