Hello everyone! Happy 1st day of summer!
We completed the puzzle, and now we are puzzle-obsessed. In my puzzling personal life, I have also worked out some health kinks and schedule arranging that suit my life much better. Hurrah for perseverance and making changes! And great doctors.
Then, we went on to solve a bigger puzzle: how do you build a labyrinth? It took some critical thinking and teamwork, but we figured it out–step by tiny step:
It’s a little over 12′ diameter. Perfect for my small garden, and perfect to walk every morning and every evening. I’ve always been drawn to labyrinths. I seek them out everywhere I visit, and try to walk as many as possible on my trips. Surprisingly, there are quite a few spread around the land, you just have to inquire about them and seek them out. Many are tucked into church courtyards, college campuses, wellness centers, backyards, and other unexpected places. Why walk a labyrinth? Seekers have been walking them for thousands of years. They can serve as a symbol of a greater traditional spiritual pilgrimage: The Via Dolorosa, The Holy Land, Mecca, and Camino de Santiago, Chartres (and other great cathedrals). I walk to quieten my mind, resolve inner conflict, find clarity and direction, and to listen for that still, small voice. And sometimes I walk with no agenda–just meander along a travelled path. I am so fortunate to have a mate who supports my whims and wishes and helps make them realities. Shout-out to Chuck!
I turned 51 this past Monday! I celebrated at my favorite coffee shop with a vegan chocolate chip muffin and golden latte. I spent the day working on an essay for an… (*read on below for my happy news!)
We recently spent a long weekend in the North Carolina mountains and chased waterfalls. We visited seven in three days! Thrilling!! I will probably devote a future blog post to some of the glorious photographs I took and our experience. If you’re in the area and want suggestions for a few waterfalls to visit, I wrote this piece that might help:
And I have some happy news to share…
*I applied to Orion Magazine’s Environmental Writing Workshop at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. I was accepted into the workshop, and am beyond excited! Orion is my favorite magazine, and I’ve been a devoted reader for years. Orion explores the themes of nature, culture, and place. Its mission is one I believe in and want to be part of: Orion magazine invites readers into a community of caring for the planet. Through writing and art that explore the connection between nature and culture, Orion inspires new thinking about how humanity might live on Earth justly, sustainably, and joyously.
Check it out. I think many of my readers will love it as much as I do:
And since I leave very soon and will have limited computer access, I won’t be on my website much. I hope to hear from you and what you are up to this first day of summer (or depending where you live, winter [Hi, Pauline!]), and I will respond in the next couple of weeks. Thank you all for traveling this writer/life journey with me. We are all fellow pilgrims, no matter which path we choose. I am grateful.