After Midnight in Denali

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It was just a matter of time before the subject of riding a motorcycle to Alaska came up for consideration. For those of us who do motorcycle touring, it’s the equivalent of climbing Mt. Rainier due to the distances involved, the poor road conditions on the Alaska Highway, the remoteness, the weather, the mosquitoes, etc. I think few people call climbing Rainier fun. They do it for the experience, the adventure, the sense of accomplishment and the stories they get to tell afterwards. If they have fun along the way, that’s icing on the cake. Riding to Alaska is much the same. You have to have a high adventure drive, a good sense of humor and the ability to be flexible. So after months of research and planning with my brother, Paul, we pack up and take off with two of our riding buddies, Jeff and Trevor.

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A Brutish Lout

Inga and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with friends this year here in Seattle. Before eating, we conversationally covered a lot of ground, from encounters with wildlife, to a study that measured the attunement of plants to human emotions, to vegetarianism. The mention of deer and plants caused me to remember a healing I had experienced about 25 years ago. My grandparents had asked me to come stay at their home in Northern Wisconsin over the Thanksgiving weekend while they were out of town on vacation. Read the rest of this entry »


What A Year It Has Been

Well, what a year it has been, eh? It certainly has been rich with challenges and blessings for me. I’ve been through so much this year that I had to sit down and chart it out to reflect properly on it all. Here’s a summary of what I came up with: Read the rest of this entry »


Money In The Fridge

Hows this for gratitude?

The strange happenings continue at our house. I opened the refrigerator to check the beer supply after our last open house only to find it fairly decimated and much to my surprise, a defaced ten dollar bill. Grateful guest? Mischievous elemental? Lord knows around here. Stuff has been disappearing and reappearing quite a bit lately. Read the rest of this entry »


Building Sand Castles On The Beach

I’ve been recently discussing transits with a close friend as she’s been enduring some trying times. She is a very optimistic person and I watch her enthusiastically scanning the transit report for any signs of support for what she wants to have happen in her life at this time. When she finds validation, and she does as synchronicity is at work here, she then proceeds to make plans and set a deadline. Invariably, she comes to see me to report her frustration that the plans did not come to fruition once again. I empathize with her. Read the rest of this entry »


Freya, The Norse Goddess of Love

Freyas photo in the adoption ad

We have a new family member, a four legged and furry one. It always happens shortly after the loss of a family member to old age or sickness, despite our fervent protestations that it will not. We start talking about how it will be nice to have a smaller family; a less stress and work sort of thing. Sounds good logically but apparently, our hearts never agree. And so, the Universe and our higher selves conspire and next thing you know, along comes a synchronistic event for us to recognize and then make a choice about whether or not to act on it. Read the rest of this entry »


Mary Baker Duncan

Mary Baker Duncan was born on an April afternoon in 1986 on the patio outside our trailer in Tucson, one kitten in a litter of 5. When we moved into this trailer park, we began feeding the many strays and we became especially close with a female cat that we named Branwen, also known as Brownie. When we noticed that she was pregnant, I built her a little cat house in the hopes that she’d choose to deliver her babies in it and that we could help keep them safe in this rough and tough neighborhood. Read the rest of this entry »