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  • Speaking of Silence | Hitchhiking to Heaven

    Speaking of Silence

    The silence spoke loudly of silence, and the rivers kept speaking, of rivers, of boulders and air.
    (Jane Hirshfield, “On The Fifth Day”)

  • Raindrops || Hitchhiking to Heaven

    Why Today Was Good

    It rained this afternoon and I went for a walk. I saw five ospreys hunting. Two reached down and pulled silver fish from beneath the green scarf of the lake. There were…

  • Walk, with crow

    When Things Change

    I’ve been surprised by many things in the past few weeks. For one thing, I am surprised by the number of people diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who think it’s good…

  • The leaves are green
    Garden, Words


    Today on Facebook, a good friend who is caught in deep winter asked her friends for a story “about how outside their door the sun is warm, the leaves are green, and…

  • redwood_trees

    The Little Sound

      Be a person here. Stand by the river, invoke the owls. Invoke winter, then spring. Let any season that wants to come here make its own call. After that sound goes…

  • abbotts_lagoon


    Down near the bottom of the crossed-out list of things you have to do today, between “green thread” and “broccoli” you find that you have penciled “sunlight.” Resting on the page, the…

  • Sunrise, Big Sur Coast

    Happy New Year

    With wishes for joy, prosperity, and an abundance of love and friendship in 2012.

  • Tux the Pigeon || Hitchhiking to Heaven
    Birds, Words

    Letting Birds Be Birds

    I’m not in the habit of committing copyright violations, but I had to post this picture I snapped of my favorite postcard. The photograph was taken by Martine Franck in Nepal in…

  • Whale Tail

    Happy Birthday, Mo

    March 19 is a very special day. It’s Mo’s birthday! Okay, so it’s my birthday, too. But for several years, I was blessed to share this day with Ms. Moreka Jolar in…