Sometimes you have to pause and reflect.

Sometimes you have to pause and reflect. Intense travel can wear you down. A rainy day makes the perfect excuse to chill, and get the creative juices flowing. #writerslife #singapore #travel

The Wilderness is Not Your Happy Place

What determines our happiness? A sunny day? A good meal? The warm embrace of a close friend? What if I challenged your notion of happiness? What if I told you that allowing the weather, the quality of a meal, or…

Meditation is Not a Verb

Meditation is not a verb. It’s not something you do. It’s a noun. You do nothing. No reference point. Just Sit. #meditation #buddha #buddhism #singapore

A Moment to Pause

Slowing Down Reminds of Us of Our Responsibility in Nature and to Those Around Us I was raised in the Shunock River watershed of coastal Connecticut before moving to mid- coast Maine in my teens, eventually settling in the Monadnock…

Life Lessons from Being (Not) Lost in the Woods

My grandfather used to say, “I’ve never been lost in the woods. I was confused for a couple of days, once – but never lost.” Anyone who knows me well knows I have an uncanny sense of direction. Maybe I…

Stop Being "Good"

In our house we have a rule: You can’t use a four letter word to describe your day. When we gather at the dinner table and someone asks about your day you better not say “good”, “fine”, or “okay”. Even…

Gary Snyder's 'Riprap'

Gary Snyder’s “Riprap” paper by Marc Patterson “Lay down these words Before your mind like rocks. placed solid, by hands” The foundation of poetry, and the essence of the natural world, is found in the carefully placed language of Gary…