Immense. Expansive. Transformational.

Immense. Expansive. Transformational.

A few months ago can feel like a lifetime. Settled into a shrine room with sixty other humans to sit in silence for a week. Then comes life. The hassles. The hustle. The micro and macro dramas come up. While…

The Wilderness is Not Your Happy Place

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…

A Moment to Pause

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…

Gary Snyder's 'Riprap'

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…