Shintoism & Reverence in Nature

shintoism, religion, spirituality

Shintoism, to me, is best described as the religion of Hayao Miyasaki’s animé — of ancient forest, of swift river, and of plump purple friend or yellow-red fanged foe walking through forest, swimming across river.  Shintoism, to me, is the candied knowledge that the natural world is synonymous with the spiritual world and should be […]


A vision of how wilderness has become the same as rarity. From “H is for Hawk,” a book to read in spread out installments so as to prevent contagion from its sustained melancholy. But, to read, nonetheless.

Ode to DC: Sirens and Cherry Blossoms

While in Washington DC last week I had a chance to witness the cherry blossoms in full bloom. Here they are on tape, where they speak for themselves. The sirens wailing in the background are intentional. DC feels empty without them.

Jelly Fish Poem

I caught a jellyfish floating in a sultry jellyfish way. Click here to watch the Jelly Fish Poem unfold.

Point Lobos Poetry

I hiked Point Lobos National Park, just south of Monterey, California, last Saturday. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful national parks in all of the naturally well-endowed state, and rightly so. Please see, and hear, the video poems I took. Both “Sea Lion Poem” and “Point Lobos Ocean Rock Poem” can […]

It Existed

This post was written from Roldanillo, Colombia, a tiny town toward the west of the country.  I was there all week attending the Colombian Women Poets Festival for the first time ever. So I had time for a quick post featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand, taken a few months ago in a páramo, a cloud forest located […]

Sitting Pretty

My husband has to travel for work fairly often, and I am lucky enough that I usually get to tag along. When I accompany him on his trips, I know I will end up being a co-pilot of sorts, which I actually enjoy. But, this means I won’t be lounging in a coffee shop with […]

The Social Worker, the Monkey and You

Mark Strand is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former U.S. Poet Laureate. As such, he gets to be offensive, like he is in the poem above. In all fairness, though, he is offensive to everyone. And funny. Plus, Strand must include himself in the laughable equation as he is the one recording it. I place him as […]

Not again

Taken at 11,480 feet above sea level, this photo joins two unexpected sights: a most casual Mark Strand poem and a huge boulder covered in minute bright red moss. Read La Calera 2013 Related articles Lunch in the pueblo (

El Dorado, unwakened

The silver blue horizontal slice between the mountains in the picture above is Colombia’s Guatavita Lake, better known as El Dorado. The legend that its bottom is heavy with treasure arose when the conquering Spaniards learned that the then-native Chibchas sunk gold there as an offering to the gods. The actual gold found at Guatavita […]

Charles Dickens starts an inside joke

So begins former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand’s book of poems titled Almost Invisible. It is the sort of quote that lingers in the back of your mind, the sort of quote you will actually remember at an opportune time, but, sadly, the sort of quote that requires some form of introduction. And this introduction […]