Radical Rest

Radical Rest

Most of us do not rest enough. Most of us need more rest. And by “rest,” I mean more than your standard 8-hours-of-sleep. I mean rest. Quiet. Stoppage. Retreating within. Unfortunately, our days, our reputations, our self-worth is in many ways based upon...
How Alone Is Alone?

How Alone Is Alone?

Last night, I met a friend for dinner. She told me she thought about cancelling beforehand because she’d been such a recluse lately, but decided not to because she thought I’d be upset if she did. (I would have understood.) Recluse. Alone. Solitary. We...
On An Island

On An Island

I am on an island. Not figuratively. Literally. I am on an island. Said island is not exactly in the middle of nowhere, but away from most somewheres I know. No cars on this island, you need your own boat or a water taxi to get here. Nothing commercial on the island,...
Long Beautiful Hair

Long Beautiful Hair

I come from a family of hair people. Hair is one of our things. It’s important. We have lots of it, always long. I grew up with stories of my grandmother having her head crudely and painfully shaved when she arrived at Auschwitz. I grew up with a mother who put...