Seasons | Poetry

The Enchantment in Brevity

It is the season of migrantsflying at night feeling the turning earthbeneath them— W. S. Merwin, Echoing Light You feel it all happening quickly in October. The relentless, accelerating momentum of autumn. Change is quite literally in the air: Harvests and migrations, foliage and crispy air, all point to the shrinking daylight and collectively announcing…

Culture | Learning | Lifestyle | Personal Growth | Seasons

Crispy Days

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald Who says beginnings should be saved for New Year’s or spring? Every day offers the same opportunity for transformation. Aside from seasonal planting and certain outdoor sports, a crisp autumn day seems just as appropriate a time to change…

Travel | Exploration | Garden and Home | Lifestyle | Music | Personal Growth | Relationships

Torn Between Two Places

God it’s so painful when something that’s so closeIs still so far out of reach— Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, American Girl September conjures up images of red and gold leaves in crisp air. I thought of their possibility while sneaking another swim in water that believes it’s still summer. But what we linger on…

Poetry | Garden and Home | Nature | Seasons | Writing

A Garden Monk Sips Coffee

A monk sips morning tea,it’s quiet,the chrysanthemum’s flowering.— Matsuo Bashō The mornings are chilly again, and unlike Bashō’s poem, full of the sounds of squirrels gathering food and bickering about who gets what. The water is warmer than the air, for the sun is reluctant to stick around so long nowadays. The seasons are flipping,…

Garden and Home | Seasons | Stoicism

August Signals

Black-eyed Susan’s once again dominate, staking a claim on more of the garden every year if you let them. I mostly let them. They remind me of conversations with a favorite gardener who’s moved on, which means they’ll forever receive favorable treatment in my garden. Crickets receive no such favorable treatment, but we peacefully coexist…

Food | Seasons

Grilled Corn and Breaking Routines

For all the new experiences I seek in this world, for all the exotic foods I’ll willingly try at restaurants around the globe, I tend to stick with the greatest hits when cooking at home. Call it frugal, or boring, or maybe simply safe, but I mostly cook foods the way I know they’ll be…

Travel | Culture | Exploration | Food | Lifestyle | Writing

Finding Soulfulness in Inefficient Places

“Everything that feels soulful in life is inefficient. All the vacations that we find very soulful are inefficient places. The food that we really, really like and find soulful are inefficient to cook… maybe soulfulness is a function of chaos and inefficiency… It is impossible to imagine scaling in life without standardizing. And standardizing is…