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I Bow Down to Your Beauty and Wisdom Mother Earth

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Blog 2018, Hiking, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on I Bow Down to Your Beauty and Wisdom Mother Earth

After attending a racial diversity conference on Thursday against the backdrop of two weeks of Senate confirmation hearings, during which the full scale ugliness of patriarchy was on display, I felt a call from the wilderness to go to a place of silence, to look within, and resolve any internal conflict and separation from life.  In order to serve others, sometimes we need to focus on our own self-care. We left the Denny Creek trailhead at 730am and hiked up towards Melakwa Lake amidst the colors of autumn.                                    ...

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Rooting out Patriarchal (White) Privilege

Posted by on Sep 29, 2018 in Blog 2018 | Comments Off on Rooting out Patriarchal (White) Privilege

I’ve been wondering about the attention I’ve devoted to following the rapidly changing news cycle surrounding the Senate confirmation hearings of Judge Kavanaugh. Am I merely addicted to the drama and spectacle? Or am I taking inventory, doing the necessary reflection and inner work that will lead to transformation and healing in the world? That’s the key question, especially for any white men like me. Having attended an elite college in the late 70s and early 80s, and witnessed the drunkenness and debauchery of fraternity...

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Bailey Range Rescue

Posted by on Sep 2, 2018 in Blog 2018, Stories | 4 comments

Olympic National Park, August 30, 2018. I was alone and cold. My shoes, and most of my gear were soaked. I was tired, lost, and had only a few ounces of water as I put on all my pile clothes and zipped up my sleeping bag over my head with a wool hat on. As I lay there shivering and wet, I contemplated my situation. Would my body warm up? Would the fog and clouds lift in the morning so that I could determine my location? I had just climbed up some very steep and sketchy terrain, pulling myself up by root and tree trunk, carefully selecting...

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Crisis Intervention and the Path to Freedom

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Blog 2018, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, Stories | Comments Off on Crisis Intervention and the Path to Freedom

“There is no path to peace, peace is the path.” Gandhi Reading the story of how one woman, tuned in to trauma dynamics, helped deescalate a hostage situation, brought back memories of my own brush with a potentially violent situation.  Unfortunately, the incident last week at a Trader Joe’s in California resulted in an innocent bystander shot by police, but the potential for peaceful resolution to conflict is always present when we tune into our innate compassion and sense of connection with others. I was on a train with my...

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Sol Duc

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Blog 2018, Environmental Healing, Hiking, Peace | Comments Off on Sol Duc

  Any wilderness journey is a story of contrasts – low and high, water, rock and snow, challenges and rewards. With a sense of deep reverence for the great circle of life, the elemental forces flowing into each other, we began our journey with a trip to the seashore. An eagle drifted over head as we departed the beach for the Sol Duc trail-head, the first of many auspicious signs.                                                   Thank you little frog for being here. I know not what your day looks like, where you get your food, where...

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A Little Beauty to Brighten Your World – Baldy

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Blog 2018, Hiking | 1 comment

At times, it can seem like these are dark times for those noble spirits endeavoring to work for peace and justice against the forces of greed, intolerance, ignorance and hate. It’s important to fill your cup on a regular basis, and drink from the fountain of life. In that spirit, I offer you these images from a July 1 hike up Baldy Mountain in the traditional Twana territory of the Coast Salish tribes. Yes – this is a steep trail, gaining 4500 feet from the Dungeness River trailhead to the top of Baldy (elevation 6800 feet). For...

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Something There Is That Doesn’t Love a Wall

Posted by on Jun 26, 2018 in Blog 2018, Peace | Comments Off on Something There Is That Doesn’t Love a Wall

Today, following the Supreme Court ruling which upheld Trump’s Muslim ban, our country has sunk to a new low, or rather, simply reaffirmed it’s racist history. Let there be no mistake, SCOTUS has followed in the shameful history of Dred Scott, the Chinese Exclusion Ban, Plessy vs. Ferguson, and the Korematsu decision which upheld the legitimacy of the Japanese Internment Act. Ironically, but cynically, Chief Justice Roberts today struck down the Korematsu decision, but by doing so, he gave political cover to today’s 5 to 4...

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My Chakras are Blocked, Can Acupuncture help?

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Blog 2018, Mind Body Medicine | Comments Off on My Chakras are Blocked, Can Acupuncture help?

I frequently get questions about whether acupuncture can help certain conditions. In general, the answer is usually yes, with some caveats.  The number one reason people seek acupuncture is to alleviate pain. Acupuncture works great for that. In my own case, I had reconstructive knee surgery in 1990. Afterwards, the surgeon said that out of 100 knee surgeries he had performed, mine had the most post-operative swelling. Someone suggested that I see an acupuncturist – both for the pain and the swelling – and despite having a...

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Respect the Earth: Don’t Cut Switchbacks!

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Blog 2018, Environmental Healing, Hiking | Comments Off on Respect the Earth: Don’t Cut Switchbacks!

The wooded trails of Mount Si are among the most heavily used in the entire state. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a treasure in the backyard of Seattle. I’ve climbed the old trail up Mount Si probably 40 times. Towards the top of the trail before it intersects with the standard route at the ridge line, there is a gentle switchback that has had an ugly cut through for as long as I can remember. Professional trail crews build switchbacks on trails for a couple of reasons. They help moderate the grade of the trail and make it...

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Earth Day Mount Si

Posted by on Apr 22, 2018 in Blog 2018 | Comments Off on Earth Day Mount Si

Mount Si is not considered a special hike by many. Many abhor the crowds, and today people were out in numbers. I like solitude in nature, but it’s inspiring to see so many people getting in touch with nature, getting exercise and feeling alive and touching the Earth. I took the Old Trail up Mount Si, through Boulder Garden. I left the parking lot at 7am and was on top of the Haystack at 903am, where I found a sunny ledge out of the wind and admired the world below and all around for a while. On the descent, I stopped at a switchback...

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