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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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Quinault Rain Forest – Pony Bridge

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in Blog 2018, Hiking | Comments Off on Quinault Rain Forest – Pony Bridge

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flower rocks for buddha; a collection of essays, dreams, word plays & borrowed wisdom

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Blog 1999, Mind Body Medicine, Peace, Stories | Comments Off on flower rocks for buddha; a collection of essays, dreams, word plays & borrowed wisdom

Everything depends on good motivation. (His Holiness the Dalai Lama) The unexamined life is not worth living. (Henry David Thoreau) Wild West Wanderings August 1989.  Cape Scott. One Hundred tiny shorebirds skim the wavetops as one.  They veer into the diamond reflections, their wings flash white, and vanish.  Many sacrifices were made to arrive here, at the continent’s edge, the place of inner beauty and silent knowing. It has been nearly five years since I sat in a windowless conference room, behind a closed door, facing my supervisor in...

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Radical Dharma

Posted by on Mar 17, 2018 in Blog 2018, Mind Body Medicine, Race | 2 comments

Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams is a jewel. Radical Dharma is the title of her latest book which I look forward to reading. Today I attended her workshop on Radical Dharma. Here are my (white) person thoughts: Dharma is a Sanskrit word which can be roughly translated as “the teaching of Buddha” for a Buddhist, or more generically as “truth”, or perhaps “profound spiritual truth”, or “that which awakens and liberates”. Buddhists learn about Dharma in the context of the Four Noble Truths taught by...

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Climate Change and Faith

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Blog 2018, Blog: 2013, Environmental Healing, Peace | 1 comment

On March 14, local faith leaders participated in a discussion organized by FACT – Faith Action Climate Team, a King County Interfaith Group working on climate issues.  We began by acknowledging that climate change is undeniable. Scientists have near unanimous agreement on this, though “merchants of doubt” representing the profiteers of fossil fuel corporations have cynically manufactured controversy by sowing misinformation that has effectively blocked a full scale climate response. The challenges of discussing climate...

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Umtanum Canyon and Ridge

Posted by on Mar 11, 2018 in Blog 2018, Hiking | Comments Off on Umtanum Canyon and Ridge

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