Cabin Stories

Cabin 10: inspiration

August 31, 2018

If the mycorrizhae can do it, so can I. If I can do it, so can we. White filaments just under the surface of a healthy forest floor that connect plant roots to nutrients, and also to one another.  Like the internet, but infinitely more healthy. We do the same thing, we humans, with music. […]

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Cabin 9: around the dented corner

August 28, 2018

For those of you who have endured the mess described in the past few posts, I salute you. It’s not easy to travel with someone who finds herself on a foggy path of confusion and vulnerability, and stay with it. My pain is no more or less important than anyone’s; we all deal with terrible […]

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Cabin 8: Response-able

August 27, 2018

All’s well that ends well A comforting thought which all too often loses its deeper reference point when used, finger-waggingly, as an I told you so. All situations, human and otherwise, are complex and so fundamentally unknowable. Platitudes and clichés can function as important touchstones that evoke deeper wisdom.  They can also be poorly applied, like […]

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Cabin stories 7: Resistance

August 25, 2018

“What you resist will persist” This was scrawled and partially obscured at the top of a dry-erase board, in a kitchen briefly visited. One of the most popular clichés of our time, it’s a fine example of backyard philosophy. Not subtle, but pithy. Useful, in a pinch. If you write it down in your kitchen, […]

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Cabin stories 6: learning human

August 22, 2018

There is not a tree here the species books would call perfect. They are bent and twisted, storm-broken and shallow-rooted. They share a mere skiff of soil, what sunlight they can reach and make the best of what they have. Ironwood, cedar, birch are the oldest. Sapling maple and ash have found space too, and […]

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