Rabbit Games in the Misty Moonlight

When I was a young woman, my mother and I were pulling into our driveway in the Indiana woods when, a ring of rabbits emerged from the mist, next to the driveway under the trees. There were perhaps thirty of them equally spaced from the others. The rabbits took turns hopping into and out of […]

Jazz Birds

I love hearing songbirds in the mornings in Berkeley and I welcome being awake at five in the morning to experience the full swell. I’ve camped out often and traveled extensively, and I’ve never heard anything like what I did every morning for nearly a week at Humbolt Redwoods State Park, on an early July […]


One day in rural Alabama, I was walking along the trail by the creek in the dark, alone, in the woods, using no flashlight, miles from our house. I like to interact with nature on its own terms. I saw mysterious lights in the distance down the trail and I sat down on a tiny […]

The Crime of Illness in a New Age Family

While terms like “transformative,” “integral,” and “evolutionary” now prevail, in the 1970s and ’80s, and a while in the ’90s, “New Age” and “New Thought” were the common terms and many said them without scorn. My father wouldn’t have called himself New Age because of the associations with going feral, having wild fun, wearing non-traditional […]