Hello, Mama!

—From EF— Today, at last, we could visit Mama Ocean again, up close and personal. Back at the end of March all of the parking along Sonoma County’s gorgeous ocean access sites was blocked off—too many people, many of them coming from distances, crammed the sand...

An Irrelevancy . . .

—From CB— It’s my week to write our blog (which we alternate with) and I knocked it off by Wednesday. Then the week started happening. Along with the usual madness, there was Chapter Nineteen of the pandemic, there was the killing and the riots, and to finish it off,...

The Memoir . . .

—From EF— I started this week’s blog, wrote a lot of it, and realized, hell no, that’s not right. I don’t want to say that. So I’m starting again. Lots of people say they’re suffering from Quarantine Brain. Hard to focus, distractable,...

Certainty . . .

—From CB— Facebook is fun. Apart from its many flaws, you learn things about your friends you’d never know. In the current crisis, I’ve learned this: The virus is real, it’s a global threat, the only hope is strict isolation. It’s no worse than seasonal flu. It’s a...

Mother’s Day

—From EF— It’s Mother’s Day, but which mother? I had a mother; three of them, in fact. I have a son and a daughter, so I am also a mother. The mother who gave me life could not keep me. The mother who raised me was childless. The person who gave me a...

Lost Love?

—From CB—  Hearing a country ballad about lost love, I say no, that’s you, that’s not me. I respect your tears and your wailing heart, but I’ve lived a different light. I’ve lived with one woman, losing and losing, finding and finding again. We found love in the cold...

Beltane . . .

—From EF— In a week, Beltane is coming, whether we like it or not. The sap of spring is running full, the blossoms are bursting, the bees are busy (thank you!) and the weeds are at eye level. We are sheltering in place, but Gaia is relentless in connecting us all....

Conspiracy . . .

—From CB— Not intending the following to deprecate all conspiracy theories—only the Total Absolute Certainty with which so many of those are stated. You may be dead right, but in my humble opinion, hours of googling videos on the Web does not constitute “research.”...

The Salt of Sorrow . . .

—From EF— I came in from my eight o’clock howl feeling, as usual, connected and purged. It’s a ritual not often honored in our contemporary lifestyle, to throw back your head and let pure sound come out, and the experience of hearing fellow humans from...

Who’s Responsible?

—From CB— A friend posed a serious Facebook question: Is God involved with suffering? My friend is an atheist, I’m a Neopagan/Unitarian/Quaker/Atheist with a statue of Dionysus on my altar—though neither of us being intrinsically anti-Christian. He asked for serious...