Category Archives: Equinox

Spring 2017 Equinox Newsletter

These days, Mother Earth tilts, once again, in near perfect balance during her graceful spin around the sun. Here are some thoughts on living with another kind of balance, hidden in competing realms of formal and informal power. Let’s begin … Continue reading

Fall 2016 Equinox Newsletter

Years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal, I often observed, during early morning hours, village people sitting quietly in front of their homes, wrapped in blankets, staring into the mist-covered mountains. There was acknowledgment for the gift of … Continue reading

Spring 2016 Equinox Newsletter

This morning, like many of you, I turned a faucet on in our kitchen and welcomed a stream of fresh, clean water. Not so for a majority of our planet’s inhabitants. And not so, catastrophically, for citizens of Flint, Michigan. … Continue reading

Fall 2015 Equinox Newsletter

A few weeks ago, four days after the fall equinox, the earth tilting in delicate balance between darkness and light, my wife and I strolled one early evening across a parking lot, returning from a student art show at our … Continue reading

Spring 2015 Equinox Newsletter

Seasonal Notes from the Cedar Tree Institute Our brains are changing. Literally. Neural circuits and synapses are adapting to new kinds of input. Marvels of technology are replacing daily newspapers; live-streaming newscasts and Twitter feeds from around the planet now … Continue reading

Fall 2014 Equinox Newsletter

Seasonal Notes from the Cedar Tree Institute Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula is a place of rugged, tragic beauty. Forests and rock-cliffed shorelines point north, like some oversized finger, into the vast expanse of Lake Superior. Once a site for thriving copper … Continue reading

Spring 2014 Equinox Newsletter

Seasonal Notes from the Cedar Tree Institute Judith Orloff, a psychiatrist and healer, insightfully points out the importance of what she calls “The Golden Stitch.” She’s referring to unnoticed acts of grace and kindness, courage and beauty that, when all … Continue reading

Fall 2013 Equinox Newsletter

Seasonal Notes from the Cedar Tree Institute I’m sitting at a table in the Falling Rock Café, an old wood-framed bookstore a block or two from a harbor in a sleepy mill town 40 miles east of Marquette. Townsfolk, university … Continue reading

Spring 2013 Equinox Newsletter

Seasonal Notes from the Cedar Tree Institute One blustery, overcast winter afternoon I sat with a retired Roman Catholic Bishop in his modest, comfortable, wood-paneled office. We talked about traditions of recognizing and blessing saints, acknowledging individuals who once lived … Continue reading

Spring 2012 Equinox Newsletter

Seasonal Notes from the Cedar Tree Institute Recently a group of us visited the Hannahville Indian Reservation. We were planning an upcoming native plants restoration project when our host made a passing casual remark about the community’s upcoming Bear Feast. … Continue reading