Full sun, water when dry

After ten years living in the Southern Arizona desert and two in the mild urban Pacific Northwest, I had forgotten about snow. Well, not forgotten exactly. There had been flurries here and there, and a few times,  fat, wet flakes that sank into the damp ground as they fell. It was mostly for decoration, it... Continue Reading →

cycles

Life isn't flat and consistent, things are always in flux: Once in a while, I get a crappy night's sleep. I wake up over and over, I toss and turn, and nothing seems to help me drift off. It's frustrating and confusing, since I'm normally a great sleeper, until I remember: it's the moon. For... Continue Reading →

stoking fire

Listen, it's cold. It's rainy. It's really dark, both literally and metaphorically. And the best antidote I can think of to cold, wet, and dark is FIRE. Maybe it's because I'm an Aries, but I love the heat and glow. So, aside from breaking out the matches, how can we stoke fire during the dark... Continue Reading →

this time of year. . .

This time of year, I see a lot of patients who just. . . don't feel good. Do i have mono? they ask, is it my thyroid? is there something wrong with my stomach? and yes, a few folks do have something going on, but most of us (yes, us) don't need a medical diagnosis... Continue Reading →

Strategies for SAD

SAD. I haz it. Well, I have had it, anyway. After a few decades of dreadful winters in Philly, Ohio, and Boston, I lived in Arizona for 10 years, and not by accident. Longer days and plenty of sunshine are good for me. So my recent relocation to Portland, OR, was a little scary. I... Continue Reading →

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