68 Degrees and a Slight Chance of Radioactive Rain

Animal skulls on a postIt all started when my teenage son came home from school telling me there was radioactive iodine in our milk. Leakage from the damaged nuclear power plants in Japan had reached the U.S. and radioactive iodine was being ingested by dairy cows not too far from our home.

A little bit of research quickly showed us that the risk to our family was likely very low, but the questions it raised in my mind extended far beyond milk. Continue reading

The Half Step Principle

Marge Hulburt starting down the Garden Wall TrailI was recently approached by someone who was interested in apprenticing with me. She was quite an accomplished person herself, and so when I accepted, I cautioned her that I may only be a half step ahead of her in the field. Her answer was, “That’s how it’s supposed to be.”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought it was best to learn from the experts, the ones who had seen and done it all.

Yet I have often heard that once we have mastered a particular skill, people will appear in Continue reading


A jar full of paint brushesVoices. I have so many voices in my head. Instead of just me, there is the child me, the adult me, the parent, the scientist, the healer, the poet, the visionary, the clown, and on and on. A friend of mine is fond of saying he has a whole committee in his head. Each of these voices can be called an archetype. In the book Sacred Contracts, medical intuitive Carolyn Myss has devised a methodology for discovering and working with the archetypes each of us has within us for growth and healing.   Continue reading

Adjectives & Adverbs: When in Doubt, Leave Them Out

Patterns of light on a wood floorMuch of the editing I do on a daily basis is cutting (to the manuscript, not the author). Cutting commas, repetitious wording, ideas that are simply restatements of the line before, the word “that,” and, yes, adjectives and adverbs.

The following paragraph is a made-up example of the kind of detailed writing favored by some authors. It is as if they want to make sure the reader understands exactly what they are saying, leaving nothing to chance. Here goes. . . Continue reading

Calculate your Life Purpose

Hands holding interesting shaped rocksSo, I was researching shamanic book websites yesterday in preparation for building a Word Press site for my book, Finding Eagle. One of the sites I visited was Dan Millman’s  PeacefulWarrior.com. I have a soft spot for Millman because I enjoyed his book The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, and a friend once told me that Millman’s writing reminds him of mine. (How kind.) Continue reading

“Quest” for the Perfect Blog

View of Lake McDonald from Going-to-the-Sun RoadLet me start by saying there are as many different kinds of blogs on the Internet as there are bloggers.

People use blogs to provide information, share experiences, entertain their friends, or post photos, videos, or creative writing. They use blogs to keep their websites current and active for SEO ranking, create content for affiliate marketing, or stay in front of customers. Blogs increase visibility. They provide a Continue reading