I am a contemplative and an outdoor adventurer who finds life and inspiration exploring the expansive intersections between spirituality and physicality, solitude and community, silence and word. I make my home in the Pacific Northwest where my feet, skis, bicycles, and ferry boats afford the freedom to explore all manner of terrain across every season. Whether alone or in community, I listen for the heart of a place or a person and write about what I find there.
My love for words and poetry began in 2012 when I discovered the work of David Whyte. Whether reading poetry or prose, I find myself indebted to the wisdom and inspired by the beauty of words to reach down and touch the core of person. Words–and more, the authors who write them–have the capacity to companion with us as we navigate the ever-changing waters of our lives. Whyte says:
“Ambition takes willpower and constant applications of energy to stay on a perceived bearing; but a serious vocational calling demands a constant attention to the unknown gravitational field that surrounds us and from which we recharge ourselves, as if breathing from the atmosphere of possibility itself. A life’s work is not a series of stepping-stones, onto which we calmly place our feet, but more like an ocean crossing where there is no path, only a heading, a direction, in conversation with the elements.” (Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words)
It has taken me years (and will surely take many more) to learn to listen and attend to this gravitational field that surrounds us. I am convinced that we are created for this very passage into the unknown which challenges us to our core, but which simultaneously, invites a quality of joy and aliveness that could not exist outside of the conversational journey.