Equinox across the world

Equinox across the world

    I walked into a wind that was so strong it took all my strength to go forward. To my left, the sea was whipping up white horses. When I finally turned, it was a relief to feel the hand of the wind in the small of my back, helping me home. A black cloud...
Fresh start

Fresh start

Spring is here—Te Koanga—and with it, the chance to make a fresh start. Is there a fresh start calling you?     Maybe you’d like to freshen up your home, or a special relationship. Maybe you need to revive your energy and enthusiasm for life.   What...
Do  trees sleep?

Do trees sleep?

  What do trees and grizzly bears have in common? According to forester Peter Wohlleben, who wrote The Hidden Life of Trees, bears prepare for hibernation by eating and eating to grow fat and sustain themselves for months of sleep with no food. And would you...
Winter words

Winter words

Caught   I found a poem caught in a tree   fluttering like a leaf,   struggling to fly free     Oh kite of many colours, You strayed  into the season of stark   You must wait now for the season of flight     when the light...
Matariki today

Matariki today

As I’ve been walking the shoreline, clearing dead tomato stems from my garden, and gathering firewood in the bush, I’ve been pondering on this question:     Why is Matariki is the first Maori festival to be celebrated with enthusiasm by Pakeha...
Preparing for winter

Preparing for winter

    Does the idea of preparing for winter seem an odd concept to you? If it does, let me remind you that you may know more about this than you think. People have always prepared for winter through the acts of harvest, storage and containment.  ...