When the rain falls

  As the rain fell steadily, soaking the earth, I watched the season tilt towards winter and thought of Irihapeti.   Twenty years earlier, we sat in her Wellington garden, talking of grief and how it so often accompanies the midlife crossing.  She was...

Crossing the threshold

Crossing the threshold

Every season takes us across a threshold, where we leave behind what we have known and shift into something new. In this time of the pandemic, other thresholds present themselves as well. Today, on the edge of winter and the storytelling season, I have a story for...

Season of Remembrance

  The wooden bin in the Department Store was full of rag dolls, each one the size of a small child. The dolls had smiling faces, woollen hair that could be plaited or teased apart, and limbs that could be easily arranged.   I smiled too as I picked one up...

Let nature hold you

Let nature hold you

    Have you noticed the health of the earth right now? Smog has lifted from the cities, discharge has eased off in the waterways, and C02 emissions are dramatically reduced worldwide.   Many people have reported an increase in bird song as cities have...

When your world changes

When your world changes

  Two weeks ago I was striding along a coastal walkway, looking out over a sparkling sea, feeling free and expansive. I had just planted autumn kale and spinach in my bach garden and had the soil ready for the next stage of broad beans and carrots.   Two...

Ngāhuru – Harvest

Ngāhuru – Harvest

The woman sitting next to me at the concert pulled a paper bag out of her handbag. 'Would you like two pears from my tree?'  This was rather surprising, first as I knew her only slightly and hadn't seen her for two decades. Second, we were sitting on pews in a church...

How seasons change-2

How seasons change-2

    How do how seasons change? Once again we are entering a period of transition: summer to autumn in the southern hemisphere, winter to spring in the north. What is your idea about how seasons change? I notice that a lot of people think of seasonal change...

Seasons Newsletter: Balancing extremes

Seasons Newsletter: Balancing extremes

    As the season changes towards First Fruits, how do you balance extreme realities? — the inert face of parched earth with the juiciness of ripe stone fruits and berries?   (If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, read on, because extremes can also be...

Be Sustained 2020

Be Sustained 2020

Have you drawn closer to nature over summer?   I certainly have, and I'm aware of what a beneficial effect this has had on my health and wellbeing in these troubled times. Finding the wonder in nature each day has enlivened my relationship with the natural world....

Solstice blessing 2019

Solstice blessing 2019

    Solstice Blessing   May you cherish your loved ones May you cherish the earth May you cherish your own dear self   As the wheel turns at Solstice   Amidst the busyness, remember to slow down, breathe, and open to blessings.  ...

Time for Trees (2)

Time for Trees (2)

    Have you ever sat in silence in a forest? If so, you may have noticed how full of change it is. The moment to come is different from the moment just passed. Wind stirs the air and shakes the leaves, creating sounds that shift and change. Light comes and...

Watching the wind

  Do you gnash your teeth and snarl at those windy days when gusts and gales whistle and howl around your house and down the chimney, when they blow so fiercely that if you venture outside, you are immediately thrown off balance?   Do you find yourself...

Make way for Persephone!

  I was surprised. She didn't want to be Persephone in the school play. I thought all the girls would have lusted after the part of the maiden, dancing with her friends amidst the spring flowers, her head crowned with a ring of blossoms. But not 11 year old Mira....

Which season is best for your new idea?

  So you have had a new idea? An inspiration has arrived out of the blue for something exciting that you would like to manifest.   Which season is best to support this emergence?   Before answering this question, let me tell you what’s new for me....

balance

balance

  Do you get frustrated — wanting to plan a weekend away and once again the weather is choppy? Wanting to take a long walk but the winds turn you back?   I find some of my frustration comes from an expectation that spring will turn into summer at any moment....

Bright festivals

    On a wet August morning last week, my readers surprised me. I had put a question to those who had come from the northern hemisphere to live here in Aotearoa New Zealand: 'What were the hardest things about adjusting to our southern seasons’?  ...

Sudden storm

Sudden storm

  The odd thing was that just a moment earlier I had driven into a quiet patch where the rain had stopped and the air was still. I flicked off my windscreen wipers and drove into a side street.     The next moment, in a blast from the skies, my little...

Missing Matariki

Missing Matariki

  It's June, and here in New Zealand an important event has occurred in the night sky: the return of Matariki, a beautiful star cluster that many will know by its European name: The Pleiades.   Matariki the wanderer dips above and below the horizon, teasing...

Dark by day, dark by night

Dark by day, dark by night

    Can you love the dark? Do you flinch from it or do you walk towards its enfolding embrace?   The winter quiet We have entered the six darkest weeks of the year (or the six brightest weeks if you are in the northern hemisphere, so here's something...

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