happy hibiscus

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happy hibiscus

As someone who is accustomed to four seasons, many of the plants that thrive in the Southern California climate (with irrigation, obviously) feel fantastical to me. Jacaranda trees that rain purple, giant succulents and birds of paradise. Flowers that never seem to stop blooming. Fluffy bottle brush trees. Most days I feel like I’m walking […]

three natures, naturally

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three natures, naturally

When I moved my domain from gogoshebogo.com to threenatures.com a couple of years ago, I had a clear idea of what I meant by three natures. At least in my head – I never managed to make it clear to anyone else. I have three Etsy shops, and I saw a correlation between the three […]

salt water cures all

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salt water cures all

I’ve always loved this quote. “The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears or the sea.” For the typical frustrations or challenges I encounter, salt water cures all – or at least it never makes it worse. Today, though – today the inadequacy of this formula was obvious. I sweated. I cried. I […]

wiiings

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wiiings

The last time I drank Red Bull was unintentionally, in a bar in Madrid. Rather than try to sleep for a couple of hours before my early departure, I figured I was just stay up all night and then sleep on the plane. That way, I wouldn’t be so jet-lagged when I landed. You know […]

phantom notes

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phantom notes

I couldn’t say no to a last-minute invitation to The Phantom of the Opera – even though the show was just a few hours after I attended an entirely different type of auditory performance. The first time I went to a singing bowls meditation, I felt really good – until a couple hours later, when I […]

a thousand words and pictures

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a thousand words and pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. It is often difficult to find the words needed to capture a feeling, an image, an experience. Sometimes it feels nearly impossible. Pictures, then, feel like a real time saver. Uh, don’t try to visualize what I’m […]

patently patient

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patently patient

When my dogs were young, I took them to obedience school. The wrong schools, as it turned out. The positive reinforcement school didn’t work out for rebellious young Ash, but would have been perfect for skittish Indigo. The strict disciplinarian class was totally opposite, but unfortunately Indigo was the one enrolled there. In both classes, […]

the stream

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the stream

Lazy day. The stream of consciousness is a strange place. I awoke from a long nap feeling like something therapeutic had just taken place. Healing dreams of skiing on freshly groomed runs – gathering speed while heading, confusingly, uphill. In theory, I’m awake now, but feel the inertia of rest more than the thrill of […]

no time for cameras

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no time for cameras

I bought a dry bag for my phone so I could take pictures from my paddle board. It is clear, so (in theory) you can operate the phone while it is sealed in the bag. I took it out for the first time earlier this week.  Almost immediately I realized that I don’t actually want to take […]