pink ribbons aren’t the problem

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pink ribbons aren’t the problem

I have to keep reminding myself – pink ribbons aren’t the problem. There are plenty of good things being done to help people with breast cancer through the sale of pink ribbon merchandise, or fun runs swathed in pink tulle. But – it isn’t all good! Pinkwashing is a real thing, and it makes me […]

almost perfect

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almost perfect

It feels like forever since I’ve written anything. Almost perfect, but not quite. That’s one of the lines that kept popping into my head this past week. Almost perfect, but not quite. And: There’s a bear in there, in the Frigidaire. Somehow I’m stuck on Shel Silverstein. As I cleaned and painted our condo for […]

freaks

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freaks

If given the choice between hanging out in the yard with a cool drink all day and being dragged along on a bunch of tedious errands that didn’t concern me at all, I’d choose to be left alone in the yard any day. But my freaks – my crazy mutts – don’t think the way […]

uprooted

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uprooted

I spent what felt like a long time untangling jasmine vines today. They’ve been growing and twining up the patio for several years, longer than I’ve lived here, but we want to bring them along. I tried to be gentle, but almost immediately my hands were sticky with their sap. The newest growth was supple […]

just a rumor

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just a rumor

I just found a quote that sums up the ineffable feeling I’ve had of late – of how thoughts that I thought I knew or believed, or really wanted to believe, weren’t really real for me until now. Now I feel it in my body, and so I know I know. It isn’t faith or […]

barefoot

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barefoot

I really prefer being barefoot, at least at home. I wear the most minimal of shoes the rest of the time.  I don’t have anything against shoes, other than they feel a bit confining. They are useful. The natural world is plenty dangerous for tender soles – thorns, rocks, bees. Then add manmade hazards – burning […]

distilled sunshine

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distilled sunshine

I’m still pondering the conundrum of how to restructure my website. Three natures – body, mind, spirit. But also the three natures within myself – the peaceful one, the angsty one, and the observer. And my observer self doesn’t really see a conflict between the peaceful one and the angsty one anymore. But it is […]

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 […]