Recent Posts by Elke Macartney

Death and Rebirth

The evidence of possible new life is everywhere in our Pacific Northwest valley: Muddy daffodil fields already show green stubby evidence of the yellow beauties' arrival in March. Tundra and trumpeter swans have gray cygnets foraging with their parents. I too feel the stir of the new with a new book project and a new…
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Room for spirit

I call them Spirit trees: Usually cedars, they are hollowed out by  fire or disease or age. And yet, they keep growing. It is absolutely an amazing sight. I call them spirit trees, because in place of the core that once was there, there is now spirit. This old fella is probably a hundred years…
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Still here.

Yep, that is an untouched-up, bed + hat + Zumba hair, no makeup morning picture of me. Before I sat down to write this post, I grabbed my phone and asked my husband to snap a pic of my barely awake self for this reason—it is authentication of this truth: I am still here. Despite…
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Winter Solstice: retrieving our light

There are a lot of myths and legends and sacred or profane stories involved with this time of year. For instance, a bit  of the sacred from Joseph Campbell, who was an expert in the influence of myths on our lives: "The night of December 25, to which date the Nativity of Christ was ultimately…
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