Stories from the mountain.

Feb. 23, 2021

chosen family

In today's Wall Street Journal, they published a story about 'chosen families,' a term that originated in the gay community in the 70s & 80s. The writer got in touch with me via Twitter after I tweeted something about how important both my chose…

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This week wasn't all sunshine and rainbows for me. It was hard, for no particular reason and ALL of the reasons. I felt like I hit a wall of depression when I marked one year without seeing my parents. One year without any work in San Francisco. One…

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Jan. 29, 2021


We had a welcome surprise this week. :) Our 'mediterranean climate' doesn't often yield snow, but sometimes a burst of cold comes down from the north and turns everything white for a day or so and this week we had one of those. I grew up in New En…

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I hope you're all well and that the new year is all you hope for. It's a cold, grey Sunday here in Northern California, but there's a fire in the wood stove, and I've got the cabin to myself while Joe and Bodhi are off for a walk. I'm taking this …

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Jan. 19, 2021

time to reflect

Yesterday afternoon the sun came out and the temps were in the high 60s, so Joe and I took a walk up to the top of the hill to enjoy the weather and get some much-needed vitamin D. We talked about ways to make life and work better, our triggers for …

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Jan. 6, 2021

gratitude always helps

Yesterday morning, Bodhi came back from his morning rounds bleeding a little with a small flap of skin hanging off of his front leg. It looked like something the vet should have a look at, so we got an emergency appointment and piled into the car fo…

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Jan. 4, 2021

the rainforest is back

I know I talk a lot about it on the podcast, but the rain is so important here at the cabin. When it's in short supply, we have to ration our household water and irrigation. When it's flowing, it's more like living on the grid. Today, it's pouring …

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Making Listen To Sleep was one of my greatest joys in 2020. I met so many of you virtually via email and chatting on the patreon. I got to read some great (and maybe sometimes a little too sad) stories, and  it was the beginning of the guest ar…

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