Flying Up Moon

The moon in August is known as “Flying Up Moon”.  This time when young birds are trying their wings and practicing flying is ripe with lessons for the thoughtful observer.  As I watch, I am reminded of how important it must be for birds to know that they are birds....

Reciprocity of Summer

Berry picking in the summer was about more than nutrition and medicines.  In fact, the old people tell me that the bonds forged between the young girls and the elders during this activity formed the backbone of the community.  The positive energy, laughter and deep...

Summer is for Community

 The old people remind me that community isn’t something they were taught.  They were not told to gather wood or light a fire, but they gathered wood and lit fires to help each other feel warmth.  Summer is a time of abundance and work, but our love and respect...

Sacrifice and Gratitude

Summer was a time when traditionally, families work together to harvest fish in nets and then spend hours processing and smoking them.  The fish would be used for long paddles, winter stores or income and the time spent working together served to build and strengthen...

To Hear the World Grow

A Summer full of growth and connections can fly by in a blur.  I am told that if we learn to sit with the world in such a way that we can come to hear the creaking of the raspberry branches as they bend under the weight of the developing fruit, then we will have...