Mythology: Why Tarweed was a Good Idea

Another in my series of Sonoma Stories: mythology for a sacred landscape of meaning. It was summer, and the great Sun was in love. He stretched his warm arms down to stroke the soft green of Sonoma's belly, and everywhere he touched the grass grew tall, the leaves spread wide for him.  How he loved her! He couldn't …

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Mythology: Salmon’s Revenge

Another in my series of Sonoma Stories: mythology for a sacred landscape of meaning. Around here, before the Lost People pushed their way in and started building cities, this used to be Bear country.  Bear's still here, but she keeps to the hills and doesn't come down around the valleys so often now.  Before we …

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Pilgrimage Hiking

Walking in nature is a very healthy thing to do. It's exercise, it fills your lungs with good air and your eyes with beauty, it reduces stress and blood pressure and depression. It is a sacred activity and, all by itself, constitutes an "informal" Atheopagan ritual. This article is about adding a symbolic, ritual dimension …

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