Eric Alan | Celebrate What's Right With the World

by Eric Alan

February 16, 2019

I’ve come to celebrate winter rather than resist it, which has enlivened my love for the entire cycle of seasons. I love winter’s long nights and their extended opportunities for rest and imagination. Storms encourage inner slowness and home time. Embracing that gives me the rejuvenation of hibernation. With every winter, I choose a creative focus, so that I’ll emerge into spring with something new to give and share. Doing… READ MORE

 
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by Eric Alan

January 19, 2019

December 31st along the Oregon coast, and the sun is completely committed to going down at the end of the day. It will not be deterred by what anyone may say, think, do, feel. The earth is equally committed to being here—to hosting sea, sand and all creatures who dwell on or within it. Earth persists in service and beauty even when we’re unskillful in returning that commitment, and our flawed efforts become brightly… READ MORE

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by Eric Alan

December 22, 2018

Animals make more trails than humans do, in the Oregon woods around our home. It’s easier to follow their paths in winter, even if snow hasn’t yet fallen. Mud carries marks of hooves and paws. Snow carries magic, though. Snow illuminates animal ways.

I love winter hikes along animal trails. Most undergrowth has fallen away. Blackberry thorns persist, but poison oak has surrendered. I can scramble through untamed… READ MORE

 
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