by Eric Alan

September 23, 2022

Today is the 100th anniversary of someone’s father’s birth. It’s inevitable, given the number of the people on the planet, and the passage of time. This morning also marks a century since the wedding of another’s mother, and countless other moments of personal significance unnoticed by written history. Time is reliable, if relentless.

 

My own father would’ve reached the century mark recently, had he lived… READ MORE

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by Eric Alan

August 13, 2022

One simple swim in a summer lake returns depth to my perspective. In mountain water under a wild sky, my reasons for living gratefully are instantly as clear as the water. It’s not a discovery, just a returning to center. It’s not a leaving behind of stress, as much as an arrival.

 

It reminds me of what a friend once told me, after arriving at a hot springs health sanctuary where I was then living. She… READ MORE

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by Eric Alan

July 08, 2022

Two summers ago, I stood with a friend by the McKenzie River, canning tomatoes and making applesauce, watching the graceful water. We were oblivious to the coming conflagration. Only one week later, fire would destroy his house among hundreds, along with the sheltering forests.

 

Returning this year on a chilly spring day, it felt strange to intentionally build a fire where houses and forests burned. Even… READ MORE

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