by Eric Alan

November 26, 2022

I stand in awe of the flexibility of leaves. They unfurl their tender green without the rigid encumbrance of bones. Yet from the outset, they have the strength to dance in wind, to carry rain, to live in vulnerability and openness beyond fear. They’re flexible in color too, as they shift their bright hues through the course of seasons. They offer no resistance to the changes—even in letting go, when each does a dance as… READ MORE

 
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by Eric Alan

October 19, 2022

Maple leaves and metaphors fall to the forest floor, as October’s annual ritual of letting go arrives. Yes, time to release to the soil all that no longer serves. Autumn offers the perfect frame for that, in the woods and inner life.

 

Yet along with the letting go, there is new growth and grace. When the fall rains arrive in the Oregon forests, the living colors of earth are immediately refreshed. With… READ MORE

 
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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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