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Silly Dogs and Sea Serenity

Places of worship are quiet places. That is, of course, they’re quiet once the crowd has departed, the organ has been silenced, and the cleaning crew has finished. Beaches on a winter’s day can be that way, too. But not today at Singing Beach, a short drive from my home outside Boston. Here the dogs […]

March 3rd

Mount Tamalpais Restoration and Renewal

Mount Tamalpais is a beautiful and spiritual landmark for northern Californians and visitors to the Bay Area. But few knew the story about how the military destroyed the mountain’s west peak in 1951 until The Invisible Peak brought the issue to life. Because of The Invisible Peak, a renewed spirit is growing on Mount Tamalpais’s and a better future […]

February 28th

A Moon Walk on a Winter Night

I read EdenKeeper’s article on Ma’yan Tikvah and Rabbi Allen’s nature chaplaincy and was curious. What did it mean to do your worshipping outdoors? I’ve always felt my best walking, with the sky above. I am an outdoor girl, definitely. Nature chaplaincy sounded like the experience for me. So, Sunday night I decided to meet […]

February 20th

Photos of Beautiful Buddhist Cave Temples

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship. While I’m a big fan of Emerson, I find myself disagreeing with this quote a bit. It seems to assert that only through a love of nature can you learn to appreciate the divine. I think you can […]

February 17th

Photos of Churches That Connect the Spirit With Nature

People visit churches to be inspired; to feel connected to something bigger than their ordinary lives. That connection can come from the sermons, or the strength of the congregation, or the prayers, or the music. Or sometimes it can come from the architecture of the church itself. Modern architects have recognized the power in connecting […]

January 23rd

Embracing the Dark on the Winter Solstice

I spent Saturday night walking around in the dark. In honor of the Winter Solstice, the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy hosted a night hike in the Presidio of San Francisco.  Old hippies, yuppies with their kids, and couples who had opted out of the usual dinner/drinks date all met at the Rob Hill Campground.  Everyone […]

December 23rd

Friendship With Dolphins

By Steve Theunissen For those privileged enough to experience it, there is nothing on this planet quite like the experience of swimming with dolphins in their natural environment.  A graceful masterpiece of design, the dolphin is known for its intelligence, curiosity, and placid nature.  According to Greek Philosopher Plutarch, they are the only creature “who loves […]

December 20th

Rocky Mountains Heaved to Heaven

  By Suzanne Bell Have you gazed on naked grandeur where there’s nothing else to gaze on, Set pieces and drop-curtain scenes galore, Big mountains heaved to heaven, which the blinding sunsets blazon,  Black canyons where the rapids rip and roar? Have you swept the visioned valley with the green stream streaking through it, Searched […]

December 17th