Oh the quiet sunrise!

Desert sunrises and sunsets have been spectacular, reminding me of South India’s sunsets. We’re not near the equator in Southern California- is it the dust in the air, or the moisture of clouds, that refracts the light into gorgeous pink, yellow and purple swirls? The camping life has reoriented my relaxed, retired-woman sleep patterns. It’s quiet and still at night and I don’t want to … Continue reading Oh the quiet sunrise!

Ruth Denison has passed but her legacy lives on at Dhamma Dena

The wind whistled this morning, and early morning light glowed on the gracefully aging buildings at Dhamma Dena, Ruth Denison’s desert retreat center in Joshua Tree, California.  Ruth died this year and many mourn. Dharma, my van, and I were kindly hosted by gay partners Chris and Greg, temporary caretakers of Ruth’s land. Chris and Greg, on a spiritual pilgrimage, happened to visit and were invited … Continue reading Ruth Denison has passed but her legacy lives on at Dhamma Dena

Tres Placitas, a cohousing community in transition

Tres Placitas, a small community in Santa Fe, has a fairly long history as a co-housing village, but has struggled with unity and community. Long-time resident Isabel Partlett Lipscomb says there were several factors that contributed to past disconnections. The community decided to save money for a common house, rather than build one at the beginning. Later, several vocal residents opposed the savings plan, arguing … Continue reading Tres Placitas, a cohousing community in transition

Camper Van Culinary Delights and Compulsive Eating

What does one eat on the road without eating out?  Well, ask a solid compulsive overeater like me, and a talented cook to boot.  Here’s what’s happening on my road! I stocked the pantry with LOTS of food- packaged Indian curries, boxes of easy-to-cook rice and quinoa, oatmeal and dried fruit, cans of beans and coconut milk and evaporated milk, nuts and honey and spices of … Continue reading Camper Van Culinary Delights and Compulsive Eating