Why don’t ducks need maps


Have you ever seen a duck with a map? Me neither. Yet they get where they want to go, usually in the most direct, ducklike route. It sounds like an absurd question, yet what about us? Maps tell us where we or others have been. They chart what is known. But they can’t create a … Read more

Walking in the now but not yet


Do we get so caught up in the destination that we forget to be here? Yet this is the only place we can ever be. One foot in front of the other, even in the darkness. And waiting. Not the stuck kind, but the expectant, hopeful sort. The kind that trusts that we can see … Read more

Desire lines – on noticing the patterns we make


Once you start to notice desire lines, you see them everywhere. From the particular way plants move toward the light, to the paths created through the vegetation as wild and not-so-wild beings move through the valley. The soft fabric of greenery gives ample evidence of repeated movements. Yet even in our dwellings, we notice where … Read more

Reflecting on the paths we create


The paths we create are probably not the ones we thought we were making. We start out thinking of a direction and an endpoint. And on the way encounter beauty, ideas and people we hadn’t expected. Along with challenges, questions and a kind of reality that creeps up on you unawares. So we have a … Read more