It was hot and calm, but cool in the mornings this year. We hiked to Grizzly Peak as usual and read the book Orphan Island this time. Solid read. Good times. See you next year.

Snow landed on the day after Christmas here in Eugene. It’s lovely and cold and provides a different backdrop for the time being . . . 

From the bus stop looking towards our house:

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Campus snaps:

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Went to two very good shows in December: Gregory Alan Isakov and Bruce Cockburn. 

Bruce Cockburn has been one of my most loved musicians in my life. I have had the chance to see him many times over the 30 years of following his work. My friend Daniel invited me to attend the sound check, which was lovely as always. 


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Bruce Cockburn:

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What to Remember When Waking

by David Whyte

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the writing desk?

David Whyte reads the poem (video)