Author Archives: Skip Walter

Homage to a decaying stump

For twenty years I’ve walked around Blakely Pond at the end of Blakely Harbor.  Yet, I never noticed this rotting stump until the right combination of ebbing tide, bright sun, just enough evaporation from the stump, and “waking up!” to … Continue reading

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From my chair: the rhythms of fauna

I delight in the quick darting movements of the squirrels, birds, raccoons and deer that traverse my view of the world.  Our neighbor flings peanuts to the birds each morning.  Quickly the squirrels race to pick up what is left.  … Continue reading

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From my chair: Drinking in the sunshine

Today is another unexpected gift of radiant sunshine. Why is it that we have an alcoholic drink called “moonshine“? But we have no drink called sunshine.  For those of us in the Northwest who are often sunshine starved, we need … Continue reading

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From my chair: My Storyteller Knows Me

As I read the “The Sycamore” by Wendell Berry, I am reminded of a trip my wife and I made to Coorg, India.  Each night we were entertained by the family’s cook.  His stories graciously synthesized the family wisdom of … Continue reading

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From my chair: Morning sun breaks

The joy of a rainy fall morning light transition is to watch the blacks turn to grays turn to sun light shows. I finished John O’Donohue’s Beauty: The Invisible Embrace yesterday.  I didn’t realize that he was good friends with … Continue reading

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From my chair: Discovering time is presence

John O’Donohue reminds us that beauty is always around us.  This surrounding is the lesson I take away from his book Beauty: The Invisible Embrace.   The book finishes with: A Beauty Blessing “As stillness in stone to silence is wed … Continue reading

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From my chair: Rainy rhythms

The fall/winter rain rhythm returned last night.  The to/fro rhythm of the Port of Seattle ships continues in front of me. Today, the last of the cruise ships of the summer season returns. Reading John O’Donohue’s Beauty: The Invisible Embrace … Continue reading

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