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Personal Lineage Book

Personal Lineage Book

"It's called a Japanese Moleskin... I had never seen a commercially made writing book like it." Carmen's handmade graphic novel was part of her jukai ritual at the Upaya Zen Center. Unfolding accordion style, it gives broad brilliant-hued strokes to her personal history offering a journey for both creator and reader alike ...
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Mansons Dock

Daily Grind

I remember years ago on Saturday mornings taking the forest rails to the farmers market held in the back of the hall parking lot. As I came closer I would see the blurr of colour and motion through the trees. It always brought me to this timeless tribal feeling - arriving through the wild onto a gathering of humans. I completely bypassed the parking chaos ...
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Romina infant of Green Bus

Moonhill One to Five

Moonhill One to Five is a short film by Romina Jones showing highlights from the Moonhill bike farm's evolution over the past 5 years. It pays tributes and gives thanks to all the helping hands who made it possible. Music: Degnan Dip by Romina Jones from the album The Beatrix Generation ...
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We’re Not All Wired Here

Our internet comes from some sort of tower relay system. I’m not sure how it all works but we all have little mini satellite dishes stuck on trees near our houses, and the reception is shitty when it rains. The connection I am not ashamed to admit has been a life line not just for work and entertainment but Google makes the trials of homesteading ...
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Romina in front of stone wall

Tending The Garden You Have

I have a special property. It's close to the village and a mile in from the sea. The house sits on a hill and the 2 and half acres slopes from dry to wet, from woodland to road. Its open lawn centre curves between salmonberry stands and sour cherry trees, and the property ascends into a thin border of fir and cedar at its back ...
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Flames and embers

Fire Meditation

In the winter I have a morning meditation. It starts in October and ends in April. It is one I have to do in the morning whether I like it or not, more to the case whether I want to be warm or not. Before morning tea or toast, with sleep still in my eyes, I must create fire. It is a simple and essential ...
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