Blog Posts by Ann Linnea

Let Us Stand Together

Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 by Ann Linnea

NBC News, Oct. 17, 2016 “The largest gathering of indigenous nations in modern American history has set up camp on land belonging to the Army Corps of Engineers at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers in North Dakota. Tents and teepees, now home to whole families, stretch the plain.  They have come by More

Powerful Lessons from the Forest

Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2016 by Ann Linnea

The North Cascade mountains of Washington state are a testament to the juxtaposition of life and death. They normalize the presence of death, the surprise of death, and the essential nature of death.   Like many people who have lost a loved one “before their time”, I must constantly work to make peace with my More

Being a Responsible Traveler

Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016 by Ann Linnea

Mid-August and I’m back home on Whidbey Island bringing in garden bounty and kayaking in local waters after a 10-day vacation on Kaua’i with family—my partner, my daughter Sally, her partner Joe, our grandchildren, and also my sister Margaret and her family. We were a party of nine, ages ranging from 5 to 70. When More

The Courage of a Quester

Posted on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 by Ann Linnea

Carrying a tent, tarp, sleeping bag, and clothing back from a solo site one mile from base camp, a lone quester returns from 48 hours of living alone. Eleven other questers will also soon be returning from their solo spots around this valley in eastern Washington in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. In the tradition of More

Can you see anything positive about this?

Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 by Ann Linnea

This is the most common question I am being asked once people learn I attended a Sea Level Rise conference in Seattle sponsored by the Tulalip Tribe, the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, NOAA, EPA, USGS, and several other Puget Sound agencies. It is an impressive list of sponsors. One hundred fifty people gathered More

Play Makes Everything Work Better

Posted on Sunday, April 10th, 2016 by Ann Linnea

Our annual two-week Grandma Camp just ended. We had a marvelous time working and playing together with our 11-year-old and 5-year-old grandchildren. And one of life’s powerful lessons that I relearned yet again is that everything is more fun, efficient, and productive if play is involved. Beach outings to walk the dog have to involve More

Pilgrimage Back to Denver

Posted on Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Ann Linnea

Recently I was asked to give opening remarks at a pediatric care conference named in honor of my son. My preparation included both a careful crafting of remarks and a deep recognition of the significance of returning to Brian’s home city of Denver. There was a ritual for getting there. First, call close family and More


Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Ann Linnea

February 2 is halfway between the December solstice and the March equinox. It is a time in the northern hemisphere when day length has jumped from 8 hours from sunrise to sunset to 9 ¾ hours. The light is returning and the plants are showing it here in western Washington. The garlic is up. Tulips More

Everything Requires Tending

Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by Ann Linnea

Everything requires tending  When I look out the picture window with my morning cup of tea, one of my great enjoyments is watching the birds come in for their morning seeds or suet. Rain or shine, frost or fog, they eagerly arrive from their mysterious nightly roosts. I marvel at the urgency of their feeding More


Posted on Monday, December 14th, 2015 by Ann Linnea

The month between American Thanksgiving and the year-end sacred holidays is full, full, full. Pageants, concerts, holiday parties, shopping specials, family gatherings. There is no end of opportunities to keep externally engaged. It is a time to reweave communities and families. It is a time of a lot of fun and good-heartedness. And it is More