Blog Posts by Christina Baldwin

Stardust, Black Holes, & Fog

Posted on Saturday, February 20th, 2016 by C Baldwin

Our mother always loved the open road. In the 1950s with three, then four, small children and not much money, she would pack us in the car and head west from Indiana or Minnesota to various family homes scattered throughout California, Oregon, Washington, and Montana. Two-lane blacktop in the era before Interstate highways and no More

Standing in Stardust

Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 by C Baldwin

Until last Monday, my mother was living in Nanaimo, BC in a nice apartment in an independent senior housing community. She had moved there in May 2013 from her townhouse in Ladysmith and from her church in Chemainus… both small towns about 35 kilometers south on Vancouver Island. Though her impetus was to “take in More

Welcoming the stranger

Posted on Monday, September 21st, 2015 by C Baldwin

In 1952, when I was six years old, my parents scrambled together a down payment on a chicken coop. that’s what we called the strung together shed-like building on half an acre in the flood plain of the Wabash River at the edge of Indianapolis. Linoleum floors, drafty fireplace in a small living room, funky More

A Summer Day

Posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2015 by C Baldwin

What a sweet local life I have. Waking with early light, I raise the shades to look at Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains. I make tea. I take time to write a bit in my journal. Sitting on what we call the facing bench, my partner and I watch Nature waking up around us. More

War & Peace

Posted on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 by C Baldwin

Six feet from the kitchen door, my neighbors spend the glorious days of spring squabbling from dawn to dusk— If they were human, maybe we could negotiate the terms of living side-by-side…but these squabblers are hummingbirds. Particularly the rufous male guards the round of sugared water. Anna’s hummingbirds of both genders, and even female rufous, More

Planet of the Stones

Posted on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 by C Baldwin

During his two-week spring break last month, we took our ten-year-old grandson, Jaden, on a road trip to camp in the magnificent canyon lands of southern Utah. For Ann, this trip was a touchstone into desert landscape that had shaped her early adulthood and the golden years of mothering. As a young teacher and naturalist, More

Cursive or Cursor?

Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 by C Baldwin

As I entered my local library, I walked past a sign that read, “Quiet corner, slow reading in process.” I have been seeing announcements about this on various Internet threads around town: a return to placing books in hands. A device free zone. A place for the whispery rustle of turning pages. A place to More

Seven Daily Cups–loving practice in busy lives

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by C Baldwin

Imagine that every day you have seven cups laid out before you that are full in the morning and empty in the evening. Each of these cups contains a marvelous and amazing libation that is comprised of just the right combination of delicious ingredients: love, attention, focus, action, kindness, gesture, and forgiveness. These are not More

Europe– a soft autumn & full circles

Posted on Saturday, November 8th, 2014 by C Baldwin

From 9 October to 1 November, Ann Linnea and I have been traveling in central Europe through weeks of soft weather and incredible people-time. Landing in Brussels, we were whisked into the Belgian farmlands to visit friends and spend a day in a small, informal, circle of women…a breath upon landing. Then we trained to More

A View from Offshore

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by C Baldwin

After some consulting work, Ann and I stayed in Los Angeles for a September weekend to visit daughter Sally, partner Joe, and our two adorable grandchildren, Sasha and Jaden. Hot sun and big city, we revel in the diversity of people, options, and activities going on all around us. And we two island grannies, who More