PeerSpirit Blogs

The Elephant & the Safety Pin

Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 by C Baldwin

The end of November, we went to Phoenix, Arizona for American Thanksgiving; into a part of the family where we’re pretty sure Clinton voters were a minority. Our hint—well this guy showed up in the backyard! So who are we? Sincere, loving family members, most of us white, with an adopted Asian daughter, two sons-in-law More

Home From Standing Rock

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 by Ann Linnea

I am just back from the Standing Rock protest in south central North Dakota. It was a pivotal time in the ongoing history of this poignant struggle. During the week of December 2-10, three important things happened: thousands of military veterans arrived prepared to stand between police and water protectors; the Army Corps of Engineers More

What is dying, Nina?

Posted on Sunday, November 27th, 2016 by C Baldwin

Cool sunrise over a fake lagoon in Chandler, AZ, oasis in the desert. A November day here will turn hot and we will go jump in the community pool. I have brought my teacup and journal to a little veranda to write and think about my mother who lies dying in the nursing home that More

Breathing on shaky ground

Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by C Baldwin

I asked my 96-year old father how he responded when people ask him about the election, he said, “I tell them that we have just been through an earthquake of great magnitude. My house is still standing, but I have no idea what remains firm ground, where I can take a step.” Exactly. The words More

Apologies to the World

Posted on Sunday, November 13th, 2016 by Ann Linnea

To those living outside the borders of the United States, the majority of Americans who voted on Nov. 8 send apologies. Our election results sent the message that we don’t care about you. I and millions and millions of Americans care about you. Please remember that: 231,556,622 registered voters pre-election day 26% voted for Clinton—she More

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

Seventy-the bridge to somewhere

Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 by C Baldwin

It’s heartwarming to be welcomed home; to have people notice that Ann and I are more in residence in our community than we were a year ago. However, when well-meaning people inquire, “does this mean you’re retired?” something weird happens inside me that I have been sorting for months. It may be my own outdated 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

Shredding & Honoring

Posted on Friday, August 19th, 2016 by C Baldwin

This blog entry is dedicated to our magnificent office manager and colleague, Debbie Dix, who has been the third peer spirit in our office for 16 years, fully occupying her leadership chair.  Ann Linnea and I arrived on Whidbey Island in March 1994, with two book manuscripts in progress, her two children, my first corgi, 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