It’s May Day!

In this edition of the seasonal timings, May Day, also known as Beltane, is right around the corner on May 1st. This day marks the midpoint between the Vernal (Spring) Equinox and the Summer Solstice. The Celtic holiday, Beltane, marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and puts an emphasis on joyful fire … Read more

Welcome Spring!

It’s almost time for the Vernal (Spring) Equinox, marking the balance of sunlight and darkness as the sun crosses the equator, moving from south to north. This special day marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere. This year the equinox falls on March 19, 2024, at 11:06 p.m. (EDT). Let’s explore this joyful … Read more

Get Ready for Spring

Greetings Further Shore Friends, I hope everyone is finding ways to enjoy the winter season and there has been some time for inner contemplation and dreaming into this new year, 2024. In keeping with my appreciation of seasonal timings, today’s newsletter is dedicated to Imbolc, the cross-quarter point between the winter solstice and the vernal … Read more

December News Brief

The holiday season is upon us! Did you know that there are twenty (plus) holidays worldwide in the month of December? A quick internet search provides details on all sorts of cultural and religious holidays celebrating the Buddha’s Enlightenment, Jewish celebration, Hanukkah, secular festival celebrating African cultural values, Kwanzaa,  Yule or Winter Solstice, Christmas, New … Read more

November News Brief

Greetings Further Shore friends, These early November days are for the Remembrance Holidays, as we take time to honor and celebrate loved ones who have passed from this life. The upcoming season of winter holidays can be a time of joy and celebration, gift exchanges, and sharing good times. For persons who are grieving, holidays … Read more

October News Brief

Welcome to October, the month of hayrides, corn mazes, riotous fall colors, leaves swirling, and pumpkin spice everything! Fall in the northern hemisphere is a time of beauty and bustle; of bringing in the late harvest, storing away the patio furniture, and preparing for winter. During the Remembrance Holidays in late October and early November … Read more

September News Brief

Happy September! This is one of my favorite months for so many reasons:  the days are a bit cooler; apples are coming in season, and a hint of color is starting to appear on our mountain treetops. It is also a time to celebrate the Vernal (fall) Equinox in the northern hemisphere. This year the … Read more

August News Brief

August is here and with it, (finally) the monsoon rains for our mountain hometown. After July’s record-breaking hot spell, this rain is so welcome. Our morning skies are bright blue with cool temps; afternoons filled with the great gift of rain. Any rain for the desert is welcome, but this year it was as if … Read more

July News Brief

Greetings Further Shore friends, Although summer was long in coming this year, it has finally arrived fully, and we are loving it! July is dressed up with high summer’s greenery and a dizzying array of wildflowers. I’ve lived here for 34 years and never seen this many wildflowers. I’m guessing it was the snow! What … Read more

June News Brief

Greetings Further Shore friends, Welcome to June and the season of summer! School’s out so there is plenty of fun to be had during these warmer months. A few special highlights include Father’s Day on June 18th; Juneteenth (June 19th) the holiday to mark the end of slavery in our country, and just for fun, … Read more