I am not much of a blog-follower, so I don’t blame you if you don’t follow mine. There are blogs, however, and websites galore, that nourish, inspire, and challenge me whenever I pop in.  Here is a sampling:

Zen and Koans:

  • Pacific Zen Institute – The home website for the Zen community that definitely nourishes, inspires, and challenges me. (If you live in Sonoma County, you might want to visit the local website:
  • Zenosaurus – Zen teacher John Tarrant’s online course in koans.
  • Zennotes: My teacher Rachel Boughton’s whipsmart, open-hearted blog about meditation and koans and how the mind works. Rachel is the director of the Santa Rosa zendo I attend.
  • It’s Alive! Another blog about working with koans from the bright and soulful Jesse Cardin.


Writing and Storytelling:

  • BrainPickings – A compendium of essays and tips on books, art and creativity. I never seem to be able to spend enough time here.
  • Ursula K. LeGuin – Website of my favorite living author. That’s all I need to say.
  • The Oxford Muse – A foundation to stimulate courage and invention in personal, professional and cultural life. This website is chock full of, yes, courage and invention, and fascinating “self-portaits.”
  • School of Myth – Website and blog of Martin Shaw, a story- and mythteller from Devon, England. I dream of attending his course someday, here or there, in a box or with a fox, somehow, someway.
  • Rafe Martin – Nourishing articles about storytelling, writing, and Zen. The intersection of these is beginning to look more and more like my home.
  • Redwood Writers – Our local branch of the California Writers Club.


Different Ways of Living in the World:

  • Monan’s Rill – The website for the beautiful community in which I live. I am so blessed to have landed here!
  • Rites of Passage – Nature-based Vision Quest programs for healing, transformation, and leadership. (Disclaimer: I have never attended one. It’s just headed up by really wonderful good friends, and perhaps some day…)
  • Fellowship for Intentional Community – If you are curious about living in community, start here.
  • Yes! Magazine – Hands down, my favorite magazine about progressive, positive developments in the world.

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