The Community of Welcome We Make

I did something in this week’s love letter, Reflections, that I’d never done before in any other edition. As those of you who were able to open and read your copy know, I invited readers to reply to me and tell me how we got connected. In return, I pulled a card—in this case, one […]

It’s You!

Spiritual Seekers with a Desire for Deepening That’s you, I bet! If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, I bet it’s you. I attended a call today about how to describe and attract “our people,” “our tribe,” and what I would say are the people I feel called to serve. It […]

Welcome, New Friends!

There will be a Friday Mirror post later today, as usual… For this moment, however, I want to welcome folks who have come over from my post on gentleness and discipline at tiny buddha. Be welcome. And while you’re here, please do take a look around – you might particularly enjoy my recent piece on Relinquishment. […]

Hot ON the Press: Reflections!

Hello, friends! As you can see, The Way of the River website has undergone some big changes in the last few days. Many thanks to our webmistress!We’re still working out some details of color and style, but we’re getting there I think. Feel free to contact me and let me know what you think. Especially contact […]

This Is For You

What are we doing here? Why am I writing this blog? What’s in it for you? As I say on my About page, I know that there are folks out there in Internet Land, as well as folks I know in “real” life, who are longing for what I long for. Depth. Understanding of self, […]


I have always loved calendars. Rhythms. Hours. Years. And especially seasons. The 1970’s California monastery calendar my grandmother sent us every year. The Sierra Club datebook calendars in which my father kept his appointments. He held it closed with a big rubber band, so as not to lose the many little notes inside. The wall […]