We Don’t Know Anything, Really

By Sarah Chauncey | March 27, 2017

None of us really knows what we’re talking about. Not me, not you, not anybody else. I mean, we know some relative things about living on this planet, but in the big picture, the absolute? Nothing.  We live in a culture where there’s a premium on having the answers. We hold in high esteem those…

Snowstorm as a Metaphor

By Sarah Chauncey | February 10, 2017

The accumulated snow from the past two weeks finally began melting today, as temperatures moved slightly above freezing for the first time in…what seems like a very long time. As I was walking, I passed the juniper bush in the photo above. It’s right around the corner from my apartment, and I pass by it at…

Tree Portrait 16-Oct-23

By Sarah Chauncey | October 23, 2016

From a distance, these trees look uniformly bright pink. Up close, the colors are much more intricate.  

Thursday Tree Portrait 15-Dec-24

By Sarah Chauncey | December 24, 2015

This is the photo that made me start seeing #AliensInArbutus (Arbutus is a type of tree that only grows in warm, temperate regions. Often windswept, and almost always gnarled, with sinewy green limbs and peeling orange bark, arbutus trees are works of art. And possibly home to otherworldly visitors.)

Thursday Tree Portrait 15-Nov-26

By Sarah Chauncey | November 26, 2015

Nature has a sense of organization, of patterns, that I’m not sure the human mind can understand.

Thursday Tree Portrait 15-Nov-19

By Sarah Chauncey | November 19, 2015

Even trees make duckface sometimes. (Or is it a Mona Lisa smile?)

Doing Less Leads to More

By Sarah Chauncey | November 18, 2015

What continually astonishes me is how much more I can accomplish when I keep my life simple, my mind free from clutter (admittedly, it stacks up pretty quickly) and take the time to get centred before I do any work…

Thursday Tree Portrait 15-Nov-12

By Sarah Chauncey | November 12, 2015

I’ve learned that there’s wonder and awe in everything, if you look closely enough.  

Lessons from the Weather

By Sarah Chauncey | October 15, 2014

The Pacific Northwest is known for being rainy and grey in the winter. In Vancouver and Seattle, clouds can settle in among skyscrapers, creating the sensation of a neverending (and very damp) night. Where I live, though, is a unique geographical space. First, it’s an island, so weather patterns tend to shift quickly anyway. The…

The Body’s Wisdom (Migraine Edition)

By Sarah Chauncey | August 30, 2014

I haven’t yet written about migraine, but the short version is that things happen in my brain when the weather changes. Barometric shifts, and also when other things (things I don’t know how to measure) change; I’m guessing it has something to do with the electromagnetic energy in the air, or how the air particles…