Caminatas invernales

La vida me ha traido de vuelta al norte del Trópico de Cáncer. Y he reiniciado mis caminatas invernales por los parajes naturales y parques urbanos brooklynenses, en estos rincones de Long Island, entre río, bahía y océano. Carrizos (Phragmites australis) a orillas del lago He querido experimentar de nuevo las punzadas del frío en … Continue reading Caminatas invernales

Sea-beaten Rocks

As I discuss Ralph W. Emerson's Nature with my students, I have been pondering the rocks at the southeast point of Playa Colonia, in Costa Rica's Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. The central question Emerson poses in his seminal essay—the cornerstone of his philosophical vision—is: "To what end is Nature?" This is a question of final … Continue reading Sea-beaten Rocks

The English Patient: Nationlessness and Namelessness

Sometimes reading takes us out "on a walk." For many years I had longed to return to the Egyptian-Lybian desert and to the hills of Tuscany by reading Michael Ondaatje's novel The English Patient (1992). About a month ago I was finally able to let Ondaatje's lyrical storytelling take me on that walk. I have … Continue reading The English Patient: Nationlessness and Namelessness

Agua fresca y diáfana

Esta mañana me entregué al agua. A pesar del hermoso tiempo decembrino, de sol brillante y brisa fresca, me sentía un poco triste. Me dolía el corazón. Al salir de casa respiré profundo y caminé hasta la piscina de Montelimar. Me cambié y tan rápido como pude entré al agua. Me dejé cuidar por ella. Abundaba … Continue reading Agua fresca y diáfana

A Stroll through the Rock Garden

As I continue to enjoy the beauty of summer in Brooklyn, I am drawn to the simple, quiet places where I know crowds do not gather or overwhelm. This afternoon I wanted to find such a place to walk and pondered where to go. This morning I had been thinking of the Zen aesthetic concept … Continue reading A Stroll through the Rock Garden

Regreso al Jardín Japonés de Brooklyn

Regresé al Jardín Japonés, mi hogar sentimental, natural y espiritual más atesorado en Brooklyn. En el corazón del Brooklyn Botanic Garden, es mi Sanctasantórum neoyorquino. Cuando llegué a la explanada frente a la laguna, hice un reverencia de respeto ante el torii (鳥居), el portal bermellón que indica la cercanía de un altar sintoísta. Leí … Continue reading Regreso al Jardín Japonés de Brooklyn

The Moods of Prospect Lake

I am once again walking the trails and paths along the shore of Prospect Lake. Quiet walker, I explore the lake's nooks, the contour of its shore, and regard the changing moods of its waters. Sometimes they are calm as a reflecting pool; other times the breeze causes them to wave gentle; on stormy days, … Continue reading The Moods of Prospect Lake

Dos cumbres sobre las nubes

El domingo amaneció soleado y despejado sobre el Valle Central. Miramos hacia las montañas al este de San José. El Volcan Irazú se veía imponente y nítido: sus cumbres y laderas verdiazuladas sin velo nuboso. "¡Vamos!" Ascendimos el macizo y llegamos al punto más alto: 3.432 metros sobre el nivel del mar. Estábamos de hecho … Continue reading Dos cumbres sobre las nubes

Groundedness in my Garden

My garden has been my site of groundedness this year. 2020 has been challenging for me, as for everyone--painful at times, joyful at others, and an opportunity for transformation and growth in the midst of tremendous loss. Assailed by instability, in my garden I have felt grounded in body, mind, and spirit. When it wasn't … Continue reading Groundedness in my Garden