On Materialism

By Patricia Damery Meditation at First Light Storm Concert Rain gutter   chimney pan pipes  of the Storm Beings    concert of the Dead      what Spirit sings? On Materialism After my parents died, my sisters, brother, and I had the dreaded task of cleaning out their 120 year old farmhouse. We knew this time would come,… Read more »

A Soul’s Song

Photo Courtesy of Melissa McLaughlin Article by Patricia Damery Meditation at First Light You Take My Breath Away You take my breath away, Valley Oaks! Centenarians gracefully firm in the fog of the grand meadow. A Soul’s Song A hawk cries, hunting in the forest and patchy clearings surrounding the remote house my writing coterie… Read more »

Soul Food & Farming Soul

Reserve your place at the table for  Soul Food and Farming Soul PATRICIA DAMERY, Jungian analyst, Biodynamic farmer and author of Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation, will discuss the soul wound of a land based people losing their land and right livelihood and will share some of her own return journey to land and… Read more »

On Violence and a Holy Tree

Holy Thorn, Glastonbury, England Photo by Patricia Damery On Violence and a Holy Tree   by Patricia Damery In October 2010 my husband Donald and I visited Glastonbury, England, and the legendary Holy Thorn tree on Wearyall Hill. The thorn tree has always been sacred in the British Isles, the hawthorn associated with May and… Read more »


Article by Patricia Damery and Photo Art by Bill Fulton Meditation at First Light Finally Fire flares and the stove clucks. Too much worry. But the day warms even in the dark. Manitou In my late 20’s I had one of the more important dreams of my life. I dreamed of war and devastation, and… Read more »

Abundant Life: A Christmas Story

  Abundant Life: A Christmas Story This is another reprint of my favorite personal Christmas stories, those stories that remain in my heart this season. My departure from organized religion began when I realized “eternal life” was “abundant life”— spiritually abundant. At the moment of epiphany I was sitting on the stage near the altar of… Read more »

Goats and Grief

Article by Patricia Damery Photo art by Bill Fulton Meditation at First Light November 23 Ah, Sophia. She didn’t grow her winter coat. Nothing we could do. Goats and Grief  Our veterinary told us that goats grieve deeply after we lost four within a few months. First there was Natalie, 14 1/2 years, old by… Read more »

Go Dark

Go Dark article by Patricia Damery Meditation at First Light October 18 Little Death Is writing a poem a little death of long agendas, the ones we cultivate like invasive ornamentals? Go Dark In a poem, Wendell Berry states, “To know the dark, go dark.”[1] Many years ago when my sons were 8 and 10,… Read more »

Meditations at First Light

Meditations at First Light   by Patricia Damery Photo Art: Bill Fulton A year ago I began an experiment.  Inspired by a friend’s series of short, haiku-like poems, I resolved to write a short poem a day for a month which, to my surprise, soon extended to a year. At first, I was daunted by… Read more »