Happy solstice, everybody!

I shot this video today at an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, above “The Orchards at Altapass”, south of Spruce Pine, North Carolina.

(Website for the Orchard at Altapass – check out it’s amazing history: https://altapassorchard.org/)

It carries my wish for a happy solstice – happy return of the sun – for Spruce Pine, the Appalachian Mountains, America, and planet Earth.

Watch how dramatically darkness falls in the mountains during the 30 minutes I was taping this video.

Videos #2 & 3: sunrise on the solstice 2020, deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Happy sunrise, happy solstice – the return of the sun, shining his face brightly on us. The sun – which the Native Americans wisely worshiped – bringing us light and hope and warmth, in the middle of a still-raging pandemic.

There seems now to be no way to avoid this being in many ways a terrible year for the humans of planet earth.

But could it somehow paradoxically also be the start of something new and positive and powerful for all of us?

Altapass solstice #1 – 8 minutes


Altapass solstice #2 – 39″


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These days all of my identities are converging: whether I am offering a blessing in the grocery store checkout line, offering a prayer in a poem or experiencing the kinship with all life while walking my or a client's dog - it's all the same. It's all Life.

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