Category Archives: Personal Essays

Holding Back the Sea- Houkje Ross

Are You Trying to Hold Back the Sea? Lately, I’ve been a bit sad. A relationship that I thought was blossoming is now ending. I’ve been feeling a bit overcast… like a typical Dutch day. My mother is from the … Continue reading

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My Mother is a Hiker – Houkje Ross

Last summer, I quit my job. I lingered there for 3 years, and knew from the beginning it wasn’t really the right fit for me. But I kept telling myself it is a good job, a great opportunity to work … Continue reading

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Ojai Revelations

Sometimes ancestral wisdom drops in through a gentle conversation on a mountaintop. This weekend I went to the Ojai Foundation in Ojai California for Council II training. Twenty-seven people gathered to tell stories from the heart, in a circle, holding … Continue reading

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Unforgettable Persimmon Warmth

I sit on my pink and white fake tiled bathroom floor  soaking in the heat of my Thermador wall heater. The warmth of copper coils, of my newly grouted bathtub, of the dinner guests at P’s earlier tonight, of a spontaneous raw Persimmon banana … Continue reading

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Let’s Do Launch

Out of a need to express my thoughts, which often move in multiple directions at once, I have created this space so that I may experience a traceable understanding of life.  Through the process of sharing my understanding, I hope … Continue reading

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