Monarch on pink flower
Mind and Body, Plants and Animals, Post


I have dabbled in yoga for the past four years, and I like it when teachers ask the class to set an “intention” at the beginning of practice. Setting an intention allows me to have a more meaningful yoga class because it reinforces why I’m taking the time to be there. In that vein, here are my intentions as I begin Keeping Things Alive:

  • Courage: I want to fearlessly speak up about what I know and not censor myself.
  • Creativity: I want to express myself through writing, stories, and other forms of art.
  • Clarity: I want to present my thoughts and knowledge in a way that is easy for others to understand.
  • Connect: I want to connect with others who share my love for keeping things alive. I want to explore and appreciate the connections between everything on this planet.

Well, I didn’t mean for all of my intentions to begin with the letter “C”, but that’s the way it goes.

Bonus track! Check out the monarch butterfly my family and I “raised” this summer:

The monarch as a caterpillar.
The monarch as a caterpillar.


Monarch cocoon
The monarch as a cocoon.


cocoon shell


Monarch on pink flower
The monarch as a butterfly.

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