Welcome to Modern Mammal-ing!

This weekly newsletter is for YOU—my highly sensing, deep feeler, fellow human mammal living in the modern era. That’s a mouthful because the world is a mouthful these days. Expanding. Crumbling. Changing faster than we can blink. So, how do we live well amidst it all? If you are wondering too, pull up a chair (or lounge on the grass).

In a field; in a bathrobe.

I once cracked myself up by creating a hashtag I couldn’t ever use due to my breakup with social media: #mammalingwhilemodern. I wanted to know: how the hell do we mammal (yes, it’s a verb) while living in this fast-paced time of high volume digital information, over-saturation, distraction, ill-health and general crush? As in, c’mon! Are we all accepting this? Am I really supposed to grow my capacity to tolerate the new normal? Can I preserve my attention, and be here instead of disassociated and avoiding and de-sensitized? Is it possible to stay connected with myself, my animal body, the people and our earth? How do we live as opted-in members of current society and still create a sustainable life for ourselves and others. What are we to do?

I am living these questions actively and daily.

My intention is to write into these raw questions and create a space where, together, we boldly approach a wall of closed windows and begin to open them. Side by side. Hand in hand. Community is the way to freedom. Crowd-sourcing fosters a steady and healthy ecosystem. The comment section is for you! Bring yourself to it if you like.

I believe we are all the medicine for this moment. That may be melodramatic and wildly exciting and a bit devastating. Even so, do you smell the opportunity? I want to listen within and with one ear to the ground. In this newsletter, I abandon the soundbite culture and explore the messy. Real-deal, straight talk. Unapologetically mystical and here for the mystery of it all. Playful too. My lens will be what I know best: story + nervous system.

Years ago, one starlit night, my mother and I burned my grandmother’s old chair in a bonfire—to my amazement, these gorgeous metal springs emerged from the coals. Look how sturdy! Animated. Alive. They now hang on my wall, interlocked in a dance, a reminder of well-made functional art and the profound and possible transformation available to all of us. We grow up and down spirals. We take many shapes. We are change-able. “We” meaning individuals and communities and humanity. Evolution is decidedly not a lone wolf path. It can’t be. We are designed to be social animals.

What’s the rhythm?

One Newsletter per week. That’s 4x a month plus a few extra bits. *I’ve been writing my newsletter since 2019 and many readers asked for an archive so I’ve created this home. I won’t bring all my old material over here (because I don’t really believe in back-tracking or “catching-up” and why add more noise?), but it’s good for you all to know that this newsletter is riding in the wide wake of the old one.

For Free Subscribers:

  • Question of The Month: I lob out a personal but universal question that is very alive for me.

  • Two Short Walking or Art Reflections (on the Question of The Month as I’m living it). These shares are intentionally short. Less noise for everyone. I will be a bird flitting into your inbox to offer a brief exploration that hopefully inspires your day. Either verbal notes while walking with in the mountains with my dogs (less sitting, more moving!) or some of my own artistry on the topic, with words or paint or any medium (promoting more art-making for everyone because it’s inherently regulating to the nervous system). I get weird and wily and uncensored about story, fluid narrative and resilience.

  • The Wondering (and Wandering Column): I answer a question from one of you. These are longer and I take them seriously and approach with a lot of care.

For Paid Subscribers: All of the above + …

  • Insight of The Month + Prompts: Welcome into my living room and life! At the four weeks, I will very intimately share (in one post) the frontiers I’ve personally navigated with the Question. Raw. Edgy in terms of my own edges. I tuck this part under the paywall because, in a world of share information with viewers you can’t see (this is bizarro for our animal bodies), I like to know that those on the other side of my deepest shares are invested and not just passing by. In the post, I will also offer one story prompt + one nervous system prompt that have helped me during the last month in the hopes that they support you.

  • You also get some discounts on workshops, retreats, etc.

What might I cover in Modern Mammaling? Art-making, the body (my fave), re-negotiating relationships, existing with tech, parenting, coupling, health (mental, physical, physiological and psycho-spiritual), anything animist, anything unseen, mysticism, climate realities, daily rhythms, old ways intersecting with new ways, a life beyond burnout, creative practice, Nature, being in community, being a responsible global citizen in a world needing to find new ways for everyone, dismantling stuck patterns and anything that moves me or feels alive for me and alive in the communal and global water. Provocative and with the focus being useful to you and supporting everyone’s individual and collective orientation to this unprecedented era.

  • If you can, thank you for paying: $5/month is one latte or tea or two chocolate bars or 1.5 subway rides. Creativity is undervalued by our capitalist system. Paying for art is essential, especially if we want a vibrant and functional world. It also helps support me in supporting you. Boom!

Here I am with the two humans who keep me going and growing. So much growing. Textured and tactile. Just how I want to live life.

Also, mammaling is a gerund. Mammal-ing. It’s a verb in action. We are living it as we go. It doesn’t end. It isn’t tidy. But it sure is interesting.

If you don’t know my work, you can read more about the why and how and who of it. Do you know someone who might dig these topics and exploration? Loop them in. We grow in community. Thank you!

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botanical human, mama of daughters, 3rd culture kid, author of Body Full of Stars, workshop facilitator for 14+ years, consumer of Salt & Vinegar anything, latitude lover, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, minimalist, believer in circles.