I grew up along the western shore of Lake Michigan and now live near the Pacific Ocean. My parents both grew up near the Pacific Ocean so shorelines have been important to my family.
In Aotearoa I learned to introduce myself by recognizing the body of water near my birthplace.
I realized how much Lake Michigan shaped my life only after I came to the West Coast. Now, 40 years after leaving the Midwest, my consciousness wants to anchor water in the east and I have to consciously remind myself that the Pacific Ocean is to the west.
Metaphorically, shorelines signify boundaries that shift and move, encompassing land and ocean, with a rich intertidal zone where life abounds. For me the shoreline is about learning edges, crashing insights, and growth.
This blog is a collection of variations on that theme.