The latest posts…

| February 12, 2015

Wow – thanks for checking in! For the past year or so, I have mostly been posting things at The World According to Brother Ian at – check it out! It’s mostly spiritual study & inquiry, essays, a few jokes, and just another way to tell you I care about you. Let me know what […]

From “Thoreau,” to the kitchen, to you & me (thanks, Ryan!)

| November 20, 2013

One of the awesome things about living in a small community on a small island with small numbers of people with large hearts is the wonderful gifts we give each other. On San Juan Island off the coast of Washington (the state, not the city) & just across the water from Victoria (the city, not […]

Just launched: The World according to Brother Ian

| September 15, 2013

You know how you need a place to put all your stuff? Me, too…. I used to have a newspaper called the San Juan Update where I could post things I was thinking about & photos of things in the neighbourhood (it’s a pretty small island, which made it easy). So I guess I’m in […]

Here comes autumn, in Victoria….

| September 15, 2013

I was hoping to impress on you how autumn-like it was in Victoria, so I chose the warmest week of the year – this week it hit over 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 C.), with people I meet in the streets saying, “Is it like this all the time, here?” Since I want them to know […]

Meanwhile, in Canada….

| August 23, 2013

It’s so close, isn’t it –  as the crow flies, it’s only 10-11 miles from Friday Harbor to Victoria, and almost as easy, taking the ferry. When you get on the 9:45am ferry from here, you’re in Sidney, BC less than a hour & half later. From there it’s an easy bus ride or car […]

Getting us all on the same page….

| June 10, 2013

Lately, I’ve been thinking about communication stuff, and this little cartoon by Randall at came to mind, about how we sometimes forget that the culture of language forgets its roots, at times…..

The island within….

| April 9, 2013

A reminder from Thay for the day, hey: When the Buddha was very old, just before he died, he said, My dear friends, my dear disciples, don’t take refuge in anything outside of you. In every one of us there is a very safe island we can go to. Every time you go home to […]

From island to island….dropping by Maui

| March 18, 2013

As luck, fortune, and timing sometimes provide, Josie & I got to spend a couple of weeks on Maui last month, and it was fun to compare their island with ours, and, even there, to connect with island friends from San Juan Island. Here’s a bit about what happened, and some observations about differences between […]

The election, upon us….

| November 1, 2012

It’s been an interesting year, coming down to the wire….a few folks have asked what I read to keep up with the way the electoral college is shaping up. If that’s interesting to you, I’ll tell you that I like the way these two sites poll each state to arrive at the projected winner (the […]

Winter’s coming…news from Shakespeare

| December 7, 2011

You know how the music & words shape what we feel & say & do each day – it’s so cool when the poetry of our songs & verse says so clearly what is in our hearts & minds, whether it’s a cry of joy or singin’ the blues – that’s why it’s good to […]