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In The Road to Character, he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives. Responding to what he calls the culture of the Big Me, which emphasizes external success, Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “resumé virtues”—achieving wealth, fame, and status—and our “eulogy virtues,” those that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, or faithfulness, focusing on what kind of relationships we have formed.


Martin Shaw Don't Be Ordinary


Rather than endless choice, is there a chthonic compulsion to become something quite specific?

 ~Martain Shaw 


The Future of Farm & Food Entrepreneurship

Presented by Windham Grows

Thursday, May 31st – Friday, June 1st, 2018

Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont




Lewis Howes - The Mask of Masculinity 

This book is amazing -- for mothers, girlfriends, wives, and all of the wonderful men & boys out there xoxoxo



Pollinators visit flowers in search of food and other creature comforts like nesting material, shelter or even a mate. Some animals, like the honey bee, purposely collect pollen, while others, such as butterflies and birds move pollen incidentally because it sticks on their bodies while they are collecting nectar from flowers. The act of transferring pollen from male flowers to female flowers, which then will produce fruit & seeds. Pollination equals plant proliferation. Most all pollination happens with the assistance of pollinators, a small percentage happens at the whim of the winds.   ~moon valley organics

More than ever, people, lots of people, hordes of anonymous people, can watch what you do.

They can see your photos, like your posts, friend your digital avatar.

An essentially infinite collection of strangers are in the audience, scoring you, ranking you, deciding whether or not you're succeeding.

If you let them.

The alternative is to focus on the audience you care about, interacting with the person who matters to you. Your audience, your choice. One person, ten people, the people who need you.

Everyone else is merely a bystander.

~Seth Godin

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A brave boy fearlessly risked his own life and showed astonishing bravery to save a helpless baby deer from drowning. The boy, called Belal and believed to be in his early teens, defiantly held the young fawn in one hand above his head as he plunged through the surging river.

~daily mail  

When A flower doesn't bloom you fix the enironment in which it grows, not the flower.

Alexander Den Heijer


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habitual simplifiers: A relevant quote from the great philosopher Seneca “Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with coarse and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: ‘Is this the condition that I feared?’

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One of my favorite websites was recently redesigned >> Charles Eisenstein << I noticed his new bio and how different it is than many others that I see. He has a willingness to present himself in a way that shows humility and vulnerability, not taking ownership of the muse(s) that visit when he writes. I literally get goosebumps when I see adult men giving permission to our youth by expressing their own perceived "flaws" and weaknesses. As a painter, I am always looking at how people handle their rolls, their emotions and their insecurities; trying to capture moments of truth and rawness. Hiding is often available but now and then I come across a person willing to be seen in a full and honest way--perceived weakness and all.  The message to boys in our culture is "hide your truth, emotions and insecurities are weak--be tough--don't cry-- don't let them see you sweat." Girls have another message- but that's another story. What kind of pollution does this create as we grow up with these false perceptions of ourselves? Charles has a way of exploring vulnerability that reveals his strength and wisdom ~ hope you take a moment and dig around on his website. His Bio begins like this....

 I often have difficulty knowing what to say in a public bio. On the one hand, I probably don’t know you (the reader) very well, and am uncomfortable sharing too much intimate detail about my life. On the other hand, if I leave out what is real (and possibly embarrassing) then what remains is a sanitized biography, factual perhaps in what it says, but phony for what it omits.

~Charles Eisenstein




The intelligent writer who dumbs down her work in order to make it more popular.

The successful small businessperson who gives up the edge that made the business work in order to make it bigger.

The entrepreneur who stops leading in order to chase a trend and get funded.

The interesting website that stops caring about content so it can focus on clicks.

The happy kid who abandons good friends in a search to be the cool kid instead.

The beloved brand that walks away from integrity in order to chase mass.

The engaged employee who gives up the craft in order to move up and become an unhappy manager instead...

Bigger isn't better. It's merely bigger. And the mass market might want what the mass market wants, but that doesn't mean that it's your market.

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“Speed has helped to remake our world in ways that are wonderful and liberating. Who wants to live without the internet or jet travel? The problem is that our love of speed, our obsession with doing more and more in less and less time, has gone too far, it has turned into an addiction, a kind of idolatry. Even when speed starts to backfire, we invoke the go-faster gospel.” 

~Carl Honore

You can ponder perpetual motion,
Fix your mind on a crystal day,
Always time for a good conversation,
There's an ear for what you say.

 ~John Fogerty

drawings by James Edward Deeds Jr.

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In 1970, a teenager found a handmade album in a pile of trash in Springfield, Mo. Inside, there were 283 drawings of trains, cars, animals and portraits of people with haunting, circular eyes that stared dead ahead. The album had no name or signature. The only clue to the artist's identity was the stationery on which each picture was drawn — stationery that belonged to State Hospital No. 3 in Nevada, Mo.


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“There is a moment that you begin
to make a stand for something, which goes beyond just simply doing a show.” 

~ Enrique Martinez Celaya


Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.

 It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him. 

~Max Planck









"Pomposity and self-importance are outlawed. Serious matters can be spoken of seriously, but one must never take oneself too seriously… As long as everyone understands the rules, they are duly impressed both by one's achievements and by one's reluctance to trumpet them."

~Kate fox

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~Eugenia Loli.



 Which dreams indeed are ambition, for the very

 substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.


 A dream itself is but a shadow.


Truly, and I hold ambition of so airy and light a

quality that it is but a shadow's shadow.






 David C Driskell


Ollie Blackmore Cycles Mount Fuji for Dolphin Project

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 The Orca Whales

The iconic creatures are at risk of extinction due to a decline in the abundance and healthiness of salmon, their main food source.

Patti Goldman: Well, the orca whales in this region are hugely important to the people, historically to the native people, but then I think anyone who lives here and goes out into Puget Sound and is able to see the orcas, it's really a very special kind of occasion. They are so much part of the fabric here. Back starting in the 1970s some whale biologists did a census of the orcas and they know them by name. They each have the pod they're in (J, K or L), but then they have names, too. And, when they come back in July, all three pods come back into the Haro Straits part—what we call the Salish Sea—they do a ritual where they line up by pods and they welcome each other and they kind of like each do a little acknowledgement to each other. I've actually never seen that but would love to. And they're just so magical that it's very much a part of the people in this region.

One of the things that really stuck with me, that made me admire the orcas so much was that they are one of the few species that are matrilineal, and their pods are matriarchal so the mothers and the grandmothers and the granddaughter all stay together. The males will go between pods when they're mating, but they'll travel with their mothers. And they are one of the few species that has post-reproductive females. We have humans and orcas and elephants. One of the things that scientists have tried to figure out is, "What is it that post-reproductive females are doing in terms of evolution and survival?" For most species, the reproduction function, the rearing the young, is what they're doing for survival. And they think for the orcas that it's passing down knowledge. That stuck with me as something that I found so special.

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Orca pod

They were labled "killer whale" due to misunderstanding before modern technology could research their true nature. Orca's kill for the sole purpose of sustaining their life ---no ulterior motive. Orca's are actually dolphins and are a female-centric society - matrilineal. The whole clan acquiesces to the leadership of the head female of the group. It implies a parallel to the divine feminine. The Orca whale is highly communicative; able to express an intricate vocabulary. They also communicate with body language and echolocation.



Whale lets you know when it is time to inspect your own use of creativity and reset the vibrations of old methods. This is what steeps them with power. They awaken greater levels of creative inspiration and tap into the mystery of the deep blue. The sound of this mammal teaches us how to create by following our inner hum.

The whale facilitates with emotional clarity. They assist navigation through ambiguous and confusing seas. Whale teaches to recognize that what you see is not necessarily the reality of what actually is. You are easily able to bridge these differences and integrate all things into the truth of what actually is. Whale characteristics are very nurturing and pull in strong ties to their community at large. Often they invite you to be clear about your values and stand for them. Whale helps those who tend to get lost in their own creativity keep both worlds in balance.


We are the Ones We've Been Waiting For

--by Hopi Elders (Aug 23, 2010)

You have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered…

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?

Know your garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for your leader.

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.

And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.

The time of the one wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word ’struggle’ from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

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Thomas Banyacya


You have been telling the people,
That this is the eleventh hour.
Now, you must go and tell the people,
That THIS is the hour,
And there are things to be considered.

Where are you living? What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in the right relationship?
Where is your water?
Know your garden …

It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community,
Be good to each other.
Do not look outside yourself for a leader.

There is a river flowing now very fast,
It is so great and swift.
That there are those who will be afraid,
They will try to hold onto the shore.
They will feel they are being pulled apart,
And will suffer greatly.

Understand that the river knows its destination,
The elders say we must let go of the shore.
Push off into the middle of the river,
Keep our eyes open and our heads above water.

And I say; see who is in there with you,
Hold fast to them and celebrate!

At this time in history,
We are to take nothing personally.
Least of all, ourselves!
For the moment we do,
Our spiritual growth and journey comes to an end.
The time of the Lone Wolf is over!

Gather yourselves!
Banish the word ‘struggle’ from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done,
In a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are all about to go on a journey,
We are the ones we have been waiting for!

 -Thomas Banyacya Sr. (1910-1999);
Speaker of the Wolf, Fox and Coyote Clan
Elder of the Hopi Nation


 “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” ? C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves


   "Everything is dual, everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree".

It is also the first of the mutable or transcendable Universal Laws. It means that there are two sides to everything. Things that appear as opposites are in fact only two extremes of the same thing. For instance, heat and cold may appear to be opposites at first glance, but in truth they are simply varying degrees of the same thing. The same applies to love and hate, peace and war, positive and negative, good and evil, yes and no, light and darkness, energy and matter. You can transform your thoughts from hate to love, from fear to courage by consciously raising your vibrations. This is what in the ancient Hermetic Teachings is called the Art of Polarization.

We are the Ones We've Been Waiting For

--by Hopi Elders (Aug 23, 2010)

You have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered…

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?

Know your garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for your leader.

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.

And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.

The time of the one wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word ’struggle’ from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

- See more at:

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”

~Frederick Douglas




                          Foulës in the frith,The fishës in the flod,And I mon waxë wod;Much sorwe I walkë with

Faintly, along the shadowed shores of night
I saw a wilderness of stars that flamed
And fluttered as they climbed or sank, and shamed
The crouching dark with shyly twinkling light;
I saw them there, odd fragments quaintly bright,
And wondered at their presence there unclaimed,
Then thought, perhaps, that they were dreams unnamed,
That faded slow, like hope's arrested flight.

Or vanished suddenly, like futile fears- 
And some were old and worn like precious things
That youth preserves against encroaching years- 
Some disappeared like songs that no man sings,
But one remained- an ember in the dark-I crouched alone, and blew upon the spark.

~Louis L'Amour


 "Lets build 6 fires tonight. One for every bird and chipmunk."




“He is the most courageous, remorseless writer going, and the more he grinds my nose in the sh**, the more I am grateful to him. He's not f-ing me about, he's not leading me up any garden path, he's not slipping me a wink, he's not flogging me a remedy or a path or a revelation or a basinful of breadcrumbs, he's not selling me anything I don't want to buy — he doesn't give a bollock whether I buy or not — he hasn't got his hand over his heart. Well, I'll buy his goods, hook, line and sinker, because he leaves no stone unturned and no maggot lonely. He brings forth a body of beauty.”

(on his mentor Augusto Boal)

~Harold Pinter


Désiré François Laugée

“Just as ripples radiate from the place where a stone is thrown into a pool of water, our sometime-unconscious thoughts, feelings, emotions, and beliefs create the “disturbances” in the Field that become the blueprints for our lives.”

~Gregg Braden

 >>>Drala is the elemental presence of the world that is available to us through sense perceptions. When we open to trees, flowers, a creek or clouds we encounter an actual wisdom, though one that is not separate from our own. Beholding a river is much more than merely looking at a river; potentially, we are meeting the dralas. A friend of mine was once with her family in upstate New York. It was winter and they had hiked into a forest. The landscape was one of cold and snow, whiteness and silence, birch trees. Astonished by the pristine beauty, my friend realized it was her duty - not just to notice this beauty - but to stop and linger with it. To let it penetrate her. To listen. We have failed to see our first responsibility to the world is an aesthetic one.

Discover that, "Luxury is experiencing reality" The intriguing quote, "Luxury is experiencing reality" is another phrase Chögyam Trungpa used which goes to the heart of the drala principle. In our modern world of technology and consumerism we live tremendously and unnecessarily shielded from the elements; as Trungpa taught, "so many devices are presented to us...ten thousand types of gloves and a hundred thousand types of shoes and millions of masks to ward off animals in the real world... Just in case you smell a cow, you have an aerosol." 


 * On the influence of travel on Over and Even:  I was on a shore [in Greece], and looking at a lot of ruins and meeting a lot of live people, and hearing all these myths and stories that were ages older, just imagining the interaction between the old gods there, the way they painted them in the stories, and the real people. ~Joan Shelley



The inner History of Masonry is left aside for the present, and the apprentice is led by a trustworthy guide through the labyrinth which protects the central Shrine from careless and idle inquirers. Places that were obscure become illuminated; dark allusions are changed to crystal clarity; walls which seem solid melt away; confidence replaces doubt; glimpses of the goal are caught through rifts in the clouds; and the earth-born mists vanish before the rays of the rising sun. Instead of fragments of half-understood traditions, confused and uninterpreted, we find in our hands a splendid science and a reservoir of power which we can use for the uplifting of the world.



December 25, 1925



Sumerian seals and amulets.



Voynich Manuscript




“No settled family or community has ever called its home place an “environment.” None has ever called its feeling for its home place “biocentric” or “anthropocentric.” None has ever thought of its connection to its home place as “ecological,” deep or shallow. The concepts and insights of the ecologists are of great usefulness in our predicament, and we can hardly escape the need to speak of “ecology” and “ecosystems.” But the terms themselves are culturally sterile. They come from the juiceless, abstract intellectuality of the universities which was invented to disconnect, displace, and disembody the mind. The real names of the environment are the names of rivers and river valleys; creeks, ridges, and mountains; towns and cities; lakes, woodlands, lanes roads, creatures, and people.

And the real name of our connection to this everywhere different and differently named earth is “work.” We are connected by work even to the places where we don’t work, for all places are connected; it is clear by now that we cannot exempt one place from our ruin of another. The name of our proper connection to the earth is “good work,” for good work involves much giving of honor. It honors the source of its materials; it honors the place where it is done; it honors the art by which it is done; it honors the thing that it makes and the user of the made thing. Good work is always modestly scaled, for it cannot ignore either the nature of individual places or the differences between places, and it always involves a sort of religious humility, for not everything is known. Good work can be defined only in particularity, for it must be defined a little differently for every one of the places and every one of the workers on the earth.

The name of our present society’s connection to the earth is “bad work” – work that is only generally and crudely defined, that enacts a dependence that is ill understood, that enacts no affection and gives no honor. Every one of us is to some extent guilty of this bad work. This guilt does not mean that we must indulge in a lot of breast-beating and confession; it means only that there is much good work to be done by every one of us and that we must begin to do it.” 
~Wendell Berry

Cleopatra, alla ricerca del mito


 Dalla sua capitale Fotografia di Christoph Gerigk, Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation


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You always knew, since you were little, that you came here for a reason that wasn't evident in the path choices that society was offering. It took time for you to heed the visions, to believe that they were something and not brush them off as nothing. You have passed many tests already, proving to yourself the power of intention to transform the impossible to the possible. You have had good guides along the way, and you learned to be patient and open. To sit with disappointment and sadness until you fully received their lessons. To stay true to your truth, without wanting or trying to control the outcome. 


A grateful heart a garden is, 

 Where there is always room

 For every lovely, Godlike grace

 To come to perfect bloom.

Nikola Tesla ("Mustache")



How I go to the woods

Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single

friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore

I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds

or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours.

Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit

on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,

until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.

 If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love you very much.”

~ Mary Oliver


"If my head is trying to go everywhere, being in these trees keeps it only here."



Enrique Martinez Celaya


for the creator there is not poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attentions to it. Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight, where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance. - And if out of this turning-within, out of this immersion in your own world, poems come, then you will not think of asking anyone whether they are good or not. Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works: for you will see them as your dear natural possession, a piece of your life, a voice from it. A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.” 

~Rainer Maria Rilke


“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education."

~Rudolf Steiner

honoring the fall Equinox is acknowledging the moment that the sun rises opposite from where it is setting making the day and night of equal length.The deep seeded separation that is surfacing shows all aspects of darkness that have not come into love yet. Even when nature may indicate that it lets go, the reality is that nothing is ever wasted and all gets transformed to feed the new life.  Time of creativity,conductivity, foundations,and transmuting.


 I want to send a dream far from here.

The swallows fly high there.
Perhaps your wheat ripens
and through the yellow oceans of rye
a slow humming sound of bread can be heard.
This is a world of water and stones,
my hand is without bread and I count its lines.

—Harry Martinson, Far From Here

Enrique Martinez Celaya



Enrique Martinez Celaya



The Birds are Sad

Here is one of those little things - tiny on the scale of the vast tragedies unfolding on Earth today - that got under my skin. A family living on wild land in Oregon in tipis, raising their daughter, is now threatened with eviction because the owners are forced to sell the land. With the transfer of the land, the family is now living there illegally. In the realm of the human agreements of the dominant culture, they are not welcome on the land.

But does the land have an opinion? In a worldview that holds land as a thing, property, that can be bought and sold, cut up and cut down, then of course not. A "thing" cannot extend or withhold welcome.

The three-year-old girl sees it otherwise. She looked at the post-holes for the gate that would keep them out, and she said, "The birds are sad about these holes that people dug, the birds want us to live here."

"Humph!" the cynic snorts, "are we to give credence to the childish fantasy of a little girl who is obviously projecting her own desires onto the birds?" 

I think that our civilization will not survive unless we begin giving credence to such things, and develop the capacity to listen as closely as a three-year-old to the voice of the land. 

That would be a huge shift; it would mean abandoning the anthropocentrism that arrogates to ourselves alone the qualities of a fully-developed self - things like a voice, like sadness, like welcome. It is an anthropocentrism that is, as far as I know, unique to the worldview of modernity. Other cultures fully recognized the beingness of the non-human world. For a long time we dismissed them as primitive; after all, our worldview must be superior because look at what our civilization has achieved. Today though, as the mounting ecological crisis subsumes these achievements, we begin to doubt whether our way of seeing is better after all. In growing helplessless, we begin to turn toward other ways. 

The family is looking for allies, legal and otherwise, in the Ashland/Medford area.   

~Charles Eisenstein 

(from the new and ancient story #9)


Mahatma Gandhi saw God in every thread that he drew on the spinning wheel; its music was like a balm to his soul. He also pointed out the therapeutic use of the spinning wheel — it was a nerve relaxant and could help in gaining steadiness of mind, and in controlling passion. "...the yarn we spin is capable of mending the broken warp and woof of our life."


Mahatma Gandhi’s movement for charkha was aimed at building a new economic and social order based on self-sufficient non-exploitative village communities of the past. It was also a protest against growing industrialism and materialism which were making man a slave of machine and Mammon. To quote him: "The message of the spinning wheel is much wider than its circumference. Its message is one of simplicity, service of mankind, living so as not to hurt others, creating an indissoluble bound between the rich and the poor, capital and labour, the prince and the peasant. That larger message is naturally for all."


1st Arrow: The old adage that “one cannot escape themselves” is exactly what we need to do. At least escape long enough to quell our shadows through errancy. A long wandering is in effect, the Drift, a running back into ourselves: our ancestral predisposition of Hunting and Gathering, our innate capacity to move with the rhythms of the earth. True wandering is led by the land where we re-enter our bodies and follow the terrain that calls us forth.

~Matthew Cochran





Dear Mr. Arison:

My name is Sander Elliott and I am twelve years old. I am writing because I want to share some important information about sharks. I believe it is important that cruise lines and restaurants stop serving shark. Since Carnival is a large, important cruise line you could be an influential character in the movement to save the sharks and then help save the ocean, which Carnival and people depend on. Here are a few important statistics about sharks:

 • Research shows that scalloped hammerhead and tiger sharks in the Atlantic ocean have likely declined by more than 97 percent; bull, dusky, and smooth hammerhead sharks by more than 99 percent.

 • Sharks are in trouble on the Great Barrier Reef, have almost been eliminated from the Atlantic Ocean, and are a regular on the endangered species list (I know that Carnival often sails in the Atlantic and if Carnival stopped serving shark it would help the sharks and the ecosystem come back and set an example for others to do the same).

 • The smooth hammerhead, Shortfin Mako, common thresher, big-eye thresher, silky, tiger, bull and dusky are going to be added to the endangered list. There are already 126 species of shark on the endangered list and the number is going to rise. Shark populations worldwide are at historical low levels due to serious over fishing.

 • Also it is generally not a healthy choice for your customers to eat shark species (including dogfish) due to elevated levels of mercury.

I believe that my suggestion to stop serving shark would be a good choice for Carnival Cruise Lines because it would show that you care about the oceans and the health of your customers. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my letter and I hope that you will consider my request.

 Thank you,



“The way the animals live, everybody envies them, because look, a cat, when it walks - did you ever see a cat making an aesthetic mistake? Did you ever see a badly formed cloud? Were the stars ever misarranged? When you watch the foam breaking on the seashore, did it ever make a bad pattern? Never. And yet we think in what we do, we make mistakes.” 



Christ at the center of the medieval zodiac


In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
— Margaret Atwood


“Don’t bend; water it down; or make it logical; don’t edit your soul for fashion. Follow intense obsessions mercilessly.”

~franz Kafka



Prehistoric Cave painting | 35000 years ago | Ancient Art History


"The soul--which I'm defining as our capacity for these deeply positive human qualities--is something that, in most of us, desperately needs to be developed. Too many of us live in a fractured state, deeply divided against ourselves--often far more so than we are aware of or able to feel. We exist in a self-generated vacuum of moral ambiguity, where everything is relative and our attention is focused mainly on our emotional state. Most of us know a lot more about what really matters than we are willing to live up to. Indeed, we are attracted to that which is beautiful, profound, and meaningful but find ourselves lacking the soul strength to really struggle, to engage in a life-and-death wrestling match with our own division, cynicism, and inertia. The awful truth is that it is just easier for us not to care that much. In order to care that much, we have to be willing to feel a connection with life that is so deep that it hurts. We have to be ready to step onto the field of our own experience in a way that is authentic, unconditional, and deeply committed--to embrace a kind of fearless vulnerability where our transparency is our strength and the living experience of connection is permanent, unbroken, and inescapable."

Andrew Cohen



Caravan Gypsy Vardo Wagon:  The interior of a #Gypsy wagon.

 We are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known. ~ Carson McCullers

John William Waterhouse, ‘The Lady of Shalott’ 1888 


  "Important encounters are planned by the souls long 

 before the bodies see each other."  

~Paulo Coelho 

to be human 

is to become visible

while carrying what is hidden 

as a gift to others

~David Whyte

 "Hey Mom, tell me that story but use dancing hands and try to tell it longer then the moon is away from here."







  vintage RR


Growth in philosophical understanding, or just plain wisdom, is always a matter of being able to distinguish between levels of truth and frames of reference, at the same time being able to see one's life in its intimate relation to these differing and ever more universal levels. Above all, there is the level beyond levels, the boundless frame of universal nature, which, however impossible to describe, is the self-determining and spontaneous ground of our being and our freedom. The degree of our freedom and self-determination varies with the level which we realize to be our self-- the source from which we act. As our sense of our self is narrow, the more we feel our existence as restraint. "And therefore," said Ruysbroeck, "we must all found our lives upon a fathomless abyss"--so to discover that what we are is not what we are bound to be, but what we are free to be. For when when we stand with our nature, seeing that there is nowhere to stand against it, we are at last able to move unmoved. 

~Alan Watts  (nature, man and woman)


"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."

~Henry David Thoreau

WoW! Thank you to those of you that reached out after seeing Leo and I in a photo during the flood. It is amazing to have so many friends and family reach out, but then to have support  & offerings dumping in from all of you we have not met >>has been touching +++ INSPIRING to say the least. 

I am so very grateful for all of the AMAZING people who stepped in as if you were watching your own home underwater. Especially the students from Tara Performing Arts who kept showing up with those big grins ready to take on the flood pond.

There are so many layers of the "flood" to address, but I will leave the rest for the paint brush.....

Thank you all for the home offerings--> but we will continue to be in Red Feather for a while (putting a foundation under my castle in the air)....... visitors welcome!! 

 "Lets sleep out here tonight so that all the mountain lions will come and protect us."








This is paper graphic.




Jessica Trusty



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