Friday, November 30, 2012


from this green earth ~

~ Therefore am I still
A lover of the meadows and the woods
And mountains; and of all that we behold 
From this green earth; of all the mighty world 
Of eye and ear, both what they half create 
And what perceive; well pleased to recognise 
In nature and the language of the sense 
The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse, 
The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul 
Of my moral being.

Wordsworth ~ written a few miles above Tintern Abbey on revisiting the banks of the Wye during a tour in 1798

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

wolf willow beads part II ~

This evening I boiled these seeds to soften them and now I have stuck a needle through them and threaded then all onto some hemp twine. Once dry I can use them as beads.

* see October 27, 2012 wolf willow beads part I

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

follow your inner moonlight ~

Follow your inner moonlight, don't hide the madness ~ Allen Ginsberg

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

the weather that is ourselves ~

We could learn to stop when the sun goes down and when the sun comes up. We could learn to listen to the wind; we could learn to notice that it’s raining or snowing or hailing or calm. We could reconnect with the weather that is ourselves, and we could realize that it’s sad. The sadder it is, and the vaster it is, the more our heart opens. We can stop thinking that good practice is when it’s smooth and calm, and bad practice is when it’s rough and dark. If we can hold it all in our hearts, then we can make a proper cup of tea.

Pema Chodron ~ The Wisdom of No Escape: And the Path of Loving-Kindness

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

creek this morning ~

the abiding stone ~

choice ~

Listed below are the corporations that spent money to defeat Proposition 37 (proposition 37 ~ The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act). The act was defeated in the state of California on November 6, 2012:  53.7% No to 46.3% Yes:

"Monsanto ($8.2 million)
DuPont ($5.4 million)
Pepsico ($2.1 million)
Grocery Manufacturers Association ($2 million)
DOW Agrisciences ($2 million)
Bayer Cropscience ($2 million)
BASF Plant Science ($2 million)
Syngenta Corporation ($2 million)
Kraft Foods ($1.9 million)
Coca Cola ($1.7 million)
Nestle ($1.3 million).

Those and other major donors, including General Mills, Kellogg's, Del Monte, Campbell's Soup, Heinz Food, Hershey, J.M. Smucker, Ocean Spray, Hormel, Unilever, Sara Lee, Dean Foods, and Dole, make up most of the major brands on supermarket shelves in the U.S. and Canada."

source see: ~ entry for November 8, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

capturing a cat nap and a dog nap ~

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Sunday, November 4, 2012

raise your hopeful voice ~

Glen Hansard and Eddie Vedder

Saturday, November 3, 2012

unless they had made this journey ~

There is a story of a mother and child living together. And the child asks the mother, "Where is my father?" And the mother says, "He is a wonderful person, but you cannot find him." The child gets very curious about his father and the mother keeps telling him stories about how wonderful his father is. The child's expectations get more and more built up until finally the situation reaches a point where the mother has actually to take him to see the father. So the mother takes her son out the front door of the house and the two go up into the mountains. They climb steep slopes and cross streams and labor over all kinds of obstacles. Finally they reach a ridge from where they can look down. They look down and see a valley with a house in it. The mother says, "That house down there is where your father lives." Then they climb down to the house and enter at the back door. In the room, they find a man and the mother tells her son, "This is your father." After the tremendous effort of the journey, climbing and walking a long the way, the child is tremendously excited and very pleased to find his wonderful father. Then the child discovers a door on the other side of the room that leads into the very same house where he had always lived with his mother. The mother could have taken her son directly through the door to see the father, but the child would not have appreciated him unless they had made this journey. If the mother just took the child from one room to the other, it would not have been anything. 

Chogyam Trungpa ~ Glimpses of Abhidharma

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

for your information ~

If you are interested in avoiding genetically modifed foods these are the

sugar beets
yellow crookneck squash
alfalfa for hay

Some of the derivatives:
canola oil, corn flour, corn masa, corn meal, corn oil, corn sugar, corn syrup, cornstarch, cottonseed, dextrin, dextrose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, maltodextrin, protein isolate, soy flour, soy isolate, soy lecithin, soy milk, soy oil, soy protein, soy isolate, soy sauce, sugar, tamari, tocopherols (vitamin e), tofu, vegetable fat, vegetable oil.

If possible consider buying the organic version of these products and/or buy products that say non-gmo (the non-gmo project). Below is a link to a documentary on the subject and a link to a non-gmo shopping guide:

jack was here ~

love has a way ~