VALERIEMAHA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VALERIEMAHA VALERIEMAHA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ I own nothing. #12, 2014 Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768429 The moment when, after many years <BR> of hard work and a long voyage <BR> you stand in the centre of your room, <BR> house, half-acre, square mile, island, country, <BR> knowing at last how you got there, <BR> and say, I own this, <BR> <BR> is the same moment when the trees unloose <BR> their soft arms from around you, <BR> the birds take back their language, <BR> the cliffs fissure and collapse, <BR> the air moves back from you like a wave <BR> and you can't breathe. <BR> <BR> No, they wh... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:04:30 EST Capital SparkFriends in the Capital! #11, 2014 Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752527 Definition of "capital" as an adjective -- "excellent or first-rate: a capital fellow or girl, a capital hotel." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1599914905.jpg"> <BR> I was recently with capital friends Kathy (ATRANSFORMATION) and Vivian (MISS_VIV), each welcoming me into their Sacramento, CA area homes and sharing a gracious spirit of hospitality. The return visit has been a long time coming and I deeply enjoyed the time with them as our friendships grow an... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 22:24:45 EST Oh joy! San Francisco Bay Area and Environs, #10 2014 Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734748 The first stopover in the SF Bay Area, has come and gone and this blog is long overdue. (I am now visiting dear Kathy, ATRANSFORMATION, in Folsom, Sacramento area. Stay tuned for #11 on my Sacramento area sojourn with Kathy and Vivian, MISS_VIV.) <BR> <BR> So here are a few photos and reflections on the magical SF Bay Area and environs, with some beloved friends. One unfortunate photos omission is a sail boat race that Diana enjoyed being a part of, invited by our friend, Ira. Kaveri an... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 17:56:04 EST We have arrived! #9 2014 Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726297 I would say I'm into the third chapter of this adventure, one being Little Rock to San Diego, where I rendezvoused with Diana, two being the trip up the California coast to San Francisco with Diana, and three, the stopover in the SF Bay Area. Four will be a visit to Sacramento area friends. Five? Not sure which chapter Ecuador will be! So, to finish chapter two: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l439939791.jpg"> <BR> The beach near our Carpenteria camp site. <B... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:52:34 EST Title: Trundling up the California Coast #8 2014 Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725947 I'm entering the near past, not to dwell there (of course), but simply to begin to bring you up to the present. I left off in Blog #7 having arrived to San Diego to reunite with my soul sister, Diana and continue up the coast to San Francisco to rendezvous with Dawn and other friends. Dawn, Diana and I met when we all lived and taught at the Integral Yoga Institute in the early and mid-80s. We became best friends then, inseparable, and known by some as The Three Sisters. <BR> <BR> After s... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:09:58 EST San Francisco or bust! #7 2014 Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725085 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1867084428.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1492599710.jpg"> <BR> This is the San Francisco digs (near Geary and Presidio) of dear friend Jnani, where Diana and I are currently hanging out. Jnani is in southern California for the week teaching at Loyola University and visiting friends. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1885825419.jpg"> <BR> We spent yesterday cruising some old... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:23:22 EST Friends and Dos Picos County Park #6 2014 Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718394 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l755868992.jpg"> <BR> I traveled on the famous Route 66 to my old Hawaii-now-Arizona friend Sam's, in Topock, AZ, arriving a week ago. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1694397076.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1966321544.jpg"> <BR> Scenery along the way <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l645755590.jpg"> <BR> I shot this quickie as we got his rebuil... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:10:11 EST Miscellaneous trip shots #5 2014 Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717795 It's a sunny, warm morning in Brawley. I'm on my bicycle at 6:00am and decided to come to Starbucks to post some of the photos that have "fallen by the wayside." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l920954937.jpg"> <BR> There were dozens of these in rows...in New Mexico: <BR> <BR> They are about 50 miles west of Socorro, the VLA (Very Large Array) - a series of 27 (yes, twenty-seven!) 230-ton radio astronomy dishes, arranged in a flexibly Y configuration. Using as... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:24:25 EST More bicycling in the high desert #4 2014 Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717464 Well, it has been a rather challenging day, because after I left my friend's place in Topock, AZ my cell phone died. I'm in Brawley now for the night. It's in the Imperial Valley, part of the "agricultural basket" of California. I went to a Radio Shack, but after 1.5 hours they decided they couldn't help me (long story), although after polishing my cell battery a few times, the phone did boot. On to more pleasant considerations, as I sit in a Starbucks and enjoy the A/C. <BR> <BR> I stay... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:25:19 EST A little of this, a little of that, #3 2014 Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715014 Because my computer access is so limited (I'm at the library doing this), I will just send some photo clips today, and hope to have greater access when I get to California next week: <BR> <BR> So far so good: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2097693569.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the way I feel under the New Mexico and Arizona sky: <BR> <em>8</em> <BR> Entrance <BR> (After Rilke) <BR> <BR> Whoever you are: step out of doors tonight, <BR> Out of the room that lets you... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:45:54 EST To meet everything and everyone through stillness, #2B 2014 Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709615 May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder. <BR> -- John O'Donohue <BR> <BR> I am re-posting yesterday's blog -- THE NEW AND EXPANDED VERSION WITH PHOTOS (such as they are): <BR> <BR> But first, Eckhart Tolle's statement struck me deeply this morning, so let us begin there: "To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe." And now, one more time -- <BR> <BR> I am well into ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 10:10:32 EST Woven around the heart of wonder, #2 2014 Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708829 May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder. <BR> -- John O'Donohue <BR> <BR> I am well into the west coast road trip, having begun May 24 from home in central Arkansas. This June 2 early Monday morning finds me ready to continue the western pull, after landing five days ago at my yoga sister Connie's amazing digs in Sandia Park, outside Albuquerque, New Mexico. <BR> <BR> I'm on her PC and the photos, such as they are, aren't copying for me, so no images... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 10:51:30 EST Get Your Kicks on Route 66, #1 2014 Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699204 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1625593624.jpg"> <BR> Bon voyage brunch at Patio Cafe last Saturday with yoga sisters, Brooke on the left, teacher extraordinaire Meg on the right <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l295102678.jpg"> <BR> The countdown has begun in earnest now for The Last Hurrah, my final solo road trip in the wonderful 1984 Toyota Dolphin, aka Kurma (Turtle) Avatara. I will take blue highways from Conway to Yukon, OK, where I wil... Tue, 20 May 2014 12:27:51 EST Listen to things more often than beings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678870 I am deeply comforted by this profound poem. I find it inspiring as I become more intricately involved in the planning for my May 24 departure. <BR> <em>534</em> <BR> (More on The Trip will be forthcoming!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1686775061.jpg"> <BR> <BR> EARTH SONG <BR> <BR> Listen to things more often than beings. <BR> Hear the voice of the fire, hear the voice of the water, <BR> Listen in the wind to the sighing of the bush: <BR> This is the a... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:40:55 EST On the Death of the Beloved -- for a dear friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649811 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2134519680.jpg"> <BR> On The Death Of The Beloved <BR> <BR> Though we need to weep your loss, <BR> You dwell in that safe place in our hearts, <BR> Where no storm or night or pain can reach you. <BR> <BR> Your love was like the dawn <BR> Brightening over our lives <BR> Awakening beneath the dark <BR> A further adventure of colour. <BR> <BR> The sound of your voice <BR> Found for us <BR> A new music <BR> That brightened everything. <BR> <... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:23:32 EST New Year's Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576226 It's going on 2:00am and I'm still up. And the irony of "What to Remember When Waking," David Whyte's poignant creation, isn't escaping me. <BR> <BR> Nor is the allusion to Buddha's reply of "Awake," when asked what he was. <BR> <BR> As I ready myself to enter each day of the new year, I hope to always remember that I have been "invited from another and greater night." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l947168567.jpg"> <BR> <BR> WHAT TO REMEMBER WHEN WAKING... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 01:59:43 EST I heard the bells on Christmas Day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571673 When you’re happy, sing. When you’re sad, sing even louder. <BR> --Irish Proverb <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1158670510.jpg"> <BR> Holy Holly, Greg Turiya Liotta <BR> <BR> I've always felt that if I can keep a song in my heart, it will add joy to my day. And so I decided to share some of my favorite music of this time of year...perhaps you too will find joy in it! <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> ~ Three Dog Night <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 14:34:01 EST My dear Spark friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571168 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l177951580.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Joyful greetings this holiday season! <BR> <BR> I hope all of you far-and-near bask in contentment -- <BR> Alone or surrounded by family and/or friends <BR> Lights or shadows <BR> Music or quietness <BR> Going out or staying in <BR> Vegan or omnivore <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1995059078.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And in the midst of it all -- <BR> May we have gratitude for the gifts ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:27:30 EST Really...EVERYTHING? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511604 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1344745381.jpg"> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 14:38:56 EST Fall Song, Mary Oliver http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500537 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1617744664.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fall Song <BR> <BR> Another year gone, leaving everywhere <BR> its rich spiced residues: vines, leaves, <BR> <BR> the uneaten fruits crumbling damply <BR> in the shadows, unmattering back <BR> <BR> from the particular island <BR> of this summer, this NOW, that now is nowhere <BR> <BR> except underfoot, moldering <BR> in that black subterranean castle <BR> <BR> of unobservable mysteries - roots and sealed seed... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:44:26 EST Summer's end http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488235 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l264033112.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Blazing summer days: no force could bring them back. <BR> Clouds suddenly rising off the river, lovely, so lovely, <BR> <BR> ducks leave a bridge's shadow, paddling into fine rain, <BR> and butterflies flutter out, frolicking in field breezes. <BR> <BR> The willow won't survive nights and days much longer, <BR> and waterlilies will only open two or three more times. <BR> <BR> If the changing sights of a single y... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:58:46 EST The good news and the bad news.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407439 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l908898233.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yeah, let's meet there to talk about this -- <BR> <BR> I have good news and not-so-good news: After embarking upon a conscious program (once again) of portion control, watching the types of foods consumed, tracking food, and exercising to begin getting rid of the 15 pounds that have crept up on me from about two years of careless eating, the good news is that I have maintained a month-long streak of daily exer... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:59:35 EST One year from now.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358637 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1272950696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hesitated to write this blog because it can be yet another way to be on the computer INSTEAD of "on the mat" or with the free weights or on my bicycle. But It will be short-and-sweet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1234284458.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm pushin' 150 lbs. and that's scary...and moves me toward that "out-of-control" feeling that I dread so. I'm afraid I've been sliding do... Thu, 16 May 2013 13:41:52 EST Endings...and beginnings, Part 2 (#8, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331969 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l449833167.jpg"> <BR> As I get increasingly enmeshed with *this* altered state since returning from Ecuador March 19, the vividness of the experiences blur slightly and the matters that I just *had* to attend to have diminished in importance just a bit. But I continue to persist in pursuing the dreams that spawned during this odyssey (odyssey: a long series of wanderings or adventures, especially when filled with notable experiences, hardshi... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:14:56 EST Endings...and beginnings, Part 1 (#7, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303516 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l905171769.jpg"> <BR> Every door is another passage, another boundary we have to go beyond. <BR> --Rumi <BR> <em>144</em> <BR> We sometimes step, sometimes stumble, and other times we are pulled into the territory of the Crone when the need for a deeper, larger understanding of our most meaningful path can no longer be denied -- when the gifts hidden in our challenges must be brought forth. <BR> -- Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes <BR> <BR> The... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:17:37 EST On the road in Ecuador (#6, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298375 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1707519892.jpg"> <BR> A hundred blossoming white lotus flowers <BR> for you, <BR> a Buddha-to-be. <BR> <BR> Note: <BR> Please substitute <BR> "A bouquet of blossoming salmon-hued gladioli" <BR> for the lotus flowers. <BR> <em>146</em> <BR> I spent two weeks solo on the road traveling by bus -- getting to know portions of southern Ecuador and, of course, many amazing people and more aspects of myself and my Self as well -- first ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 15:34:12 EST 71 years on the planet...REALLY??? (#5, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269930 What they say is true...aging is like a snowball gathering speed as it rolls down the hill...incredible how the years are whirling by these days!!! It is said that youth is wasted on the young...and in my case, that was definitely true. How about you? <BR> <BR> I'm a little late with this birthday entry...it was February 23, 1942 that I entered the planet for this round. Carlos and Yolanda invited us to their lovely cottage and finca (farm) above Ibarra. Adelaida, Amrita and I celebrated... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 15:24:37 EST Love (#4, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251535 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1096744624.jpg"> <BR> View of Rio Intag from terraza outside our room at Tierra & Sol Lodge, Intag, Ecuador <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> <BR> Aimless Love <BR> <BR> This morning as I walked along the lakeshore, <BR> I fell in love with a wren <BR> and later in the day with a mouse <BR> the cat had dropped under the dining room table. <BR> <BR> In the shadows of an autumn evening, <BR> I fell for a seamstress <BR> still at her machine in th... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:46:21 EST The Universe (#3, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214131 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l337453396.jpg"> <BR> I <em>26</em> the Teachings as expressed by Eckhart Tolle! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Life continues to careen toward the Center in all its fierce beauty, and I'm holding on for dear life, mostly enjoying the ride. <BR> <BR> I decided to post a few more miscellaneous photos for no particular reason, other than the fact that I'll be able enjoy the record of them many moons from now, and perhaps they will brin... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:32:17 EST One World (#2, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208818 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l863347003.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Poem of the One World <BR> <BR> This morning <BR> the beautiful white heron <BR> was floating above the water <BR> and then into the sky <BR> of this one world <BR> we all belong to <BR> where everything sooner or later is part <BR> of everything else <BR> <BR> which thought made me feel <BR> for a little while <BR> quite beautiful myself. <BR> <BR> -- Mary Oliver <BR> <BR> Today my beloved friend Adelaida and ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:11:02 EST Presence (#1, Ecuador, 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193201 Awaken to the mystery of being here <BR> and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l641343814.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My place of residence with Adelaida and her daughter Amrita (my god daughter) is about 15 minutes southeast of Otavalo, heading toward the town of Cotacachi. For reference, Ibarra is about 35 minutes northeast of Otavalo. <BR> <BR> I am more and more deeply aware in my life of the importance of PRESENCE as I li... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 13:49:09 EST The invisible thread in pilgrimage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174674 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l116760927.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am looking at this three-month sojourn in South America, which will begin on Christmas Day, as a pilgrimage, a stepping off into the mystery, opening to the mystery, being the mystery, in my world without borders. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1707516180.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is said by the ancients that there is an invisible thread connecting us to the Source, to the Sacred. The t... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 20:12:12 EST What is laughter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154494 Without laughter, life would be unbearable, huh! It's the grease in the joints of the vehicle that carries us through it all -- the good, the bad, and the ugly! Joy Riley posts this wonderful image and Hafiz each year and I know I have also shared it in past years, but it's always worth an encore, for the profound Teaching it offers us: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1244659369.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Laughter <BR> <BR> What is laughter? What is laughter? <BR> It ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 09:34:13 EST Wash Our Spirits Clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146734 Dear Joe Riley, amazing purveyor of magnificent poetry to my Inbox each week, said this with this posting, "With so much emphasis on shopping rather than thankfulness I was reminded of this song. I don't mean it as a sermon or condemnation, just a reminder that there is more to life than buying stuff. I invite you to listen:" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l529637707.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wash Your Spirit Clean <BR> Sung in Cherokee and English <BR> (PLEASE NOTE: t... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 07:08:28 EST The Medicine of Poetry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124633 This morning's principal article from DailyGood.org by Kim Rosen speaks so beautifully to the healing power of poetry that I'm sharing the full text here for the nourishment and enjoyment of any who venture by needing or desiring its message: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1802802575.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "I never could connect with poetry," Jan said. "I'm a math teacher!" She was sitting on my living room couch surrounded by piles of poetry books. On the coffee tab... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 09:49:04 EST TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120015 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l875926971.jpg"> <BR> Logan Pass at Sunset, Glacier National Park, Montana <BR> <BR> TODAY <BR> <BR> The ordinary miracles begin. Somewhere <BR> a signal arrives: "Now," and the rays <BR> come down. A tomorrow has come. Open <BR> your hands, lift them: morning rings <BR> all the doorbells; porches are cells for prayer. <BR> Religion has touched your throat. Not the same now, <BR> you could close your eyes and go on full of light. <BR> <B... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 09:12:28 EST Why I Wake Early http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115466 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l417633744.jpg"> <BR> <BR> WHY I WAKE EARLY <BR> <BR> Hello, sun in my face. <BR> Hello, you who make the morning <BR> and spread it over the fields <BR> and into the faces of the tulips <BR> and the nodding morning glories, <BR> and into the windows of, even, the <BR> miserable and the crotchety -- <BR> <BR> best preacher that ever was, <BR> dear star, that just happens <BR> to be where you are in the universe <BR> to keep us from ever-da... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 10:38:22 EST Quiz with One Word Answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111599 First time I've done this sorta' thing. Just sorta-kinda' took hold of me after reading SCOOTER4263's. <BR> <BR> Wanna' play??? Just copy and paste and then fill in your own answers in a blog on your SparkPage. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1658951062.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> Desk <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Huh? <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Blah <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Miss <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> Miss <BR> <BR> Your favorite t... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:36:45 EST For the more esoteric among us.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096559 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l312028477.jpg"> <BR> <BR> From a numerological and Tarot perspective.... <BR> <BR> Friday 12th October's vibration (12+10+2+0+1+2) = 27/9. <BR> <BR> Fertility and growth are the key words for the 27/9 vibration. Things are blossoming and coming to fruition. Those new ventures that you dreamed of are establishing themselves, and new business flourish under this vibration. Partnerships are indicated again with the presence of the 2, and so... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:08:11 EST Life While-You-Wait http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096472 This wonderful morning offering from Wislawa Szymborska, a favorite poem from a favorite poet, speaks so deeply to me that I felt compelled to bring it forward for friends here to consider and possibly revel in, as I have. Although I know nothing of her religious propensities, I have no doubt that Szymborska was a deeply spiritual being. She speaks with deep awareness of the uncharted and often seemingly perilous journey we call "life." <BR> <BR> My life is not without its pleasures, and I... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:36:14 EST Fall Equinox Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069700 September 22: Sun in Libra. Mabon. Fall Equinox 7:49 am PDT/10:49 am EDT. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player<BR>_embedded&v=lX9UTWh4VDw#! </link> <BR> Autumn Song, Van Morrison <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l622672775.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (I'm including all of Irma Kaye Sawyer's lovely and juicy text for those who want to dig deep) -- <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> Re-visioning, Dry Land, and the Empress: Fall Equinox... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:52:13 EST ...the circle of life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066003 I can't decide what I want to do when I grow up (and if I want to get there before I die I guess I'd better begin!), I'm on a plateau physically and spiritually -- neither the body weight nor the mental weight are moving, and my sense of place and purpose are tenuous at best. <BR> <BR> Some mornings I feel more perplexed than usual at the conundrum of life. After pondering the "why this's" and "why thats" and reading BILLBOOO's blog on getting back on-purpose, ROSALIEESTHER's on being in ap... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 09:02:50 EST The way we react is our karma! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049606 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l243184285.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is this sound SparkAdvice -- or what! Rinpoche says, "When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. Perception is not reality. What appear to be faults in others may actually be reflections of our own emotional afflictions. I don't have an attitude problem; you have a perception problem. Remember the way people treat us is their karma. The way we react is our own." <BR> <BR> Judging ... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 10:46:58 EST Why I Wake Early http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019014 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966036682.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Why I Wake Early <BR> <BR> Hello, sun in my face. <BR> Hello, you who made the morning <BR> and spread it over the fields <BR> and into the faces of the tulips <BR> and the nodding morning glories, <BR> and into the windows of, even, the <BR> miserable and the crotchety -- <BR> <BR> best preacher that ever was, <BR> dear star, that just happens <BR> to be where you are in the universe <BR> to keep us from ever-d... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 07:03:29 EST In memory of Sally Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985927 <BR> <BR> **********In memory of Sally Ride********* <BR> ****Who got to see that the world is one**** <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l431826530.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ALL THE HEMISPHERES <BR> <BR> Leave the familiar for a while. <BR> Let your senses and bodies stretch out <BR> <BR> Like a welcomed season <BR> Onto the meadows and shores and hills. <BR> <BR> Open up to the Roof. <BR> Make a new water-mark on your excitement <BR> And love. <BR> <BR> Like a blooming... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 08:43:03 EST Praying and praying and praying.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978914 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l846711652.jpg"> <BR> <BR> EAGLE POEM <BR> <BR> To pray you open your whole self <BR> To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon <BR> To one whole voice that is you. <BR> And know there is more <BR> That you can't see, can't hear <BR> Can't know except in moments <BR> Steadily growing, and in languages <BR> That aren't always sound but other <BR> Circles of motion. <BR> Like eagle that Sunday morning <BR> Over Salt River. Circles in blue sky <BR> ... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 08:59:50 EST What Is There Beyond Knowing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4946128 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l250277475.jpg"> <BR> Thomas Merton at Gethsemani Abbey <BR> with Buddhist monk <BR> <link>http://tinyurl.com/d9ov5sg </link> <BR> Merton write-up from Gethsemani Abbey: <BR> <link>http://www.monks.org/thomasmerton.ht<BR>ml </link> <BR> <BR> I say in my SparkPage profile statement, "I adore adventure and authentic friendships and seek both out," and I've choreographed another dance which includes both! <BR> <BR> A friend and I are driv... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 11:35:36 EST The Summer Solstice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934876 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l262376144.jpg"> <BR> Click and read; you'll be glad you did: <BR> <link>www.incidentalcomics.com/2012/05/sum<BR>mer-night.html </link> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> Where I live in the central time zone of the USA, summer solstice begins today at 6:09pm. I decided to share information about the solstice and some favorite pieces that speak of summer, beginning with the extraordinary "comic" above from the gifted Grant Snider of Incidental Comics... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:17:25 EST Wendell Berry: A National Hero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914405 This body+This country+This planet=Healthy Parts ♥ Healthy Whole <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> <em>332</em> <em>652</em> <em>432</em> <em>332</em> <em>652</em> <em>432</em> <em>332</em> <em>652</em> <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l286583436.jpg"> <BR> Mount Evans Wilderness, Rocky Mountains, Colorado <BR> <BR> MANIFESTO:THE MAD FARMER LIBERATION FRONT <BR> <BR> Love the quick profit, the annual raise, <BR> vacation with pay. W... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 08:56:31 EST What did you do Saturday night? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4899771 This is what I did: <BR> <BR> <link>www.livestream.com/yogavilleevents/v<BR>ideo </link> <BR> <BR> (Select Krishna Das at Yogaville.) <BR> <em>272</em> Sun, 27 May 2012 10:10:12 EST