The Moon and Sun Played together that day…

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August 21st eclipse in progress dapples the ground through the foliage.

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Blind Bird Watching

How do you watch birds when you have no sight? I had seen a documentary about blind bird watchers:  A group of blind people were guided through woods. They were able to decipher a variety of bird calls and, from the sound of it, sensed they were in the midst of thousands of birds.

The next day, I tried it.  I walked to my favorite wooded path. Looking around me, I saw the flutter of a passing bird every now and then, and heard a tweet or two. Then, I closed my eyes and stood quietly.  That’s when the magic began.

Misty Woods

“Misty Woods” Acrylic on canvas, 4′ x 5′

Blind bird-watching is a wonder. I suggest you try it.

 

Global Warming – Not our Biggest Problem

I believe in the human spirit.  If the planet warms up, ice caps melt, floods capture coastlines, the human race will find a way to survive.  Oh sure, many will be destroyed, but enough will survive to build floating cities, wherever our creativity takes us… That is, if another problem doesn’t kill us off first.

I’m talking about really bad habits that are ruining our reproductive capabilities.  We are neutralizing ourselves as-we-speak. Instead of using dominion over the world in a way that preserves our own habitat, we behave like a cancer, devouring energy resources willy nilly.

I’m talking about the burning of fossil fuel which pumps carcinogens into the air we breath, yes, and also xenoestrogens: estrogen-like compounds that attach themselves to hormone receptors, female AND male.

These estrogen-like compounds are the same compounds we were outraged to have found in plastics years ago – horrified that our babies were guzzling plastic leaching chemicals with their juice bottle.

Will we all turn into girls?  Uhm, maybe. I don’t know.  But it doesn’t sound good to me.

Have you wondered what happens when these estrogen-like compounds attach themselves to our very own hormone receptors? Some estrogen is good.  More estrogen is not better.

Estrogen dominance causes these symptoms in women: moods swings,  painful cycles, ovulation pain, infertility, no menstrual cycle or too many cycles and cystic breasts, breast cancer, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, cervical dysplasia.

Estrogen dominance in men: Prostate problems, low sperm production, low testicular weight, rise in testicular cancer, undescended testicles and malformed reproductive organs. Xenoestrogens are also responsible for gynecomastia (man boobs).

It appears to me that we are systematically neutralizing our species. The planet will be rid of us. Earth doesn’t care one way or the other.  If anything, we are heating up the planet like a fever, an ailment; behaving like a cancer that devours.

We fight wars over ownership of fossil fuels; it drives entire economies.  We now can claim that burning fossil fuels has expedited a global warming trend.  And while we may be able, as a species, to overcome rising sea levels and mega-storm weather, we may have lost the survival instinct to replace our consumption of fossil fuels with something that is, shall we say, less disruptive to our own endurance.

Of course, the industry of medicine seems to be stepping up.  Pharmaceuticals fix in us what oil hurts.  For example, in the United States, rates for new thyroid cancer cases have been rising on average 5.5% each year over the last 10 years. Deaths rates from this cancer have not increased but remain at a steady .5% of those who were diagnosed with the disease –  translation: more cures an/or management of the illness.

What happens if we clear the air of this menace?  Oil industry collapses, health care industry modified, pharmaceutical use decreases dramatically…. financials crash.  Oh-oh. I hit a nerve.  Money. “These things must be handled delicately,” quoth the Wicked Witch of the West. (I think it sucks that we are allowed to get sick from one industry and then cured or managed by another in order to keep the economy alive.)

Are we resourceful enough to find better ways to do this without disrupting our economy? Can we invest in new types of jobs, train existing laborers in new fields of energy, develop smart new energy resources, create healthier populations?  Are we smart enough, evolved enough, to do this?

Instead of denying climate change and lamenting lost mining or oil-related jobs, wouldn’t it be smarter to get the most brilliant economists, engineers, and scientists together in a think-tank of some sort to come up with a plan to transition energy use and production from fossil fuels to renewables?

So, I’m just asking the question: Why are we still burning this stuff? I’m dying here.

Sleeping

Coming to terms with my humanity…

I sit in a stir of molecules,
of elements,
of space between atoms
that somehow stick together to make the me that I am.

I look with eyes born of the very elements I perceive
and wonder with amazement at the great trick
our perceptions play on us…

Seeing in the Dark, Acrylic on Canvas 36"x48" 2011

Seeing in the Dark, Acrylic on Canvas 36″x48″ 2011

 

The Truth Lies Here

“Truth” the word has many definitions.  It is, therefore, difficult to argue.  Truth is illusive.  Finding it……

If truth is that which matches reality, then whose reality?  Everything that is, is true. It is dependant upon who is making the assertion, upon the perspective; dependent upon whose brain is making the observation.  Truth is subjective.

So never condemn a person who says, “I know this to be true”, and do not blindly take this assertion as your own.

…….impossible.