Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Friday, May 28, 2010

Decisions, choices, and OMG…stuff

     I am not young, or even new to having to look for information on something; nevertheless, until recently I think I have been ignoring what I might call a serious matter. Stuff, lots of stuff, decisions about stuff, choices for stuff…our society is over flowing with STUFF.     
     When I was considering this blog I didn’t know the first thing about blogging, about setting up, where, how to use, or even why.
     So, I checked online… I had over 35,000 hits on Blogging. I stared at my computer screen and just started clicking. There were even blogs about blogging. I decided best to go to the bookstore. (BTW- a bookstore is my financial downfall. Some women like shoes; I like books)
     As I stood at the section where I could find what I am looking for I gasped. There were hundreds, well maybe not hundreds, but an overwhelming amount of books about Blogging, Websites, HTML…etc:  How does one choose? A young man came up and asked if I needed any help. I explained that I wanted some simple general information about Blogs and asked how one chooses.
     He smiled, that kind of smile I used show when and older person wasn’t sure about the new fangled thing installed at the local whatever. Somewhat like the: “oh man, where have you been?” smile, trying not to be insulting.
     I told him that I was extremely familiar with computers; actually, my husband was an engineer that designs Microprocessors. I just was reclusive to internet chatter.
    He then reached up and pulled down a book: “Blogging for Dummies.”
    Okay, that went well. Now, not only am I overwhelmed with how to choose what I need out of so many choices, I can now consider myself within the “….for Dummies” crowd. As I was walking out of the bookstore, I sort of glanced at the isles and realized that every subject had multitudes of books available. Good luck to whoever needs to choose.
     Now, putting the subject of decisions aside for a moment:
     After I left the bookstore, I stopped by the grocery and suddenly my eyes were looking at everything…
     I mean everything. At all the STUFF that is available, all the CHOICES.  I counted 59 different types of cereals, each a tiny bit different; not any difference that would make that brand more outstanding over another. Even the various brands seemed to be competing against themselves within their own little niche.
     As I walked down the isles a thought hit me, “This is only one store. How on earth is all this stuff sold?” There has to be tremendous waste. What happens to it? I know it doesn’t go to the hungry?
    On a trip to Africa, I remember going into a local grocer in Kenya. I also remember that they had four types of cereal. Rice Chex, Wheat Chex, Cherrios, and Raisin Bran.  I also remember asking one of our young guides about having so few to choose from. His happy and simple reply: “How many more would you want? It feeds you, gives you nutrition.”
     We have become a society extreme waste and want. How does one choose? Why do we need so much stuff? Don’t get me wrong, I got stuff too. I pay almost $2300.00 a year so that I can store STUFF that we don’t want to keep in our huge house already full of more stuff.
     So, okay, I have made a pact to get rid of a lot of my stuff…. but wait…. OMG now I have to choose what to get rid of and what to keep.
     I recently saw a great scene in the movie: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, where near the end Christopher Plummer, playing Dr Parnassus, comes to a cross roads and collapses in frustration and exhaustion hollering out –

“No more choices!”

    No wonder we have so many people in our society with mental problems…look at the decisions we have to make each and every day as we contend with stuff.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lily & Hope Reunited! (just a quick update.)

After 5 days of separation, the cub and mother were reunited last night. Details will be posted on the NABC site later today. However, they did post the video of the two reuniting if you would like to see the wonderful event.

 here is a link. May 26, 2010 - Lily & Hope Reunification

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Lily & Hope, and crossing my fingers

      I have been following a tale of a mother black bear named Lily and her cub, Hope, since Hope's birth Jan. 22 2010. The North American Black Bear Center in Ely, MN put a web cam into Lily's den and for the first time ever the birth and nurturing of a black bear cub within the den had been witnessed. It was awesome. Those two bears had some 38,000 facebook fans.  The filming and pictures are still delivered to the devoted via the web site research updates as we watch Hope grow and become a great little bear.  I would get online as soon as I thought the days story was posted to read and see her progress.
       Four months into this, almost obsession, I get online only to find out that Hope is nowhere to be seen after Lily leaves her sleeping in a tree and goes wandering (not sure if Lily is setting her territory or looking for more nourishment) but the little lady is MIA. Several agonizing days have passed with Lily looking, the Bear Center folks, we all are beginning to lose hope of her survival.
      I am totally surprised over my reaction, I thought I would be far more upset over this… I am heartbroken, but strangely enough, I see it as a natural thing that happens in nature and to mothers and cubs. Dr Rodgers mentions another sow that had only one cub, it disappeared, the mother mated again and produced and raised three cubs that next spring.
        I know, without a doubt, that if it was something to do with unnatural… such as, humans causing the death or disappearance, I would be outraged. I would be dying inside. I am much more tolerant of an animal’s death- by Nature Causes then a Man-made cause, especially if it is avoidable.  Urban Sprawl and the loss of wildlife habitats are my biggest environmental issue.
       Some good news came when I got on last evening, the research update said, "There is Hope" the little cub had been spotted. Although The Bear Center people have not seen her they have put out some nourishment for her and will be watching and protecting Hope until Lily makes her rounds back to the area again.
      "Our goal is to find Hope and keep her alive in the forest in hopes Lily will reunite with her.  Lily is currently 4 miles away, covering ground and maintaining her territory, but she will be back." says Dr Lynn Rodgers in the update.
       I am very pleased with this news, it has been an emotional roller coaster for all. I will continue send appeals to all the forces of Nature and Spirit to keep our little bear safe.  (and fingers crossed too)
 Anyone who is reading this and knows the background story will understand.     

If you are more interested in the story of Lily & Hope, follow the links below.

pictures:  (top)- Lily being silly, this the second time Hope had left the den. (center): Lily & Hope, her first climb in a tree. (bottom) Hope napping after a long trek in the woods with mama.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

10 Thoughts on Whole Living

I found this in my June edition of Whole Living magazine. I felt it had some wonderful thoughts to remember throughout one’s day.
  • Something worth doing once is worth doing again.
  • Flexibility isn’t wishy-washy. There's a difference between knowing your priorities and not knowing you own mind.
  • The road to wellness isn’t straight, clear, or predictable. It’s a path you forge yourself.
  • Dream up a simple project, then shape it with your own hands.
  • True generosity doesn’t leave you with less; it leaves you with more.
  • WAIT TWO SECONDS before you say something you cannot take back.
  • A balanced life looks and feels different for everyone.
  • Patience is like a muscle. If you don’t use it, it wastes away.
  • Vulnerability brings trust. Trust brings opportunity.
  • Let sensory pleasure, not rules, guide a healthy appetite.

    Monday, May 24, 2010

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    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    Paths, Lessons, & Life --- part II

    Basically, I do not believe that there are evil souls. I do believe that there are malfunctioning bodies and brains that cause people to be evil and do evil things. But then again… are they malfunctioned or just learning that lesson? And what of all those that have been touched by the evil doings, are they too learning something? Yep. Does this mean that we should just let everyone go around doing what they want because it is part of their paths or lessons. Absolutely not! There has to be rules, there has to be some kind of order. Life and creation in general have rules, order, processes. Now what of the rules to control people beyond the general societal necessities? We were meant to have a freedom of choice. “But I choose to be bad and do bad things.” Okay, but you also are choosing that you must accept the consequences of those actions when they affect anyone or anything other than your personal self and personal space. When and if your actions go beyond those two elements then you must comply with the societal, cultural, and general rules. If you don't like those rules, you can try and convince others to change them or get out of the kitchen and find another place where it does flow with your wishes. Remember, living as a part of a group, society, culture is also a lesson we must learn.

    It is all about learning, developing, enhancing, and finding the end of the path. The Enlightenment, Nirvana, Utopia, Heaven, and Shangri-La whatever you wish to call it.

    It is easy to say what you want to do, learn, how you want to react to certain times, but practicing what you preach is the lesson.

    I am now within a lesson. I understand the task, the lesson, but have been placed where my understanding and acceptance of this lesson will be tested. The test is can I believe and practice these ideas of letting others learn and live their own lives while being compassionate and understanding. At work I run into many who test me, but the real test is keeping up the “way” with all those around me being hypocritical, not understanding, not empathic or sympathetic to others while learning their own lessons.

    It will be an arduous task to be sure, but if I make it a challenge and fun, it will be a wonderful experience and enlightenment.

    Saturday, May 22, 2010

    Paths, Lessons, & Life-- part I

    From my perspective, we can always see in front of our own paths. In fact I truly believe that we not only have an influence to our destinies, but we lay our own stones upon the pathway there. Sometimes we lay larger stones than others, sometimes we lay boulders that we may need to climb over or ask for a small ditch to have to maneuver. Whatever we lay, I feel that we do have control.

    However, there is always the possibility that when we happen upon a crossroads where another Soul's path has connected with ours, we mistake theirs for ours. Or, perhaps we see theirs and think that it is nicer or better and step upon…but, if we go on the assumption that we lay our own stones, then would not the next stone be ours and again by default be back on our own path.

    It is an interesting thought.  I also truly believe that every time two souls cross and meet, it is by design and that something is exchanged. Whether it is an exchange of energy, a quick lesson, or an inspiration that further extends a thought or lesson, it is part of who we are and why we are here. One must always look into every situation for what it has to offer for us in completing our destiny and purpose.  We are too often too busy to really look, or we don't want to look at what is being presented to us. If we fail to grasp the nature of a situation, how many times does life toss it back into our paths? Does it eventually tire and say “well, this one just isn't going to get it” Then, what happens?

    If we go with my theory that sometimes a soul has to repeat a particular lifetime because it just didn't learn from the last time around.  What happens? This refusal to learn or blindness of the lesson is a ticket back to the start. And next time we simply repeat the same path as the present one. Do we perhaps have slots in our next venture into the mortal realm, which is saved for such instances, where we can slip them in and redo them while progressing? Perhaps lessons that we learn in the new life before we get to that slot can help us see what we were not seeing in the previous.

    Can another soul suck energy from us? You bet. Are there souls out there that do? I think so. Why? I can only wonder. Have they in their mortal form become lazy, lost the idea behind their purpose?  Perhaps.  I cannot believe that each and every life has a purpose and main lesson on one hand and say that a person who is “bad” is off their path. How does one tell what is truly good until they have experienced and understand what is truly bad? It is the same when I say to fully understand spiritualism, one must also understand materialism; now can one get stuck… into a life of materialism not wanting to give it up and go on to the more spiritual life? Certainly. How does one get off that plane and into the other? How do we get back? Perhaps this is where Path Crossing comes in. Perhaps once, and it takes just once, another soul can come past and influence the other to either lay the wrong stones, or place the correct ones. 

    continued tomorrow, when our paths shall cross once more

    Friday, May 21, 2010

    birth of a blog

    I have been kicking around the idea of a blog for some time now; not sure exactly why I may need one. I am sort of a "follow the flow" of what life sends me and take the paths laid before me or messages that are sent from my inner voice. I do not Twitter, Facebook, or You Tube. I only use my computer to visit several nature web cam- and there are some wonderful ones out there. And.... purchase what I may need...I hate shopping in public, actually I dislike crowds.

    preparation for our retirement in a couple of years, my husband and I purchased a beautiful piece of land, 46 acres, with a home, barn, and studio. We are kicking around several different names for our ranch. It is loaded with wildlife, aspen trees, has a small pond and streams. We plan to have gardens, dogs, cats, burros, bees, ducks (for eggs) and any other wildlife that may happen to choose to come and enjoy our piece of nature with us. With the burros, we would like to start outfitting camping/hiking burro-safaris into the nearby National Forest. All this is going to take place in the highlands of Colorado, near Florissant. At 9300 ft in elevation, the cooking will be an experience in its own account. We are currently living in southern California... yep, close to sea level. However, good news, we have lived in Colorado before, 20+ years ago, and have cooked at 8800 elevation. So, it will be just a dust off the cobs webs and remember what it was like type of cooking. (I remember 8 minute soft boiled eggs. ha!)

    I am not sure what this blog will develop into. Let's find out....shall we?