Y5 – Day 173 – VOTE

One of the most important voting moments in history is upon us. Why? Because after the discouraging outcome wherein once again the popular vote was ousted in favor of discriminatory practices (see 2000 judicial decision and 2016 gerrymandering lines), a message must be sent to ugly, angry, fear-mongering Americans.

Instead of hateful, separation of children as if they were less than your drycleaning and couldn’t be bothered to have a receipt in order to re-unite them with their parents, I vote for not repeating evil practices that harken back to genocidal eras.

I voted already, actually and I voted with my heart, not my pocketbook.

Allowing violence, hypocrisy and sexual assault to normalize our cultural speak is abhorrent to the spiritual side of ourselves.

We have already permitted way too much to go on untethered to what we know to be of value. Our environment, our climate and other sentient beings need us.

Are we to abandon all of our common and survival senses? No world will survive without saving it in unison. Dollars for billionaires don’t bring back habitats destroyed, waters polluted or unbreathable air.

Vote for your life!

Vote for decency!

Vote to still have a vote in 2020, not a tyrannical lunatic.

Vote November 6th!

Y5 – Day 168 – Ocean vs. Mountain

Both the crashing, splashing of waves or waterfalls and forests (especially pine trees) emit negative ions. Negative ions deter depression or the blues. Therefore, negative ions actually uplift your mood. That’s why even if you are grieving, sitting on a beach or hiking in the woods soothes your soul.

Personally, I need the stillness I find by a mountain lake surrounded by trees. The beach is alive with noisy commotion and sometimes stirs me up, albeit positively. But a forest full of conifers alive with birds, squirrels and chipmunks dining on nuts and seeds, instills an innocent serenity I treasure.


Y5 – Day 156 – Still Hot

Really? It’s hot and humid and the temperature is going to reach 100degrees tomorrow? Really?

Even the mountains will be unusually too warm this week.

It is sweltering and the earth is beyond the point of tipping. Mother Nature is screaming at us and we still go about our day as if the last white rhino didn’t just meet its extinction.

“SAD” climate change deniers say.

“Too bad, I won’t give up meat.” climate deniers AND believers continue to insist on.

The first step in recovery is awareness of a problem. Then, acceptance of the facts. Last, is acting– as in behavior and thought– for change to take place.

First, we become aware we are terrorizing our planet and brutalizing all sentient beings.

Second, we accept we have contributed to this decline and destruction.

Third, we remedy, repair and rejuvenate our habitat, EARTH!


Y5 – Day 146 – Desert Blooms

It took a steep, rugged hike over some dry rock to find artistry in the canyon hills of Santiago Oaks. Thank you to my daughter, V, for sharing this adventure with me. Although the October fires seared the land, nature found a way when the rains came. The sunrise colors and paper textures of the petals juxtapose with leathered or spiny greenery. Vivid against the arid terrain, the desert blooms revealed the grace and wisdom I imagine Georgia O’Keefe sought to convey.