After the previous two winters being particularly nasty, with record amounts of snow and record cold temperatures, there was an intensified feeling of dread over this area of Michigan about the snow that arrived last night and is continuing through today. Continue reading
For honoring the Spring Equinox, we painted eggs and, after drawing an Ogham few, wrote our Ogham letter onto our offering egg as a way of bringing the gifts of that Ogham out into the greening world.
Post prompted by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio by The Daily Post.
The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Change asked bloggers to find “change in progress”. I’m going to be incredibly unoriginal and post this picture of the Greenworld’s transformation from Summer greens to Fall colors.
I took this photo after making a contemplative trek along a wooded trail to a huge and beloved cottonwood tree. The blaze of reds from the sumac along the field’s edge completely captured my attention after being so immersed in the soothing greens of the late summer woods. Sumac is really an irresistible photo subject for me though, in any season. It is among the first and most flashy plants to change color here in Michigan’s Autumn array. We are still early in the color season, so there is plenty of green yet surrounding the crimson changes in progress.
Here are some other Autumn-themed responses to the WPC that I enjoyed :)
This is a story of vital recognition.
Originally posted on A Leaf in Springtime:
One quiet summer afternoon, several years ago, when my son was three years old, we went to the local neighbourhood library. There he played happily with a huge pirate ship set out on a low table filled with colourful blocks and wooden puzzles at the children’s section.
Soon a little girl his age came along and as they played side by side, my young child turned and gave her a hug as a sign of his affection and friendship. The little girl froze and let out a piercing scream. Stunned, my son stumbled back, his little face quivering with confusion as he battled with his own tears.
Helpless, I looked to the little girl’s mother who was nearby, hoping that she would reassure her screaming child nothing untoward had happened. Instead, the mother simply turned towards me and declared, “I have taught my child that no stranger should ever touch…
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In a list of the top 10 creepiest things, I am fairly certain most people would add insects and arachnids. This photo of the brilliantly-colored Venusta Orchard Spider immediately came to my mind when I saw this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy from The Daily Post. I had the unfortunate luck to walk right into this creature’s elaborate work and subsequently acquire her as a passenger. Caught between panic at her proximity and awe at her beautiful colors, I froze for several long moments. My brain slowly regained its reasoning functions and finally decided it was completely unnecessary to hurt the creature for my blunder. Using a stick, I very carefully removed her from my shirt and coaxed her back onto a tree her webbing had been attached to. When she didn’t immediately skitter off, it seemed like a good idea to get some photos of this stunning, if creepy, acquaintance and was pleased with the results. It was rather more difficult than I first imagined it would be to try and capture her iridescent colors and delicate shapes, but it was well worth the effort I think.
Reblogging Willowcrow’s wonderfully-worded post with an added strong suggestion to check out the film “Inhabit”, which is linked in the post. The hope-giving documentary shows a wide variety of people, places, and situations that permaculture design has be successfully applied, inspiring the empathetic viewer to explore what ways they too could apply permaculture design.
Originally posted on The Druid's Garden:
As a species, we are facing a number of challenges that can be overwhelming—from global climate change to failing ecosystems, to mass deforestation and substantial water stress. Many who care deeply about the earth, who see the earth as sacred, finds themselves in a state of perpetual mourning and apparent powerlessness when reading the headlines or seeing destruction firsthand. The sense of being overwhelmed can be stifling, limiting, leaving you unsure as to how to do anything but strongly wanting to do something. It can leave you feeling that nothing that you do is good enough and nothing that you do as an individual matters.
The environmental movement doesn’t really seem to provide a meaningful way response because its largely based on assumptions that mitigate damage rather than actively regenerate. Environmentalism teaches us how to be “less bad” and do “less harm” by changing from…
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