The Wisdom of Covid-19

The Great Sphinx against a backdrop of stars and rising sun

While watching a map of the coronavirus spreading worldwide, words that kept popping into my head were the Silent Spring. Do you recall that early 1960's science book by Rachel Carson? Six decades later as humanity is self-destructing with mass disinformation and the manifestation of Hollywood's sci-fi biowarfare films, is it surprising to see our …

Looking to Ancients, Artists and Antecedents for Answers

Red mushroom growing out of dirt and darkness

Contrary news reports on the coronavirus got you feeling confused? Everything changing too rapidly to absorb? Feeling like you're churning in a sea of uncertainty? No worries (unless that's what you choose to do.) Look at the bright side. Yes, there is always a bright side, as the Tijitu depicts and notables observed:   "Confusion …

Locomotive Holidays and the Christmas Train

Santa Claus boarding a holiday decorated train

Loco Emotions Have you noticed how emotions buildup steam around the holidays, emulating a runaway train? Far reaching stressors often halt the holiday joy ride --- be it time with difficult personalities, over-spending, trying to mirror picture-perfect celebrations, too little rest, dashed hopes on a "Dear Santa List," and of course alcohol consumption (usually in …

Nature Teacher: Challenges

Shovel caked with clay on top of pile of stones next to work boots, work gloves and a large tree

Digging through clay caked soil to plant something somewhere in my yard I usually hear that familiar clang. It's my shovel hitting rock. I work it loose, sometimes easily freeing it, sometimes needing other tools or adjusting my approach. Soon after I often hear another clang or scrape and then another, and usually more --- …

The Ups and Downs of Life

  Rain clouds help flowers grow. Why should life experiences be any different?   Learning through Grief I began this post before the untimely loss of my best friend --- Bess my beloved 14 1/3 year old border collie.  Acceptance soothes my broken heart when acknowledging this will happen to each and everyone of us …

Cardinal Inspiration

The color red symbolizes steadfast faith.  Some Christians believe it represents Christ's blood.  But the cardinal inspiration I'm talking about isn't from the Catholic church --- it's  from those eye-catching red birds that perk up winter's indeterminate grey, like a spark of hope in darkness. When faced with challenges like enduring the winter cold, the …

Mother Nature’s Autistic Summer

Summer 2018 Rainy.  Grey.  Humid.  Rainy.  Grey.  Humid.  Flooding.  Scorching heat.  Rainy.  Grey.  Humid.  Flooding.  Scorching heat. Bugs extraordinaire.  Make me run inside for shelter.  AC.  A spurt of sun appears.  Some tomatoes wear tough rain jackets, many others split on the vine while unlucky peppers turn soggy rather than red and basil's aromatic gifts …