Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
We are called to assist the earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own -- indeed, to embrace the whole creation in all its diversity, beauty, and wonder.~ Wangari Maathai ~
Kenyan environmentalist, political activist,
and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
We must not only speak about forgiveness and reconciliation -- we must act on these principles.
~ Desmond Tutu ~
We started our day's adventure and stopped before we left the resort to take pictures of these...
They are already much bigger than they were earlier in the week when we first spotted them.
On to Pilot Butte, where we had a 360 degree view of the Cascades and the spectacular mountain peaks.
After a brief stop at Smith Rock (where I didn't take any pictures), we continued on to Richardson's Ranch. It was closing time when we got there so we only had a brief tour of the rock shop; however, the owner graciously told us we were free to look around outside. While we toured the specimens of rock, we were entertained by peafowl.
Only one of the males opened his tail. He was running straight toward me when he did it. Peacocks can be aggressive, so I removed myself from his path before I even thought about getting the camera from my bag. By the time I realized he (and his buddy) were following a peahen, the opportunity had passed--once again. So I contented myself with taking posed pictures of the other guys.
This is not really a headless peacock. This shows the extent of the tail feathers in unexpanded mode.
Emus make a sound like a drum. I had never heard them before. I guess it is their chirp. This one came to the fence and "talked" to me. I think it was feeding time.
Emu feet are positively prehistoric...
This guy never moved.
Next post from home.
If you haven't already...remember to enter the giveaway!
Friday, April 24, 2009
2. I would rather deal with 30 excited and exuberant fourth graders than two thirty-something adults who won't follow the rules...
3. Or six twenty-something foreign visitors who think making big splashes on their girlfriends is worth splashing and soaking everyone else in the pool...and all of their dry clothing outside the pool (read "me" and "mine").
4. Ninety-six degree water is warm enough to dispel 50 degree air.
5. Mineral water heals.
6. Being the only person in the pool is heavenly--even if only for a few minutes.
7. Ten 9-year-old boys and two dads executing a simultaneous cannonball create a tsunami.
8. They still splash less than the 20-somethings mentioned in #3.
9. I can still be cranky in idyllic conditions when surrounded by the oblivious.
10. Nine year old boys are still sweet and unjaded enough that a stranger (me) can ask if he wants to do her a favor (place her sunglasses on the chair) and he will say yes and when the stranger says "thank you," he says, "you're welcome."
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness, and pride of power, and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear ... Christendom adjusts itself far too easiliy to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more, than they are doing now.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
According to research*, people who have sisters are happier. You know what I say to that? Duh.
Seriously, when there is a girl child in the family, everyone communicates more about feelings and what is happening. The relationships are deeper and issues get worked through.
So thank your sister. And if you don't have a bio sister, choose one. We all need sisters in our lives.
While you are at it, enter a comment on yesterday's post and win the Tshirt giveaway. That's what I'd do.
The Telegraph (April 3, 2009)
British Psychological Society Annual Conference (Brighton, United Kingdom, April 1-3, 2009)
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Fogged inVisibility under one-quarter mileBig fat flyBuzzing around in front windowNon-descript gray birdPecking for foodIn the grassCamera on the tableNo batteries
I loved it. It cracked me up and that set me to thinking. I'd like to have you all share a poem, an extended haiku, a free verse--something you wrote about a missed opportunity (photo or otherwise). Make it funny, poignant, silly, absurd, real--your choice. Leave it in the comments and I will pick a random commenter to receive a Tshirt of your choice from the options on the right. Two options that are not pictured include "Don't Make Me Call My Soeur" (for my Canadian friends) and "Don't Make Me Call Your Sister" (for those of you who don't have a sister--born or chosen).
Since I am out of town, I will choose the commenter at random on Sunday the 26th at 5:00 p.m. PST. I can't wait to read your entries.
To make up for the missed op, the deer arrived in the back this morning, giving me ample opportunity to shoot them--photographically, of course.
This was over my deck railing. They really did get this close:
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I am on vacation this week. I didn't know if I would be able to upload pictures or my blog. My first attempt, I said, "I give up." And then I didn't. Hallelujah--pictures and blog seem to upload.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
The latest AARP Magazine printed an interview with Dolly. Go ahead and click the link to read. What an amazing woman! I love her tenacity, common sense, sense of humor, and self-confidence. You'll be seeing more quotes from her here.
I also love The Muse of South Prairie. Go on over and read her latest essay/post. Dolly ain't got nothin' on her--except a few million dollars. And after you read it, go on...shake your booty. That's what I'd do.
Friday, April 17, 2009
The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) has a bone to pick with Michelle Obama. MACA represents chemical companies that produce pesticides, and they are angry that - wait for it - Michelle Obama isn't using chemicals in her organic garden at the White House.
I am not making this up.
In an email they forwarded to their supporters, a MACA spokesman wrote, "While a garden is a great idea, the thought of it being organic made [us] shudder." MACA went on to publish a letter it had sent to the First Lady asking her to consider using chemicals -- or what they call "crop protection products" -- in her garden.
I just signed a petition telling MACA's board members to stop using Michelle Obama's garden to spread propaganda about produce needing to be sprayed with chemicals. I hope you will, too.
Please have a look and take action.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
at the right time, to the right extent, in the right manner, and for
the right purpose. Thus, to give money away is quite a simple task,
but for the act to be virtuous, the donor must give to the right
person, for the right purpose, in the right amount, in the right
manner, and at the right time.
~ Aristotle ~
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Here's the latest on the garden:
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: "No good in a bed, but fine against a wall."
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
The first principle of nonviolent action is that of
noncooperation with everything humiliating.~ César Chávez ~
Bamboo shoot update:
Compare it to this. Today, after two days of 75 degree weather, the shoot is 7 inches tall. Two days ago, it was about 4 inches tall. Now it is past the third knuckle. No new shoots on any of the other plants so far.
Monday, April 06, 2009
Sunday, April 05, 2009
For a couple years, we were "sharecroppers" with a CSA in the region. This year, they decided not to continue to serve the area in which we live. I'm not sure why, probably because it involved trucking the produce a couple hours and gas prices continued to rise. Also, they may have had enough customers in their immediate area that they were able to meet everyone's needs (theirs and their customers) much closer to home.
We were left with "What to do?"
S.O. did the research and came up with "Your Backyard Farmer"...right here in our area. YBF provide several different levels of service and this year, we are having them do the whole thing. They prepare the area, irrigate, plant, harvest, and send us recipes. Works for me. Maybe next year, we will go up a level and have them teach us how to begin working the farm ourselves.
(the cardboard kills the grass and they don't have to do
the back breaking work of removing the sod--plus,
they participate in recycling by having a relationship
with a local appliance store and take their
large boxes off their hands)
I'll keep you posted with pictures along the way.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
...you'll see that the shoot has grown a couple more inches. In the first picture you can't even see the knuckle joint. In this one? Way past.
Oh, this is going to be a fun spring and summer...
...if it ever stops raining...
...and the sun ever comes out.
They say it will be 70 degrees this weekend and that should bode well for more new shoots. Stay tuned.