<![CDATA[laurajmerrilltreetalker.com - Blog]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:01:00 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[How long can we hold out?]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 23:45:43 GMThttp://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com/blog/how-long-can-we-hold-outWith the way things are going, I wonder, from day to day, just how much more we can all take. My personal concern goes to the plants and animals, not just those that live in the same region as I, but all over the world. We are a bright star of a species, and are capable of so much invention and brilliance, but are we also capable of saving ourselves FROM ourselves?

We in the USA pride ourselves on our freedoms, but it seems we can't do anything to stop the insanity around us. Of course, "insanity" is in the eye of the beholder. I guess that people who just can't seem to get enough . . . of everything, really . . .  who have manipulated our system so that they not only acquire nearly everything there is to acquire, and then some, and plan on making sure that no one has the power to even question them, let alone stop them, consider the events of the last 30-40 years to be exactly the way they ought to be - Ascension of the Elite (Substitute "The wealthiest .001%" for "elite.") 

And who is hurt by all this? Yes, of course we, as citizens are, but further than that, all the incredible, beautiful, unique, miraculous places and beings on this planet are being slowly, surely, and yes, deliberately wiped out. These crazy people literally believe that destroying the environment will bring Jesus back . . . to get them, of course, and leave the rest of us in the baking Hell that's left. And this is NOT a conspiracy theory. A bunch of them are members of Congress. Really.

Somehow, what I got taught about Jesus doesn't square with this kind of belief.  Here's an essay by Bill Moyers that gives the details. Not too long, and an eye-opener to read.  billmoyers.com/2005/02/25/welcome-to-doomsday-march-24-2005/
<![CDATA[Please Stand By...]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:37:10 GMThttp://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com/blog/please-stand-byOK, so I'm still not adding anything yet!  I'm on the last push of text-writing for Volume 3: The East, before I deliver all the text to my editor, so it will be another week or two before I get back to updating this site on a regular basis. There is still some more work to do till I'm 100% finished with book work, but the huge pressure will be off. So, until then...I promise!!]]><![CDATA[Changes in season, changes in reason]]>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:02:42 GMThttp://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com/blog/changes-in-season-changes-in-reason
​ Pictures of my little Halloween pun'kin.

What a nice day for the Day-After-Samhain, or Go-Crazy-on-Candy-Day. The sun is shining, the wind is up, at 10 am - it's supposed to get up to 60 MPH somewhere in the vicinity today - and the margin between fall and winter grows narrower by the day. Better bring in a load of firewood this afternoon. Just took a pot of Whatever-I-Could-Find-in-the-Fridge-Stew off the stove, and with my addition of summer savory and other herbs, it should be very pleasant for dinner, with some toasted Ezekiel bread.

​I'm hoping to pick up a little bread making machine in town tomorrow. I want to make homemade rye bread - I have a nice recipe, but can't do the kneading, cause of my shoulder arthritis - so the bread hook in the machine will do the prep work, and then I can pop it into the wood stove to bake. I'm very fond of "The Great British Baking Show"— which airs on Netflix nowadays, tho I first saw it on PBS—but I can't eat all the sugar, butter and flour that most of the recipes have. Drool. Sigh.
<![CDATA[I'm back! Well...sort of  :)]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:03:36 GMThttp://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com/blog/im-back-wellsort-of
Knee replacements went well, but then there were some other issues, so I just got out of the habit of posting on Saturday mornings. You know how that goes. And I can't promise I'm going to do this on a regular basis for a while, because I'm working hard on Secret Voices from the Forest—Volume Two: The East, and really want to get it released by April 1.

Anyway, I plan on revamping the emphasis of my posts, from "trees in the news" and "environmental happenings," in which I spent a whole lot of time scouring news outlets for anything positive about either (not so easy these days), to "Focus On." 

I will select something, an animal or a plant, or perhaps even an ecosystem—who knows— and then, write an article about that. I find, in the research I do for my books, that I am happiest when I'm learning about the truly astounding intricacies of life on this planet, and that, I think, is something worth sharing.

P.S. to the person who replied to my blog post, "Things Change," if you really are a live person, and not one of these spam trolls, then go to Amazon and search under "Books" for "Secret Voices from the Forest," with my name - Laura J Merrill. Both books are there.

Later, dudes!
<![CDATA[Been busy]]>Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:46:19 GMThttp://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com/blog/been-busyIt's been awhile, as you can see.

Lots of health things—2 knee replacements, gall bladder removal, and blood pressure issues. But all is well again, and I've resumed work on Volume Three of Secret Voices from the Forest: The East. Have finished all the Companion work and most of the Reflections pages, and intend to dedicate the fall and winter months to uninterrupted progress!!

So I'll be posting more often now, once I get back into my stride. Hope you had a good Black Moon yesterday and Happy First Day of October!  :)]]>
<![CDATA[Out with the old, but NOT in with anything new!]]>Sat, 11 Apr 2015 18:33:14 GMThttp://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com/blog/out-with-the-old-but-not-in-with-anything-newPicture©Andy Singer
I'm having so much fun throwing things out. I've been wanting to do this for years. My goal is to eliminate at least half of what I've collected over the years. Not going to be easy, and will be a slow process.

I decided the best way to do it is to think about it as though I had already exited this plane of existence, and that I'm the poor slob that has to come in and deal with all the stuff. In that case, 90% of everything here would get thrown out, given to charity, yard-saled.

My closet is already almost tolerable, after taking out about 8 large garbage bags of clothes and bedding to give to charity. Whew!

<![CDATA[It's all go!]]>Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:37:15 GMThttp://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com/blog/its-all-goPictureDoug Savage
As they say, it never rains, but it pours. At the moment, I'm not going to go into detail, but over the course of the next year, my whole life is going to turn upside down. I hope for the better, or at least for the interesting.

Watch this space!

<![CDATA[February 28th, 2015]]>Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:04:01 GMThttp://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com/blog/february-28th-2015Picture
Baby yak born today!

<![CDATA[EFT tapping]]>Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:47:01 GMThttp://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com/blog/eft-tappingPicture
So, after learning from the doc that I need to lose A LOT of weight to be eligible to get my knee replacements (at least from him), I'm back to dealing with the underlying issues, which I assume are similar to everyone elses, in the sense that they stem from childhood and are sitting in the unconscious, where they have become very difficult to access!! After many years of trying everything - losing and gaining, blah, blah, you've heard it all - I've decided to try the EFT tapping method.

One of the issues for me has been that I really don't like going to therapists, because I end up feeling like a victim, resist whatever they have to offer, and am then back to square one, minus a few (or a lot of) bucks. This therapy has the distinct advantage of being FREE and SELF-administrated, so I'm doing it, and it seems to help some. I'm sure that if I did it 4 times a day instead of just 1, it would be more effective, and that can always happen.  😸

<![CDATA[at least Mercury is out of retrograde]]>Sat, 14 Feb 2015 19:57:54 GMThttp://laurajmerrilltreetalker.com/blog/at-least-mercury-is-out-of-retrogradePicturekatmitchells.com
I should've known better than to try to schedule knee replacements during this time. For whatever reason, it isn't happening for now, and is probably a good thing. You may think I'm too out there believing that it matters what some little planet is doing, but I do.