So many fires. I went to the NASA site, looking for pictures of fires in New Mexico, and while I was there, looked at the slide show of US fires. Ouch. The southern US is the hardest hit, all the way across, from California through to Florida. But there are also fires in Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming, and other states. We are probably to blame for a certain amount of rise in global temperature, so I wonder how much of this drought and fire is due to human influence and how much of it is just the way of the planet.
I am sooooo close to being finished with the book–but there always seems to be just one more edit, one more revision–I'm really going to need a break after this. I am encouraged, though, as I've met people who can help me on the road to self-publishing–an editor, someone to do layout, advice on a printer, and an author's services group that can assist with marketing and promotion. Obviously there's a long way to go to make this a bonifide physical book, but at least the horizon is not going to keep receding forever!
The Arizona fires are claiming lives, plant and animal. If you want to help, plant trees. If you don't have room on your property, call the Forest Service and see if there's any kind of program of tree-planting to which you could volunteer in some way.
The other way to help is conserve water. Turn off the tap instead of letting the water run. Get a low-flush toilet. Replace your water-guzzling lawn with xeriscape flowers and other plants–they're beautiful, and you'll love spending time working with them, rather than mowing once a week!
Water is an issue that will soon consume our attention, as the population increases and the demand for food and living-space increases correspondingly. Learn now to conserve, while it is not a hardship, and you'll be ahead
This is sort of related to the trees, in that one of the stories in my upcoming book, Secret Voices from the Forest, is about an encounter between one of my cats and a rattlesnake.
I woke up early yesterday morning (one of the irritating "side-effects" of aging) and while lying there hoping to go back to sleep, I had one of those wandering thoughts—that there was a rattlesnake in the house.
Not your average thought during that half-awake morning time, you say? Well, it can be if you live in the rural Southwest, where the rattlesnake is a common resident. But I should say in their defense, if it weren't for the snakes, the rodent population would be worse than it is, so they are not entirely unwelcome.
At any rate, the thought/dream had a certain "quality" to it, and sure enough, I discovered a juvenile rattler in my bedroom around noon. I find it interesting how this kind of occurrence brings out one's primitive instincts, because my first response was to kill it.
In my above-mentioned story, I had killed a snake, felt bad about it, and vowed to never do so again; so here I was, and I don't like to break promises, so what to do?
Luckily, I remembered that I have a 3-foot "reacher" that grabs things (something I acquired when my arthritis was particularly disabling), and it was the perfect thing to pick up the snake and carry it outdoors where I could release it. Then I found the hole in the screen on my porch, fixed it, and the crisis was over.
My friend Cynthia thought it was a test, and that I'd "passed it with flying colors." Feels like that to me too–a reminder from Spirit that in the pursuit of spiritual growth, its how you relate to the real world that counts.
Seems clear to me - if we don't learn to love our home, we're going to lose it—or at least access to it, as IT will most likely survive us, if not entirely intact. So the primary goal of this website is to engender curiosity about something in nature—anything, whether it's an amoeba or the oceans. Whatever does it for you —get active, if you can, or get interested and support, if you're like me and are not able or inclined to tromp around in the woods.
I am an artist and writer, living off grid, in a strawbale house on the high mesa near Taos, New Mexico. I have four cats, and live amongst a variety of wildlife including, but not limited to: coyote, pronghorn antelope, elk, endless bunnies and jackrabbits (and myriad other rodents), ravens, mountain bluebirds, rattlesnakes, and tarantula.
The cats stay in, everything else stays out.