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The Weather and the Wall

February 9, 2019

Longreads

Will Meyer | Longreads | January 2019 | 15 minutes (4,073 words)

“At the museum steps
Didn’t we establish
That all this blood is not a dream
This is progress
And we are not that high
We could almost be redeemed”

 — unreleased song by The Lentils

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For years, changes in butterfly populations and migrations have been considered an “early warning indicator” of global warming. In 2006, a British butterfly specialist told The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert that of 10 species living in Southern England at the time, “Every single one has moved northward since 1982.”

Now, several years and many missed early warning indicators later, the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, has received a letter from Customs and Border Protection announcing the government’s intent to build a border wall through critical habitat for 240 species of butterflies and 300 types of birds. The letter explains…

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imbolc blessing from @ADFDruidry

February 5, 2019

Earth Mother,

Spirits of Inspiration,

Ancestors,

Nature Spirits,

Shining Ones,

Let me be creative;

Let fertility of mind, Body, And spirit

Be like a cornucopia

Where all good things come

From me And to me.

Let fertility nourish my Way.

And let bounty be my gift.

So Be It.

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(also happy Lunar New Year of the Pig)

guest re-post: Herman Hesse on trees

February 3, 2019

Herman Hesse on trees  

When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live. When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.

A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.

~ Hermann Hesse

via Philip Carr-Gomm

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Be more than a visitor: Philip Carr-Gomm guest post

January 23, 2019

I was saddened to hear about the death of the poet Mary Oliver this week. Her poetry so beautifully explores the connection between the human and natural world, reminding us that there is no separation, that nature is our home in the deepest, most spiritual sense. I read a wonderful quote in the Independent that comes from her book of essays, Long Life. In it, she says of herself,

In my outward appearance and life habits I hardly change — there’s never been a day that my friends haven’t been able to say, and at a distance, ‘There’s Oliver, still standing around in the weeds. There she is, still scribbling in her notebook’.
But, at the center: I am shaking; I am flashing like tinsel.

This speaks so brilliantly of her skill to help us glimpse the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary, both within us and around us; to crack open our dull vision and shine a light upon the magic of this world, enabling us to feel more intimately and powerfully a part of life. The body of work she has left us, is a true gift.

When Death Comes

When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox

when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,

I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,

and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,

and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,

and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.

When it’s over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.

I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

~ Mary Oliver

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https://www.philipcarr-gomm.com/be-more-than-a-visitor/

 

 

Weather Manipulation prayer

January 9, 2019

“Source Creator, please, for the highest and best good of all concerned, raise up all humans, extraterrestrials and dark spirits involved in interference and/or manipulation of the Earth’s weather, atmosphere, geology and any other systems with the intention of harming humanity in any way. Block and prevent all such attacks and return the energy to the sender as Divine Love. Please give these beings a change of heart.

Protect all Earth systems that support the care and feeding of humans, animals and plants from diminishment, contamination, manipulation, alteration, and weaponization on an ongoing basis.

In addition, conduct an individual session for each of the beings involved, beginning with the being of greatest dark influence and control over others, as frequently as possible, to bring the full power of Divine Healing to each perpetrator until each experiences a change of heart. Bring Ultimate Divine Protection, Support, Guidance and Healing to all parties involved regarding these issues.

Link this entire prayer to a code word I designate as ______, so that every time I say this code word, the entire prayer request is made, including its indefinite repetitions. Thank you.”

Gifford Bernie Teeple

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THE SNAKE AND THE SAW : Guest re-post

December 26, 2018

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THE SNAKE AND THE SAW

A SNAKE penetrated into a carpentry workshop. As it slipped, it passed over a SAW and got slightly wounded. Suddenly, it turned and bit the SAW, and biting the SAW, the SNAKE seriously got wounded in its mouth!

Then not understanding what was happening and thinking that the SAW was attacking “him,” it decided to roll around the SAW to suffocate it with all its body by squeezing it with all its strength, but it ended up being killed by the SAW!!!

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Sometimes we immediately react in anger to hurt those who have harmed us, but we realize later that after all we are hurting ourselves.

Similarly, In life it is better sometimes to ignore situations, ignore people, ignore their behavior, their words….those that hurt us !!

Sometimes it is better not to react so as not to suffer the consequences that can sometimes be…

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Thinking like a Swamp Thing? Developing a Plant Politics and Ethics (Part 2)

December 16, 2018

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Reading Super Heroes Politically

This is the second of a three part post about the politics and philosophic aspects of Alan Moore’s run on Swamp Thing. If you missed the first part you can find it here. These posts are all part of a rough draft I wrote for a conference and any comments or feedback would really helpful in moving forward.


Thinking like a Swamp Thing: Developing a Plant Politics and Ethics

With Swamp Thing’s human foundation removed by Alan Moore the character becomes, as Colin Beinke notes, an example of the Green Man literary trope. The Green Man is a folklore character that represents the struggle of the natural world against the destructive tide of civilization. Examples of the Green Man are: Dionysus, Pan, Jack-in-the-green, the Green Knight and most recently, the Jolly Green Giant. As Beinke states, “…the Green Man is ‘adopted’ by the cultural imagination of each subsequent ‘society and…

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reclaimthelaw : The Duty of Care– guest post

December 12, 2018

via reclaimthelaw

excerpts —

…The British Government is voted in, and paid, by the British People to serve the best interests of the British People. To this end therefore the Government is the servant of the British People, and the People are the Masters of the Government.

It is UNLAWFUL for a master to employ a servant to commit a reckless act (the vicarious responsibility of a master for the act of a servant); so if the British Government is reckless in it’s duty of care for the environment, then it is unlawful for the British People to employ -i.e. pay tax to- the Government as long as the Government continues to be reckless.

Our intention is not to persuade people to withhold their taxes (desirable as that may be to a great many of us); to do so would hardly be seen as reasonable, prudent and well intentioned.

It is our intention to inform the people of this country of the facts and thereby to exert as much political pressure as we may upon the Government to cease their apparent recklessness…

…There is a Universal Law of social behaviour which always applies, to any group of creatures, at any time; in the past, and in the present, and in the future; in any place, in any possible universe.

The Universal Law is quite simply that any creatures living in a group do not, as a general rule, injure each other.

If the members of a group injure each other, then that group will get smaller and smaller, until, at the end, if the members continue to injure eachother, there is only one creature left, which is not a group . . .

…In British Law today there is a “Duty of Care” which states that:

“YOU MUST TAKE REASONABLE CARE

TO AVOID ACTS OR OMISSIONS,

WHICH YOU CAN REASONABLY FORESEE,

WOULD BE LIKELY TO INJURE YOUR NEIGHBOUR “

This reasonable standard of care,

as outlined in the “Duty of Care” above,

is applied to all persons in the UK

including the Government, the Bankers,

and the Legal System itself…

THE DUTY OF CARE APPLIED TO Unnecessary Unreasonable Environmental Damage & Destruction

Bearing in mind the huge increase in public awareness of UUEDD over the last five or ten years, it is no longer possible for anyone in a position of responsibility to claim that they are unaware of the threat of UUEDD to the nation’s (not to mention the planet’s) well-being and security.

Therefore, any acts or omissions leading to further UUEDD, committed by person(s) in positions of responsibility are done in the full knowledge that such acts and omissions are already injuring all of us, on a massive scale, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

THEREFORE ANY ACTS OR OMISSIONS LEADING TO FURTHER UUEDD

COMMITTED BY PERSONS IN POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY

ARE RECKLESS AND

CRIMINAL.

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In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns by Elizabeth Bear

December 6, 2018

The Fantasy Inn

Someone has died. Turned inside out. Now police sub-inspector Ferron must try and discover who did it.

This novella is as much of a mystery/detective story as it is a character study of Ferron. Set roughly 50 years in the future in India, we follow her as she attempts to solve the crime while also dealing with her mother who just won’t come back to reality. And just to throw another wrench in the works, she has also become the new owner of a parrot-cat — the only witness of the crime. This cute creature is a bright green and yellow cat that can talk. Unfortunately, this witness wasn’t saying anything; it bonded with Ferron after she fed it. Apparently, it wasn’t bonded with Dr. Dexter Coffin, the physicist whose body was found turned inside out.

It’s a fairly straightforward plot that hits the ground running from the start. While…

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After the triggering : Nimue Brown guest post

November 15, 2018

I practice two therapies that can help PTSD to lessen, but it is up to the person who finds themselves ‘triggered’ to take charge of their response enough to seek them.
The first step Nimue describes, which is to avoid people who don’t react to your discomfort with compassion, is a good marker that such therapy techniques can help. Otherwise, the reliving of the trauma will continue until scar tissue forms. It may take the rest of one’s life.
Our world is getting more uncomfortable all the time. That is why it is so important to nurture and magnify peace, peace, peace.

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People who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (not all of whom will have a diagnosis because mental health resources are scarce) experience triggering. Triggering is a process that takes you back into experiences of trauma. It’s very hard, through to impossible to get the resurgence of memory under control. It can mean anything from hours of revisiting terrible memories, unable to stop the flow, through to re-experiencing the trauma as though you are back in that situation and reliving it.

People become traumatised when they experience terrible things – violence, cruelty, assault, psychological torment… and when that becomes normal. A person can experience a terrible one off thing and not take massive psychological damage if it doesn’t then become part of their sense of how the world works. However, if you spend time in a literal or metaphorical war zone, it becomes your reality, and at some level it’s…

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