Difficult or Extreme?

“That was the thing about the world:
It wasn’t that things were harder
Than you thought they
Were going to be,
It was that they were hard
In ways that you didn’t expect.”
Lev Grossman, The Magician King

The weather could not be more perfect in the Verde Valley, so we are out the door this weekend to explore one of the many ‘new to us’ trails in the Sedona area. While we were living somewhere else, mountain biking got really popular in Sedona, as well as an increase in  people hiking at all levels of ability.

We were surprised to share Mescal Trail  with lots of fellow hikers and bikers, many of which are in the midst of their metaphysical  Red Rock Sedona Weekend Transformational  Experience, and want/need  to chat about it. This hike really does have some spectacular views and vistas and catching a dose of Red Rock Fever while out and about on Mescal  is understandable. I envision USFS ‘Social Engagement in Progress’ signage soon.It was fun for awhile  to pause and chat, and oh the young people  mountain biking are just delightful, full of vitality, good manners,  and optimism.What could be better for mountain bikers than the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival,  currently in full swing!

All the pauses for conversation left us not covering the distance we desired, we hadn’t brought provisions for the party, and  concerned for how many folks are hiking without water, barefoot, or watching their phone screens and not their next step.

The high desert world can be a harsh and unforgiving environment, while simultaneously providing you an afternoon of gorgeousness and delight. Turned ankles, cactus spines, and  Dehydration surprise,  disrupt,  and can certainly make a Holiday or Saturday Afternoon difficult in unexpected ways, deadly at the extreme.  The Red Rocks can be tricksters, and as the above quote so clearly says:  ‘ hard in ways that you did not expect.’ .., though I would never be able to convince the two barefoot men grinning ear to ear and having ‘The best day of our lives!’

Some of my favorite photos  of the days outing:

Todays Music: Carlos Santana – Smooth

Peace and Blessings To You This Day.

The Bamboozle Has Captured Us

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this:
If we’ve been bamboozled long enough,
We tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle.
We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth.
The bamboozle has captured us.
It’s simply too painful to acknowledge,
Even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken
Once you give a charlatan power over you,
You almost never get it back.”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Some bamboozles are more innocent than others. If you chose to believe from  seeing my  photos and reading my words  that the Oracle Ravens in the streets of Sedona Arizona are quoting Carl Sagan and channeling Sam Irvin before transcending, illuminating, levitating and then bi-locating to Washington to form an Independent, Bi-Partisan  Investigative Committee to sort out the 2016 Election.  Well, That’s a fairly innocent bamboozle. The bamboozle behind the need for the investigation, not so much.

Peace and blessings to each and everyone this new day before us.

Today’s Music: Ohio Neil Young at Massey Hall

Snow Day In Sedona

Corruption is like a ball of snow,
Once it’s set a rolling
It must increase.
Charles Caleb Colton




Todays Reads:

Executive Order Protecting Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To United States

Number Of People Affected by Trumps Travel Ban

Resistance To Trump Travel Ban

Madeleine Albright (former US Secretary of State) :  On Trump Executive Travel Ban

Todays Music:  Pete Seegar- If I Had A Hammer


With Less Weight In My Backpack

“Adieu to disappointment and spleen.
What are men to rocks and mountains?”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

A restlessness arrived around Lamas, and continued to build as the moon moved toward Full Harvest.  Maybe a  bit of remaining DNA  from a time when my ancestors followed migrating herds. Perhaps a glowing ember of desire to dance at Samhain burns.  Or this lifetime of memories and mementos  anchored to the seasonal tilt of the planet.

Indeed, the heat of a high desert summer is past,  with the Equinox just days away. It is time to be outside and exploring, far from the confines of air conditioning, national anxiety,  and politics.

How do I reconcile the reality of being in an old woman’s  crone body….with the delicious Moxie,  and sense of  anticipation, exploration, and excitement that Late Summer to Equinox offers?

With less weight in my backpack!

May you have an excellent week  filled with calm, confidence and kindness all round.

Other places of interest in Sedona Arizona:

Sacred Sites In Sedona
The Mind Is Everything                                                                                                   Once You Have Tasted Flight

Today’s Music: When We Were Young- Adele (Live At The Church Studios)

An Act of Survival

“I have come to believe
That caring for myself
Is not self-indulgent
Caring for myself
Is an act of survival.” Audre Lorde

"Window To The Past" Roxanne Swentzell Santa Clara-Tewa, Heard Museum -Bronze 1999- Photo: JoHanna Massey May 2016

Cognitive Restructuring, Surrender, Retreat, Rest and Relaxation. Time Out, Closed, Psychic Battery Recharge, Treatment, Havana Health Spa, Stay-cation, meditation, or chakra realignment…Time to get quiet is upon me for quite a few days running. The townhouse got  a good spring scrubbing, and seasonal go over of the maintenance  completed. A family birthday celebrated,


   Stack of books bedside


Hikes, naps, and large quantities of hot spearmint scented bath water.

Temporary severing contact with Chris Matthews, Dianne Rehm, Gwen and Judy. Thinking I may avoid them until after the November Election Cycle.  Binge watching The Last Detective in that hour gaps, Dangerous Davies and Mod Lewis my news hours best friends. Sunday New York Times lingered over for several days.


Peace to each and every one.

PLaying with the Pic Monkey at Sunset

Today’s Music: Fiona Apple “Container” ..theme from The Affair

Out Of The Earth

“Tse-ping”  -Roxanne Swentzell
Sanata Clara Tewa, 1991

“We are all centered around the Earth
We all come from the Earth.
We are all eating out of the Earth.
Because of that,
We all become one family.”
Roxanne Swentzell

Heard Museum Roxanne Swentzell Sanata Clara Tewa, "Tse-ping" 1991 Heard Museum 2016

With Earth Day showing up right on schedule, I thought I would use the words and  photo of Roxanne Swentzell’s sculptures ” Tse-Ping” for this week’s WordPress Photo Theme: Dinnertimehttps://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/dinnertime/

These are two of a zillion photos I took with the Nikon CoolPix L830 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix Arizona this week.

A day at the Heard with the many Indigenous Cultures displays is every bit as good as a day in the Wilderness to remind me of just how silly, but dangerous,  humans are in this belief we own and control our beautiful planet Earth. What do I believe? I believe that as a species, we are perfectly capable of making this perfectly gorgeous and life sustaining planet uninhabitable for our particular species. I also believe we are perfectly capable of embracing our Mother Earth with love and respect and creating a planet that is the model of habitability of all inhabitable planets. Species in all of space will long to immigrate to Planet Earth. I could certainly do better with my impact on this planet, this space. Reducing Food Waste is on my action plan for the week.

Every day is Earth Day! Let’s join together with Michelle at WordPress,  for our shared Earthly Dinnertime feast. An excellent peace filled week to everyone.

Today’s Music: Wayra- Voices On The Wind


So Late So Soon

How did it get so late so soon?
Its night before its afternoon.
December is here before its June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?

Dr. Seuss

This gift of being able  to witness sunrises over the Mogollon Rim.and that same sun traveling the sky to set over the Mingus Mountains is a real indication to me the possibility of the Grand Finales this old part of my life  is offering full tilt boogie.

Sunrise Mogollon Rim Sedona Arizona Photo: JoHanna Massey

 DSCN1800 hunger moon
Today’s post is in response to WordPress Photos Theme: Seasons
 Jen H. chose the theme for this weeks subject:
Seasons: Share an image evocative of the weather or represent the current “season of your life” in metaphor.

This is a smart and very popular weekly themed photo show up on WordPress. No pressure, no stress, just an inspiration for your creative photo leanings to be shared and admired by others who appreciate a good photo as much as you do, and a chance for you to see the surprise of how varied our perceptions of life is.

I’ve also placed this post in the Senior Forum at Haddons MusingsI enjoy a good visit over at Haddons Musings for the smart feminist essays, the positive and energetic style, and how connected Haddons Musings is with a community of interesting people. This is just an excellent and well done website to visit and be inspired by.

Todays Music: Chad & Jeremy – Everyone’s Gone To The Moon