Walking With The Universe

Sorrento Italy
Photo: JoHanna Massey

“She made broken look beautiful
and strong look invincible.
She walked with the Universe
on her shoulders and made it
look like a pair of wings.”
Ariana Danc

Surprised, thrilled, and optimism restored  in response to The January 21, 2017 Global Women’s March. The strength, beauty, and gracefulness of this beloved  statute in Sorrento Italy speaks to me and for me.

Today’s Ideas for Activism are focused on Literacy.

Local: Literacy Volunteers

US: Reading is Fundamental

Global: International Library Association – Book Donations

Todays Read:  1984 -George Orwell (free online full text edition)

Today’s Music: Aretha Franklin & the Eurythmics -Sisters  Are Doin It For Themselves

Today’s, Just Say No To: Alternative Facts

In response to WordPress Photo Challenges: Graceful

A safe, peaceful,  and most excellent week to everyone.

The Key to Good Eavesdropping

Collared Peccary
Photo: JoHanna Massey 2016

“The key to good eavesdropping is not getting caught.”
Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

Along with the few dogs walking their people, familiar birds, lizards, a coyote, solitary power walkers, and a regular group of youthful women who jog together on Saturday mornings, I also see  a particular sounder (herd) of collared peccary, during my early dawn walk abouts the neighborhood. 

There are about twelve of the Collared Peccaries, which is average for a group, the smallest a  baby and always running very fast to keep his position just beneath the slower moving mother or nursemaid. They always give me  a wide berth if in the open, or quickly hide if there is cover. The rest are of mix sizes and genders, with one, maybe two males topping sixty pounds. Locally we call them Javelina, but I’ve also heard them referred to as Quenk, Skunk Pig, B’quiro, or Sainos.

They  announce themselves with  a swampy, too deep musk odor.  Both male and female have glands that run the length of their backs, and each member of the herd ritualistically grooms with one another, mixing their individual scents into one,  to create a distinctive stink for their herd.

Today’s Collared Peccaries are quite small compared to their predecessors 25 million years ago who left behind in the Agate Springs Quarry in Nebraska fossilized jaw and teeth that indicated a skull length of over three feet.  These modern urban desert versions have dainty small feet, and fashionable slender legs to support a barrel shape body and big heads.

They can look fairly menacing with razor sharp tusks and a mouth full of teeth  that they snap together loudly when distressed. But my experience for many years has been that any  sudden charging on their part is more likely they have heard and  smelled me and are coming closer in  their very near sighted attempt to see what I am. While I have had many encounters with the Javelina, and have never been shown aggression, I would never consider feeding, touching, or cornering them, always mindful they are best as wild beasts. They grunt, snuffle, bark and woof their way through the neighborhood early to forage on the well maintained irrigated  landscaping or remain ‘outside’ on the Nation Forest Trails where they take big bite-fuls of the toughest prickly pear cactus, seemingly without distress, getting not only food, but moisture during dry periods.

While certainly not fully nocturnal, they do tend to be most active at night, dusk, and dawn, taking their repose in hidden, secluded shady overhangs, ledges, arroyos during the bright heat of the daylight hours.

People have strong, often opposing opinions, ideas, or fears about the Wildlife in the neighborhoods.  I’ve learned to never speak out loud in passing to anyone about seeing the Javelina. Even when the entire  Javelina clan are silently hiding in plain sight, eavesdropping on the unsuspecting gathering  of young women,  finishing off their coffees with some Girl Talk before starting their Saturday morning jog.

“Let’s get going.”  says the pretty brunette dressed in blue.”Something really stinks.”

I wish each and all a safe, calm, and peaceful weekend.

If you are interested in knowing more about the Collared Peccary this is a very interesting read:  Habitat Use by Collared Peccaries in an Urban Environment
Elizabeth S. Bellantoni and Paul R. Krausman
The Southwestern Naturalist
Vol. 38, No. 4 (Dec., 1993), pp. 345-351
Published by: Southwestern Association of Naturalists

DOI: 10.2307/3671613  Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3671613
Page Count: 7
Today’s Music: Dave Edmunds & the Rockpile: Girls Talk


Every Aspect of Our LIves

Pontone Italy
Photo: JoHanna Massey
Pontone Italy Photo: JoHanna Massey
Pontone Italy

“There is something
Particularly special
And personal
About the circle
And how its curves
Comfortably rule
Every aspect
Of our lives.”
Kat Lahr, Parallelism Of Cyclicality

In response to WordPress Weekly Photo: Curve

May this weekend be a peaceful one for each and everyone.

Today’s Music: While You See A chance- Steve Winwood

Out Of The Earth

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

“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


No Guru, No Method, No Teacher

Verde Valley Cacti
Photo: JoHanna Massey 2016

‘ I turned to You and I said
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
Just You and I and Nature
In the Garden.’
Van Morrison


The Verde Valley is considered high desert with an annual rainfall that normally averages eighteen inches annually. However we remain, along with  most of the state in  Drought. Some say seventeen years, long time residents say more.

What happens next  is all about the water in this high desert. I woke this morning to the sound of rain on the roof, the first since January. A peaceful weekend to one and all.

Today’s Music: Van Morrison “In The Garden”

For Every Relative Fragment

"This Riparian Survey  has no listing  to be checked for Wapiti Bulls."   says Bill. Laughing we venture on. Harmonious work- mates and companions. 
Photo: JoHanna Massey

“There is not a fragment in all nature,
For every relative fragment of one thing
Is a full harmonious unit in itself.”
― John Muir, The Wilderness World of John Muir

In response to WordPress Photo Theme: Harmony

Today’s Music: Elk Song

So Late So Soon

DSCN0593 sunrise mogollon rim 2016
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

I have been restless with the waxing Snow/ Hunger Moon.  I take myself  outside when this edginess arrives. I no longer do risky climbs, or remote areas alone, but oh… I still love a good wander.  Outside in the sun, warmth, big sky,  red rock hiking with camera in hand.
 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