Sitting On Blisters

“Elections belong to the people.
It’s their decision
If they decide
To turn their back on the fire
And burn their behinds,
Then they will just have to sit
On their blisters.”
― Abraham Lincoln

 

Chose Uptown Sedona for a Summer Morning Walkabout.

It’s cool, quiet, and deserted except for an occasional person preparing to open the doors to display wares and services, or an early morning delivery truck.

These remind me of ” Tewa or Koyala ” a Rio Grande Clown that is often seen in Hopi Mesas. They are known for their boisterous conversations, immoderate actions, and gluttony. I’ve seen these tricksters around Sedona for many years. In fact I saw them in Phoenix on Saturday.

 

Check in on my familiar cornerstones.  These bronzes have graced Uptown for some years now bearing graceful witness of all who have passed by.

With Signage mostly ignored.

There’s the whimsical, the fanciful, and the ironic art.

And way too much signage.

From ‘view’ areas I pause to look at the red rock beauties , exposing some  three hundred and thirty million years of a rip roaring geological story right in my face. They provide me a great deal of reassurance with their familiarity and resilience, yet they constantly remind with their time storied stratum, change is constant. I never tire of spending time climbing over them and along the trails.

But this morning I walk Uptown. Those Red Rock Spirals,  and well funded marketing campaigns, bring millions of people globally to Sedona every year.

It’s very dry this summer with no promise of rain. Stage Three Fire Restrictions in effect.

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The morning moves forward, the temperatures begin to rise. a few stores are opening their doors. Time to go. A lovely  quiet walk about, a loaf of bread from Wildflower, and some photos to share with you.

A safe and engaged month of July to each and everyone of you no matter from where on the globe you read this.

 

Opposites

If

“If freckles were lovely
And day was night,
And measles were nice
And a lie warn’t a lie,
Life would be delight,–
But things

Wilson Mountain HIke Photo: JoHanna Massey

Couldn’t go right

For in such a sad plight
I wouldn’t be I.

If earth was heaven
And now was hence,
And past was present
And false was true,
There might be
Some sense
But I’d be
In suspense
For on such a pretense
You wouldn’t
Be you.

DSCN0321If fear was plucky,
And globes were square,
And dirt was cleanly
And tears were glee
Things would seem
Fair,–
Yet they’d all
Despair,
For if here
Was there
We wouldn’t be we.”
E.E. Cummings

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Happy Independence Day to the United States.  Today Americans  celebrate the Declaration of Freedom from Britain while Britain considers their next best steps, following  their recent vote of freedom from the European Union.

Just  listen to Lady Gaga sing our  National Athem.

The Bright Daybreak of Peace

IMG_1245I refuse to accept the view
That mankind
Is so tragically bound

To the starless midnight
Of racism and war
That the bright daybreak
Of peace and brotherhood
Can never become a reality…
I believe that unarmed truth
And unconditional love
Will have the final word.

Martin Luther King

 

Whether you celebrate Advent, Christmas, Boxing Day, New Years, Emperors Day, Asarah B’Tevet, Mouloud, Feast of the Holy Family, Liberation Day, Independence Day, the Solstice or Saturnalia it is one very busy time of celebration globally.

As I write these words there are 7.3 billion people living on planet earth, and by the time I post this several more thousand will have arrived. There are so many glorious differences in our geographies, cultures, races, beliefs, histories, lifestyles, and experiences. There are those who use those differences to create fear, wreck havoc, harm, and do violence to themselves, others, their families, communities, countries, and planet.

In my heart I know the majority of us humans here on our shared planet have one important binding sameness. We want peace. That is billions of us who want the same thing. We want peace for ourselves, our families, our communities, our countries, and our planet. It is only in peace that we can fully prosper, thrive, and share our gifts.

I am making Peace my one conscience priority. My goal, resolution, lifestyle, and prayer. A serious effort to embrace and hold clear in my heart and mind what I want most is Peace. One loving thought, one kind word, one calm response, one attentive decision, and one generous act …one at a time. Not a show of weakness or surrender, but a demonstration of  real power and strength. On my best behavior folks.

A difficult task made easier with the knowledge that I am a member of a  planetary  majority of people, who though we look, speak, live, and experience our lives very differently, all desire one thing very much. Peace.

There is so much power, energy,  and potential for success in being a member of a majority of individuals that numbers in the billions worldwide.

 Happy and Peaceful  Holidays to each and every one of you.

Let’s celebrate!

Today’s Music:  “Joyful Noise” Full Scene 2012 – Man In The Mirror