It Saves Going To Heaven

I hope you love birds too.
It is economical.
It saves going to heaven.
Emily Dickinson


Important March Events: 

March 8th: International  Women’s Day ‘ Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There’s a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.’

Spring Equinox – March 20- On the day of an equinox, daytime and nighttime are of approximately equal duration all over the planet. Not exactly equal, due to the angular size of the Sun and atmospheric refraction. The word is derived from the Latin aequinoctium, from aequus (equal) and nox (genitive noctis) (night). For me it is another turn of the seasons, and already the sun is setting later behind the townhouse.

“March for Our Lives” will take place on March 24, 2018 in Washington DC, as well as with ‘sister marches’ in major cities across the United States. Organized by survivors of the school massacre in Parkland, Fla. to rally against the continuing mass shootings taking place in our country. The event will include “student speakers, musical performers, guest speakers and video tributes,” according to the National Park Service permit application, with 14 Jumbotrons and 2,000 chairs, and an expectation of 500,000 participants.

However, the Washington Post reported this morning that the ‘March for Our Lives’ application to the Park Service for use of the National Mall,  was bounced by an application by a  “a student group at a local educational institution. The film crew’s plans listed equipment such as two tables, two bikes and jump ropes.”

I suggest and believe that it will not be so easy for the current individuals who hold office in the U.S. House of Representatives, Senate, and Trump White House Administration to squelch an American populace of young people coming up (and the people who love them), that refuse to be at risk of  slaughter by assault weapons, simply because they desire an education and attend schools in the United States.

 A safe and peaceful month of each and everyone.

News/ Music: Ohio- Crosby Stills Nash & Young

Rising From Marsh Mud

“I rose from marsh mud
algae, equisetum, willows,
sweet green, noisy
birds and frogs.”
Lorine Niedecker

There are times when only a good marsh soothes and centers, showing true north clearly once again. Tavasci Marsh is not the blue/black boot sucking mud tidal marshes of the Delaware Bay; or the aloof… frigid… moving ice, scattered sedge, and reindeer, of the Spitzbergen.

Tavasci Marsh is a fresh water marsh, with no tidal interface or brackish/salty water, located in the high desert region of the Arizona Southwest. There is a delicious sense of time thinning, stretching, going fluid at Tavasci Marsh.

Toozigoot, a pueblo built by the Sinagua people around 1000 AD visible on a nearby hilltop, the sound of the Verde River, rustling reeds, and birdsong invites the mind, body, emotions, and spirit to join together again… to desire a vision of something good and new and engaging in the going forward. Indeed, there is a pleasure, peace, and promise, that comes of lingering with the not quite solid ground of a good marsh.

 Peace and Blessings to Each and Everyone.

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A Grand Gift Of Silence

“You have a grand gift for silence, Watson.
It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.”
Sherlock Holmes via Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A recent day of shared silence… hiking the  Little-Horse Trail #61 to Chicken Point in Sedona Arizona. A hike which I now share silently with you in Photographs:

In response to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

New Oxford American Dictionary-
Origins: Middle English: from Old French, from Latin silentium, from silere be silent.                                                                                                                            
silence–  | ˈsīləns | noun complete absence of sound: sirens pierce the silence of the night | an eerie silence descended over the house.                                         the fact or state of abstaining from speech: Karen had withdrawn into sullen silence | she was reduced to silence for a moment.                                                    the avoidance of mentioning or discussing something: politicians keep their silence on the big questions. •                                                                                       the state of standing still and not speaking as a sign of respect for someone deceased or in an opportunity for prayer: a moment of silence presided over by a local minister.

verb [with object] cause to become silent; prohibit or prevent from speaking: the team’s performance silenced their critics | freedom of the press cannot be silenced by tanks. (usually as adjective silenced) fit (a gun or other loud mechanism) with a silencer: a silenced .22 rifle.

PHRASES in silence without speech or other sound: we finished our meal in silence.

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A Safe and Peace-filled weekend to each and everyone.


News/Music: Simon & Garfunkel- Sounds of Silence

“Beep Beep”

“Beep Beep.” Roadrunner

Road Runner showed Herself this week, and certainly is cheeky, in my  anthropomorphic opinion.

Two foot long, strutting about wearing a demure crested crown on Her Royal Head, then choosing to run away at an average eighteen miles per hour sprint with those long strutting legs now appearing parallel with the ground. Flirtatiously, She shows a glimpse of Her white tipped tail used as a rudder, an  air-brake, and for balance often the only proof  She gives of Her presence .

Forget tracking Roadrunner. She has two toes pointing forward and two backward, making it impossible to know, once vanished …if she has come or gone. Roadrunners distinctive X footprint is featured prominently in Tribal and Mexican designs and stories as warding off evil. Roadrunner is said in story/legend to embody resilience, courage, strength, endurance and of course speed.

Roadrunner thrives in feathered desert camouflage throughout the Southwest of the United States, but I have seen Her in the depths of Louisiana, a snake hanging from Her beak, the feathers beneath Her chin fluffing to cool her body down.

Road Runner may only weigh in at an average of a pound, but during Her maybe six year lifespan, She will consume thousands of grasshoppers, lizards, snakes, and small mammals, poisonous or not irrelevant, with no toxic effect when swallowed properly. Water can be, and often is  scarce in the desert. The moisture in Roadrunner’s  food supplies needed fluids. , and physical adaptations allows Roadrunner to secrete salty solutions from a duct under Her eyes, rather than in the larger amount of fluid lost through her kidneys.

Roadrunner has been teasing me for several weeks, a peep here, a ‘BEEP BEEP’ there, never really showing herself, until with no explanation, She strutted out in full view, looked me square in the eye, and jumped lightly to the corner of the garden wall where Fox paused just a week or so ago, and allowed an astonished me to get several photos, then the cheeky  gal was……gone.

In response to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Cheeky

A safe and most excellent weekend to one and all.

New Oxford American Dictionary

cheeky | ˈCHēkē | adjective (cheekier, cheekiest)-  chiefly British – impudent or irreverent, typically in an endearing or amusing way: a cheeky grin. DERIVATIVES cheekiness | ˈCHēkēnəs | noun


Related: What You Have Tamed

A Handful of Good Neighbors

“Out yonder they may curse, revile, and torture one another,
Defile all the human instincts
Make a shambles of creation (if it were in their power),
But here, no, here, it is unthinkable,
Here there is abiding peace,
The peace of God, and the serene security
Created by a handful of good neighbors
Living at one with the creature world.”
― Henry Miller, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

The Village of Belhaven in North Carolina has moments of pure serenity. Sunrise is one.

Sunset at the Marina with a gathering of Good Neighbors is another.

In response to WordPress Photo Challenge – Serene

Music/News: Lee Shore; Crosby Stills, Nash, Young

Peace this weekend to each and everyone.

Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus.

serene: adjective 1 on the surface she seemed serene: calm, composed, tranquil, peaceful, untroubled, relaxed, at ease, unperturbed, unruffled, unworried; placid, equable, centered; informal together, unflappable. ANTONYMS : agitated.2 serene valleys: peaceful, tranquil, quiet, still, restful, relaxing, undisturbed. ANTONYMS turbulent.


As I Go Ramblin Round

Ramblin’ around your city
Ramblin’ around your town
I never see a friend I know
As I go ramblin’ ’round, boys
As I go ramblin’ ’round-

There are many visitors rambling around the Verde Valley right now. People from all over our shared round planet.  I wonder how many will, amid their busy holiday schedule,  pause along Oak Creek, and catch a glimpse of this meditating Water Cairn, quite mysterious, rounded,  and reassuring.

Joining this weeks WordPress Photo Challenge : Rounded , headed up by  Many just excellent entries to view. Or better yet join in.

A safe and peaceful day to one and all.

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New Oxford American: Rounded-rounded |ˈroundəd|                                   adjective: 1 having a smooth, curved surface: rounded gray hills.having a spherical shape: its rounded, almost bulbous head.forming circular or elliptical shapes: his writing was firm and rounded.

Phonetics (of a vowel): pronounced with the lips pursed. 2 well developed in all aspects; complete and balanced: we should educate children to become rounded human beings.

On a Cosmic Scale

On a cosmic scale,
Our life is insignificant,
Yet this brief period
When we appear in the world
Is the time
In which all meaningful questions arise.

In all my years of climbing up and about on the red rocks I never embraced repelling off of them with a  rebels yell.  It’s soft sedimentary trickster rock for the most part, goes loose without warning,  hand holds bust unannounced, …it’s a long way down to ugly hurtful brush, unforgiving hard rock.

Dangling  off the sides of rock  formations by ropes/slings, unless bolts, pins, anchors were newly set and doubled up and it was absolutely work related necessary, with a lot of trust for my workmate,  was never enjoyable for me.

In the last few years I’ve observed  an increase in young folks scaling/repelling the red beauties in Sedona, often without so much as a helmet.  It’s high tourist season here . I’m hoping that those considering this sport while visiting Sedona will get a local Professional Guide who can assist in equipment/water you will need, know  the area, supervise, guide you.

A safe and excellent day to each and everyone.

In response to WordPress Photo Challenge : Scale

New Oxford American Dictionary

verb [with object] 1 climb up or over (something high and steep): thieves scaled an 8-foot fence.2 represent in proportional dimensions; reduce or increase in size according to a common scale: (as adjective scaled) : scaled plans of the house.[no object] (of a quantity or property) be variable according to a particular scale.3 North American estimate the amount of timber that will be produced from (a log or uncut tree).

PHRASESoff the scale of or to a degree or level that is far in excess of what is normal or notionally measurable: meteorologists warned that conditions would be brutal, with soaring temperatures and humidity off the scale | viewing figures are likely to go off the scale because of all the hype.