Seed of Light Award Nomination, Thank you MisBehaved Woman!

Seed Of Light

Thank you MisBehaved Woman!

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You only need one to start a forest!

Planting is easy: if you receive this award, simply pass it on to another blogger who inspires you through the beauty of their words/images as well as any blog which brings joyful awareness to nature and our connection to each other.

I happily pass this lovely little seed along to:

SUNSET DAILY: http://sunsetdaily.wordpress.com/ 

How does your garden grow? Flower remedies for healing…

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The Pomegranate tree (Punica granatum)

This tree was planted by my grandmother in 1955.

 Last year the fruit went into making jam,  grenadine, and vodka.

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Yarrow (Achillea millifolium)

 The flower of invulnerability. 

Achillea commemorates the Greek hero Achilles, who used yarrow to heal wounds.

Throughout history until the early part of the 20th century it was used in treating wounds,

and to staunch bleeding.

Its oils are anti-inflammatory and antiseptic,

the tannins are astringent and stop bleeding,

the silica promotes tissue repair.

An infusion is good for and eyebath, as skin lotion for varicose veins.

Good for the digestive tract, stimulates appetite.

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Yarrow stalks were used in China, to reawaken the spiritual,  I Ching used yarrow stalks for divination.

Last year I made Yarrow Beer. 

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Angelica (Angelica archangelica)

The flower of inspiration.

In ancient history it was a protective herb against illness, as well as evil spirits.

It stimulates the circulation, and is good for people who feel the cold.

It warms and invigorates the stomach, it is used for nausea, poor appetite and weak digestion.

It detoxifies the blood and protects against infection.

The oil is antibacterial and anti-fungal, a disinfectant uses to preserve food (wrap in leaves).

It relieves period and premenstrual pain.

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Apple tree, Yarrow, Borage, Chamomile, Lemon balm, Lavender, Rue, Chrysanthemum, Sage, and Thyme.

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Morning Glory with Feverfew.

Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium, Tanacetum parthenium)

The flower of relief.

“Feverfew is ruled by Venus and hath commended it to succour our sisters to be a general strengthener

of their wombs, and to remedy such infirmities as a careless midwife hath there caused;

if they will be pleased to make use of her herb boiled in white wine,

and drink the decoction, it cleanseth the womb, expels the afterbirth

and doth a woman all the good she can desire of a herb”.

                                                               Culpeper

It is currently a remedy for headaches and migraine. Research and clinical trials

have shown that intractable migraines in 70% of sufferers improved after taking feverfew.

One in three had no further attacks. Can be eaten fresh, makes a bitter tea.

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Echinacea (Echinacea augustifolia) Purple coneflower.

The flower of wholeness.

Three of the nine species are native to North America, and have medicinal benefits.

Purple coneflower was one of the most important medicinal plants

known to the native Americans.

Applied externally to wounds, burns, insect bites and swollen lymph glands,

taken internally for headaches, stomach aches, coughs and colds, to treat measles and gonorrhoea.

From 1895 to 1930 American doctors proved the effects of E. angustifolia in healing boils and abscesses,

blood poisoning, postpartum infection, malaria, typhus and TB.

German studies in the last 60 years have proved the remedy for septic conditions,

rheumatoid arthritis, antibiotic resistance, whooping-cough in children,

flu, catarrh, chronic respiratory track infections, gynecological infections,

urinary infections and skin infections.

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Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

The flower of bees.

Lemon balm influences the limbic system in the brain which is concerned with

mood and temperament. A sedative, enhancing relaxation and inducing natural sleep,

calming tension and anxiety, and even mania and hysteria,

lemon balm is also restoring.

It can be taken as a tea frequently during the day or night.

Good for the digestive system, a bitter tonic support to stimulate the liver and gall-bladder.

A strong infusion in a warm bath will help calm you.

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Rue (Ruta graveolens)

The herb of grace.

Rue is a powerful remedy and low doses are the rule.

It is used in the treatment of strained eyes and headaches caused by eyestrain.

It is useful for nervous headaches and heart palpitations.

It is an antispasmodic, and is used in treating the nervous system for indigestion.

The rutin strengthens fragile blood vessels and varicose veins.

An ointment containing rue is good for gouty, rheumatic pains

and for sprained or bruised tendons.

In Chinese medicine rue is specific for snake and insect bite.

The tea expels worms.

CAUTION: Do not use during pregnancy. It can cause a rash.

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Borage (Borago officinalis) and Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)

Borage

The flower of courage. 

Borage has a relaxing effect, and is said to dispel grief and sadness.

Modern research shows that borage stimulates the adrenal glands, the organs of courage,

increasing the secretion of adrenaline.

The hormonal properties of borage are present in the seeds which contain gamma linoleic acid.

The oil from the seeds can be used for menstrual problems,

allergies such as eczema, hay fever, and arthritis.

Borage tea can be taken to clear boils and skin rashes,

for arthritis and rheumatism, during infections to bring down a fever.

The mucilage in borage has a soothing action to

relieve sore throat and to sooth cough.

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Chamomile 

The flower of equilibrium.

The famous physician Dioscorides recommended it as a medicine for fevers in 900 BCE.

The Egyptians revered chamomile for its medicinal virtues, for its power to cure acute fever,

and dedicated it to the sun god Ra.

It was one of the nine sacred herbs of the Saxons who used it as a sedative.

German and Roman chamomile’s are similar, and serve the same uses.

It relaxes and relieves tension and spasm, and recommended

for colic in babies, abdominal pain, and any digestive upsets.

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Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

The flower of elation.

Clary sage is a relaxing tonic to the nervous system, and excellent for stress.

A tea helps headaches, asthma, migraine, insomnia and indigestion.

It has an antispasmodic action and can relieve muscle tension, abdominal pain and constipation,

reduce period pains and ease childbirth.

It will help lift the spirits in depression.

Used topically, it can be applied to the skin to draw out inflammation and infection.

Aromatherapy Oil

Clary sage oil can produce a heightened state of elation or

euphoria, deeply relaxing and sleep-inducing.

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Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

The flower of survival.

Used in medicine in Ancient Greece and was praised in herbals in the Middle Ages.

Taraxacum is from the Greek word, taraxo, meaning pain or remedy.

The leaves are edible, and may be used in salads, or cooked like spinach.

This plant is highly nutritious, rich in vitamins C and B, and pro-vitamin A,

and minerals potassium and iron.

Dandelion is a spring tonic, it expels toxins, wastes and pollutants through the liver and kidneys,

cleaning the blood.

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Garden and vegetables…to keep me alive and healthy…grown from seeds.

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Sources:

Flower Power, by Anne McIntyre, 1996, Henry Holt and Co. NY.

The New Age Herbalist, Editor Richard Mabley (1941), 1988, Simon and Schuster Inc. Gaia Books Ltd., London.

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Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) in Scotts Valley, CA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Feverfew (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trouble in Monsanto Nation

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On Wednesday, May 15, an amendment to the House version of the Farm Bill, inserted under the guise of protecting interstate commerce, passed out of the House Agricultural Committee. If the King Amendment makes it into the final Farm Bill, it would take away states’ rights to pass laws governing the production or manufacture of any agricultural product, including food and animals raised for food, that is involved in interstate commerce. The amendment was proposed by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), largely in response to a California law stating that by 2015, California will allow only eggs to be sold from hens housed in cages specified by California. But policy analysts emphasize that the amendment, broadly and ambiguously written, could be used to prohibit or preempt any state GMO labeling or food safety law.

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Will the King Amendment survive the Senate? No one can be sure, say analysts. However few doubt that Monsanto will give up. We can expect that more amendments and riders will be introduced into the Farm Bill–even if the King Amendment fails—over the next month in an attempt to stop the wave of state GMO labeling laws and initiatives moving forward in states like Washington, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut and others.

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NO GMO IN FRANCE!

Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) have admitted privately that they’ve “lost the battle” to stop GE food labeling at the state level, now that states are aggressively moving forward on labeling laws. On May 14, Maine’s House Ag Committee passed a GMO labeling law. On May 10, the Vermont House passed a labeling bill, 99-42, despite massive lobbying by Monsanto and threats to sue the state. And though Monsanto won a razor-thin victory (51 percent to 49 percent) in a costly, hard fought California GMO labeling ballot initiative last November, biotech and Big Food now realize that Washington State voters will likely pass I-522, an upcoming ballot initiative to label GE foods, on November 5.
If Monsanto can’t stop states from passing laws, then the next step is a national preemptive measure. And all signs point to just such a power grab. Earlier this year, Monsanto slipped its extremely unpopular “Monsanto Protection Act,” an act that gives biotech immunity from federal prosecution for planting illegally approved GE crops, into the 2013 Federal Appropriations Bill. During the June 2012 Farm Bill debate, 73 U.S. Senators voted against the right of states to pass mandatory GE food labeling laws. Emboldened by these votes, and now the House Ag Committee’s vote on the King Amendment, Monsanto has every reason to believe Congress would support a potential nullification of states’ rights to label.
The million-strong OCA and its allies in the organic and natural health movement are warning incumbent Senators and House members, Democrats and Republicans alike, that thousands of health and environmental-minded constituents in their Congressional districts or states will work to recall them or drive them out of office if they fail to heed the will of the people and to respect the time-honored traditions of shared state sovereignty over food labels, food safety laws, and consumers’ right to know.
Trouble in Monsanto Nation

 

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Reliable sources in Washington D.C. have informed the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) that Monsanto has begun secretly lobbying its Congressional allies to attach one or more “Monsanto Riders” or amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill that would preempt or prohibit states from requiring labels on genetically engineered (GE) foods.

In response to this blatant violation of states’ rights to legislate, and consumers’ right to know, the OCA and a nationwide alliance have launched a petition to put every member of Congress on notice: If you support any Farm Bill amendment that would nullify states’ rights to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs), we’ll vote – or throw – you out of office.

On Wednesday, May 15, an amendment to the House version of the Farm Bill, inserted under the guise of protecting interstate commerce, passed out of the House Agricultural Committee. If the King Amendment makes it…

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Change the world by changing yourself? Eating less, anti-aging!

My grandmother often said, “You are what you eat.”

Here is the science to back this up, a video by

Dr. Michael Mosley. A Junk food addict!

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“I changed my diet 18 years ago.

I love to eat,

just not meat!

I was getting that ‘chunky’ middle age body,

so I fasted! And the FAT never returned.

Also…I have not seen a doctor for ANY illness since!” 

                                                         D.A. Hartley

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I hope that you watch this video,

it just recommends a baby step, no radical diet,

but watching this could help you live a healthy life.

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Reaching the ripe old age of 50, Dr. Mosley wondered how healthy

he really was. He found that he was only slightly overweight,

BUT

pre-Diabetic,

pre-Cancerous (6 types of cancer),

pre-Heart Disease.

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THE ARTICLE…

What did cavemen really eat when they sat down to dine, morning, noon and night?

The Paleo Diet guys spun some interesting theories —

all of which turned out to be nonsense.

But the truth is, if you’re trying to isolate the “health key” to early man’s diet,

it really may hinge not so much on what he was eating.

Because one BIG health benefit early man had going:

he rarely got three squares a day.

In fact, it might have regularly been a day or two

(or four) between filling meals back in the bad old days.

So if you get a hankering to emulate cavemen, the key is probably this:

eat a fair amount less than you’re eating now.

This is the basic tenant arrived at when a leading British journalist and physican,

Michael Mosley, set out to become healthier and lose weight,

while making as few changes as possible in his life.

Dr. Mosley is considered the “Sanjay Gupta of England,”

and today we are recommending a video he recently produced on this subject.

Children’s Hospital, Central Valley, California: Murals

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Children’s Hospital Central Valley, California.Sierra View Hospital, Porterville, CA.

Mother and Child 
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I was approached to paint murals in a new hospital wing for Children’s Hospital, Central Valley. The project entailed 150’ of nurses’ stations, eight hospital rooms, and an examination room. I called for help, and my son Charles Gilbert helped me for this month long project. My son was attending the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and left his studies for this project, I dropped out of the teaching credential program I was in. We dedicated our lives just for a month, and had the most enjoyable time with this project!

http://www.sierra-view.com/Pediatrics

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We decided upon a theme for each room, a location in Africa, India, Australia, China.

We then focused upon what scenes we wanted to portray.

Thinking of the children, and the suffering and healing they would experience here,

we chose family scenes of Mother and Child.

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The faces of the animals had to show loving kindness.

The eyes were so important.

We worked from photos of animal families,

and just painted what we saw,

all animals, including the human kind

love their children.

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Artist: Charles Gilbert

Artist: Charles Gilbert

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Animal family groups reflect values that human children can understand.

Children delight in seeing animals at play.

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The Examination Room

These Monkeys are awaiting the appearance of their new friend, the Meerkat!

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Meerkat

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Water Room, Hippopotamus and Crane.

Water Room, Hippopotamus and water birds.

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Grandma Chimp

Grandmother Chimpanzee

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Animals are dangerous in the wild, they had to appear kindly,

rather than hungary.

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Bamboo Room and Panda

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African Safari Room

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Examination Room

Examination Room

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Our animal species are disappearing a such a rapid rate.

Humanity is spreading out even into animal sanctuaries.

We need more land for factories, resorts, plantations,

and economic growth.

Many animals will not be able to adapt the the rapid change in climate,

even the primates,

Homo Sapins Sapins

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_sapiens

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mother and child – Bangkok, city of angels (Photo credit: Sailing “Footprints: Real to Reel” (Ronn ashore))

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There is an excellent blog on WordPress if you are interested in

animal protection and rights.

Animal Post: http://michaeleltonmcleod.com

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I am not showing what an elephant looks like with it’s tusks removed,

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2244067/Elephant-Assam-region-India-tusks-trunk-tail-removed-suspected-poacher-attack.html

or

Tigers killed for the Japanese markets (aphrodisiacs) http://www.tigerhomes.org/animal/tiger-penis.cfm

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Even I can’t bear to look,

but as the world we know disappears,

our grandchildren will ask us about this, too,

“Where have all the animals gone?”

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www.sierraclub.org, www.350.org, www.greenpeace.org

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Meerkat. Taken in Victoria, Australia in February 2009. Français : Un Suricate (Suricata suricatta). Photo prise dans l’état de Victoria, en Australie, en février 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

18 Minutes That Will Change Your Life…The Overview Effect…40th anniversary of photos of Earth from space.

 

Please enlarge for better viewing.

Directed by Guy Reid

Concept: Guy Reid and Steve Kennedy

Features:

EDGAR MITCHELL, RON GARAN, NICOLE STOTT,

SHANE KIMBROUGH, JEFF HOFFMAN, FRANK WHITE,

DAVID BEAVER and DAVID LOY.

Link: http://vimeo.com/planetarycollective/overview

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This portrayal of planet Earth has effected me beyond words…

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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell sought to find a philosophy that would express

what he experienced viewing planet Earth from space.

After a search, with no results, he contacted an university to research this,

and they told him about a Hindu philosophy, Sankalpa Samati.

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Sankalpa Samati 

“For the success of the sankalpa, certain conditions must be met.

The sankalpa is like a seed that will have tremendous power,

but only if it is sown in fertile ground, looked after and tended daily,

with the inner certainty that the seed will produce its fruit in its own time.

After the sankalpa is made, the mind nurtures it at deeper levels

as the roots of the seed go further down, the emotions express it as a

positive feeling that has power and strength, the body resonates with it,

and the intellect does not question it – ever.

Faith is where all the dimensions of the personality are in harmony,

undivided and moving in the same direction together. How can it not succeed?

Lastly, the sankalpa need not be influenced by words alone.

It may also be visualized symbolically as an image,

felt as a sensation; it may bring up certain feelings which have a recognizable force

or are just quietly known.

In the end the sankalpa is not just something nice you say three times twice in yoga nidra,

but it is a motivating force that you are living and moving toward

all the time, every day.”

                                                      Swami Anadakumar Saraswati

http://www.yogamag.net/archives/2005/ajan05/sanknat.shtml  

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“I  think you start out with this idea of what it’s going to be like…and then when you do finally look at the Earth for the first time…you’re overwhelmed by how much more beautiful it really is, when you see it for real.

It’s just like its this dynamic, alive place, ..that you see glowing all the time..”

-Nicole Stott, Shuttle, ISS Astronaut

“When we look down on the Earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet, ..it looks like a living, breathing organism..”

Ron Garan, Suttle, ISS Astronaut

Stewart Brand

About 40 years ago I wore a button that said, “Why haven’t we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet?” Then we finally saw the pictures. What did it do for us?

The shift that has happened in 40 years which mainly has to do with climate change. Forty years ago, I could say in the Whole Earth Catalog, “we are as gods, we might as well get good at it”. Photographs of earth from space had that god-like perspective.

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Kim Bhasin | Business Insider

A short film released by Planetary Collective called “OVERVIEW” has some fantastic interviews with astronauts who described their experience seeing Earth from space.

It’s something that can’t be replicated and it totally changes your perspective.

The “overview effect,” first described by author Frank White in 1987, is the sudden recognition that we live on a planet. The experience transforms a person’s perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it, and he or she begins to think of Earth as more of a “shared home” and have a strong feeling of awe.

From shuttle astronaut Jeff Hoffman:

“You do, from that perspective, see the Earth as a planet. You see the sun as a star – we see the sun in a blue sky, but up there, you see the sun in a black sky. So, yeah, you are seeing it from the cosmic perspective.”

Shuttle/ISS astronaut Nicole Stott:

“We have this connection to Earth. I mean, it’s our home. And I don’t know how you can come back and not, in some way, be changed. It may be subtle. You see difference in different people in their general response when they come back from space. But I think, collectively, everybody has that emblazoned on their memories, the way the planet looks. You can’t take that lightly.”

Shuttle/ISS astronaut Ron Garan:

“When we look down at the earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet. It looks like a living, breathing organism. But it also, at the same time, looks extremely fragile.

… Anybody else who’s ever gone to space says the same thing because it really is striking and it’s really sobering to see this paper-thin layer and to realize that that little paper-thin layer is all that protects every living thing on Earth from death, basically. From the harshness of space.”

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ReBlogged from Climate Crocks

http://climatecrocks.com/2013/02/23/the-weekend-wonk-astronauts-on-the-view-from-space-and-consciousness-change/

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English: Astronaut Nicole Stott, mission specialist/flight engineer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Friend Nature is off to San Francisco Tomorrow (2/17) to Join the Sierra Club and 350.org…JOIN US!

 

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English: Picture of San Francisco at Sunset. Français : San Francisco au coucher du soleil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia

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ALSO A REMINDER…Later from San Francisco…

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D.A. Hartley of Friend Nature, artist,  has a Radio Interview

with Blog Talk Radio in the afternoon,

February 17th at 3:30, Pacific Time with 

Contemplative, Expressive and Imaginative Arts

Liana Voia (MA, PhD) conducted all video

and radio interviews in the arts/therapy series. 

Here is the link to the program: 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/multiplearts/2013/02/17/denise-hartley–fine-artist-and-muralist

My Art Site: www.DAHartley.com

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Thank you! Come to San Francisco,

or attend a protest in your area, or write your congress representative!

MOTHER NATURE THANKS YOU!

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ReBlogged from: http://www.350bayarea.org/

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San Francisco February 17


Encircle the State Department Office at One Market Plaza
 
Demand that the Department reject Keystone XL permit
MAKE HISTORY! INVITE FRIENDS!
March in Solidarity with the LARGEST climate demonstration in Washington D.C. yet!
 
We need VOLUNTEERS!
 

On September 24, 2011, over 1,500 people came to San Francisco for Moving Planet “A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels” sponsored by 350.org.

Let’s make it clear to President Obama  that climate’s time is now. The first step he can take is to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, then he must lead the effort to reduce carbon pollution from dirty power plants and move us beyond coal, oil and natural gas by firing up our clean energy economy. Then we’ll know he means what he says about protecting our climate.
Over 600 people have already signed up to come to the Bay Area Forward on Climate Rally. How fast can we get to 1,500?
– Join the Forward on Climate Bay Area event on Facebook
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Friend Nature Invites Photographer Galen Leeds to Share His Kayak Video…

“I spend a lot of time kayaking, exploring, and photographing the natural world.

Motorless boats, cameras, and nature all go so well together-

gliding silently along, with only the murmur of the paddle

 to interrupt the songs of the myriad birds,

slipping along as just another shadow,

observing and capturing moments of calmness and clarity.

Of course, it’s not always calm, peaceful bliss, but I like to imagine that it is,

and so that is what I am sharing with all of you,

some of that stillness of nature

that I actually do find most of the time that I am out there…

the calm beauty that nature can be.

My most common (yet by no means only) place that I get to explore

and share is Tomales Bay,

a beautiful yet rugged place in Northern California.

It is a fantastic area to explore with a rich and varied ecosystem

that supports a huge diversity of life.

I am often amazed at how much life there is in its waters and along its shores.”

                                                   Galen Leeds

                                            Reblogged from Galen Leeds Photography

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View south-east across Tomales Bay from Inverness, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Solitude, the Gift of Rebirth.

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Solitude, the gift of rebirth.

My birthday, the big one, the kind that relatives flock around you,

friends adore you, family loves you, and I retreated.

To be alone.

The best gift of self, to reconnect with your true self.

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“A man becomes a solitary at the moment when,

no matter what may be his external surroundings,

he is suddenly aware of his own inalienable solitude

and sees that he will never be anything but solitary.”

                                                       Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton

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The Day

Begins and ends with a walk,

not quite alone, as you can see.

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The Place

The cabin, 6,300′ above sea level, featuring the stream,

the river, nature in true form,

Sonora Pass, Stanislaus National Forest.

Summer, yet at this elevation it is spring.

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The Gift:

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Douglas Creek Falls.

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The batholith, 65 million years ago I would be deep inside a volcano.

What is time,

but the tilt of the planet,

in relation to its traverse around the sun?

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Life, with all its challenges…

“All truly contemplative souls have this in common:

not that they gather exclusively in the desert,

or they shut themselves up in reclusion,

but they are where He is, 

there they are.”

                                                                      Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton

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Life clings to rock.

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A natural spring which drains into the meadow,

and Delphinium Polycladon, Mountain Marsh Larkspur.

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Stream to meadow, wildflowers along the bank.

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Gentianopsis holopetela, or Sierra fringed gentian.

“Although he is a traveler in time,

he has opened his eyes,

for a moment,

in eternity.”

                                                                                    Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton

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Wild Orchid.

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Fritillaria recurva, or scarlet fritillary.

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Mentzelia laevicaulis, the blazing star.

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Achillea millefolium, Common Yarrow or Milfoil.

“In ancient times in instituting the system of Change,

the sages, with the hidden assistance of spiritual intelligence,

created the system of divination by the use of milfoil stocks.

                                                                       The Book of Changes (I Ching)

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Wyethia mollis, or mules ears.

“Once I, Chuang Chou, dreamed that I was a butterfly

and was happy as a butterfly.

I was conscious that I was quite pleased with myself,

but I did not know that I was Chou.

Suddenly I awoke, and there I was, visibly Chou.

I do not know whether it was Chou dreaming

that he was a butterfly

or the butterfly dreaming that it was Chou.”

                                               The Chuang Tzu

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Lilium parvum, or alpine lily.

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Sulfur Buckwheat.

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Erigeron breweri Gray, Brewer’s Fleabane.

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Hyperiycum perforatum L., Saint John’s wort.

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The South Fork of the Stanislaus River.

“On the further bank the willows wept in perpetual lamentation,

their hair about their shoulders. The river reflected whatever it chose

of sky and bridge and burning tree. There one might have sat the clock round

lost in thought.

Thought – to call it by a prouder name than it deserved –

had let its line down the stream.

It swayed, minute after minute, hither and thither among the reflections

and the weeds, letting the water lift it and sink it,

until – you know the little tug –

the sudden conglomeration of an idea at the end of one’s line:

and then the cautious hauling of it in, and the careful laying of it out?

Alas, laid on the grass how small, how insignificant this thought

of mine looked; the sort of fish that a good fisherman puts back into

the water so that it may grow fatter and be one day worth

the cooking and eating.”

                                           A Rooms of One’s Own, Virginia Wolf

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Trout, home of the otter and beaver who are now seldom seen.

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Douglas Creek, a gravity flow water source.

“If only the present moment exists, 

in actuality water does not flow.

It is a metaphor of our experience of time.”

                                                                    Philosopher Seng-Chao (384-414 CE.)

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Mint.

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Wild Rose.

“For inner silence depends on a continual seeking,

a continual crying in the night,

a repeated bending over the abyss.”

                                                         Thoughts of Solitude, by Thomas Merton

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Dudleya cymosa and Sedum obtusatum, Sierra Stonecrop (hen and chicks).

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Calochortus venustus, White Mariposa Lily.

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Ribes sanguineum, also known as blood currant.

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Currant. A tasty treat.

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Inky Cap mushroom.

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Ground mushroom.

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Toadstool or mushroom. Do not eat!

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Home of the Antlion. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antlion 

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Gooseberry.

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Manzanita Bark.

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Woodpeckers store acorns in these holes.

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Doe and fawn visit.

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 I view the artist as person who can step outside of self, 

a person that allows the unknown to emerge.

The expanding nature of the universe accommodates

the development of future new events. 

The metaphor of water,

follows the development of the self,

who rides the flowing expansion,

conforming, accepting, and releasing the past.

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“The motive of science was the extension of man, an all sided into nature,

tell his hands should touch the stars, 

his eyes see through the earth,

his ears understand the language of the beast and bud,

and the sense of the wind;

and through his sympathy,

heaven and earth should talk to him.”

Essays and TraitsBeauty, Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Photos: D.A. Hartley

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Please help preserve this beautiful planet, and the Nature that I love.

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http://www.350.org

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Please join the Sierra Club:

http://www.sierraclub.org/

Thank you!

Dear friends,

The action isn’t all in DC.

It’s true that tens of thousands of people will converge in Washington, DC for the largest action against climate change in US history, but we understand that not everyone can make the trip.

In fact, there’s important work to be done all across the country — from divesting our schools and cities from fossil fuels, to keeping the pressure on politicians who want to build Keystone XL no matter what Obama says.

That’s why there’s a solidarity rally being organized in your area on the 17th, and we hope you can join. Here are the details:

WHEN: Sunday, February 17th, 1-3pm
WHERE: One Market Plaza, 1 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105
WHAT: Join over 70 organizations and thousands of citizens to encircle the State Department Office at One Market Plaza. Demand that the Department reject the permit for Keystone XL.

Click here to RSVP: www.350bayarea.org/forward_on_climate_bay_area_rally

This will be the biggest climate march that we know of in Bay Area history, with folks coming from as far away as Sacramento and Santa Cruz. California has made extraordinary and bold progress toward halting the climate crisis, but if Obama does not take similarly bold action, our state will suffer the consequences along with the rest of the world.

Solidarity events like this are how we show there is a nation-wide climate movement united against Keystone XL and climate change. We look forward to seeing you in the streets, be they in DC or otherwise!

Forward,

Ashley

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Nature Series…wood and gold leaf.

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Passage Way, 2002, 4′ x 6′, mixed media on wood. Private Collection.

“Moment after moment,

everyone comes out from nothingness. 

This is the true joy of life.”

                                                                                Zen Mind, Beginners’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki

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Mitochondria I, 2002, mixed media on wood, 4’x6′. Private Collection.

Mitochondria II, 2003, mixed media on wood, 4’x6′. Collection of Sequoia Cancer Center, Visalia, CA.

“But a great deal, perhaps everything, 

will remain incredible and incomprehensible.

One paradox, however, must be accepted and this is

that it is necessary to continually

attempt the seemingly impossible.”

                                                                                        Journey to the East, by Hermann Hesse

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Lost Canyon Falls, 2005, mixed media on wood. Collection of Kaweah Delta Hospital.

“Let me seek, then, the gift of silence,

and poverty, and solitude,

where everything I touch is turned into prayer,

the birds are my prayer,

the wind in the trees is my prayer,

for God is all in all.”

Thoughts in Solitude, by Thomas Merton

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Aspen, 2002, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′, Private Collection

“The universe and I exist together,

and all things and I are one.

                               Chuang Tzu

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Mountains, Clouds, and Streams, 2005, mixed media on wood, triptych, 6′ x 4′.

Exhibition, Water!, 2008, Conley Gallery, Fresno, CA.

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“In cosmic consciousness,

we find that the relationship is the most important thing in life,

everything is a confluence of relationships. We begin to see that

everything is in balance between feminine and masculine energies,

the yin and yang,

and anytime there is more of one than the other, we are out of balance.

Right now, we need to reawaken the feminine because the dominance

of the masculine has led to belligerence,

arrogance, and aggression,

the very problems we see in the world right now.”

                                         Power, Freedom, and Grace, by Deepak Chopra

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Jungle Serenade, 2005, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′. Private collection.

Costa Rica Garden

“The herb layer of mid-elevation rain forest on the Caribbean slope of the

Cordillera de Tilaran, showing diverse leaf shapes and a flowering Aphelandra.”

                                                              Costa Rica, by Michael and Patricia Fogden

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Lost Canyon, 2002, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′. Private Collection.

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“To know harmony means to be in accord with the eternal.

To be in accord with the eternal means to be enlightened.”

                                                 Lao Tzu

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Cypress and Basalt, 2005, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′. Private Collection.

Exhibition, Water!, 2008, Conley Gallery, Fresno, CA.

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“The individual feels the futility of human desires and aims.

Sublimity and marvelous order revel themselves

in both in nature and in the world of thought. 

Individual existence impresses him as a kind of prison 

and he wants to experience the universe as a single magnificent whole…

                                                                          Albert Einstein

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Blossom Peak, 2004, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′.

Collection of Sequoia Cancer Center, Visalia, CA.

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“The Greek philosophers, like the philosophers of other ancient

civilizations, generally thought of time in terms of endlessly

repeated cycles: cycles of breathing, of day and night,

of the moon, of the year, 

great astronomical cycles of years,

and great cycles of cycles.”

                                      The Presence of the Past, by Rupert Sheldrake