Archive for April, 2016

Towards an Imaginal Ecology

A deep exploration of the power of the imaginal realm that connects story, Faerie, and Earth healing — this insightful piece weaves together Joanna Macy, Tolkien, and all of us. Thank you, Becca, for another beautiful articulation of the interconnectedness of all beings, including those most people don’t normally consider as “beings.”

Becca Segall Tarnas

This essay, originally written in May 2013, has now been published in the inaugural issue of ReImagining Magazine, a publication created by the Chicago Wisdom Project.

“To speak, to ask to have audience today in the world, requires that we speak to the world, for the world is in the audience; it too is listening to what we say.”[1] With these words James Hillman opens his essay “Anima Mundi” in which he speaks of the return of soul to the world. Such is the task we face as a species, as human beings, as we learn to cultivate a different kind of relationship with our planet, the Earth which supports our very existence. But what eyes can we use to see the soul of the world? What languages can we speak to call out to the anima mundi? With what ears shall we listen to…

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MY LITTLE WORLD

Bang: Robert De Niro wakes up and opens up on vaccines

The tide is turning …

Jon Rappoport's Blog

Bang: Robert De Niro wakes up and opens up on vaccines

After censoring the film Vaxxed, he decides to make a stand

And…

Media won’t reveal medically-caused death numbers

by Jon Rappoport

April 13, 2016

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.)

On NBC’s Today Show, Robert De Niro just broke his trance and started talking sense about vaccines. He refused to back down and knuckle under. Watch the interview here.

It’s the leading edge of a new storm.

De Niro wouldn’t accept the canned notion that vaccines are remarkably safe and effective and necessary. He expressed doubts. He linked vaccines to autism. He stood with the mothers who know their children were tragically damaged after being vaccinated.

You could say this is too little too late, because the actor already canceled Vaxxed (trailer) at Tribeca, his film festival, but it isn’t…

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Returning to Goshen ~ A Garden Update

After six weeks going on eternity away, I’ve returned to a Goshen that feels very different than the one I left. I had just (as in the day prior to leaving) completed my new writing office, which I designed as a portal to another world, perfect for fiction writing and other creative projects. The last install was the electric fireplace space heater, which of course, I no longer need until Fall, but it still anchors my office and balances the Goddess of Summer tapestry on the opposite wall.

Meanwhile, outside, Spring has sprung. A little. Pennsylvania was about three weeks ahead of Goshen this year, so I’m having a surreal, extended Spring with months of forsythia and daffodils. Apparently, Goshen had a lot of cold, snowy weather while I luxuriated in the fifties and sixties in pretty Bethlehem. (Well, I was busting my butt in Bethlehem, but the weather, the food, and the views were better than Goshen!) David sent me this photo shortly after the first daffodils began their blooming here:

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David says Spring waited for me this year. I returned to find the perennials and bulbs popping forth with life and beauty:

 

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Although I have loads of catch-up work to do getting things neatened up for Spring, we also have loads and loads of garlic growing in these troughs, as well as all over the yard. In the shadow to the right, you can also see a sprinkling of hyacinths along the house, which early bees came to devour yesterday. They were so happy for the sweet treat!

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I didn’t have time to do an early spring planting, but these spinach overwintered and had already provided several salads and vegan pizza topping’s worth of greens prior to the photo. David kept my indoor plants alive, including a two foot long trough of lettuce on our South facing windowsill, and the large cold frame also currently sports some lacinato kale, claytonia and mache, along with our favorite parsnip greens. You can see the beginnings of the herb spiral with tulips in front, and (my, oh, my!) how those Egyptian walking onions have walked! We have onions all over the place.

 

During the past few days of settling back home, I scheduled a lighter session load than usual and have gradually gone through mail and put some seeds in the ground. Peas and fava beans went in a couple days ago, and yesterday, I planted my first round of warmer season crops under the fluorescent light station at the blue house. It’s a bit late, but I had already planned to use very short season crops this year in hopes of three seasons of planting. I probably won’t get my full three seasons, but I will at least get something for my efforts! What doesn’t grow well from seed this year, I will just need to replace with farmers market purchased plant starts. We will survive!

Anyway, I’m easing my way back into Goshen. I’m caught up with sessions and business correspondence, and will begin offering specials and classes again in May. I’m excited to make some business upgrades, too, but I’m not sure how soon those will go live.

If you’ve sent me any kind of personal anything, I probably have not had a chance to reply. Thank you for caring, and I do appreciate the welcome home’s and kind emails and texts. Six weeks of superhuman activity does take its toll, though, and I am also returning to Goshen with my original intent to focus much more strongly on my own projects for awhile, including finishing my permaculture course and then turning my attention towards writing. These are changes I have felt called to make, and I feel good about them — as well as spending much more quality time with David now that he has reclaimed some of his own life from managing his parents.

Goshen is not my favorite place I’ve lived — LOL, not by an ironic long shot! — but David and I both recognize the complete rightness and opportunities of us being here right now. I intend to take advantage of the mismatch to my general preferences, because Goshen provides a nearly distraction-free environment to complete some dearly held goals that would otherwise get pushed aside in favor of pretty much anything else. Given the “shiny things” of gorgeous hiking, stunning landscapes, an ocean or lakefront property, awesome restaurants, and fun shops to visit, life has shown many times that I will choose the experience over writing or schoolwork. While I’m here, I’m opening time and focus for courses I’ve long wanted to take and for writing books that have long wanted their say through me. Life is good and perfect and right on time.

I’ve created my own little oasis of beauty, magic and love, and my time for nestling into creative mode fast approaches. The yard still needs work, especially the new yard; however, I’ve finished the bulk of those projects, as demonstrated by the yard already producing this Spring without me here to manage it. Gardening grounds me and provides great food and great joy. I’ve set it up to nurture and inspire others and myself, and now I am so looking forward to this hard earned time of different focus and creation!

Abundant Spring Blessings to all!

A Druid’s Primer on Land Healing, Part VII: Self Care and Land Healing

I’m finally back in Goshen, and back in the garden. Here’s a follow up post in Dana’s land healing series — this one about staying in a positive space even when doing healing work on very broken land. One thing I would add is that as we work with the land and that land regenerates, it also regenerates us. Our yard used to be a source of stress, depletion, sorrow and seemingly abject poverty and neglect. Through years of nurturing this broken land back to health, the gardens have become such a source of joy and abundance, a true treat for the soul. In the beginning stages of land remediation, it helps to read about or visit lands in process of healing. Mother Earth has amazing powers of regeneration and healing. When we heal Her, She heals us.

Endless blessings …

The Druid's Garden

Today’s post continues my long series in land healing (see earlier posts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6), and given the heaviness of the last few weeks of posts, today, I wanted to delve into how to do this healing work and to stay happy, healthy, and sane. Today, I want to explore and voice some of these mental health concerns and share strategies for coping, addressing, and action.  And so, in this post, we’ll look first at some challenges to help us frame these overall issues, including the concept of solstalgia, and then we’ll explore a wide range of ways that we can engage in self-care on these issues: Having the tools and cultivating hope, supporting our adrenals and physical bodies with plants, supporting our souls with healing retreats and escapes, daily protective workings, working with the energies of light and life…

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Flying Home Tomorrow

I know some people have wondered why I’m not posting and where I am these days. I have been in Bethlehem, PA since late February, first caring for my dad as he was dying and more recently, supporting my mom and getting her moved out of their old house and into the 55+ community where my dad had purchased a home for them just before he passed. It has been a mammoth task, since my parents lived in that house for 30 years. It was quite the sorting and downsize project!

I’m happy to report that my mom’s new home now looks more settled than homes of many people who have lived places for six months (or even years). I wanted her to feel comfortable and at home since everything else in her life has changed so much these last few months. I also wanted her home to include as many little details that she loves as possible. I sent photos of my interior design work in progress to some friends and relatives, and one friend summed it up with, “Very classy! Though I sense a touch of ‘Hogwarts’ness –lovely!”

The “Hogwarts”ness would be from my mom’s pared down but still very substantial collection of owls, combined with my parents’ now 48-year old colonial furniture from Ethan Allen and the colonial architecture and colors of her new house. In any case, my mom and everyone who visits or sees photos feel very pleased with the results, and all my mom’s plants love the huge windows and a great deal of Eastern exposure.

After a six-week whirlwind of caregiving, hospital visits, managing hospice and long term caregivers, funeral preparations, updating and managing the influx of relatives, financial and legal meetings out the wazoo, and this move, I’m finally returning to Goshen tomorrow. I’ve managed to fit in a much smaller load of sessions during this time, usually in marathon blasts in the early morning or on Sunday’s, but after Monday, April 12, I will be returning to a more normal flow of sessions, classes, finally finishing my permaculture course, and beginning my own writing in the unused new writing office.

I’m so glad I could be here for my family during this time. Thanks to everyone for your love, support and patience with scheduling limitations and reschedules as events moved at their own speed and timing. Although with very few exceptions I’ve spent all day, everyday with my mom since coming here, we’ve had no arguments, no irritation with each other, and no “I need space” moments. That’s not surprising since she and I normally get along well, but given the circumstances, it’s still quite amazing and blessed! David and I look forward to visiting her again at a much more leisurely pace.

And now … after a week of unpacking, I need to pack again and fly, fly away.

Love and blessings,

Laura