Gnome for the Holidays

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Click on the green square to see the holiday gnome swinging in the Christmas Pines

My garden gnome is now enjoying the winter out of the cold river winds. His favorite place is on top of the studio bookcase where he has a picture window view of the Delaware River.

Wishing you a joyful Christmas and Holiday Season :-)

 

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Does it have to be $$$ -OR- a healthy planet?

HoneyQueenBeeFlowerofLife_$orHealthBee populations are plummeting! Yet the Environmental Protection Agency recently sided with Dow AgroSciences to approve a new, highly toxic bee-killing pesticide called sulfoxaflor.

And now the EPA is considering expanding the number of crops this pesticide can be sprayed on to include corn, alfalfa, oats, and several other significant and widely grown crops.

Will you help? Tell the EPA to deny Dow AgroScience’s application to expand the registration of the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor now.

Nearly one-third of our crops—including many vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds—depend on bees for pollination. But bees in our country are dying at unprecedented rates, and scientists are pointing to pesticides like sulfoxaflor as a cause.

A world without bees is unimaginable. Earthjustice is doing everything we can to save the bees, using the law and the power of the courts. But we need your help to change this latest proposal.

Help us ensure the health of the bees and our planet. Take action now to save bees!

That’s why I signed a petition to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which says:

“As a citizen concerned about our nations health and food security, I urge you to deny Dow AgroScience’s application to expand the registration of the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor so that it can be sprayed on corn, alfalfa, oats, and several significant and widely grown crops.

Honeybees are dying at rates unprecedented in history, prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to warn that it is no longer confident in our ability to ‘meet the pollination demands of U.S. agricultural crops’; Rather than expand the number of crops that can be sprayed with highly toxic and systemic insecticides like sulfoxaflor, the EPA must take immediate steps to help bees recover. I join with other members of Earthjustice in calling for you to suspend the use of sulfoxaflor on all crops pending a thorough analysis of the impacts to bees and the many crops that depend on bees for pollination.”

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-bees-from-a-highly?source=s.fwd&r_by=10684519

Thank you.

 

Pop’s Memorial Service is tomorrow

Writing from the Catskills tonight. New moon is bright and clear above the barren treetops. The soft, sweet smell of fallen leaves mingles with the cool night air and floats gently around me stirring memories covering many chapters of many lives. This provides a sense of comfort while the sound of the roaring brook speaks loudly about energy, movement and change, but right now it is not enough to heal the sounds of aging, illness and inevitable transitions.

Tomorrow we celebrate PopPop’s life. I’m looking forward to hearing stories of his past experiences from family and friends, perhaps stories that have not been shared until now. Tomorrow we come together to learn more about our own life stories by reflecting on our mutual connections to him.

Rest in peace PopPop.

“Yesterday’s Grandpas” painting by Erin Inglis

 

 

Rainbow Sisters

Rainbow Sisters - diversity of life on planet Earth

Resurrecting a derivative image which represents the feminine energies of our planet. It is based on an original pastel drawing that I did many, many years ago which has long since been misplaced/lost over many moves and life chapters.

Rainbow Sisters expresses unity in diversity; it is ultimately about our global transformation as ‘one’ mutually supportive community of beings where all life is honored, respected and valued. It is about living in harmony with all people, all things and accepting that we are all one magnificent, divine beeing expressing millions of variations of the possibilities of life.

Rainbow Sisters is available on Journals, cards and on a variety of custom products and print sizes. Contact me HERE if you would like information on custom sizes and products.

The meadow where I dream…

I read this early today, before I got out of bed and then, I went out to my favorite tree where I always feel connected and inspired and Julia’s song made even more sense!!!

In the center of your heart
Is a still small part
Like a meadow in a forest made of green.

In the center of your heart
Is a still small part
And that is where your soul must go to dream.

~ Julia Cameron, “Vein of Gold” Guidance chapter

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Our 4th swarm of Honey Bees!

Bees move in again!

Over the past 4 years we’ve been host to a hive of honeybees 4 times! Twice in the past two months with the most recent on June 29th! The first time was in 2007 when they made a new home in the east wall of my bedroom. Next was in 2009 in the west wall of the same room. Third time was just two months ago under the eave of the kitchen on the south facing side and now they’ve moved into a precarious location on the north edge of our property. At least this time the walls are not buzzing :-)
Just past noon on Wednesday, as I was preparing lunch, I glanced out my kitchen window and saw a spinning swirl of tiny golden blurs. An all too familiar bee swarm. Just to be sure, I went outside and the loud hum of a few hundred bees confirmed that I was witnessing the 4th hive moving in to our obviously, very bee-friendly property. I mentioned this to several friends who almost unanimously said, “the bees are trying to tell you something”.

My friends know me well and of course the first thing I did was find my copy of “Animal Speak”. I’ve been rereading the Bees chapter of Ted Andrews’ book, Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small which opens with a statement about bees being longtime symbols for accomplishing the impossible. I can certainly appreciate that!

Andrews’ book includes exercises to interpret most any animal encounter and I’ve begun to realize a huge presence of bees (not always pleasant) in my lifetime. Here are some of the messages I’m finally getting from these often misunderstood little buzzing miracles of nature:

1. Community and working together is vital to sustain a society (a business, relationships).

2. Bees have been mythical symbols throughout history. In Egypt they represented royalty. To the Celts, the bee symbolized hidden wisdom, and in Hinduism, the bee can represent Vishnu, Krishna or Kama, the god of love, depending on the context and interpretation. An interesting post from Thomas Worrel’s notes on “The Symbolism of The Beehive and The Bee” at the Mill Valley Masonic Lodge website.

Because of the number and location of bee colonies that have moved in with us here in Miami, I’ve become acutely aware of the plight of one of our most industrious and vital creatures. In terms of crop pollination and food supplies bees are a vital component and because of the greed factor and mass, monoculture farming methods that depend on heavy pesticide use, the bee population is rapidly dying off. These pesticides are not only killing the bees, but are also poisoning our foods, water supplies and the very earth/dirt that formerly provided the essential vitamins and nutrients in our foods. For more information on this topic, I recommend “FRESH” the movie and suggest regular visits to your local, organic farmer’s market.

3. The geometric, six-sided construction of the honeycomb (home, nursery and food storage areas for bees) is a hexagon, a sacred geometry symbol that represents the sun and all energies associated with it. (hmmnn… I’ve been slowly working on a series of new designs incorporating sacred geometry and astrological symbols with my signature nature’s energy images).

4. It’s time to contact Mike Price of Bees-n-the-Keys again! Best bee rescue and relocation expert in South Florida!

5. Although by now, I’m thinking I should at least consider the option of beekeeping 😉

Getting Into The Vortex Guided Meditations CD & Book available today!

NOTE: I pre-ordered my copy already and if you need a bit more info to decide if this is for you, read below or just click on the book to order from Amazon*:

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From the Introduction by Abraham:

Getting Into the Vortex contains four powerfully guided daily meditations that have been designed to get you into the Vortex of Creation in four basic areas of your life: General Well-Being, Financial Well-Being, Physical Well-Being, and Relationships.

Esther and Jerry Hicks

Jerry and Esther are thrilled to offer this powerful, first-of-its-kind, musically scored, breath-enhancing, user-friendly tool from Abraham that will get you into the Vortex where you will rendezvous with everything that you desire. And, as Abraham often says, “We are not kidding you, not even a little bit.”

As you relax and breathe deeply, you can feel the appreciation that Source feels for you in this moment in time?appreciation for your physical world, for its diversity, and for the stream of never-ending desires that flow forth from you.

The Non-Physical Source from which you have come is always aware of you, always enjoying you, always loving you, and always feeling appreciation for the important role you are playing in the expansion of All-That-Is. Your lack of awareness of the Source within you in no way hinders the ability of Source to be aware of you.

Since your Non-Physical Source Energy is always aware of you, always f lowing to you, any disruption in that communication is always caused by you because of whatever you are focused upon in that moment in time. But, day by day, as you give your attention to the rhythm of the guiding music, to the cadence of your breathing, to the feeling of these words?any long-held patterns of resistance will dissipate.

Since resistance that has been introduced by your thoughts is the only thing that hinders the conscious blending between you and your Inner Being, as that resistance gradually dissipates, your conscious awareness of your relationship with Source will come forward into your awareness.

When you feel love or appreciation or passion or joy, those feelings are not only your indication that you are blended with the Source within you, but they are also indicators of how Source is also feeling. Because of the perspective of love that Source always chooses to hold, there is always a guiding Vibrational signal for you to tune yourself to.

A simple withdrawal of your attention from resistant thoughts is the only path to your alignment with the pure, positive Energy that is at your core. And so, just relax and breathe deeply, and allow your natural alignment.

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