It’s Spring! Time to Garden.

April 23, 2014

Well, my photos are a whole year backed up in my drop box setting. Ok, so some of them are over a year old. So, I struggled and downloaded to get these pics. I’ve never used the gallery before so let us see how it works. My family has been having fun digging in the dirt and relaxing in the backyard.


April 30, 2011

I want to thank my dad today for gardening and growing my family and neighbors food over the years. By doing it I knew I could too.

Dad and Baby Chaos!

I have dirt under my finger nails from transplanting my christmas tree and parsley.  I am lusting after basil and lavendar plants at Lowes Hardware. My younger self is cringing. The romaine is looking good. I’ve decided to plant some in pots and station them in front of windows when the weather gets too hot for them to be outside. Hopefully, I will be able to give away and eat most of the romaine I’ve grown.

Experimental Romaine in a pot.

The Garden

Kiddo is karate-ing and I am looking forward to joining when my tutoring stint is over. I started doing some of the strength training and stretching at home.

chaotic note

I realize I need to eliminate the word I in my writing and thinking. It has been said in certain yoga workshops I’ve attended that meditation students are often told not to use it for a year or more as an exercise.

Making Happy

November 24, 2010

I was having myself a little pity party. All this TSA theatre is bringing me down.Then I decided to re-read some of my meditation book Coming to Our Senses. I dunno but I think this is what Jon Stewart was trying to say in his interview with Rachel Maddow

from The Taming Power of The Small in Coming to Our Senses(link above)

We are wont to villify particularly egregious emergences of ignorance as evil. This allows us to assert categorically our own identification with goodness in contradistinction. It is a gross and ultimately unhelpful gloss, even if there are elements of truth in it. Both views, of others as evil and of ourselves as good, may be better characterized as ignorant. For both ignore the fundamental disease, the one that manifests in human beings when we fall prey to unawareness of the preciousness of life, and wantonly or witlessly harm others in seeking pleasure or power for ourselves.

Coming to Our Senses is going to be a book I buy to read again and again.

These vids/ orgs make me HAPPY!!


Electronic-Take Back Coalition

chaotic notes:

microscopic art slideshow (#8 is my favorite)

10 ways to be gracious

Opening to You: Zen Inspired Translations of the Psalms, Norman Fischer

Diamonds in the Ruff

November 1, 2010

Reading and Listening to All Along the Watchtower and watching streaming Netflix National Geographic Program Collapse (short video link) got me thinking how beautifully prophetic Jimi Hendrix’s song is.

All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view
While all the women came and went
Bare-foot servants to, but huh
Outside in the cold distance
A wild cat did growl
Two riders were approachin
And the wind began to howl
All along the watchtower
Hear you sing around the watch
Gotta beware gotta beware I will


Princes will always “keep the view”. The wind and the growling wildcat aka environment/ activism?

There are three NatGeo programs I have watched recently. I started with Guns Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. Next I watched The Human Family: Tracing The Human Journey Through Time. Finally I watched Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive. It was quite a trilogy. Jared Diamond appeared in the first and last of the Documentaries. This page is a list of his Awards and Honors, impressive if you ask me.

Here’s a few that are relevant to Guns, Germs, and Steel as well as Collapse.

I really like how Collapse ends. It ends on a decidedly positive note. We have a choice now that we know. What will we each choose? Collapse projects we have 20 years. I personally feel like we are seeing the beginnings of it~~~large spaces abandoned in strip malls, anyone?

What can we choose to amplify? I  would like to see these programs “amplified”!!  J. Stewart, Jimi, and Jared are diamonds in the ruff if you will.

P.S. thanks J. Stewart for that moment of sincerity: video and text.

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