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From a 3-minute BBC Science Report: “Usurper”

A certain caterpillar,

no matter the name,

usurps the Queen of Ants’ throne,…

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Added by Catherine Diamond on January 25, 2016 at 12:42 — No Comments

On observing mud skippers in the shallows

 

Ancestor,

why no shrine or temple to you,

no steeples, hti or minarets,

no incense burned, no fruit and flowers offered?

You, who took the first big step,

from sea to sod,

crossed more terrain 

than Magellan’s galleons.

Why no acknowledgment of that daring

into worlds unknown,

leaving the familiar brine behind?

 

Human shame, perhaps,

at not descending straight

from the…

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Added by Catherine Diamond on January 11, 2016 at 9:47 — No Comments

Satellite Dishes

Reverberant red receptors

resonate open to the sky

tracking silent satellites

fathoming particles, decoding light.

 

What encrypted cosmic message

traveled so far in radiance to illume

the vibrating redness of the bloom?

 

Petals peeled back splayed upwards

each face emitting solar sparks

straining, straining on their stalks to hear

each pistil, a pom-pomed spear

with velvet stamen…

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Added by Catherine Diamond on December 21, 2015 at 13:52 — No Comments

Hiking in Yangming Mountain: Listening

 

As I walk up the mountain side,

my mind chatters with itself,

muttering cavils, embarrassments, and high hopes—

lugging all the detritus of the city below

into the rarefied realms.

 —buzz-buzz-buzz—

on it goes, oblivious.

 

Until I command it to stop, be quiet

like the bamboo and unfurling fern,

the long silver grass leaning over the path,

silent but for a rustle, a lizard, an invisible…

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Added by Catherine Diamond on December 2, 2015 at 13:57 — No Comments

This Morning . . .

This morning, I wrote my mom because in her last email she asked me about my writing which she doesn't normally do.  My return email to her became a rather lengthy letter in which I outlined the history of my present writing project.  In doing so, I realized that my mom doesn't hardly know anything about the last 25 years of my life because she and my dad have been so involved in their own endeavors and disinterested in mine.  It's the classic complaint of all adult children against their…

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Added by Dale Tucker on September 10, 2015 at 18:30 — No Comments

Photo essay - A Trip to Olympus

A Trip to Olympus

The link is to a wordpress blog with the 8 chapters of a photo essay i did awhile back.

Added by John Harrington on August 29, 2015 at 0:31 — 2 Comments

www.gregpatch.blogspot.com

Earth Collaborative Art; Earth pigments, beeswax, & plant materials and Wholistic Wellness Counsel, a humanistic and evolutionary counsel, with people in their lives and enfolding with their needs by applying diet, herbs, exercise and personal spiritual lifestyle choices...…

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Added by Greg Patch on August 28, 2015 at 21:00 — No Comments

Endless Summer on Rainier

Endless Summer on Rainier

This is a link to a blog i posted on wordpress about a trip to the Summerland area of Mt Rainier National Park (US Pacific Northwest).  It includes a bit of amateur glaciology.

Added by John Harrington on August 21, 2015 at 19:05 — No Comments

A Sign of Our Dystopian Times...

In a world without hope, we can only mope....

And bay at the waning moon...

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Welcome to Dismaland

Weston-Super-Mare, England (CNN) The seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare in south-west England is chilled…

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Added by Monica E. Craver on August 20, 2015 at 22:00 — No Comments

Tribute To Joan Armatrading

Added by Nicholas Leslie on August 2, 2015 at 22:22 — No Comments

GLACIERS, HIPPOS and THE GREAT UNWINDING

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Added by DrP on July 23, 2015 at 22:00 — No Comments

Uncivilised Birding Dao & Zen - Rewilding

Over the past thirty years I've led my share of globalised birding nature tours across fantastic far flung places. Yet the more liberating and educational of life's moments have often been in wonderful…

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Added by James Alan Wolstencroft on July 14, 2015 at 16:10 — No Comments

Morning Blush

I awakened one morning

at an unseemly, dark and early hour

and, for some reason,

arose to shake the sleep from my head

and take a walk outside…

 

Where to my awestruck wonder,

I beheld the pink, peach, pastel blush

of morning’s light

gently transcending

the sparking clear darkness

of the star canopy

in the clear, dark moonless sky.

 

The breathtaking pastels

reflected, refracted…

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Added by thom prentice on July 11, 2015 at 20:27 — No Comments

A Beginning

Below is a journal entry I wrote back in April.  I think it explains why I feel at home as a Mountaineer.

8 April 2015

I hear words which are not yet words.  They are language as if heard through a wall - unintelligible but expressive.  Their music sounds like something I should understand if only they were articulated in my presence.

He who speaks tells a story, utters a mystery, offers an adventure…

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Added by Dale Tucker on July 11, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

... what ever happened to the rainbow ...?



The Great American Dream only will thrive in grounds

 of flexibility and change -- not stagnant solutions

 and patented mandates confining imagination/

 creativity -- binding spirit/soul in oppressive

 thickets and bogs of excessive self-interest

 where lifewinds/waters cannot freely flow.

 The whole earth is in motion.  How can we be otherwise?!

 More upheaval is pending:  hurricanes, tornadoes,

 floods, tsunamis, volcanoes, fires,…

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Added by k. allen on July 5, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Creatures of the Earth

........from the Chapel Hill Newspaper, Opinions, May 29, 2015

Creatures of the Earth

Homo sapiens sapiens is a part of – not apart from – all life and the Earth, having evolved here as has every other form of living thing, human beings arrogantly and mistakenly see ourselves as altogether different, separate and superior. This view of humankind is illusory. Our fate and…

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Added by Steven Earl Salmony on May 31, 2015 at 20:28 — No Comments

Episode 7: In the dust of this planet

In The Dust Of This Planet…

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Added by Raphael on May 21, 2015 at 21:50 — No Comments

Dealing with the despair?

Lately I seem to be having a lot of discussions both online and in person about hope (or lack of) and karma. 

Personally I don't believe in karma, I think it is just a "fairytale" we tell ourselves to assuage our powerlessness and our guilt that we have resigned that power and are not taking even the actions which we could. When you look around, the "bad guys" have won and we are all complicit.  Where is the karma? 

I suppose this grows out of my despair, I see no happy ending…

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Added by Chris Dumont on March 22, 2015 at 21:51 — 2 Comments

Unpsychology and soul-making

Unpsychology and Soul making

You can find a new post on this subject at the new Unpsychology publication on Medium. Its a reflection on the kinds of psychology and therapy we might need and…

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Added by Steve Thorp on February 20, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Riddle One

pre amble

I'm posting ! 

The significance of that announcement can be found in a comment I posted on Steve Thorpe's page when we became…

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Added by Angela Noelle on February 7, 2015 at 18:36 — No Comments

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