I stayed local for this one, Cambridge Mass. There was a rally, I prefer a march. But still I was there because it matters. Boots on the ground at these events matter. We build ourselves up by seeing we are together moving toward a better world.
I was happy to see the mix of causes, reasons, ideas, passions, ages. This reminds me that I love my country.
To the young people with you vibrant passion - I admire you - please vote.
To the parents with their children, thank you for teaching them to be engaged.
To my generation, you blow me away with your ability to still be out here, trying to create a better world.
To the elders, I am in awe of your willingness to see a better way.
Below is a link to my FaceBook album of candid shots of yesterday's rally. I am not going to submit them here since they are documentary, not professional shots with model releases.
The forest waits in silence
Pooling so deep, That shadows take form,
in the corners of our eyes we see them,
Shadows running flying rustling.
The Winter breathes a cold icy breath through barren branches,
Arms rubbing together,
roots sunk deep in the cold hard ground,
where each molecule of earth is connected to another by particles of ice.
In this forest, In this silence, In this darkness
There is life
Clustered in evergreens
Tiny brown sparrows
Puff their feathers
Singing to stay warm
Honey Bees packed tight
in their snow covered hives
vibrate wings for warmth
shifting from edge to center
Crystalline white flakes
White snow flakes falling
A flash of color
The cardinal's blood red wings
Dark furred minks
Glide over white forest floors
A single milkweed seed
Snow covered fields
Searching for Spring
On frozen ponds
Ice drum heads
Beat a winter tempo
Under the ice
Deep in the cold black river water
a trout survives Winter
Grey blue heron
Waits in stillness
At the icy edge of open water
Blue shadowed afternoons
deepening into twilight
a fox crosses the ice
Black wings cut
snow laden skies
landing on barren branches
in twos and threes - caw
Bare tree limbs
Reaching for a distant sun
Blacker at twilight
Outlined with fresh snow
Walking single file
Leaving one set of tracks in the snow
coyote packs hunt
the edges of two legged space
Through long dark starry nights
White Swans swim in circles
holding ice at bay
Wilde winds sing
Through empty branches
A symphony for
Black star blessed skies
In the quiet forest
On silent wings
Great horned owl hunts
Listening through the snow cover
Over the frozen white ground
grey shadows flowing
hungry wolves stalk hungry prey
Deep in a dark cave's heart
Brown bears dream
And birth the Spring
The Forest waits...
We cannot return to a time of white supremacy, we cannot return to a time of nazism, we cannot return to a time of slavery. Those times are over and I am so glad they are.
United States has an old president, who is out of touch with the country. He surrounds himself with divisive unhealthy people. He lives in a gold plated "castle" and thinks he is the only one who matters. This is a bad situation to be in for our country's democracy.
We, citizens of this country, citizens of the world need to be strong. We need to use our skills, our art, our voices, and our hearts to do the right thing every day. It is not a time of luxury and get the greatest new thing, it is a time of vigilance and political action.
We must be together against hate, against intolerance, against discrimination for race, religion, ethnic origins, sexual orientation or physical/mental abilities. We need to accept people for who they need to be. We desperately need to care for the Earth we live on. This is all vital to our continued existence.
We are responsible for our actions.
Make we walk in Strength and Peace.
Yesterday on the begging channel I heard a pundit, my goodness we have so many of them and mostly they are men, say the Women's March was not focused enough, that it needed to be about one thing. And I immediately realized that this was a very patriarchal way of looking at things, a linear, one thing at a time, silo mentality.
What I know women bring to the thought process is an ability to hold more than one thing important. To hold a variety of just causes and support each other in them. The ability to come together and work together for all of the things that are important to our world, even when they do not directly affect us.
I see this as a less selfish way of being in the world. A way to reach our hands across the divides that society tries to make. Women have an innate ability to perceive a mutuality of causes. This ability is beneficial to our society and our world.
This ability also makes us harder to fight, because you cannot attack one thing and make it wrong. So I see why some people would like us to individuate each issue, but I personally do not think that will make us stronger.
I think we need to see our current problems from a more natural and empathic perspective. That all of the issues are part of one big cultural miasma of patriarchy. A miasma that has got us to this time, one that is way outdated. And we need to realize that we are done with that.
We can stand together support all of the issues including: immigration, education, black lives matter, native american rights, wildlife, our public lands, womens equality, womens healthcare, veterans care, LGBTQ equality, religious freedom, environmental sustainability, anti-pollution, pro-medicare, the right to choose for ourselves, peace on Earth and so many other things. Because we can hold the whole picture in our hearts and our minds.
We are smart enough, brave enough and caring enough to say:
Now is the time
This is the place
We will not give up on our rights for anyone.
But we do not really have to prepare. We have grocery stores, and the Internet. We have television and cars. There are snowplows and deicer. All this to allow us to live as if Winter was not here. In many ways Winter is just an inconvenience to us.
I think we have lost our connection to the seasons by trying to overcome them. We did battle and won, but perhaps we did not win. Perhaps we have only a short, in the time of the Earth, respite from our connection to the natural world we live in.
We live in a time when people are scared. They do not admit it but you see it in the amount of depression, the quick tempers and the fixation on anything sensational to assuage the underlying fear. And this fear comes from our disconnection from the natural world, our "winning the battle" against Nature.
But we have not won anything.
Everything we have comes from Nature. Every car, computer, chemical compound all comes from this beautiful planet we live on. And like anything we warp to our will, Nature cannot be healthy under our control.
We all know things are not right. We know it deep in our bones, our blood, our heart. And we are afraid, much like a batterer is afraid of the victim they batter, or a rapist is afraid of the power of the person they "conquer." We are deeply scared. And unscrupulous people are using that against us.
We are afraid of loosing everything we have, because we have built what we have on control. And control needs things not to change.
Do not let anyone fill you with so much fear, that it makes you cling to control over. Control is an illusion that is built in fear of change.
We know change is always happening around us.
We can see it every day.
This is the contradiction that unsettles us, causing our deep fear.
Let's be deeply honest.
Yes, we are going to have to change. And I agree that is scary.
But there is a better way than being scared of the changes that we need to make.
We have the capability to use our intelligence for the good of all. If we come together. If we can look honestly at what we need versus what we want.
We can work with change.
We can live more in harmony with Nature and still have wonderful lives.
Not just for us, but for all the beings on this planet.
Open your eyes, your heart, your mind to the connections we all have with Nature. Step into a world where you are a part of the whole. not doing battle with life, but truly deeply living it. Step out of the control box, and lets do this together.
We can find a way to live in this world without fear, hate, and violence.
We can. It is what we want.
Let's do it.
Love for the Earth that we are living on. This amazing gorgeous blue marble hurting though space in its path around the sun.
Love for all the amazing beings that we share the Earth with, including the challenging ones. All are part of the balance. May we stop killing them for pleasure and torturing them for money.
Love for the trees and the plants that help us exist on this planet. May we understand their needs and what they bring to the whole.
Love for the air that we breathe, may we keep it clean and clear.
Love for the waters that are All Connected. May the waters no longer be poisoned and considered a dumping ground for our waste.
Love for the dirt under us that grows our food and filters toxins away from the waters. May we stop poisoning it to attain a false sterile "beauty." And use it sustainably in the future.
Love for the fires of the Sun, which keep our Earth viable and with its light allow us to see the myriad of colors.
Love for our countries, may we find peaceful ways to exist together, side by side. Finding ways to delight in the differences between people and honoring their life choices.
Love for our families blood and chosen. May we see them as humans also struggling to do their best and love them, sometimes with tough love when they need it.
Love for ourselves in all our imperfections, may we strive to be the best we can and forgive our failings.
So to all of you - I wish you the best year ever.
There is no way to contact you to ask.
Why should I give you any of my money if you bait and switch?
Thanks jerry8448 for this:
My yule wishes this year:
1. For humans to stop being so greedy. Balance
2. To have each person find a connection with the natural world that feeds them and makes them understand the conservation needed to survive. Connection with Nature
3. To have less war and violence perpetrated by humans on humans and Nature, because none of that works - we have proved that over and over and over. Peace on Earth
4. To get the impetus to remove the poisonous chemicals from use. To poison anything is to poison ourselves as well #poisonispoison Right Action
5. For humans to understand that the right of freedom is the right to respect one another not the right to bully any being. Respect
6. A culture to arise based on value of what every thing/every being brings to the whole, to see to beauty of what we have and to cherish it without needing to own it. And a culture that has the will to act where we the humans have created irreparable harm to remediate that harm. Wholeness
So to all of my friends here on DA, I wish you safe and happy holidays in whichever way you celebrate them. May they be stress free and fulfilling in ways that surprise and feed you.
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Oh and I won a flash Fiction contest on Google+ with one of my poems. I should post it here at some point.
Still taking photos, but not processing them at the rate I should be. There are probably 23 chips on my desk that I have not even looked at. I am trying.
Stay healthy, love the Earth, and create beauty my friends.
Autumn is here, this year I am doing less of the community piece and more figuring out just what I want to do. I have created a bunch of pre-made covers lately, taken a cool Photoshop course in the process and rewritten my resume for the third time - today. So even though I am taking photos, I am not processing them at the rate I should be. There are probably 20 chips on my desk that I have not even looked at.
It will get better, sooner would be lovely, but it will.
Stay healthy, love the Earth, and create beauty my friends.
My BFF has cancer and it is not going real well. There were "complications" and she is still in the hospital, many weeks so far. She loves Sunflowers. So I am photographing and processing sunflowers in order to send her one a day. She lives several hours away from me.
I will continue this for a bit. Yes, I am shooting other things but the processing of the sunflowers is the higher priority.
I wish you all health, joy and friends.
What does your username mean? Fate of the winter sun
Describe yourself in three words. Pagan, Photographer, Activist
Are you left or right handed? right
What was your first deviation? I think it was called Focus - a photomanip
What is your favourite type of art to create? Right now photography
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? Digital Painting - totally
What was your first favourite? I believe it was an eye - Contemplating Uncertainty by little miss pink
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? Photography
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist? nope I don't have one, there are too many wonderful artists here
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? The designer/engineer team to talk about direction and usability
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? I have received some great encouragement from fellow deviants
What are your preferred tools to create art? Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, Photoshop, OnOne Suite
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? The forest
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory? Creating a combined art piece a couple times with other deviants, and working with the current group co-founder on the yellow club
Hope for the changes in government that will help the people of so many countries.
Hope that people will find their own honesty, honor and integrity with each other and with Nature.
Hope that the greed and persecution which I see shifts to something healthier with more understanding and compassion.
Hope that health things come out well.
Hope that personal things shift for the best for myself and others.
Hope that we can find compromise within ourselves for the greatest good for ALL - that isn't just for people.
So I will say that hope is a strong thing - not a thing of weakness. It is easy to loose sight of why we need to hope. Because to hope means we know there is a better way that can happen, and that we can be a part of if we try. And without hope there is just tedium, depression and pain. That is not the life I want to see anyone or anything lead.
Yes, we need to change. Yes, I think we can. In fact I am very much looking forward to it.
I wish for the Earth, that the human animals would come together to live in harmony with all other animals and with the lands, the trees of wisdom, the nurturing rocks and dirt, the life giving waters - they are all connected. All part of the whole.
We the human animals pull away and separate ourselves into our small people focused lives. Then we are not happy and we constantly need more - more clothes, more food, more toys, more land, more children, more oil, more money, more knowledge. And still we are not happy except for brief moments.
It is my belief that we have become lost and disconnected from the Earth, our real home and our most important teacher. And we have lost our honor and respect as beings on this planet.
Why should we change?
How we are now is easy and it is what we have been taught will make us happy.
Because it doesn't work and we are killing the Earth and ourselves. And that is plain dumb.
How can we shift this?
I do not think it is by fighting - that never makes us happy and destroys the Earth.
I do not think it is by gratitude, that is a placebo that softens the challenge but does not truly change the paradigm.
I don't think it is by Art, art is for people, and while I honor it because it can help people understand and feel, by itself it doesn't change the greed we seem to be holding so close.
I don't think it is by talking, because honestly we cannot hear each other and we certainly cannot hear the other animals and beings on this Earth.
I certainly don't think we can legislate it, our legislatures are owned by businesses which want us to continue with the greed.
I do not think religions offer an answer, they seem to create more war than peace.
So my suggestions are:
First connect with the wild in the forests, the ocean, the rivers, the jungles, the plains and the deserts. See their essential beauty and relevance rather that trying to change it into what we NEED. Spend time paying attention to what we have instead of how we can use it.
We are and always will be changers. But change without balance and forethought is wrong. It is unhealthy. It is destruction.
We need to start with small changes and big ideas. Perhaps if we take one day at a time. Do one thing different to nurture the Earth. Look for one thing that we could do to make life on this Earth more sustainable, and then put our heart into it.
Find others who can also connect to the wild Earth and see a path toward Peace among all and Harmony with the Earth. Share your ideas and inner knowledge with them. Listen to criticism. And if you see value in this criticism honor it. But do not be bullied into thinking your insights are always wrong. We are very mired in the teaching of our society run amok. Even the best of us has blind spots.
Most of all find a place away from the humanized areas where you can connect with the wild. That of anything will help you to reshape this world from corruption to clean. Go there from time to time or even every day. Yes at first this can be frightening because we are so separated. But inside each of us is a brave heart, if we allow it to be, and a will to make things better.
Find a path with Honor that will better the Earth, there you will find the joy you seek.
It is time.
I was there - I am 62 years old and I was there in the Interfaith section - it was close to 400,000 people - they were all colors and all religions. We Pagan walked with Humanist Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Roman Catholics, Protestants, UU's, Atheists, etc. all colors and all walks of life.
It was the cleanest march I have ever seen - NO litter. And it stretched for 4 miles solid. It was absolutely amazing. It wasn't about having stars or heads of state marching - it was about the people coming together to say things MUST change. They came by bus and train, so many that at one point the service clogged and came to a standstill.
If there were paid people they were the organizers - and what is wrong with that? What is wrong with paying people for hard hard work? What is wrong with paying artists to do art? There were also folks paid to hand out leaflets on corners about a TV show - they were not in the march and not part of the numbers. In fact there were also hundreds of people just sitting on the sidelines watching the march and taking pictures.
I am thrilled by what these organizers did and accomplished. I am honored to have been a part of something so large and so important. It was an amazing experience and I hope so deeply that it will be a piece of making a difference.
We the people really care. I was there.
Now it is your turn to get out and do something that stands the test.
This Earth is precious and you need to be part of the solution not part of the complacent naysayer "cool" people - who are so not cool at all.
The time is now! The place is here on this Earth. It is now or never folks.
through the doors
of late winter
their dreams clenched
in their tightly held fingers
nothing can stop
This relentless explosion
in colors so vivid
The is something so sensual and uplifting about flowers. The delicate intricacy of their being, the fragility, the impermanence, and the strength. I can walk into a flower garden, a green house, or a florist and immediately I feel happier and more at one with life. Cares drop away for a moment. I find myself smiling for no reason other than the beauty that surrounds me.
So today I celebrate flowers and Spring.
Sharing through our roots
Our arms reaching skyward
For the next brush of light
A new day comes
And it's morning rumble
Some victories of love
And we share
By sharing we strengthen
In strength we grow
©2013 Moira Ashleigh