Archive for October, 2006
Flannery O’Connor said “Never second guess inspiration”.Â I think that is a good reminder since I suspect all of us have dreams, ideas and gut feelings that we perhaps consider briefly, then ignore.Â Later we might have an experience that reminds us that we would have been better off had we listened.Â It is really a challenge in the busy-ness of today’s world to PAY ATTENTION.Â So many times we are just getting through the day thinking about what needs to be done.Â I am guilty of that; I make too many lists.Â
Anything that wakes you out of routine thought or action is worth a second look.Â Write it down, make a sketch note, say it out loud (under your breath even) to make it more real.Â Honor your individual wisdom and energy.Â And respect the ideas of others.Â We are in a critical time on Earth when harmonious and creative adaptability will save the planet
October 28th, 2006
The Shop is now live, enabling easy online purchasing!Â Â
Crows in Old Madrona, (seen as a detail on the home page banner) is now available as a Giclee print in three sizes.Â Look forÂ it in the Birds Gallery!
October 12th, 2006
Hi, I’ve been away forÂ several weeks on a 3400 mile road trip, hiking in seven National Parks in Utah and Wyoming.Â In contrast to the soft cobalt skies of a sunny day in the Pacific Northwest, the high desertÂ skies were a mix of deep thalo and ultramarine blues.Â Set against the warm red rock landscape, the effect was stunning.Â Â We hadÂ fun looking for flora and fauna native to that region and soaking in the heat before winter rains begin here at home.
InÂ Bryce National Park, Utah we guessed that 80% of tourists were from outside the USA.Â I hadn’t been around so many foreign language sounds since visiting Ellis Island.Â Â Besides the favorable exchange rate, I’m sure the foreign visitors went for the same reason most others go - to see a unique and magnificantÂ landscape, and to stand in the experience of geologic-time.Â I was awestruck by the expanse and humbled by my effort to put my own lifespanÂ in the perspective of 360 million years.Â
I figure, since it is so overwhelming to think of the insiginificant speck that our lifespans represent on such a vast timeline, that it is best to just focus on doing good in the world - whatever that might mean to each individual.Â One small act I decided to repeat more often, is to donate 10% of my profitsÂ via www.GOODmagazine.com.Â Click the link or read my “GOOD” postÂ to find out more about them.Â A subsription for aÂ freindÂ lets you selectÂ a gift that makesÂ a lasting impact.
October 11th, 2006
I mentioned GOOD magazine in myÂ Travel Notes post.Â Â GOODmagazine.com is all about promoting positive contributions to the earth and its people, plantsÂ and animals trying to make their way in it.Â 100% ofÂ the $20 you pay for a subscription goes to a cause of your choosing from a list of 12,Â such as,Â Room to Read (rural education); Unicef (assisting children worlwide); WWF (wildlife conservation), Ashoka (system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems), Creative Commons (enabling legal sharing and reuse of cultural, educational and scientific works); Millenium Promise (working to end global poverty)Â and others, equally important.
Please look at their website to learn more.Â www.GOODmagazine.com
October 11th, 2006