21 July 2018 Mary and the Witch’s Flower (animated film), chalk drawings, lovely before dark and painting progress

Hello to you in your where, when, here and now as you stop by.  How are you?  I hope you are well in mind, body and spirit and if your not that you are on your way to attaining healing and peace in whatever areas ail you.  I’ve been kind of grumpy lately about things that I have little to no control over.  I’m working on it.  Got a sweet letter from my Mom yesterday and that helps turn a frown upside down!  She mentioned having read some of my blogs and that meant a lot to me.  She is always so busy with living and loving life – activities that usually involve helping others and aren’t on the computer.  For her to take the time for me like that is a pretty big deal to me!

So Kyle and I did that thing we do a lot living so closely connected to each other.  I had gone out and did a drawing with what I perceived as a powerful flower as the focus.  Later in the evening Kyle chose, at random, a delightful animated film called Mary and the Witch’s Flower.  It had a very Harry Potter theme.  One of the voices in the version we watched was actually from the Harry Potter verse!  The voice of Dr. Dee was Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn from Harry Potter.)  One of my favorite aspects of the film was how beautifully rendered the nature aspects were done.  In a few frames it was hard to tell if I was looking at an actual scene from nature or a painting.   We like animated films a lot.  The one we are anticipating is the sequel to Castlevania in October!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_and_the_Witch%27s_Flower – for plot etc. if your curious

Mary and the Witch’s Flower – Official Trailer –

Will close – sending positive vibes through the wires to you.

https://www.worldprayers.org/prayerwheel/index.html – spin of the World Prayer Wheel today

Do everything with a mind that lets go.
Do not expect any praise or reward.
If you let go a little, you will have a little peace.
If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.
If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom.
Your struggles with the world
will have come to an end.

insight meditation – achaan chah
19 11 25
S K Y = 55/10/1
13 15 15 14
M O O N = 57/12/3 cycle
19 21 14
S U N = 54/9 cycle
6 12 15 23 5 18
F L O W E R = 79/16/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1
23 9 20 3 8
W I T C H = 63/9 cycle
19 16 5 12 12
S P E L L = 64/10/1
16 18 1 25 5 18
P R A Y E R = 83/11/2/1
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20 July 2018 – Found, drawings, they opened the box and a hungry star caught pigging out on a planet

Hello to you.  How are you?  I’m doing pretty well.  Still waking up.  Some very interesting non-political headlines this morning for me – sharing them with you.  We’ve been asked to conserve energy today between 2 and 6 pm by our electric company.  I think it’s to try an avert a brown-out or more long-term outages.  Heat waves like this take a heavy toll on these companies and the grid.  We are going to put off the laundry doing until next week….twist my arm right?!  As long as we’ve got undies and socks – good to go lol!

Yesterday afternoon I found another discovery I wasn’t too happy about with regards to what’s going on with our house and the powder/clay called soil supporting it.  There was a huge gap right next the house.  So I took drastic measures and empty all the pots we had available with soil in them to try and get some dirt into the gaping hole.  When I picked up one of the pots I found a surprise.  It was a silver heart pendant that had belonged to my mom Jeanne!  I guess during my last episode it got placed there.  I don’t know how else to explain how it got there.  I was very moved to find it.  It felt like a comforting visit from her somehow:

I’ve been getting some time to draw.  Some spiritual and kind of fun results from yesterday:

A couple interesting articles in the news today.

WHAT WAS IN THE BOX??!!!  A goopy, stinky mess of bones!  We were hoping for scrolls or something but I guess human remains like this are a sort of book or scroll to read.  My guess is that this very old organic material can be tested and “read” for some interesting details about who the bones belong to and their story.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/mystery-black-sarcophagus-opened-in-egypt/ar-AAAkhaq?li=BBnb7Kz&OCID=ansmsnnews11

Mystery black sarcophagus opened in Egypt

© Reuters The huge sarcophagus is the largest of its kind ever found intact – see article for pictures

Two weeks ago, archaeologists in Egypt found a massive black granite sarcophagus in Alexandria, untouched for 2,000 years – and fleet-footed rumour quickly got to work.

Could it contain the remains of ancient Greek leader Alexander the Great, or (less appealingly) a deadly curse?

According to experts who have now unsealed it, it’s a no to both.

Instead, it revealed three skeletons and red-brown sewage water, which gave off an unbearable stench.

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities had appointed a committee of archaeologists to open the relic, which was unearthed at a construction site.

According to Egyptian news outlet El-Watan, they initially lifted the lid of the tomb by just 5cm (2 inches) before the pungent odour forced them from the inspection scene entirely. They later prised it open with help from Egyptian military engineers.

“We found the bones of three people, in what looks like a family burial… Unfortunately the mummies inside were not in the best condition and only the bones remain,” said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

© AFP/Getty Images The tomb was found to contain three skeletons, believed to be those of ancient Egyptian army officers – see article for pictures

Addressing media fears that disturbing the tomb could trigger an implacable Pharaoh’s curse, Mr Waziri declared: “We’ve opened it and, thank God, the world has not fallen into darkness.

“I was the first to put my whole head inside the sarcophagus… and here I stand before you … I am fine.”

Despite that, the site has now been cleared of people amid fears the sarcophagus could release lethal toxic fumes, Egypt’s state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram says.

Experts have said the three individuals in the tomb may have been soldiers in the time of the Pharaohs.

The skull of one is said to show cracks which point to an arrow injury.

© EPA Experts wore face masks to open the sarcophagus, which released a terrible smell – see article for pictures

An alabaster bust, its features weathered beyond recognition, was also found with the sarcophagus.

The structure is almost two metres (6.5ft) high and three metres long, and is the largest of its kind ever found intact.

It weighs in at 27 tonnes (59,500lb), and is believed to date from the early Ptolemaic period, which began in 323 BC after the death of Alexander the Great.

Archaeologists will now study the tomb in depth to pinpoint when its occupants lived, and how they died.

https://www.space.com/41220-chandra-star-devours-planet.html

Young Star May Be Devouring a Planet

By Chelsea Gohd, Space.com Staff Writer | July 19, 2018 05:25pm ET

For decades, scientists have observed irregular dimming of RW Aur A, a young star in the Taurus-Auriga constellation. Questions about this star grew as it began to dim more frequently and for longer periods of time, according to Hans Moritz Guenther, a research scientist in MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and lead author on the study. Physicists looking into the phenomenon have observed RW Aur A using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the researchers believe that they may have found the reason for this dimming: This young star is “eating” a planet, Guenther told Space.com.

18 July 2018 – The second. (My drawing 18 July 2018 – Looking at this now it looks like a variation of what they were describing with the star RW Aur A eating a planet. The blue circles going around are like the plumes of iron powder the star was eating!)

 

Hugs and positive vibes from me to you today!

19 July 2018 Hot

Hello to you.  I hope this finds you well in your where and when as you stop by here.  It’s so hot….94 degrees at 11:05 am!  I am so over summer!  I have been noticing this hot thing is pretty much everywhere right now.  This literally feels like a warning or may be the sun is moving closer and no one has told  us yet…(snickers to self.)   Our collective climates are definitely not what they used to be even in the EPA decided to remove the phrase climate change from their web pages: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/371190-records-show-epa-chiefs-role-in-removing-climate-web-pagesRecords show EPA chief’s role in removing climate web pages

4 5 14 9 1 12

D E N I A L = 45/9 divided by 2 = 4.5 = 9 cycle….no surprise about this one!

My dreams have been interesting lately.  I can tell they have been heavily influenced by what I’ve been reading and watching.  We found an interesting You Tube channel called Perfect Life.  The specialty of the channel is rarely seen vintage photos.  The ones we looked at yesterday were from Woodstock and some of the communes that sprung up during the 60’s.  Many of the men had long hair and really bushy beards.

33 RARE PHOTOS OF AMERICA’S HIPPIE COMMUNES FROM THE 1970S    – this has “mature content” so you’ll have to watch it on You Tube.

So naturally last night I was with a man who looked like a “hippie Jesus.”  He and I were wearing one of the necklaces I had made.  We were joking around and I said the penalty for losing my necklace should be going to jail that way I’d be sure not to lose it.  He was so kind and fun to be around.  Then he was standing in front of a group of people like he was going to lead a prayer service and started to say, “In the name of Satan….just kidding…in the name of the God of your understanding.”  Then I woke up.

Anyhew….not much else from here.  I’m sending positive vibes your way!

Genesis – Mama (Official Music Video)   – when I hear this I think of Mama Nature versus a human woman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 July 2018 The spider, the fly and chalk drawings

Hello to you.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to post today.  With this heat my motivation to do anything has been next to zero!  A trip to the grocery store and I got my hair returned to dark brown to match what is growing out so I don’t look like I’m wearing a lion’s mane anymore.  I’m almost finished reading Smoke by Dan Vyleta which has been interesting.  There is an interesting premise to sin actually leaving a smoke trail.  That’s all I’ll say in case you are curious to read the book.  Kyle’s mom passed it on to us the last time we visited: (https://smile.amazon.com/Smoke-Novel-Dan-Vyleta-ebook/dp/B015VAA7JW/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1531956138&sr=1-5&keywords=Smoke).  I will be looking forward to a visit to Half Price Books for something new to read when we go get Kyle’s glasses in a few days.

I did get out and do some chalk drawings today; it was very sweaty business!  The spider and the fly part is because this morning we found a large black spider with orange coloring on it’s back running around in the living room.  We try not to kill insects that get trapped in the house.  Well I grabbed the pink transport plastic cup we have for such situations.  The spider gave me a good run but ended up stalling in front of the window where there was a fly perched.  Everything stopped for just a moment lol.  Moments like that are interesting to me.  Kind of like those videos of animals you would least expect cuddling or playing together.

I hope this finds you doing well in your where and when as you stop by.  I really appreciate the visit and hope when you come to my page here that you find something that resonates with you and your heart.

I wanted to say something about President Trump’s visit with Putin and all the mostly justifiable crap he got for it.   It was this statement he made that made me think a little differently about things: (https://www.rt.com/news/432848-trump-putin-friend-meeting/) – Trump calls Putin ‘competitor,’ says he might become friend ‘some day’.  When I heard this I felt almost sorry for him.  It was almost like what a small child might say about a hero or someone they look up to that may let their admiration go unrequited.   Peace in this world has to start somewhere.  I like seeing the leaders of this world at least attempting to work out their differences through diplomacy and non-combatant methods.

There is no force in the world better able to alter anything from its course than love.
Father Greg Boyle

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/16/new-mexico-church-miracle-virgin-mary-statue-appears-to-weep-olive-oil.html

I’m not sure how I feel about this story.  It’s a beautiful statue.   I have a Mary statue in my own home.  When I see things like this I sincerely hope it’s not a trick on someone’s part to make fools of people and the innocence of their beliefs.   When such things end up being a charade, that is betrayal.

People want miracles, want signs, want some tangible evidence of God’s presence in this world.  The Virgin Mary, a Mother figure, provides a very healing and loving presence.  She is a perfect ambassador of the divine to this world. There is hope in such displays and so many are seeking hope now.  Reading about it inspired me and my drawing today.   I will rest in the love of that and leave the church to it’s due diligence of fact checking miracles.

Nicole Darrah By | Fox News

A sculpture of the Virgin Mary that appeared to be crying at a church in New Mexico is being investigated after it was determined her tears were olive oil.

The statue, which is located at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs, underwent a chemical analysis that was determined to be “a scented olive oil.”

“Some of the witnesses claimed it smelled of roses,” Bishop Oscar Cantu, of the diocese, told the Las Cruces Sun News. “So something similar to the oil I bless and consecrate each year that we use for baptism, for confirmations and for ordination of the priests.”

Weeping Virgin Mary statue

“Some of the witnesses claimed it smelled of roses,” Bishop Oscar Cantu, of the diocese, said of the oil.  (Facebook/Luisa Payne)

An investigation is underway to figure out whether there was a natural cause behind the liquid found on the hollow bronze sculpture, Cantu said.

The diocese also examined the interior of the statue and determined nothing there was irregular.

“There’s nothing on the interior that’s not supposed to be there, except for cobwebs,” he told the news outlet. “So we took pictures; we examined it.”

VIRGIN MARY STATUE BEHEADING IN NEW YORK BEING PROBED AS HATE CRIME

Cantu said he has to look into whether the tears were a hoax, but, he said, “even if it were (a hoax), we are not sure how it would be done, physically. Because it is hardened bronze. We’ve examined the interior, and there’s nothing on the interior.”

If the church does conclude the tears are supernatural, Cantu said it will have to decide if they’re from God or an evil spirit. The diocese said some people who have engaged with the sculpture have reported “beautiful, positive fruits” since their encounter.

Weeping Virgin Mary statue

An investigation is underway to figure out whether there was a natural cause behind the liquid found on the hollow bronze sculpture, the diocese said.  (Facebook/Luisa Payne)

“I’ve read most of those written testimonies, and they are stories of tremendous faith, people who have been dealing with terrible suffering in their lives and have felt a tremendous spiritual consolation that Mary walks with us in our tears,” Cantu told the Sun News. “I can’t help but think of my own shedding of tears for the poor people who come to our border, fleeing life-threatening situations. The tears of those children who are separated from their parents. There are many reasons we would shed tears, and God stands with us in those moments.”

Cantu was reassigned last week to a diocese in California. His last day in the southern New Mexico diocese is Sept. 28. But he said one of the final items on his to-do list before he leaves is to take a trip to Hobbs to see the sculpture himself.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

 

17 July 2018 Rescuing or Enabling?

Hi there – how are you?  I hope if you in an area like I live where it’s been extremely hot that you have access to everything you need and are staying cool and hydrated.  Kyle and I were talking today that it’s ironic that it’s probably our trying to stay cool using electricity that is partially contributing to it getting hotter on this planet.  It gets really hot so we need it cooler and use more energy which makes it hotter and so on and so on lol.  Sigh.   We are flesh and bone paradoxes with legs at time aren’t we?!

For example!

Today Kyle and I went to his eye appointment and did our shopping after to maximize our trip out of the house.  One of our new favorite places is Home Goods in Burleson – darn interior design shows!   Anyhew I found what I didn’t expect to find in there, crystals!  Well one “spoke” to me and I couldn’t even put them down after they were in my hand:

17 July 2018 Amethyst geode portion we rescued from Home Goods Burleson TX. My birthstone.

Did I “rescue” this crystal cluster or did I enable an industry to continue harvesting these instead of leaving them in the ground?  I’ve come to believe after spending time with many different crystals over the years, they are not just rocks but part of the memory of the Earth.  Each harvested fragment is part of the planets collective memory.

So did I rescue or enable?  I’m going with rescue at this point but it does feel like a “loop” we as a material world are stuck in.  Unless every single person on earth, at the same time, was to completely boycott buying or doing certain things, there is still profit if even just one person caves in.  I’ve said this about oil, gas and many other things we all use that are damaging the environment.

The other reason this question arises is because of a video Kyle and I saw yesterday about the practice of putting small sea creatures and lizards inside of plastic keychains and selling them in China.  They said that people will buy them either because they have no empathy for animals and just want a trinket or the other reason was to set the creatures inside the keychains free.

http://www.asiaone.com/asia/live-animals-sold-keychains-china

Live Animals Sold as keychains in China

Live Animal Keychain in China(ANIMAL CRUELTY)

The rescuing and enabling can apply to people too.  At what point are we no longer helping someone get their life back together and just enabling them to stay the same?  I’ve had to have people use tough love with me more than once in my life.  There comes a point when apologies and excuses are like a looping recording and no longer have any meaning.  There comes a time for action on the parts of all those connected to such things.  A phrase I’ve used a lot about letting go of toxic people in my life after I realized trying to help them was at my own peril – letting them go with love.  Depending on the situation, that’s easier said than done.

I had a neighbor friend I had to do this with.  I tried for a very long time to be her friend, to listen to her pain and troubles, even try to calm her down when she called my house screaming having an anxiety attack.  There came a point we had to ask her to stay away from me because my own mental health was at risk being around her.  She tragically died not long after I had to push her away.  For a time I had regrets but came to understand that I did what I needed to do to help her get free.   I never stopped loving her and we had time together before she died.  I was able to help her using Quantum Touch.  I sat by her side when she was in hospice and sang to her.  We got to look each other in the eye and tell each other we loved each other before her eyes could no longer see and her systems started shutting down.

Letting go with love doesn’t mean stopping your love for someone.  It’s realizing that you must love yourself first if you are going to survive this life.  It’s realizing that you can’t do for someone else what only they and the God of their understanding can do.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/msn/genetically-modified-babies-given-go-ahead-by-uk-ethics-body/ar-AAAbmOk – excerpt

Genetically modified babies given go ahead by UK ethics body

“The creation of babies whose DNA has been altered to give them what parents perceive to be the best chances in life has received a cautious green light in a landmark report from a leading UK ethics body.

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics said that changing the DNA of a human embryo could be “morally permissible” if it was in the future child’s interests and did not add to the kinds of inequalities that already divide society.

The report does not call for a change in UK law to permit genetically altered babies, but instead urges research into the safety and effectiveness of the approach, its societal impact, and a widespread debate of its implications.”

 

https://ipscell.com/2015/11/haunting-doudna-nightmare-about-hitler-wanting-crispr/ – excerpt – this dream was a warning I think

Haunting Doudna nightmare about Hitler wanting CRISPR

Here is the recollection of the Dr. Doudna’s dream:

“I had a dream recently, and in my dream”—she mentioned the name of a leading scientific researcher—“had come to see me and said, ‘I have somebody very powerful with me who I want you to meet, and I want you to explain to him how this technology functions.’ So I said, Sure, who is it? It was Adolf Hitler. I was really horrified, but I went into a room and there was Hitler. He had a pig face and I could only see him from behind and he was taking notes and he said, ‘I want to understand the uses and implications of this amazing technology.’ I woke up in a cold sweat. And that dream has haunted me from that day. Because suppose somebody like Hitler had access to this—we can only imagine the kind of horrible uses he could put it to.”

 

 

16 July 2018 Cycles of Spirit (painting), Glitter and Jane Goodall Joins Wyoming Protestors in Buying Up Grizzly Hunt Tickets

Hello!  I finished my painting, Kyle is still working on his and taking his time – so proud of him!  After I finished mine, complete with lots of glitter paint, I saw my friend had posted a video about how bad glitter is for the environment….ugh.  Cue pin popping balloon!  I am trying to finish up all the stuff I have and not buy any more of it until I can find an alternative for adding sparkle to my paintings.  It’s important to be a responsible makers/creators in this world.  If we don’t buy it, there is no profit in them making it and eventually they will stop.  In the case of like micro-beads, some responsible governments have put themselves behind banning the products from being made at all.  I would be bummed if glitter disappeared but I’d definitely get over it.

https://www.ktvz.com/health/glitter-is-not-just-annoying-it-could-be-bad-for-environment/664090741

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/42038411/the-eco-friendly-guide-to-glitter

Apparently mica powder, eucalyptus leaves and even lentils treated with aluminum could be alternatives to traditional glitter.   I’ll have to look into these options when I prepare to purchase more art materials like paint etc.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mica

Mica

The mica group of sheet silicate (phyllosilicate) minerals includes several closely related materials having nearly perfect basal cleavage. All are monoclinic, with a tendency towards pseudohexagonal crystals, and are similar in chemical composition. The nearly perfect cleavage, which is the most prominent characteristic of mica, is explained by the hexagonal sheet-like arrangement of its atoms.

The word mica is derived from the Latin word mica, meaning a crumb, and probably influenced by micare, to glitter.[5]

Mica powder[edit]

Throughout the ages, fine powders of mica have been used for various purposes, including decorations. Powdered mica glitter is used to decorate traditional water clay pots in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; it is also used on traditional Pueblo pottery, though not restricted to use on water pots in this case. The gulal and abir (colored powders) used by North Indian Hindus during the festive season of Holi contain fine crystals of mica to create a sparkling effect. The majestic Padmanabhapuram Palace, 65 km (40 mi) from Trivandrum in India, has colored mica windows. Mica powder is also used as a decoration in traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking, as when applied to wet ink and allowed to dry it sparkles and reflects light.

Changing gears –

I saw this today and am so proud of the concerned citizens and folks like Jane Goodall who are doing what they can to try and stop the Grizzly Bear hunt in Wyoming.  I can’t do much, I’ve tried phone calls and letters before and that didn’t do much for stuff like this.   What I can do is use this blog and pass it on.  I don’t understand why people like to kill sentient beings for trophies and call it sport.  I could understand if the people of Wyoming were starving to death and had to do whatever they had to do to survive.  I could understand if Wyoming was being completely overrun by bears and they had to defend themselves from them.

Trophy/Sport hunting feels like a waste of life and a waste of God’s gifts to this planet.

I think shooting a majestic animal like a bear through the lense of a camera is the way to go.  I would love to see eco-tourism a boom for the people of Wyoming and all states like it that are supposed to be good stewards for wild beings.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/jane-goodall-joins-wyoming-protestors-in-buying-up-grizzly-hunt-tickets/ar-AAA9OOA?OCID=ansmsnnews11

Jane Goodall Joins Wyoming Protestors in Buying Up Grizzly Hunt Tickets

Todd Wilkinson
Within the last few days, Goodall, 84, and Moss, 78, entered a lottery hoping to win a coveted hunting license in Wyoming allowing them to sport shoot a grizzly bear in the Yellowstone region. They have no aspirations to actually kill a bruin. Their maneuver is part of a mass act of civil disobedience to protest Wyoming’s controversial hunt of up to 22 grizzlies—the first in 44 years—slated to commence only weeks from now.

Called “Shoot ‘em With A Camera, Not A Gun,” the impromptu campaign, spearheaded mainly by women, has caught hunting officials in Wyoming off guard. It has also created a groundswell among those who condemn the state’s recommencement of a trophy season on grizzlies just a year after they were removed from federal protection. In May, Wyoming’s wildlife commission approved the hunt unanimously 7-0.

“People felt desperate, wanting to do something positive that could help keep these bears alive. I think we surprised ourselves at how much public support this has gotten in so little time,” says Jackson Hole conservationist Lisa Robertson.

Targeted Plan

The strategy of “Shoot ‘em With A Camera” is to swamp Wyoming’s random system for allocating bear licenses with applications from non-hunters. Should they be awarded a coveted tag, they’ll head into the mountains this fall to take pictures of grizzlies rather than stalking them with rifles.

Begun less than a week ago, “Shoot ‘em” has gone viral on social media. A final push is being made to enlist thousands of bear advocates to apply for a hunting license (https://wgfd.wyo.gov/apply-or-buy) before Monday’s deadline (July 16) at midnight mountain time.

The campaign grew out of a meeting of 19 concerned citizens (16 of them women) and then a group of five who floated the unconventional concept in an ad in the local Jackson Hole newspaper. Ann Smith provided her phone number to answer any questions and she braced for the worse.

“What stunned me is the number of positive calls I’ve received and 85 to 90 percent have come from women,” Smith says. Driving around Jackson Hole in a replica antique pick-up truck, the bed of Smith’s vehicle has a near life-sized stuffed teddy bear in it with a sign that reads “Grizzly Lives Matter.” “No one has called me up on the phone and yelled at me,” she said. I’ve received lots of affirmative horn honks and people giving me thumbs up.”

Brian Nesvik, chief game warden with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, is not so enamored. He acknowledged he was surprised at how fast the campaign mobilized, heightening a level of drama that was already unprecedented given that it involves the wildlife symbol of the Yellowstone region.

Thousands of hunters nationwide and plenty in his state, he said, are excited by the prospect of being able to take a grizzly, with the odds of securing a license still astronomically low. Now, with perhaps thousands of additional applications pouring in, it makes those chances even slimmer.

“This is more about taking away hunting opportunity than having an impact on our population management objective,” Nesvik said, noting that with 700 grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone region, Wyoming’s quota will not jeopardize the population.

In Wyoming, population 580,000, citizens are divided over whether bears should be killed for sport. During a nationwide public comment session, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was readying to turn management of grizzlies over to Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, more than 650,000 people weighed in, the vast majority expressing opposition to trophy hunting.

The discussion about wildlife management in America has long been dominated by hunters, but with their numbers declining nationwide, non-consumptive admirers of nature are refusing to stand passively on the sidelines, says attorney Deidre Bainbridge.

Concern over grizzlies has created a force to be reckoned with, she says. “Now we, many strong women, are speaking out for wildlife management based on science, fact and respect for life, not money and politics.” (Learn more about Yellowstone, America’s wild idea.)

Impacting the Lottery?

The lottery selects license recipients at random based on a computer program, the same kind used to award permits to kill other big game species. Three quarters of the licenses are reserved for Wyomingites and the rest for out-of-staters. Nesvik acknowledges the campaign could mean fewer bears die.

While it costs less than $20 to enter Wyoming’s grizzly hunt sweepstakes, those few individuals who get licenses then have to shell out for the tag—$602 for Wyoming residents and $6,002 for out-of-staters (who also must then enlist a guide).

American wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen, who stands firmly opposed to the hunt, has signed up for the lottery and if a non-Wyoming resident secures a tag he said he’ll pay half of their $6,000 fee. To help others who do get a tag cover their costs, there’s also a fundraising campaign at GoFundMe.

The tactic of using licenses not to kill bears is legal. “I just feel it’s wrong to kill animals for fun,” Moss told National Geographic as she was visiting Wyoming this week. “Tourism brings in millions upon millions more than any amount generated through the killing of grizzlies. The economic rationale being made by people who simply want to shoot bears doesn’t hold water.”

Wyoming has spent tens of millions of dollars to manage grizzlies since 1975. But that’s actually a small number when extrapolated over four decades and compared to the $1 billion annually generated for the regional economy based on nature-related tourism in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks alone. Wildlife watching ranks among the most desired activities by travelers and interest in it continues to grow.

Judy Hofflund has been coming to Wyoming for 50 years and remembers the era when grizzlies were virtually eliminated and few thought they would return. Hofflund has a vacation home in Jackson Hole and recently retired from a long career as an agent in Hollywood for actors such as Kenneth Branagh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sally Field, and Kevin Kline.

Yet it’s been a different star in recent years that caught her eye—famed Jackson Hole grizzly mother 399, arguably the most famous bear in the world, beloved to millions. 399, often viewed along the roadsides of Grand Teton National Park, is 22 years old and, with two cubs at her side, has again been attracting large crowds.

“When the Greater Yellowstone grizzly population was delisted [removed from federal protection] and it became apparent states like Wyoming wanted to offer bears as trophies to hunters, it broke my heart,” she said. “Grizzly 399 is such a beautiful mother, intelligent and caring. This effort is our attempt to give bears like her a voice.” (How the world’s most famous wolf lived hard.)

A Wider Debate

Where Wyoming is leading the Lower 48 back into a new era of grizzly hunting, citing human intolerance toward bears as a reason for targeting them in areas where they aren’t wanted, the Canadian province of British Columbia serves as a counterpoint. It recently ended grizzly hunting, citing declining social tolerance for trophy hunting. British Columbia has roughly 20 times the number of grizzlies that Wyoming does and they roam across a much larger area.

Hunting grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is an anachronism, says endangered animal advocate Heather Lang Mycoskie, who spends summers in Jackson Hole and sits on the national council of the Humane Society of the U.S. Not only has she applied for a grizzly tag herself but she’s recruited family and friends to do the same, including people who hunt birds and big game for the table.

“The debate now isn’t one of hunters vs. non-hunters,” she said. “There’s a divide in the hunting community that has opened up whether grizzlies should be shot as trophies.” Mycoskie has received a helping hand in spreading the word about “Shoot ‘em With A Camera” from her entrepreneur-philanthropist husband, Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS shoes.

Nesvik says Wyoming is actually being conservative with the number of bears it is allowing hunters to take. “I really, truly respect those people who have a philosophical disagreement with grizzly hunting. And I respect people expressing their opinions that engaging in trophy hunting is an unethical activity. But some opponents are being disingenuous in skewing the science,” Nesvik said. “The science supports what we are are doing and it is not refutable. It’s as solid as we have for any species.”

Goodall is an ardent fan of grizzly 399. She also has accompanied her close friend Mangelsen, who lives in Jackson Hole and has chronicled the bruin’s life, on bear-viewing trips to Yellowstone and Alaska. Goodall made her opposition to grizzly hunting known to members of Congress, arguing it’s a travesty to turn bears beloved by millions into stuffed heads on the wall or floor rug that benefit only a few people.

The hunt itself may be endangered. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen is expected to issue a ruling in August on legal challenges to removing the bears from federal protection. If animal advocates prevail in the case, Wyoming’s hunt could be suspended.

“This is the start of a movement,” Robertson said. “We want to show that the worth of an animal is not measured by how much you can collect from killing it.”

Related: Dr. Jane Goodall On a Lifetime of Studying Animals [Provided by NBC News]

16 July 2018 1968, Musical Time Machine, Progress (painting) and Dust from Africa

Hi there – hope this finds you well in your here and now as you visit.  How are you?  I’m doing pretty good.  Got some Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack music playing as I write.  I’ve been traveling aboard the musical time machine the past couple of days – going back beyond the 80’s to some highlights in music for me in the 1970’s.   This version of me got here in 1968.  A year some serious shit hit the proverbial fan!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_in_the_United_States

1968 in the United States

1968 in the United States was marked by several major historical events. It is often considered to be one of the most turbulent years of the 20th century.[1]

The year began with the Tet Offensive in the midst of the Vietnam War, which reached its climax after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation allowing for an increased maximum number of troops on the ground at one time (549,500). Likewise, it was the most expensive year of the war, costing $77.4 billion. Antiwar sentiment continued to grow after the occurrence of the My Lai Massacre (though the public did not learn of this until the following year) and an increasing number of Americans considered intervention in Vietnam to be a mistake. Nonetheless, the war persisted.

Following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, the country erupted in violent riots, the most severe of which occurred in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Baltimore. More than 40 people were killed during the month of protest, which led to greater racial tensions between white and black Americans. Despite this, a landmark piece of legislation, the Civil Rights Act of 1968, was passed in April, effectively prohibiting housing discrimination based on race.

The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in June led to uncertainty in the race for the Democratic nomination for the presidency. After Hubert Humphrey was declared the nominee at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, another wave of violent protests emerged, this time between antiwar demonstrators and police. The tumult within the Democratic Party helped launch Richard Nixon, a Republican and former vice president, to the presidency in November. A particularly strong showing by segregationist George Wallace of the American Independent Party in 1968’s presidential election highlighted the strong element of racism that continued to persist across the country, particularly in the South.

In culture, 2001: A Space Odyssey was the most profitable film of the year, earning $56.7 million, while Oliver! won the Academy Award for Best Picture. “Hey Jude” by the Beatles was the hottest single of 1968 in the U.S. according to Billboard, demonstrating the continued popularity of bands associated with the British Invasion that began in 1964.

Climb aboard the musical time machine!

Number One Songs of 1968 – Billboard Hot 100

Atlanta Rhythm Section – So Into You (original) – (Another one for my jump rope microphone lol!  This time back in Tea SD, first house my parents lived in after they got married)

Published on Nov 13, 2013

This was the first major hit from the Atlanta Rhythm Section. The group, which is considered one of the pioneers of Southern Rock, was formed in 1970 consisting mainly of former members of Classics IV and The Candymen. This song first appeared on their 1976 album, “A Rock and Roll Alternative”.

Gary Wright – Love Is Alive

Published on Jun 21, 2011

Opening track from Gary Wright’s “Dream Weaver” album. Released: 1975 Warner Bros. Records

Gary Wright – DreamWeaver Official Video (One of my favorites I have on my Ipod shuffle – sing along with it almost every day lol)

AND we’re back!  Where did you go when you heard these songs?

I made more progress on my painting yesterday than Kyle did but that’s ok!  I had an idea spark this morning from one of my favorite shirt paintings so I’m going to add that today.

The air quality this morning on the walk was horrible.  The air was brown and I could almost chew it so it’s probably best to stay in some today.  They say the sand from dust storms in Africa’s deserts have arrived here in Texas:

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2018/07/13/second-helping-african-dust-way-texas-portending-hazy-skies

Second helping of African dust on its way to Texas

The cross-global dust delivery lands on our doorstep periodically, especially in the summer — and according to The Weather Channel, could have the added benefit of preventing tropical storms and hurricanes from developing.

The Saharan dust will blow in Friday and linger across much of the state, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The thickest concentrations will hover over South, Central and southeast Texas before accumulating and moving inland over the following days.
By early next week, the dust will affect air quality in Dallas-Fort Worth, as well as in Austin, Laredo, San Antonio and Tyler-Longview. Effects will be muted in areas experiencing scattered showers.

Either way, the dust isn’t much cause for concern, though it could be annoying for those with allergies.

It could also bring hazy skies and lift the Air Quality Index into the “moderate” range, meaning people with respiratory or cardiovascular issues might want to reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.

But chances are, you’ll want to avoid being outdoors anyway with temperatures expected to climb back into triple-digit range.

The weekend will bring plenty of sunshine and highs close to 100, says Rick Mitchell, meteorologist for KXAS-TV (NBC5). And a streak of triple-digit heat is expected for much of next week.

 

15 July 2018 Getting Started (Painting)

Hello to you.  It’s Sunday morning and looks and feels like it’s going to be another scorcher for us.  Last night I put some water on the yard and you can hardly notice.  Aw well.  I know we aren’t alone with this hot summer.

Lots of weird dreams last night and the feeling I get quite often that someone besides the dogs, Kyle and I are in our room.  It was really strong last night.  My heart kind of startled after the lights were out and it sounded like someone walking in front of our floor fan.  There was also the non-tinnitis high pitch noise too I hear sometimes.  It sounds like someone screaming at a pitch too high for human ears.  You know the high pitched noise your t.v. makes sometimes or the sound of a light bulb warming up?  That sound.  It could just be the electronics but I don’t hear it all the time so not sure.  Neither of us slept very well last night.

On a silly note, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking of a song by Exile.  I used to sing to the neighbor girls using a jump rope as a microphone:

Exile – Kiss You All Over (original 1978)

Talk about a walk down memory lane!

This morning Kyle and I got started on our paintings together!  Just the first coats of Naples Yellow for him and Grape Taffy Purple for me.  He seems to have more of an idea of what he’s going to do next than I do lol.  Part of me wants to go primal and just put colored palm prints all over mine!  Honestly,  I’m thinking about doing the woman in the octagon.  It is such an intimidating thing this painting and canvas bit!  It’s so different than just sketching on a notepad or scratch piece of paper.  I am just excited we are finally doing something like this together – going to stay in that part of it and not worry about the rest!

Time to head out and get some chalk time in before it’s too hot.  Lots of love and hugs to you today!  Try something new that brings you joy today!

16 1 9 14 20 9 14 7

P A I N T I N G = 90/9 divided by 2 = 4.5 = 9 cycle

25 5 12 12 15 23

Y E L L O W = 92/11/2/1

(the song Yellow by Cold Play came on while we were doing our paintings LOL! Kyle was like “Really?!”)

16 21 18 16 12 5

P U R P L E = 88/16/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

14 July 2018 Seeing Without Eyes

Hello there.  How are you doing?  It’s Saturday night and now that the sun is dimming, it’s finally cooler.  It was a scorcher again today!  I slept a lot today to try and shake this fatigue I’ve been feeling.

A message came to me as I was trying to drift off, “You don’t have to have eyes to see.  There is vision in feeling…the clouds use the winds to see as well as feel.”   Those who have lost their vision can be physically blind or spiritually bankrupt.  It’s so easy in this world to be tempted to give our souls away to people, places and things that don’t deserve them!

Something I’ve had to learn and relearn over and overdon’t give your personal power away! 

What came to mind with this message about vision is what often happens when I go outside with my head phones on, close my eyes and move my hands through the air around me.  Sometimes I will go out and it’s completely still, no air moving at all.  Then I’ll do that simple ritual I do and a breeze will start to flow through the trees and around me.  It feels like nature responding to my touch almost!  It’s a beautiful experience!  I often imagine I’m flying when this happens.  I’ll open my eyes and look up in the sky and all sorts of birdies will be soaring around above me.

In all honesty, I’m thinking they are enjoying a nice meal I’ve stirred up for them with my moving around!  It’s magical to watch anyway!

22 9 19 9 15 14

V I S I O N = 88/16/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

19 9 7 8 20

S I G H T = 63/9 cycle

2 12 9 14 4

B L I N D = 41/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

19 5 14 19 5 19

S E N S E S = 81/9 cycle

6 5 5 12 9 14 7

F E E L I N G = 58/13/4/2/1

5 13 15 20 9 15 14 19

E M O T I O N S = 110/2/1

19 25 13 2 15 12

S Y M B O L = 86/14/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 – 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

23 15 18 4

W O R D = 60/6/3 cycle

I’ve shared this here before, I just love this scene, I love this movie.  This scene shows what it’s like for me sometimes when I’m outside, there is music in the winds.  When we just allow ourselves to connect with the child within the world becomes a place where anything is possible:

August Rush Opening

14 July 2018 Inception

Hello to you.  Just a quick note before I get breakfast started.  Not sure the painting on canvas is going to happen today.  We have lots of chores to do today and my butt is dragging a bit.  May be tomorrow?!  Part of the reason I’m so tired is just before falling asleep last night there was a loud explosion like someone set off a firework right in the middle of the street.  I was so pissed!  Not good to try to go to sleep mad.  It was hard to go back to sleep after that.  We found out this morning the sound we heard was someone hitting our neighbors truck!  UGH!

Then there were all the dreams I had that made me think of the movie Inception – dreams within dreams.  I’m with the Kyle I know but I’m like a person within a person as I lay next to him.  Then there is a man with dark hair and dark eyes telling me, “I have work to do.” Then all the sudden I’m in something like a fight scene in a movie on a train with stuff flying everywhere.  Another was of going to a beach that was all vibrant with a lot of teal green going on.  There were seals and I could see a life guard.  Then that same scene was devoid of color, of seals and the life guard – it was all washed out, cloudy and drab.   When my brain is running like that, I don’t wake up feeling very rested.   I guess my dreams are a reflection of the influx of random stuff I’ve been putting in my head via television, movies and internet.

  1. in·cep·tion = 105/6/3 cycle
    [inˈsepSH(ə)n]

    NOUN
    inceptions (plural noun)
    1. the establishment or starting point of an institution or activity.
      “she has been on the board since its inception two years ago”
      synonyms: establishment · institution · foundation · founding · formation · initiation · setting up · origination · constitution · inauguration · opening · beginning · start · starting point · outset ·

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