Battle In The Forest with Gisele Bündchen

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“View from the top, from the airplane window, the Solimões River, looking like a large snake, as it is called by the natives. Rio Solimões – Amazonia.” Floresta Amazonica, Brasil, via Wikimedia Commons.

 

There is only one Earth and no “Plan C”. This film shows that Plan A is doing as we’ve been doing, using resources wantonly and polluting—which leads to mass extinction. Plan B is getting our act together and saving not only ourselves but the diversity and health on our planet, our home. —SK

 

“It’s like when you’re in the midst of unfolding disaster—what do you do? You panic? No. You MOVE it. MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE MOVE. That’s what we need to do.”
—Antonio Nobre, Climate Scientist—Brazilian Institute for Space Research

 

The YEARS Project is a multimedia storytelling and education effort designed to inform, empower, and unite the world in the face of climate change. You can watch more of their videos here on YouTube and follow them here on Facebook.

 

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Monthly Museletter for the Merry Month of May 2018

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“Lunar Libration” by Tomruen, via Wikimedia Commons

 

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“Women Dancing with Veils at the May Day Pageant” (not dated or attributed), via Wikimedia Commons

 

Happy MAY DAY! This month we’re busy with spring planting, spring weeding, and spring everything-else so the newsletter’s, I mean Museletter’s, a little lighter. And so are our hearts! Hooray for spring! Thank you again, Karla, for sharing your gleanings with us. ❤ —SK

P. S. If you’re from Colorado Springs and would like Karla’s full newsletter that includes local events, you can write her at karlaann45 @ gmail.com.

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By Alias 0591 from the Netherlands, Honeybee, via Wikimedia Commons

“Honeybee”, by Alias 0591 from the Netherlands, via Wikimedia Commons

“BEES made my lunch. Bees made my lunch. Thank you Bees! Thanks a bunch for my salad, my HONEY, my milk and my munch, cuz Bees, you made my lunch!”
—new chorus for the song DIRT MADE MY LUNCH by the Banana Slug Band

Water conservation worked in Capetown!

A Vimeo Staff Pick: Thomas Blanchard’s DANCE DANCE—flowers freezing & dye- inundated!

“We know that the hidden crimes of slavery and environmental destruction are not just inextricably linked but mutually reinforcing and reach around the planet.”—Kevin Bales, Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide and the Secret to Saving the World (2017)

The best film I saw at the Native American film fest: PEOPLE OF THE STANDING STONE: the Oneida Nation, the war for independence, and the making of America (27 min., 2017) It’s now in our local library system, with 45 reserves already!

“Nobody gets addicted to Kale—we’re addicted to CHAOS!
—Karla

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“Maypole, Munich, Germany” by Andrew Bossi via Wikimedia Commons

Is that a maypole in your village square, or are you just happy to see me?
(I’m almost embarrassed to admit I did not know the symbolism of the Maypole. And now I’m almost embarrassed that I do.) —S.K.
“The Maypole is a popular and familiar image of May Day and Beltane. A phallic pole, often made from birch, was inserted into the Earth representing the potency of the God. The ring of flowers at the top of the Maypole represents the fertile Goddess. Its many coloured ribbons and the ensuing weaving dance symbolise the spiral of Life and the union of the Goddess and God, the union between Earth and Sky.”
For the Beltane-curious, you can read up on May Day here.

SOLAR CELLS GETTING THINNER THAN HUMAN HAIR! 

We Missed Karla’s Birthday! (Happy Belated Birthday, Karla! I love your little birthday poem!)
“Happy Birthday to me. I’m seventy-three. All systems are working! I’m grateful and FREE!”—Karla, April 18

Many animals in my Tribe—The Silver Hairs—are in danger of extinction because of global warming. This film shows why.

“…thank you for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and a blue dream of sky, and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is YES!” —e. e. cummings

By Temtem at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Honeybee Swarm”, by Temtem, via Wikimedia Commons

This photo reminded me that in Colorado April is “swarm season”. Seeing a swarm up close is one of the most amazing and exciting things ever! There is no need to fear a swarm. These bees are full of honey on their adventure to locate a new home and so are docile—the chance of being stung is very low. If you see a swarm, please contact your local beekeeping organization; they have a network of beekeepers who would love to give these honey-makers a good home. Act quickly, though, as they’ll probably only be around for a few hours!—S.K.

“Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child. Listen to the DON’TS. Listen to the SHOULDN’TS, the IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS. Listen to the NEVER HAVES, then listen close to me—Anything can happen child, ANYTHING can be.”
—from Shel Silverstein’s illustrated poetry book WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS

What if you could make money every time the wind blows? Matt Brown has an idea of how to make this happen for the people of Rhode Island!

Make a note of it: Full Moon on May 29th.

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I had to share this beautiful bone china dahlia that a friend gave me in April. (Thank you, Judy!) Every time I look at it I will think of the beauty of of friends and flowers.

Until next month . . . have a beautiful May!

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Happy Earth Day!

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Image from Allina Health Care website, posted April 22, 2015.

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The Glad Hand of Spring

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“A forsythia inside the courtyard of École Normale Supérieure (Paris)”, Copyright 2005 David Monniaux, via Wikimedia Commons.

 

The Glad Hand of Spring

Golden shooting stars fall toward the earth,
A fragile graceful fountain,
Refreshing mental drought.
A burst of garden laughter,
The greeter at spring’s gate,
Forsythia!

(April 17, 1989)
Virginia Gambardella

Virginia writes: “I vividly remember the day I wrote this poem. I needed a poem for the church’s monthly bulletin, and I needed it immediately, so this was composed in a few minutes for the secretary. The forsythia grew outside the office window and I had in the previous two or three year reshaped it into a fountain (as it should not have been sheared off across the top like a privet hedge). By ‘89 it was outdoing itself, so in fact, deserved an ode to its beauty.”

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Virginia Gambardella lives in New York. She has one son, three grandchildren, and enjoys the following: people, holidays, antiques, nature, gardening, fishing, decorating, fashion, sharing knowledge, cooking, and baking. She’s a cancer survivor, a pancreatitis survivor, a widow, and the re-inventor of her life, “as necessary.”

 

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Monthly Museletter—April 2018

 

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“Lunar Libration” by Tomruen, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Today I’m again sharing Karla’s wonderful monthly newsletter. In April she explores Earth Day and offers some great films and videos and thought-provoking quotes. Thanks again, Karla!❤ —SK

P. S. If you’re from Colorado Springs and would like Karla’s full newsletter that includes local events, you can write her at karlaann45 @ gmail.com.

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If you’re not quite ready for the warm months . . . 
Snuggle up with the first documentary film, the 1922 silent B&W film NANOOK OF THE NORTH. It’s riveting and enlightening.

(If you’re from Colorado Springs, Karla notes that you can stream hundreds of movies free on your computer: sign up with your library card # on ppld.kanopy.com.

Can we PLEASE do what San Francisco is doing? We could easily follow these wise steps!

 

The magic and math of skating on thin ice is explained in this article by PBS.

“We will protect what we fall in love with.”
I am comforted that LIFE will continue, whether or not humans do. Louie Schwartzberg’s TED talk “The Beauty of Pollination” contains a 4-minute excerpt from his full-length documentary WINGS OF LIFE.

Of every 10 living things, NINE LIVE IN THE OCEAN! (Now do you feel like a minority?)

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it’s faced.”—James Baldwin

Botanical Animation
Take a trip into roots & seeds via this lovely animated botanical three-minute film, STORY OF FLOWERS (made for children). Directed by: Azuma Makoto; Illustration by: Katie Scott; Animation by: James Paulley.

Bear Love
When two bears’ paws are severely injured in a wildfire, a California veterinarian treats the burned paws with tilapia skin! Click to watch the amazing story.

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“Hello April” by Kenny Louie from Vancouver, Canada. Taken on April 14, 2008. Via Wikimedia Commons.

“Don’t go off sightseeing. The real journey starts exactly where you are.”—Rumi

Did you know?
One-third of New Zealand is protected park & marine reserves. New Zealand has 11 of the worlds 14 climates on two islands.

Deep Science
Geneticist Jennifer Doudna on CRISPR discovery & ethics.
(Note from S.K.Those of you who know me might be able to imagine how much this concerns me! Scientists in this field, in general, and in regard to this and other kinds of genetic-modification technology, have not had the best reputation for doing long-term research, holding inclusive discussions, and pinpointing exactly what all the long-term implications might be before forging ahead.)

“NATURE is an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour if we will only listen.” —George Washington Carver, African-American Horticulturist, Mystic, & Inventor

When I heard about 150 pilot whales dying after beaching themselves, I thought, “They’ve sacrificed themselves to wake us up to the deadly mess we’re making of the oceans with our pollution and plastics and sonic booms.” Could it be a parallel to the youth rising up saying ENOUGH?

“The Power of the People is much stronger than the people in power.” —Wael Ghonim, Egyptian-American

For Equinox, Ann & I walked the Benet Pines Labyrinth. I was contemplating a puzzle piece of pine bark, when this encouragement arrived, meant for all of us:
“With Good Intention, use all the Tools, Talents, Treasures, and Time you’ve been given. Ask Guidance and Wisdom from all Species, Elements, Ancestors, and Descendants. You’ve already made a difference . . . you can’t imagine the Difference you can still make.”—Karla

“I found God in myself, and I loved Her fiercely, oh fiercely.” —Ntozake Shange

Do you still like reading actual books? Then this article, “13 Female ‘Cli-Fi’ Writers Who Are Inspiring a Better Future” will surely appeal to you. To this list I would add Starhawk’s The Fifth Sacred Thing, hopefully becoming a movie in our lifetime!

EARTH DAY 2018: End Plastic Pollution
Countdown to April 22. Join up, find out what’s going on for Earth Day, sign some petitions, re-Tweet Earth-knowledge and pollution facts. Everything you’ll need is here on Earthday.org.

While April 22nd is our official “Earth Day”, I propose that we change that to EVERY day is Earth Day! How do you hope to help clean up and green up our planet this year? My wish is to plant a few trees (and many flowers), to reduce waste at home, and to continue to educate through writing and sharing the work of other green-hearts. S. K.

The Years Project should be on every Earth-lover’s film viewing list. Here’s the YouTube Page that has all the videos. Watch, share, and donate to The Years Project if you can!

Wild Spring Greens! Before dandelions bloom is the perfect time to harvest them for pesto. Check out Katrina Blair’s book, The Wild Wisdom of Weeds to get an education on thirteen free, delicious, readily available, and highly-nutritious weeds that you probably have in your backyard! As for that pesto, here’s a recipe from David Lebovitz that includes other creative and delicious uses for the green topping.

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“Yet ANOTHER Field of Yellow!” by Roger Kidd. Barnsley, Shropshire, April 20, 2007, via Wikimedia Commons.

Until next month . . . have a beautiful April!

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You’re Never Too Old

By Richard Mauch (1874-1921) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons copy

Galanter Herr on Summer Meadow (with dandelion), by Richard Mauch, 1921.

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Garden Dangers

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Photo by Tricia Knoll.

Garden Dangers

 Five days of rain blur boundaries.

The sword ferns sharpen fiddle heads
in stretching days.

Where the wind felled the alder crown,
Buddha wears slimy leaves and algae.

How soon the woods strawberries
send out their skinny creepers.

The sun shaft stabs silence
at fungi on the alder roots.

The creek runs off its mouth
where no one cares to listen.

—Tricia Knoll

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Tricia Knoll’s new poetry book, “How I Learned To Be White“, delves into how ancestry, childhood, education, and more form a concept of white privilege . . . and what work is required to see through that privilege and live in this multicultural world. She tends lavish gardens.

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