Monthly Archives: November 2017

Crystal Light of Morning


Pikesview Quarry, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo from The Gazette Telegraph archives, by Carol Lawrence.


Crystal Light of Morning

In the crystal light of morning I look to the mountains.
The earth has been cut open, it is bleeding red.
the snow is like a blanket covering the dread.

In this shimmering, frigid air I can see the veil between us and them.

This ancient earth and the ancient humans abhor the modern world that is now.

The earth is alive. The broken open skin of the earth cries because of these atrocities.

—Ginger Hipszky

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Photo of Ginger and Gretchen by Skee Hipszky.

Virginia (Ginger) A. Hipszky was born in 1960 in Franklin, Indiana. She relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado in December 1979. She has one daughter and two stepsons. Various interests include reading, collecting modern and ancient coins, amateur radio, book proofreading, and collecting rocks and fossils. Meteorology and astronomy are two of her favorite passions, and she also enjoys writing poems and prose.

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Note from the Editor: I met Ginger a couple of weeks ago at a mutual friend’s art sale. She told us of a poem that had come to her, inspired by that morning’s view of the first significant snow of the season on a mining site nearby. I found the poem captivating and asked her if I could publish it here. Ginger said yes, and then wrote a little about how it came about in an email: “When the sun first comes up, it turns the exposed granite pink. . . [The poem] just came to me. I felt anxious all day till the words got out and on paper.”

Everyone in Colorado Springs, Colorado is familiar with the mining scar of Queens Canyon Quarry, not far from the one in Ginger’s poem. During a little research I found an article that told how that quarry was mined for limestone, to be used in the concrete foundations of buildings at the Air Force Academy, the Colorado Springs Airport and NORAD (and, I’d add, tens of thousands of homes and businesses). The article stated that in 1966 when Stewart Udall, then Secretary of the Interior, visited here he dubbed our city as “the city with a scar”. For many decades people remarked on its ugliness and how it marred a landscape that held, so close by, geologic wonders like our Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. Here’s the link to that article if you’d like to read about how 20,000 hours of volunteer labor went into reclamation of that area below. The good news is that now you can actually see trees growing on this area.


Queens Canyon Quary, Image from Another discovery I made is that it is very difficult to find images of the scars. Understandably, they are not something people enjoy photographing.


As the YA author John Green wrote, “The marks humans leave are too often scars.”



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Happy Thanksgiving!

This is the first thing I read when opening up The Gardeners’ Community Cookbook this morning. They seemed like the perfect words to share this Thanksgiving.

With much love to all,


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From Smith & Hawken The Gardeners’ Community Cookbook, published by Workman Publishing Company in 1999, compiled and written by Victoria Wise.


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November 16, 2017 · 5:33 pm

Monthly Museletter – November 2017


“Lunar Libration” by Tomruen, via Wikimedia Commons


This month’s list of thought-food, with a focus on the feminine, the soulful, the green, the winged, the feathered, the furred. Again, thank you so very much, dear Karla, for sharing! —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 @

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“Delicious Autumn ! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird, I would fly about the earth seeking successive Autumns.” —Marian Evans ( pen name George Eliot )


Why eat sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes? They’re anti-inflammatory, have two times the fiber and calcium, & 1300 times the Vitamin A . . . naturally tastier, no need to add sugar! Whip them together with white potatoes for a beautiful peachy color!

Annouimo, by 田村 義邦, via Wikimedia Commons.

“Annouimo”, by 田村 義邦, via Wikimedia Commons.


How about . . .TEN GOOD NEWS stories in a minute! 

Exquisite Acapella: The Finnish group Rajaton singing Butterfly.


Supercool livestreams of critters!!!

Turkeys (apropos for the season) & vampire bats in sanctuaries, gators & spoonbills, a grey owl nest, pandas eating bamboo, a tropical reef . . .

SIERRA Fall Webcams 2018 WB

Click on the photo to check it out . (Which one’s your favorite?)


Let’s count the VICTORIES this last month! These are fights no one thought were winnable!

1. A u-turn on Brazil’s corrupt president’s plan to destroy a swath of Amazon forest the size of Denmark.
2. A court order stopping Donald Trump from destroying internet privacy.
3. A UN investigation into the atrocities in Yemen despite vicious Saudi Arabian opposition.
4. A major government review of climate-change denier Rupert Murdoch’s bid to dominate UK media.

Salty Goodness: Jaw-dropping images of these Bolivian salt flats with the Milky Way above can be found here. But first, read about this natural salty wonder in this Los Angeles Times article.

Piles_of_Salt_Salar_de_Uyuni_Bolivia_Luca_Galuzzi_2006_By Luca Galuzzi (Lucag), edit by Trialsanderrors , via Wikimedia Commons

Piles of Salt on the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia by Luca Galuzzi, 2006, via Wikimedia Commons.


The Gift of Courage IS Contagious! As the allegations against Harvey Weinstein reminded us last month, when one woman speaks up titans can fall. This truth extends to battling all our plagues! When we all speak up together: We have the power to change the worldGretchen Carlson, former FOX news anchor who sued her boss, talks about her new book, Be Fierce.

There is much to be thankful for every single day.


“Seminole Thanksgiving Meal”, c. 1950s, Irvin M. Peithmann, via Wikimedia Commons. (Note on back of photo: “Wild turkey, venison & pie”.)


Sending love to all of you!—Karla and Sandra



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