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Monthly Museletter—April 2018



“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 @

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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

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.


“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

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.


“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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Monthly Museletter – December 2017


“Lunar Libration” by Tomruen, via Wikimedia Commons

A fun and educational compilation of the green, the furred, the extraordinary, and the thoughtful. Thank you, Karla, for sharing your newsletter! —SK

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

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Prepare to Help Save Our Lands!
A Sierra Club article written by Adam Federman and published on October 26th explains how we must keep close watch on the Department of the Interior. A leaked draft of five-year plan reveals how the Department plans to prioritize “energy dominance” over conservation. This includes the possibility that “In the next five years, millions of acres of America’s public lands and waters, including some national monuments and relatively pristine coastal regions, could be auctioned off for oil and gas development, with little thought for environmental consequences.”

Just . . . Wow . . .
I (Sandra) personally have mixed feelings about zoos, but it would definitely be a thrill to walk UNDER a “flying” (swimming) polar bear! Several zoo/aquariums have clear tunnels under the habitats of these endangered mammals—all the better to see them with.


“And because I love this life, I know I shall love death as well. The child cries out when from the right breast the mother takes it away, in the very next moment to find in the left breast its consolation.”—R. Tagore

What about the other survivors in disaster areas (multitudes of plants and animals, large and small)? This article,  Wildlife Rehabilitators: The Hidden Heroes  of Hurricane Season, tells about the survivors and their saviors, and it will melt your heart.

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“Upper Loch Torridon, west coast Scotland. Panorama, from 7 Pictures,” from Stefan Krause of Germany, via Wikimedia Commons.


Some feel that the time of wilderness on Earth has passed. That since humans are cultivating most of the world and have put their mark on all wild places, Earth is destined to be cultivated, by humans, as a garden is cultivated. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this essay, “The Garden Reconsidered”, by Sierra Magazine’s editor, Jason Mark.

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Tree Talk
“How Trees Talk to Each Other”, a TED talk by B.C. forest scientist Suzanne Simard.

“A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery—trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.”



The idea that trees can communicate is awe-inspiring. What is not so inspiring is how we are hindering those social lives.

“In 2014 the World Resources Institute reported that Canada, in the last decade, has had the highest forest disturbance rate of any country worldwide. And I bet you thought it was Brazil. In Canada, it’s about 3.6% per year, now, in my estimation that is about 4 times the rate that is sustainable.”—Suzanne Simard

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How about Vegetable Fashion Collaborations among gardeners, designers, and dancers next summer/fall? Check out  “What a Fashion Line Made from Food will Teach You About Waste.”

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“You don’t conquer these mountains. You crawl up, like a child crawling to your Mother’s lap.”—quote from the 1st Sherpa to climb Everest, whose true name is Chomolungma or “Goddess Mother of the World”.

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You’ll never look at a tangerine the same way again—let Yoshihiro Okada’s art amaze you.


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I did it—maybe you can, too? Urge your mayor to join Mayors for 100% Clean Energy

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Some good things that happened in 2017: (from

• The rusty patched bumble bee became the first bee in the continental United States to receive endangered species protections.
• The government tightened standards for lead exposure in public housing.
• Multiple banks have sold off their investments in the Dakota Access pipeline.
• A group of 91 banks agreed to update its principles to reflect climate change and indigenous rights.
• Massive tourism development at the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers was voted down by the Navajo Nation.
• Hardware chain True Value agreed to phase out bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides.

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“The clouds above us join and separate. The breeze in the yard leaves and returns.
Life is like that, so why not relax? Who can stop us from celebrating?”
—Taoist poet Lu Yu


“Movement of Clouds in Fast Camera, Santiago, Chile” by Jorge Barrios, via Wikimedia Commons.

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And . . .

How about a HOLOGRAPHIC Christmas tree? . . . no needless killing of live pine trees, no untangling of strings of lights, no space needed for storage the rest of the year . . . Santa can still find you & the kids can open presents.

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Happy Holidays (and, soon, a Happy New Year) to all!—Karla and Sandra





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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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Monthly Museletter—October 2017


“Lunar Libration” by Tomruen, via Wikimedia Commons

The Museletter is late again (I’d like to get it out when I receive it, but this month I was away!).  As usual, it’s a list of goodies with a focus on the feminine, the soulful, the green. 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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Every child in the world can have a pocket microscope! Here’s the accompanying YouTube video. This made me think of famous American scientist George Washington Carver, who a century ago at Tuskegee, had to go through the city dump to find materials in which to make equipment for his laboratory (beakers and crucibles, etc.).

We have more environmental refugees than we have refugees from war.” Says Anita Sanchez in her seventeen minute TEDx talk seventeen minute TEDx talk . Her long-gestated new book The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Ttimes is in the library now.

Tina Hovsepian started to provide her insulated, waterproof, pop-up, portable , private, inexpensive cardboard shelters to homeless persons and disaster victims around the world.

“It’s not about a good death, it’s about a good LIFE all the way to the end.” – Dr. Atul Gawande in his book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Pets and plants in nursing homes really add to quality, if not quantity of life!



Our First Written Communication? This fascinating TED Talk with paleoanthropologist and rock art researcher Genevieve von Petzinger is about the 32 symbols that recur in ancient cave art worldwide – she was the first to thoroughly document this.

“You’ll never see a hearse with a u-haul behind it.”  —Denzel Washington
(Yep, you can’t take it with you!)

Did you know? Cinnamon sticks will deter, but not kill, spiders from haunting your basement steps and garage corners! Here are some more suggestions for keeping Charlotte and her webs at bay.

How to Go Green Without Really Trying. Lauren Singer tells how she fit four years of trash into one jar in the video that featured on CU’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative website: “Going Green Shouldn’t Be This Hard”. Learn more on the steps of going green (a lot is really pretty easy!) here.


An exciting new book, Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats by Maryn McKenna is now in the library. McKenna’s not trying to make us all vegans, just more aware carnivores. * * *

Have a beautiful rest-of-your-October!



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The Monthly Museletter—September 2017


“Lunar Libration” by Tomruen, via Wikimedia Commons


Karla sent in her September newsletter two weeks ago and I’m just now getting the green bits to you today. So sorry for the delay! It’s a list of goodies with a focus on the soulful, the beautiful, the green. Again, thank you so very much, dear Karla, for sharing! —SK

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

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Eco-brilliant: These portable, inflatable, solar-rechargeable lanterns were invented by a woman and help folks who have no electricity. You can also put one on your car dashboard to recharge your phone as you travel! Buy them directly from so some of your money will go to help those who can’t afford them.

“There’s no problem so awful you can’t add some guilt and make it even worse.” —Bill Watterson

Being used as a college text, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, was written by a host of experts & edited by Paul Hawken. I never buy a book I haven’t read, and only buy “keepers” — this one I knew right away was a keeper.

And one more book recommendation:
“Faery energy, the Gaian presence, the Goddess, Mother Earth: every culture has had a name for this awareness of the Life Force in Nature.” (p.17) “Water is an optimist . . . always willing to take on the more powerful positive structure of thoughts and intentions. It wants to be healthy, strong, and beautiful . . . even a small quantity of positively charged Water [can] communicate with and transform a large area or body of Water.” (p.54) —from The Garden Awakening by Irish wild-gardener Mary Reynolds. Illustrated by Ruth Evans. Here’s a short film about the book:

Mama Moon is NOT dry—there’s a water-rich interior & polar canyons! Check it out here.

Are you drawn to Ireland? (So am I!) Watch Ireland’s Wild Coast for free.


Causeway Coast, Antrim, Northern Ireland. View looking west towards Giant’s Causeway. Image via Wikimedia Commons

It’s the Bees Knees! Check out Chicago’s airport – it hosts beehives!

Raise food on the roof of a grocery store where you sell it—that’s called “hyperlocal”

Think Small! “Nothing is more responsible than living in the smallest space you possibly can.” —minimalist F. Marcia

Have you heard of “ABEEGO”? it’s a re-usable beeswax wrap that lets food breathe. “Keep food alive!” says our friend.

A Beautiful Gift Idea: A RESIST BIG MONEY IN POLITICS stamp to put it on all your dollars, even on the $20 White House! It’ll let those who you do business with know your values!


Going Places: Check out this electric walking bike which has a treadmill instead of a seat—you can exercise AND get places fast!
and . . .
Volkswagen electric vehicles are on the way!

Women Chief Judges of two west coast tribes are the center of this POV film TRIBAL JUSTICE. Their Native systems focus on restoration, not retribution . . .

Word! “2.4 billion people lack sanitation: more people have a cell phone than a toilet.” —Matt Daimon

And, to end on a fun (and admittedly political and not green, but I couldn’t help myself) note: 


Clowns in wedding dresses confound the loud KKK with silly WIFE POWER! This is a brilliant story and shows how laughter can be more than medicine—it can be the perfect way to ridicule Nazis!




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Introducing The Monthly Museletter – August 2017


“Lunar Libration” by Tomruen, via Wikimedia Commons

Each moon (month) I receive a local newsletter packed with inspiring quotes and links to fascinating topics. Last week, I asked the wise woman who shares it if I could have permission to pass it on to Flora’s Forum readers. She said yes, humbly stating that she was only sharing what she has gleaned from others!

So, here it is: A list of goodies with a focus on the soulful, the beautiful, the green. I’m looking forward to making this a regular feature. Thank you so very much, dear Karla, for sharing! —SK

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

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My favorite Rumi passage:

“Every day the garden on this side of the fence erupts with new growth. Runners shoot out in all directions. Vines climb gnarled witch’s poles. Ripe fruit dangles like breasts full of milk. Stems and leaves and stalks and flowers tangle wildly over each other—30 different shades of green. A madwoman’s tapestry with all the threads hanging loose, this garden is lush and damp and fertile as the Goddess’ own crotch.” —Jennifer Weston

Could our utility company build a Janicki Omni Processor for our next sewage/water/electricity facility?—YES! Backed by the Gates Foundation, it turns sewage into clean water, steam & electricity to run itself, and surplus energy to sell (a win/win/win!)

“Unity is diversity embraced, protected, and maintained by an infinitely generous love.” —Richard Rohr

How do these Russian women do “the Floating Dance”? Check it out and see!

“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” —Wendell Berry

“Women are like teabags—you never know how strong they are until they get in hot water.” —Eleanor Roosevelt.

TURNING GUNS INTO GARDEN TOOLS . . . RawToolsinc , started by Mennonite minister here in Colorado Springs, Colorado!

“When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them, be sure to cherish them. Those weirdos are your tribe.” —WildWomanSisterhood on

Used as a college text, DRAWDOWN: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, is written by a host of experts and edited by Paul Hawken. I never buy a book I haven’t read, and only buy “keepers” – this one I knew right away was a keeper.

Need a little Beauty boost ? Check out Faith Nolton’s shamanic art.

ACT FAST! If you’re 62+, you can get a lifetime Golden Age Passport to national parks & monuments for only $10. At this end of August the price is going up to $80 so the time to do this is NOW! Click here for details.  (Comment from SK: This eight-fold increase for those of us under age 62 is infuriating! If anyone knows of a petition protesting this increase, or where to register a complaint, please let me know and I’ll post the link/s here.) Our wise woman contributor noted that locals could get one at Florissant Fossil Beds, but I would call to make sure before making the trip out as there has been very high demand everywhere.

Japanese architect builds cathedrals, concert halls, and shelters with paper & cardboard! Check his work out here.

And last, but not least, don’t forget about the total solar eclipse on August 21!


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