I am grateful for family & friends, past and present, my garden, home, creativity, and for this community in which to practice.
I’m taking suggestions for names for this little guy, who I found and photographed in my garden on the farm last year. I wrote about him in our daily question section, if you would like to know why he is significant to me.
There are so many animals for which I am grateful, and I would include in this insects, fish, microbes, birds, spiders. I’ve thought about this all morning and it is so difficult to choose one! But I decided to share a little frog that I found in my garden on the farm last year. The farm is a reclaimed farm, that until 2016 had been a traditional, rented field farm, that had alternated between GMO corn and GMO soy. When my friend purchased it the land was dead-dead! There were no inse...
There are so many animals for which I am grateful, and I would include in this insects, fish, microbes, birds, spiders. I’ve thought about this all morning and it is so difficult to choose one! But I decided to share a little frog that I found in my garden on the farm last year. The farm is a reclaimed farm, that until 2016 had been a traditional, rented field farm, that had alternated between GMO corn and GMO soy. When my friend purchased it the land was dead-dead! There were no insects, birds, animals, and even weeds were rare because of the glyphosate. It was brown and bald and dead. He has a satellite photo of it at the time, and it is 40 acres of brown. He imported lots of compost, aerial planted cover crops, and brought in animals for manure and bees to pollinate. He offered to me last year the former deadest spot on the farm, which he had topped with a few inches of compost in the previous two years, which had settled down to about 3 inches. And I grew during covid year when we could not get ANYTHING, not even compost or leaf mold or manure because it was shut down time. Just the seeds I already had and my own labor with the help of my friend and his wife, until they had their lovely baby in May. When in August I found this little frog hiding in the beans I was ecstatic.
You see, frogs are among the most fragile of our land animals, when it comes to pollution and chemicals. Frogs are sensitive to them, and they also need food – insects. The insects in turn need healthy microbial soil life. This little frog, to me, was symbolic of the success of reclaiming the land. I took a photo. If you would like to see him, please drop into the lounge under “connect” in the menu. I will put a photo of my crops that year, too.
Remembrance can help or hinder us. Sometimes it is the human thing to keep a loss or wound alive, like picking at a scab, preventing it from healing. In my own family we have seen a wound mythologized in this way, and expanded and made worse. It takes concerted effort to reconstruct the truth and not exaggerate it.
And then there is the powerful tool of “reframing,” a deliberate selection of memory and placing memory into a healing context. So when I ask myself, “What...
And then there is the powerful tool of “reframing,” a deliberate selection of memory and placing memory into a healing context. So when I ask myself, “What is calling out for remembrance?” I proceed thoughtfully, with some caution.
When my parents died, I deliberately chose not to remember the dates of the anniversary of their deaths. Anniversaries of sad events can be very hard on people and we already had an unfortunate family anniversary, that took decades to heal. I did not want more of that kind of remembrance. So instead, on my parents birthdays, I try to do something they liked to do, and I do this every year, and also for my sister on her birthday. This keeps the remembrance positive, and it feeds my spirit instead of taps it.
Two days ago was the anniversary of 9/11, something which affected us all to different degrees. My brother was on an American flight which left Logan airport in the very same hour as the other American plane which left that hour to go to its fate. It could have been us. We were lucky. But I choose not to observe the remembrance of 9/11, and I turn off the news the day before and day of, so that I would not feel sad or stressed. That’s just me. I find it easier. There is no one right choice. We must all find our own way.
But I do like, as much as I’m able to, feed the positive and let go of the negative.
“Inside of me there are two dogs. One is mean and evil and the other is good and they fight each other all the time. When asked which one wins I answer, the one I feed the most.”
― Sitting Bull
With remembrance, I like as much as I am able, to play with the happy dog, and let the one that hangs onto sad things have a much deserved rest.
What is calling out to me, today? Nothing. This day calls out for me to enjoy it.
Semi-awake and sipping my coffee! Good morning, she says (with half lidded eyes).
I am so inspired by the lovely photos people have posted recently! It brings me joy to see some of the things YOU see!!!! I wish I could send you a photo of the beautiful maple in my front yard, but I will wait for it to turn color first. I’m looking forward to it with anticipation! But I took some other photos recently. I didn’t get to weeding in my yard this year, and that bothered me until...
Semi-awake and sipping my coffee! Good morning, she says (with half lidded eyes).
I am so inspired by the lovely photos people have posted recently! It brings me joy to see some of the things YOU see!!!! I wish I could send you a photo of the beautiful maple in my front yard, but I will wait for it to turn color first. I’m looking forward to it with anticipation! But I took some other photos recently. I didn’t get to weeding in my yard this year, and that bothered me until I saw that several of the plants bloomed in early autumn and were attracting a crazy amount of pollinating species! Just saying the two words, “Pollinator Garden” transformed my perspective from “weedy and neglected guilt!: Hahahaha. It is kind of wicked being in my back yard at present as the tiny little pollinating wasps like to bite me, too, but it is also fascinating. Each time I look I see at least four different species of pollinators on the goldenrod and this other plant that I think my neighbor called, “bloodroot.” I don’t know if you will be able to see the tiny pollinators on them… hopefully. I’m grateful that my neglect turned out to be so beneficial for the environment! I’m thinking of planting some butterfly weed, too! I did see a monarch butterfly in our yard, too. They like milkweed, but I don’t have any of that, yet. 😀
It is comforting to know that while we all deal with our human concerns, nature is quietly going about her business.
Woops… I didn’t know that was going to be blurry. Here is the other one:
In permaculture there is the concept of zones: household, frequently visited area, and circles on outward like ripples on a surface, and this came to mind when I read the question today. So my response becomes:
An equitable, peaceful world begins with myself. How could I help create a more equitable, peaceful world if I am not peaceful in my own heart? From there my role is to be peaceful and equitable in my marriage, my family, my circle of friends, my community, and on outward.
First comes love, carbon neutrality, and social justice, in circles radiating from a peaceful, harmonious center. I will “walk my talk” to get there.
Thank you, Annie, for holding us in your prayers. I am so glad you had a nice time! It always puts a smile on my face when I hear what is putting a smile on the face of someone else. ☺
😊 I love the sparrow clusters in fall, too, Alicia. Thank you for reminding me!
You are lucky to have a wee lake and ducks and oak trees! Near here we have many condo communities, but Lighthouse Point isn’t on the lake, HarborWalk is on a small river and obviously has no harbor, Cherry Ridge has neither cherry trees nor has it a ridge of any sort (this being NE Ohio we are rather flat). Your condo village sounds charming!
I’m starting to think of holiday gifts…. yes, already! I like thinking way ahead because I dislike the shopping hoopla! I li...
I’m starting to think of holiday gifts…. yes, already! I like thinking way ahead because I dislike the shopping hoopla! I like to be done with purchased gifts by Thanksgiving so that I can enjoy the following month and focus on experiences with loved ones and the season rather than on spending, “sales,” and consumption. Some gifts will be made and some thoughtfully chosen. And I’m thinking about what I might make with acorns for decorations or tree ornaments, or if I could maybe make a fairy tea setting out of these deep acorn caps for the children who live in the neighborhood. There are a couple of young boys in the neighborhood who like fantasy and monsters and things like that, and they have good imagination and making things, too. I think they might enjoy it. 😊
Wow! What a lovely poem!
My aunt had some funny expressions, and instead of either, she would say, “Oh for Good Night!”
Our schools are so important, Mary Pat. Thank you for reminding me of this important cornerstone of peace.
I was just sitting in my neighbor’s back yard and she has a HUUUUGE beautiful Burr Oak, and the wind was blowing a little so we sometimes got rained on by sheets of acorns. It was fun. She apologized but I said, “I don’t mind! I have Black Walnuts at my house. Those will bean you!” She suggested we get air raid helmets. 🤣
Oh my gosh!!! Look at those!!! 😁
Beautiful picture! Air Whales are awesome! 🐬🐬🐋🐋🐋🐳🐳🐳🐳
Beautiful picture, Alicia. And a beautiful memory. 🙂
What a beauty of a tree! You can feel its spirit. It makes my heart sing! ❤💛💚💙
OH MY GOSH!!! That is so exciting! I am amazed you could get such a good photo!
If it were me I’d be at the window ALL DAY and get nothing done! 😁
The photo is gorgeous! It looks like a painted landscape. I remember that fine oil paints were often made of the earths in Italy, and that colors are named after places, like “sienna” and “umber” and “Naples yellow.” Is this place near any of those? I thought of it because the color of the earth in your photo reminds me of the color “Raw Sienna.” It is very inspiring!
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