Archive for April 2013

Forest Treasure   Leave a comment

Found in the Movers and Shakers column of our local paper: check it out~ 

Leaf Wins Award for Enlightened Transformation

Forrest Leaf (45 Parallel, Loamy Clay Way, Oregon) was recently presented the Planetary Award for Enlightened Transformation, an honor granted to progressive individuals for selfless excellence. Long known for unwavering sustainable practices and community interconnections, Leaf’s past honors include the Green Award for Solar Panel Efficiency, the Eco-Prize for Nutrient Outreach, and recognition by Gaia, Inc. for lifelong contribution to Healthy Air, Water and Soil Systems. A congratulatory reception for Leaf was held on Vineyard Mountain last Friday, April 26 as part of western Oregon’s Arbor Day festivities.

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Posted April 29, 2013 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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Buddies   Leave a comment

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Two buds bend and sway
Morning breeze still wet with rain
Flowering friendship

Posted April 26, 2013 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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Happy Earth Week!   Leave a comment

And the crowd cheers . . .

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Posted April 24, 2013 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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Passers-by   2 comments

Death Valley’s dunes offer countless stories imprinted on the sand. When I saw these criss-crossing insect trails, it made me think how my own path continually and invisibly crosses paths with others’. And even though our “shared” moments may be separated by minutes, centuries, or even millennia, my life is sweetened by the art, music, intellect, whimsy, and depth of those folks whose past quests keep intersecting with my questions. So I dedicate this photo to Mozart, Emerson, the ancient Egyptians, Michelangelo, my ancestors, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Black Elk, the Buddha, ponderosa pine, the Metolius River, and many more . . . . to each and all, I thank you!

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Two paths ascending
Leaving wakes in sea of sand,
A chance resonance

Posted April 21, 2013 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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Looking Back   2 comments

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Moved by warm wind of
nostalgic summers, etchings
traced on shifting sand

Posted April 18, 2013 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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Tranquil Observer   Leave a comment

This is our garden guardian, Stumpy, seated at the hub of the known universe, noting the Big Dipper’s clang as it changes its tilt, and watching for the wax and wane of sweet woodruff at his feet.  He has grown more cryptic with time, merging peacefully with lichen and leaf litter. His words are few, the usual mix of earth and sky.
 
 
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                                                                            Celebrate your deep-trailed
                                                                            heart, feather-lined lake
                                                                            star-dropped cares, caught lightly
 
                                                                            Sing your full-bucket
                                                                            song, off-beat rhyme
                                                                            spiraled ellipse, anchored sweetly
 

Posted April 15, 2013 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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Beautiful Moment   Leave a comment

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Rainbow at sunset
Muddy path pink with petals
Cloudburst afterglow

 

Posted April 12, 2013 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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Lady Bug Dazzles Her Fans   2 comments

Lady Bugga’s surprise appearance at the local Forest Floor Deli created an unprecedented flurry of wingbeats yesterday afternoon.  Our favorite diva, her baby bump all but gone, was uncharacteristically abuzz about the “marvel of motherhood” and her new cluster of l4 “gorgeous and picture-perfect” eggs, which she laid only five days ago in the nearby arboretum.  “It’s where both my mother and my grandmother were hatched.  We love the verdant atmosphere there, and  . . . well . . . it’s just such an uplifting tradition.” After dabbing at her eyes and swallowing her last bite of marinated aphid-and-mite salad, she added, “I have no idea where I’ll be emotionally when my babies hatch, but right now I feel fantastic!”

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And indeed, this self-made diva truly shines.  Known for her quiet elegance and beguiling voice, Lady Bugga first came to prominence when she was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful Larvae in 2012, just three weeks prior to her stellar metamorphosis as a singer-songwriter. Since then, Lady-B has re-defined high fashion with her high necklines and moderate polka-dot embellishments, showing women of all ages how to avoid the fickle fads around waistlines and up-do’s while simultaneously glowing with the simplicity of natural glamour.

When we asked Ms. Bugga how she lost the baby-weight so quickly, she tilted her lovely head downward and admitted with a humble antenna twitch that she’d mainly battled the discomforts of water retention.  But to our delight, she grinned and poked out a slender ankle for our cameras, admitting that “low-salt, low-fat aphids and daily stem-climbing workouts” have resolved the problem. True to form, she offered up a rhetorical question: “Is it genetic heritage, hard work, or the fresh breeze of good luck that decides our destiny? I will never know. But I do know that it’s my fans who nourish my spirit—and I’ll be forever grateful to them.”

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Lady Bugga goes glam on the yellow carpet

Then with a whir, Lady Bugga winged her way west to the arboretum, eager to meet with her husband to consult their long list of favorite baby names.  We, along with her fans, now patiently await her upcoming appearance on Celebrity Channel’s “Force of Nature”, scheduled to air early next week. Until then,

Be Fearless and Fly*!

*Slogan for Lady Bugga’s Coming of Age nonprofit for late-molting larvae of all species, for all time.

Posted April 9, 2013 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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Meditation   Leave a comment

 
Eyes fasten spellbound onto form and fragment
Long minutes merge into
immortal instant
Camera arcs up, elbows bend, shoulders hunch
he micro-shifts the view.  Shadows chase light
on sun-dappled terrain, he likes what he sees
bends down on knee
Exquisite memory. 
Hands and camera slide down toward heart
in unconscious prayer. Another measured eyeful,
time-stopped gaze.
Focused and fluid he adjusts a dial
two notches clockwise, no sense of rush
 
 he  is no-where but here . . . immersed
      in now
 
another cub
 
 

Posted April 6, 2013 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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Wholly One   Leave a comment

Who gathers your perfectly dreamed dreams,
and holds them for safekeeping when
long un-lit winters make you hunger
and hungry?
 
Who, with deep roots and vast eye, has watched you
fledge and fly, whose layered stories will never fail
to feel your treasured pulse?
 
How do you reveal your love to the old one
who revels in your winged, ambitious life? 
He tells me it is simple: Become
Whole
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Holey oak snag, acorn vessel for generations of (acorn) woodpeckers

Posted April 3, 2013 by pjsisson in Uncategorized

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