Your Weekly Diversion, Week 8

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So how was your week?

Here in SW Florida we’ve been experiencing close proximity to a brushfire that devastated 7500 acres of pine scrub and palmettos and created a huge, mushrooming column of choking smoke that hung about for days. Only four rural structures were destroyed, and thankfully no one was hurt, but that smoke was epic. Here’s what we saw from our driveway on Tuesday.

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Collier County brushfire 3/7/17

The Collier County fire paled by comparison to the conflagration in Washington DC spawned by hot air, smoke and mirrors, hubris, hypocrisy, and paranoia. And, no, it isn’t the same on both sides.

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Photo courtesy of Travel Wires

Now for your diversions. Column of impressive smoke, you say? Italians can claim the prize, produced by Mount Etna this month.

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After all these fiery natural phenomena and irrational political bombast, I needed some good news. A man lost his beloved parrot. Thanks to an implanted ID chip, the parrot was found years later and reunited with his owner. You’ll have to read this to learn the change the parrot exhibited upon his return.

 

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Here’s another feel good diversion. When her dad wouldn’t do it, a business leader walked a lesbian bride down the aisle.

And I wouldn’t leave you without some good music. My cousin from Knoxville, Tennessee shared one of her favorite artists with me this weekend when she and her sister came for a fun visit. Here is Amos Lee and “Southern Girl.”

 

Namasté

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Your Weekly Diversion, Week 3

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Photo by Shielagh

 

It’s been another week filled with disturbing news. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. My mother always said, “Consider the source,” when I worried about something mean or false someone had said to me.

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Yes, this post is meant to be a bit of diversion, but we aren’t ostriches, so here’s something relevant that may comfort you. Buddhists are speaking out about the controversial so called Muslim travel ban.

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And today when I opened a favorite app, Bloglovin’, I was greeted with this banner atop the page: “Stand up for civil rights. At Bloglovin’ we aim to give a platform to influencers of every nationality, race or religion, and to make everyone’s voice heard. Please join us in standing up for civil rights. Click here to make a donation to the ACLU.”

And by now you must be aware that the ban has been stayed by a Federal judge through a temporary restraining order. Naturally there have been angry responses from the new administration, including immature, indignant tweets. Look them up if you wish, but I will give them no forum here.

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Poster by Shielagh, also on @sonnische on Instagram

We’ve planned a beach day today here in Florida, a therapeutic bonding with nature as we walk in the sand, slosh in the surf and if it isn’t too cold, swim in the sea. We all need a regular dose of nature, and I urge every reader to go out and make contact with the natural world around you today, be it the sea, the desert, the mountains, the woods, the rivers or lakes, your window garden, or even a vestpocket city park. And remember, illegitimi non carborundum!

Update: Oh, how could I forget the toe tapping! Here’s Fitz and the Tantrums just for you.

Namasté

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Your Weekly Diversion, Week 2

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Howdy, ya’ll. Well, we’ve made it through another week of  crazy news and stressful circumstances, so here’s what I’ve been noting down this week for you to enjoy or learn from.

First you might be interested in the latest from Martin & Company. Back in the 70s I knew a guy who worked there, and he told me employees got to make their own guitar.

Now, did you know that President Barack Obama published three (3) scholarly articles in esteemed journals this month alone? Me neither, and I’ve scanned them, and they’re pretty impressive. No other sitting president has done this, I believe. Boy, do I miss him!

It looks like any official efforts by the United States to stem climate change aren’t going to happen in the next four years, but as I posted last week, Forbes Magazine published this great article telling us what each of us can do, so let’s do our part. By the way, check out how many scientists have decided to run for office since January 20, 2017. Cool, right?

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Photo by Troy Dillard, courtesy of Lion’s Roar

As a Buddhist, I am very grateful that my people turned out in women’s marches all over the world last Saturday. Check this out. That’s the very cool abbot Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara of the Village Zendo in the pussy hat, which you’ll see when you scroll through the article.

And I want to leave you with your feet tapping and your heart soaring so let’s hear it for the indomitable Carole King who re-released this for the Women’s March she attended in the Northern Tier. She offers this song, “One Small Voice” to us all free to stream and download.

 

Namasté

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Oversight: Our Environment

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Image courtesy of Randall T. Monk, http://www.TimelyGuidance.com

What will become of our beloved planet now that responsible oversight may have begun to lapse? Apparently all references to climate change and our nation’s extensive plans to combat it have been scrubbed from the whitehouse.gov website, as detailed in The New York Times.

What can you and I do ourselves to oversee it and make positive change on our own collective behalf?  I was pleased to see this article in Forbes today giving 9 concrete steps each of us can do right now.

It’s on!

Here’s  Neil Young singing about “Mother nature on the run in the twenty-first century” in After the Gold Rush.

Namasté

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For The Daily Post

Your Weekly Distraction


On this strange day of all days, when one goes out and one comes in, and we know not where the ship of state will be steered, I share with you more of my finds encountered this week online.

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This week I saw a big anhinga standing on the back of a turtle that was standing atop a small rock. Unlike this photo I found on Pinterest, the turtle I saw had pulled in head and limbs, stoically awaiting relief. Anhingas, relatives of cormorants and ubiquitous here in Southwest Florida, spread their wings to dry them and make the next flight possible.

 

Ignite“light animation and sculptures by Daniel Barreto capture light with such temporal contiguity that it seems to exist in space. CLick the link to see more.img_0112

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now if in this new year you have pledged thrift and better nutrition, here’s an idea you may well want to try, as I do. Glass lunch jars to fill with homemade “instant” noodle soup. One can buy these jars online and in Asian stores. I would use pint mason jars myself, since I bought a case of them for $6.99 two years ago at the Tractor Supply Store. Why pay more for only one jar???

And now, your weekly foot tapper with The Dead South for having suffered through this week’s sorry excuse for news, plus checking out the above items of dubious interest. I love this!

Namasté

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The Aesthetics of Spirulina (or not)

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It’s also called blue-green algae. Turns your smoothie a dark turquoise color, doesn’t add to flavor but does supposedly add to nutrition, with a high level of protein and essential vitamins. The aroma of the powder is not so pretty, sort of a stagnant  waterfront smell. Or like your cat’s breath.

And not so fast. A healthcare professional and one of my most trusted sources of medical information, Dr Michael Greger, suggests skipping spirulina in favor of chlorella. Spirulina can contain dangerous toxins and therefore may cause neurological, liver and other problems. Eek! I just downed a smoothie made with pomelo, Meyer lemon juice, banana, ginger and Knudsen Mega C juice. And a teaspoon of powdered spirulina.

Then I looked up “spirulina odor” and learned that if it is “unpleasant” it may have oxidized and shouldn’t be used. Not only does this one stink but I can smell it when the cupboard door is closed. Opening the door makes it stronger, and you could faint sniffing the closed container. So in the midst of writing this post, I found the receipt and put that and the spirulina into a ziplock bag to return.

Aesthetic? Not so much. But then when I first saw this Daily Post topic, I thought it says anesthetic.

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For The Daily Post