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Too Much With Us

Long after Wordsworth lay down in his grave, gave up his world to the worms and moist earth for an eternal lament, the world is no longer with us.
Nature has been sold to the pipeline as though the Christ will hang from his cross even when earth falls into its fiery core.
Too many innocent burned at the stake tortured in schools, broken in factories where the economy is managed by hyenas using whips and lies.
We are not the world any more but talking ants stripping leaves, melting ice with fire
turning the verdant forests into desert.
(from Infinite Power, Ekstasis 2016)
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Good, Better, Best

If you're looking for ideas on ethical gifts - here are a few that are more likely to produce gratitude for the coming year.

A membership gift for the future - The Leap Manifesto. A future of responsible policies, government and business leaders who are working beyond the next budget or election.News outlets that write as though humanity is important - National Observersubscription to a Socially responsible think tank - Canadian Centre for Policy AlternativesGroups working for and educating the public on the Environment - Suzuki FoundationBooks about living well - The Art of Power by Thich Nhat HanhGifts made by small crafts businesses - Indian Summer Leather PursesSpa treatments - Hale Aloha Wellness SpaPaintings created by artists that are still alive - Mindy Joseph PaintingsBooks of poetry by poets who are not dead - Anima Canadensis , Flightpaths, Hush, The Way of Tanka and others. Buy fair trade goods and treats, food that is nutritious, music that is inspiring, gift certific…

The Heart Will Not Be Managed

That is what they told me as I strolled through their territory. They said you can cut us all down but our roots will find a way over or under other roots. They say look at how we shield the thinnest branches and the softest leaves without telling how or where to grow. We house birds of all kinds no matter how they live or what they believe. We don’t ask for love from mice or loyalty from snakes. We have not created by-laws here, demanding that neighbours sign before entering. We don’t judge. When something invades our sky and we cannot reach the light we grow in a different direction. They ask me to look at my own ancestors for the proof, put your gears in reverse and look at where you came from as you ventured slowly out of the ocean with new found legs looking for something to eat. Then look at the first mother and the first father how they laughed and how they cried never questioning the authenticity of their tears. Look at you they say. Look at how you survived your first breath, learned how to walk, …

What is on your Holiday Gift List?

"The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can live like the oligarchs. But already we are bursting through the physical limits of the planet that sustains us. Climate breakdown, soil loss, the collapse of habitats and species, the sea of plastic, insectageddon: all are driven by rising consumption. The promise of private luxury for everyone cannot be met: neither the physical nor the ecological space exists."  taken from "Too right it's Black Friday: our relentless consumption is trashing the planet." by George Monbiot.

So what would you really like for Christmas?What would you like for your grandchildren or the planet?

What I would like is leadership that has integrity, that refuses to trivialize relationships between us and the environment.  We are turning our world into a dollar store.

Haiku: Frog in Pond by Basho

Old pond frog jumped in  sound of water. Translated by Lafcadio Hearn

A Found Haiku - sort of

Please conserve water do not feed the deer pick up after your dog
(found on Salt Spring Island)

This is more an instruction than a haiku. To attempt to make this more poetic would make it less urgent. 
Tomorrow there will be a haiku by Basho that may give you some idea of what a haiku sounds like.

What Can We Have Faith In?

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King Jr. BrainyQuote

This is what is asked of us. That there are no guarantees of a map, no guarantees we shall survive, no guarantees of anything.  We have created a construct in which to live. Some of it really helps some of us, while others are trapped. Sometimes things turn out well and sometimes they don't.

Most of those who suffer did not ask for it.  Most of us suffer.

I have faith that I can find a way through the day even though I don't know everything. I have faith that compassion is a way that works for me. I have faith that I am not alone.  

We are not good or evil, but some have been damaged beyond repair.