March 17th, 2007

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Good Morning!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

I was awakened this morning to the radio playing a lovely Irish march.  I hopped right out of bed.

The fog has settled in after all these clear days and nights.  What a surprise.  

There is an article in the NY Times on the food of Ethiopia, where the author, Danielle Pergament, says "the dinner table is an altar of thanks."   They are grateful to have food and the beef is all grass-fed, and the food organic because there are no factory farms and the farmers can't afford chemicals.

It is odd that in our country there is so much effort necessary to acquire pure, organic foods.  When I went to the Ecofarms conference, and toured some farms, it was pointed out how the organic farm is often across the street from the non-organic and chemicals are sprayed and ground water is contaminated and so it is challenging for us to get food that is as clean as we expect, want and need.  

The birds are singing despite the fog and it looks like it is a low one that will quickly clear.  It was such a surprise though and I see how I love the enclosure of it, the wrap.  I like seeing moisture in air, and how this particular fog brings my eyes in close to see the trees rather than gazing out at hills.

Again,  Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

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Kindness -

When I read about cyberbullying and a girl in Novato with epilepsy being unmercilessly teased and harassed through myspace, I have to wonder what is going on.

I have watched my local email group for Tam Valley turn into attacks, and these are adults, so perhaps I shouldn't be surprised, but if we can't get along at the most local levels, then no wonder we have wars.  It just seems it is time for each of us to be kind in our comments and views.

Okay, I will try to limit my attacks on Bush to simply stating the facts, or maybe not saying anything at all.

I am reading Deepak Chopra's book Life After Death, The Burden of Proof.   Even there, it seems our thoughts matter and carry with us.

We probably aren't going to know for sure what happens after we die, but I prefer to think that my thoughts now will influence my journey then, or maybe it is now, as Deepak Chopra makes a strong argument for the soul outside of space-time.  Perhaps I am more willing to believe because as I read his book, I recognize last year and my sometimes connection with a soul-filled state outside space-time.  Imagination or not, and maybe it all is imagination, it works for me.