August 15th, 2007

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Good Morning!!

It is another day of sun with a ribbon of fog.  I love the ribboned tease, and the massage of a cooling breeze.

I read about the toys from China and consider how much children love playing with boxes and sticks.  Perhaps we don't need so many toys from China.  I am also happy to read that American toymakers are now seeing a surge in purchasing of their products.  Yes, it is worth more money for lead-free paint.   We could buy better and purchase less and the world would be a better place.  I speak to myself here, too.  It is again about awareness in all we ingest and connect.

I am hoping this with the toys will lead to what is happening with food.  Buy locally!   I saw a big sign at my local market for "local blueberries."  I was surprised that blueberries can be grown in Marin, but we have many microclimates here, so it makes a reasonable kind of sense.  I look and the blueberries are from Oregon.  I'm not sure how that is local, but I suppose it is more local than Chile where blueberries are grown and shipped in our winter. 

Emerson advised, "Allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it and you will find you dance with everything."

I take those as good and appropriate words for today.  Trust and embrace joy and dance with everything.

Yesterday, I dropped my small container of "local" organic, expensive, blueberries on the floor, and it was quite a dance picking them up and feeling the squishy ones and the firm.  Steve and I gathered them together.  It was like dessert.
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Vacation Time!

I take the following excerpt from Heron Dance and Rod MacIver:

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I want to go soon and live away by the pond, where I shall hear only the wind whispering among the reeds. It will be success if I shall have left myself behind. But my friends ask what I will do when I get there. Will it not be employment enough to watch the progress of the seasons?

— from Thoreau and the Art of Life, Henry David Thoreau Journal entry, 1841

Dear Heron Dancers,

My friend Monika showed me an article over the weekend about the importance of vacations. It takes three days to slow down and the real benefits of a vacation don't accrue until after the first seven days. You need at least two weeks for a real vacation. The article suggested that companies that offer two weeks off a year are more profitable and stable than companies that offer one week off, and the real benefits are enjoyed by the employers that provide three weeks vacation in one stretch. The financier J.P. Morgan said that he could get a year’s work done in nine months but not in twelve.

    ......    Rod Mac Iver

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A must-see movie -

I just watched the movie "Jesus Camp."  It is suggested that everyone see it, no matter what their religion or political persuasion,  and I agree.   It is out on DVD.