February 26th, 2009

great blue heron flying

Good Morning!

One time a friend and I rescued a hawk that was stuck in a fence.  After that, it seemed hawks dipped to thank us as though there was something different about us and the hawks recognized it.  Yesterday that friend and I took a walk to Tennessee Valley Beach.  The weather was iffy as in huge, deep dark clouds, and one squall had already come through but we went anyway.   As we reached the beach, the clouds were white and the sky blue.  We came upon a Great Blue Heron along the path.  We stood and watched and finally needed to pass, so we walked carefully along expecting the huge bird to fly away, but he walked with us, and we could see the wonderful color in his feathers.  We walked up to the bench and he came with us, and stood there with us.  It was a magical day.

In addition, it was a Zach day.   Because of the cold and rain, we were inside, reading books under a tent blanket.  I am blessed with many tastes, textures and colors of this beautiful earth we share.
  The daffodils are up everywhere, their faces smiling from ruffled bonnets.  We begin to enter another beautiful spring, each one a treasure with uncountable jewels.

A Blessing
James Wright


Just off the Highway to Rochester, Minnesota
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more,
They begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.
I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,
For she has walked over to me
And nuzzled my left hand.
She is black and white,
Her mane falls wild on her forehead,
And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear
That is delicate as the skin over a girl's wrist.
Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into blossom.

--From Above the River
©Farrar, Straus, Giroux, and The University Press of New England

great blue heron

Magic on land and in air -

We were talking about magic
as we drove along a crowded
Sunday highway
when the whirl of wings
made me turn
and a flock of geese
flew over our car
so low I could see
their feet tucked under them.
For a moment the rustle
of their presence over our heads
obscured everything
and as they disappeared
you said,
"I see what you mean."
~ Jenifer Nostrand ~

(Bless the Day, edited by June Cotner)

Zach at the beach

Prayer -

Prayer has been scientifically proven to work.  When I was in chemo and my blood cell count was low and I still wanted my treatment so I would be all finished by June, I would ask for your help and you would come through with wonderfully creative visions of red and white blood cells proliferating in frolic and play.  Each time, it worked. 

I request prayers for Zach's family as they deal with this final hump of getting everyone fully back on track. 

It's been a long haul and they are almost to the end. 

Wish Zach's family well!!

oregon, willamette, 1 proxy falls

Jackhammers -

The house below me caught fire a few months ago, and was then sold, and now is being dismantled which means a jackhammer has been going all day breaking up concrete.   Ack!!

I keep thinking serene thoughts and if I had a gun, I think I would tell the men working down below that they have more than done a day's work and it is time for them to go home.  I think there should be a limit to the number of hours in a day one is allowed to jackhammer in a residential neighborhood.

I leave tomorrow for three days and will be gone and without internet access.  I will miss the internet, but not the jackhammers.

Bald Eagle

George Lakoff - The Obama Code!

George Lakoff:  The Obama Code

February 24, 2009

As President Obama prepares to address a joint session of Congress, what can we expect to hear?

The pundits will stress the nuts-and-bolts policy issues: the banking system, education, energy, health care. But beyond policy, there will be a vision of America--a moral vision and a view of unity that the pundits often miss.

What they miss is the Obama Code. For the sake of unity, the President tends to express his moral vision indirectly. Like other self-aware and highly articulate speakers, he connects with his audience using what cognitive scientists call the "cognitive unconscious." Speaking naturally, he lets his deepest ideas simply structure what he is saying. If you follow him, the deep ideas are communicated unconsciously and automatically. " The Code is his most effective way to bring the country together around fundamental American values.

For supporters of the President, it is crucial to understand the Code in order to talk overtly about the old values our new president is communicating. It is necessary because tens of millions of Americans--both conservatives and progressives--don't yet perceive the vital sea change that Obama is bringing about.

The word "code" can refer to a system of either communication or morality. President Obama has integrated the two. The Obama Code is both moral and linguistic at once. The President is using his enormous skills as a communicator to express a moral system. As he has said, budgets are moral documents. His economic program is tied to his moral system and is discussed in the Code, as are just about all of his other policies.


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