April 28th, 2009

alan - joshua tree bloom

Good Morning!!

I was awake in the night, so meditated and then feel asleep where I luxuriated in wonderful dreams with mountains, beaches, musical bands, family and friends. It felt so real. Perhaps it is.

Jon Carroll has a wonderful column today on love of a musical instrument, the violin, of love of playing music in a group, an orchestra.

Check it out: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/27/DDLF177VVL.DTL

I am still with Kay Ryan. We are told to feel our pain and happiness, to truly feel our anger, sorrow, and joy, and let it blow on through. The point is not to "hang on," to not stop movement, change, flow. I like this poem of hers on analyzing the darkness, on making it tangible.

It's Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn

But how dark
is darkest?
Does it get
jet - or tar -
black; does it
glint and increase
in hardness
or turn viscous?
Are there stages
of darkness
and chips
to match against
its increments,
holding them
up to our blindness,
estimating when
we'll have the
night behind us?

- Kay Ryan

oregon, willamette, 1 proxy falls

Feed your bones with love!!

I remember a rough patch in my life which I was determined to feel and so I immersed myself in somatic work so as not to run away.

For a time, I could feel that I was so exhausted that even the marrow in my bones was tired. I would feel it sitting slumped on an inner bench, unable to plump its pillow-like self to pink. I needed rest. Perhaps it took my getting sick to give myself the rest I needed to fully heal.

I find this article fascinating. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/28/science/28angi.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

Hug a friend. Release serotonin and oxytocin. Hug your bones from the inside out.

great blue heron flying

We need to pay attention!!

This is for those in the SF Bay Area.  It is an excellent example of the insanity some of our ego-driven politicians share.  Anyone who can be at City Hall at 2:00 today can help stop the supervisor turf war and bring sanity to the use of solar power in SF.  

Examiner Editorial: Supervisor turf war threatens solar power

04/27/09 11:01 PM

If ever there were a win-win green project that San Franciscans could feel virtuous about, the Sunset Reservoir 5 megawatt Solar Energy Facility is it. However, at least two members of the Board of Supervisors are making noises about trying to stop the deal during today’s vote.

In exchange for a 30-year power purchase agreement that frees The City from $45 million in upfront construction costs, San Francisco-based Recurrent Energy would install 25,000 solar panels on the seismically reinforced eight-block rooftop of Sunset Reservoir. The 24th Avenue and Quintara Street location averages only 15 percent less sunlight than San Francisco’s sunniest areas.

The 5 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity generated by the reservoir’s solar panels would be sold exclusively to help power The City’s facilities for 30 years — at the below-market price of 23 cents per kilowatt hour delivered, far lower than the 27 cents paid in Los Angeles or the 32 cents at a similar Florida array. For this, The City would just pay $1.8 million annually.

The project would nearly  triple the Public Utility Commission’s existing 2 megawatt solar output. Union-wage installation could begin this summer and finish by early 2010. Facility operations would create 71 jobs.

This would be California’s largest solar panel system and the largest municipal solar project in America. It would reduce carbon emissions by more than 109,000 metric tons.

So why would any city lawmaker resist this outstanding project backed by the Sierra Club and organized labor?

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book lovers

Books -

This evening I met a friend at Book Passage where we stood in line to buy Tamalpais Walking, Poetry, History and Prints by Tom Killion and Gary Snyder.  That allowed us to stand in another line to reserve a seat.  They opened seating at 5:30 and we were early enough to get a seat in the fifth rowEveryone was walking around with the book tucked under their arm, as Mt. Tam watched.   I felt like a little kid at a Harry Potter slumber party.

We then went to dinner and met up with some entertaining friends of my friend, and then, returned for the reading which began a little late, because Tom and Gary were in the same restaurant enjoying dinner too.

It was magnificent.  Gary Snyder says to enjoy the nature that surrounds you.  Observe locally two squirrels, two birds, a wildflower.  We don't need to talk or work globally.  We need to pay attention to what is right here.

"All paths lead nowhere, so choose a path with heart."

Don Juan
inscribed at the top of the bulletin board at the timberline trailhead where climbers park and set out on the mountaineers route to the summit of Mt. Shasta (noted on site, 27 June 2003.)