Mixed Blessings

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We found property, a little plot in northern cali, shockingly near both the beach and the redwoods. We traded size for beauty, and managed to make it happen within our very low price range. Still working on facilities, but we’ve been on the road long enough that just the luxury of not having to worry about being woken up in the middle of the night by cops is worth all the hoops we go through. Even the dog has his own place now! We had just gotten the paperwork settled when a storm came in and one of the kittens, Alfred our sweet little artist(for his white dipped tail) boy, had a panic attack. We didn’t know what to make of him crying and shaking, so we just held him until he calmed down. By the next morning he had stopped eating or drinking unless we forced him, becoming skin and bones before our eyes. By the next day he couldn’t hold his head up and seemed to be having seizures, so Aaron caved to my desperation and took him to a vet, where he died in the night. Watching a tiny creature that I loved from the day it was be put in the ground was something I had never experienced, and regardless of species, it sent me into depression for a few days. But I am surrounded by love- kind words from mom and dad, special meals and consideration from my community, and a loving message from a friend all came at the perfect time. Top that off with the first Zen Tempest official music video and it’s time to make art not grief.

Zen Tempest- Watch, Love, Change the World

 

And the lovely message from a dear friend at the perfect time, amazing how it happens! I love watching beauty come to life!

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Spotlight On: Zen Tempest – Spoken Word Hip-Hop for a Spiritual Generation

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I’m extremely picked about music, especially in the hip-hop arena, as I am more of a new age/classical/indie music type person. However, Gab Rima of Zen Tempest is one of my few exceptions to the rule. If you are fond of spoken word artists such as Atmosphere, Aesop Rock or Immortal Technique, this up-and-coming lyric artist is worth your full attention. Few people in history have been gifted with such talent for wordsmithing, and this compassionate man uses his talent to help others feel capable and comfortable expressing their deepest thoughts as a hip-hop educator for youth groups in New Mexico and most recently Oregon. He is currently entered into a contest for a complete album and music video, take a listen and open your heart for one of the most moving voices of our generation.

Contest link:

http://nextbigthingeugene.com/frontpage?page=1

The song is Fath and Hope. It’s on the second page.

Music link:

http://www.reverbnation.com/zentempest

http://www.facebook.com/zentempest

Summertime Stroll

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Pic: Deviant Art d1efwgs

With a few hours alone I decided to take advantage of the rare peace offered and go for a walk up the road, as I’ve not had a chance to explore the area much. The lady across the street has a small farm and a couple of horses, quietly grazing as I strolled by picking wildflowers. I must have found twenty kinds just within sight of the road in the mile or so I walked. I picked one of each to show to Zoe when she got back, though I did not pick any wild strawberry blossoms, that would just be cruel. I also found a gorgeous white star shaped flower that grew just a foot to far to reach on my own. I found a tree with a moss blanket sprinkled with flower so tiny it required a magnifying glass to see their detail. A true fairy forest indeed.

The strawberry theme continues, as Pam brought back a flat of strawberries from a farm a few miles down the road, and we have already had more chocolate dipped strawberries, oatmeal with strawberries and bananas, and as I write this there is a strawberry rhubarb pie in the oven. I even chopped up some of the chocolate dipped strawberries into a parfait for extra decadent deliciousness. Five of the seven in our group love to cook, so fortunately primitive living is very physically active or I would never be able to keep up with what the kitchen produces! Even so, I try to make sure to carve out time for more relaxing and fun physical activity, walks, yoga, hula hooping, dancing to music and whatnot. For a long time I tried the “fitness regime” of daily activity but found I was more likely to actually be active at all if I just made it a goal to play everyday instead. Much easier to look forward too, though sometimes easy to toss aside in favor of more “practical” activities. Be firm, go have fun.

Parfait Decadence
I’m not typically one for endorsing a brand, but the greek gods original plain yogurt is the most delicious healthy yogurt I’ve ever eaten. It’s very thick, actually more like ice cream when it’s cold and makes a perfect afternoon treat when topped with granola, nuts, and in my most recent foray into true decadence mango and strawberry drizzled in chocolate 😀

 

Oatmeal for a Pile
Cook bacon in griddle pan, pour rolled oats, a serving per person, into leftover gristle, add butter and toast oats to golden brown. Splash in milk or cream, crack in one-two eggs per person, add pile of grated cheese, stir until cooked through. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and dill. For savory oatmeal top with bacon, avocado, roasted peppers, onions and other vegetables. For sweet, top with strawberries, bananas, cocoa powder, jam, honey or nuts. If you love the taste of toasted oats, you can also fire the oats with whiskey before adding the milk, to give a rich and nuanced flavor. ( I love variations, base recipes, let everyone add extras to their preference, easiest way to cook for a crowd)

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Pic: Deviant Art Suuperx

I’ve been relishing the time at home the last few days, the chance to explore and catch up on activities set aside due to the rigors of travel. I even got a chance to paint my toe nails- an opportunity that should never be passed up . Every time you look at them you can remember that there was a time when you weren’t running frantically around trying to be productive and can look forward to such moments again. It’s such a wonderful mode of self-care. I can get aesthetic about such indulgence sometimes- what about the chemicals? the corporate overlords? the societal expectation for how women should look or act, am I playing into that role? and on and on and on. Sometimes, painting nails is just that, enjoyment and creative expression. I smile when I see gold shining on my toes, mission accomplished.

 

I woke up to what might be a miracle of evolution in the greenhouse. Two sister cats had been pregnant, one gave birth about two weeks ago- the kittens I’ve been talking about on here. And the other was still pregnant, and surprisingly taking on baby sitting duties quite regularly(even grandma kitty did some kitten sitting), and at some time in the night, the second cat gave birth to four more miniscule bundles of fur in the very same nest in the greenhouse! So I walked in with my tea and journal for my morning kitten meditation and found a pile of fluffy purring joy! Four newborns, three two week olds, two momma kittys and a grandma all piled together happy for me to join them (though that might have been the turkey I brought too…) in reveling in baby-wonderfulness.

 

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Poor Aaron was torn between holding adorable kittens and dealing with the sudden upheaval in his allergies. As it turns out adding some cinnamon to local honey can enhance the anti-allergy effects, and there are some very good homeopathic treatments out there, look for ones that mention histamines for the best effect in my experience. Zoe had been complaining of excess breakouts from stress recently so I made her some bail infused jojoba oil as treatment, and in just a day(two applications) it’s started to clear up. I put in a handful of fresh chopped basil in a jar, smashed it some to release the oils, added about a 1/2 cup of jojoba and put the jar in a crockpot of water to slowly warm it, making the infusion time a day rather than two weeks.

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Pic: Deviant Art Andarin

Perception

Magic and all things beside

If you don’t look you’ll never find

or hear the changes on the tide

whispering what needs to die

or hear the challenge to the self

a power beyond mortal health

seeking to steer us to farther places

than we could reach with mortal paces

but close your eyes and soul to hide

wake young wishing you had died

 

 

 

blooming eyes coming soon

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Anger by liza23q on Deviantart

 

 

One eye, milky white, only sees inside

forced shut from birth

my hands, determined, pull open

dripping pus blood thoughts self 

onto the page 

torrential flood of dammed memories

dreams fears revolutions

One eye, nature colors, only sees outside

forced shut from birth

my hands, determined, ripping open

shut pain blinding truth others

blocking revolution self preservation

torrential flood of forge fire

pen to sword

Time to face the world