Total Eclipse

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Completely Unexpected
all prepared
Orb of light Pitch dark
suspended; below?
corona

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Climate Spiral

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This Climate Spiral, as I call the altar, is made on this day of the people’s climate march, toward the end of a week of solidarity.  It was inspired by hearing about the water blessings taking place in Washington DC before the day’s events begin.

I build this altar.  Recognizing that the earth is whole, and shall be fine.  Also recognizing that we are at choice, we can influence how quickly our planet changes and what will be lost.

Contemplate, make your choices, add your unique voice.

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Saturated in the Plethora of Tulip Color

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On a pleasantly cloudy day with passing showers we visited Wooden Shoe Tulip farm and enjoyed the delicious vibrance of many many tulip varieties.  From white to red to pink and blue, with ruffles, points, variations, and flowers within flowers.  Wondrous sights and borderline overwhelming variety and bounty.   Highly recommended.

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inspired by Minimalism

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Washington Monument Inspires

I can only think of the Washington Monument.

Of the thousands gathered there,
of the millions who would be there,
and of all those silent because they just don’t know.

For what will you raise your voice?

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February, 2017

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Day of the Dead – Fall Ancestor Altar

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Dia de los muertos altar by night, fully celebrating, honoring, holding, working.

Honoring Our Ancestors as fall sweeps over Portland, turning leaves to bright colors, and bringing the rains with it.  Candles fizzled in the rain drops, and Trick or Treat Halloween goers were cautioned by parents to beware the candles (some came for candy, some gazed wide-eyed at the glowing altar).  In honor of Dia De Los Muertos / and continuing through All Saints Day – we and this altar held our ancestors in reverence.  We laid out the leaves, in forms, shapes, and ways.  Flowers too found their bright offerings.  Small dishes of loved one’s favorite foods were carefully measured out.  Ganesha properly dressed presided over the affair (we hear it was a good one) – holding the gateway of life and death . . .  Continue reading