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People Are Taught …

Published September 18, 2019 by tindertender

… and generally this is true – that butterflies suck nectar from flowers for nourishment and drink from puddles through a long proboscis for water. Butterflies do this, but flowers are not their only source of food. Equally as commonly as they eat nectar, butterflies also feed on rotting fruit, animal dung, urine and decaying corpses. Look at them, all there in that picture, all eating that poo.

Flowers alone do not provide enough sodium for butterflies, so they are attracted to salty things. If a butterfly has ever landed on you, it is not because it likes you or because you look particularly like a flower; actually, it is because the butterfly was attracted by the smell of salt in your sweat and blood and it wanted to eat you, but its probable it was so tiny that you didn’t realized that it was sucking at you.

And this is why they are able to suck the tears of your deepest martyrdoms and acting like the heralds of death they are … and that’s poetic. ✨

For more dark and fascinating facts about deadly butterflies, I recommend visiting this link 👉 https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/phenomena/2016/03/14/butterflies-behaving-badly-what-they-dont-want-you-to-know/?fbclid=IwAR1TAVuP1ppvmg5EEh8QlkMhffe7Y-ZcfvoCeR3AJQrIlOzFIDDhPZ2xcT8

Special thanks to Butterfly Babe (@butterflybabegallery)

She Who Heals

Published September 5, 2019 by tindertender

Mother, sing me a song

That will ease my pain,

mend broken bones,

Bring wholeness again.

Catch my babies

When they are born,

Sing my death song,

Teach me how to mourn.

Show me the Medicine

Of the healing herbs,

The value of spirit,

The way I can serve.

Mother, heal my heart

So that I can see

The gifts of yours

That can live through me.

~ Native American prayer

Joy Ridin’ On A Week Night

Published August 15, 2019 by tindertender

Work was slow yesterday afternoon so I decided to take a little time for me.

I traveled to Timberline Lodge where, to my sweet surprise, a duet was singing music, and it was beautiful. Here are some pics I took on my way up the mountain.

My dinner was a delicious roasted veggie sandwich on a ciabatta bun with a robust tomato soup. Yum. Huckleberries are one of my favorites, which is why I also bought a piece of cobbler to go.

Check out what I saw at the top of Mt Hood last night. Crazy thing, as I stood there for 10 minutes gawking, no one else seemed to see it … weird.

I was able to see all the way the Bend, what I know is a 4 hour drive from where I live. Incredible to see it from this vantage point, to think of all the people between here and there. Thinking of the love shared, and also the cruelty happening just under the trees.

It really is amazing to see the world from up here. It makes me think of what “the man on the mountain” must see when he looks out upon us.

I love mountain flower bushes.

There was a symbol on the chimney I’m not sure of. Perhaps someone just likes to think of high noon a lot?

A beautiful theater was there. I stood at the front of it to capture photo and imagined what it might be like to speak from that position. Really cool stuff! I thought I had a pic of the entire seating, but looks like I only got the right side. There are three sections, tierd like this.

The trees really take a beating up this high from the winds.

But oh my word … being up here, one feels a little closer to heaven.

I stopped by a waterfall on my way back. It was so fresh smelling, and the sounds …. delish.

Have a great day friends. May the one who loves you shower you with blessing, even if that someone is you.

Get Stuck, Shake It Off, and Move On Down The Road

Published July 28, 2019 by tindertender

My idea was to get out of the house early in the day, go for a drive, maybe find some music somewhere.

I got hung up on the darn google search and social media. At 2pm my roommate asked if I was still going out. Yes! I replied.

I made my way toward the mountain. I was just that way on Friday, so I cut over and went toward the clackamas river, and on up the hill toward the ranger station. As I crested the hill before descending and entering the rivers area, I snapped a view of the rolling hill tops.

Beautiful place, but the fire from several years ago left it’s ugly scar across much of the land.

I stopped along the river to catch a sight and took a short video and a few pics.

The stone stairs were pretty cool, and steep!

I turned around and headed back to town because a classical string band was going to be playing a free concert in the park! It was really a relaxing and peaceful experience.

I took a few video clips and merged them so you can have an idea of the sounds.

Here it is, evening. I am tempted to retire early and see what dreams may come.

May the coming days bring you abundant blessing. 🙏🏼❤️

Four Hours Later …

Published July 27, 2019 by tindertender

I drove and drove through a thick fir-y forest continuing through a sparse piney woods to a more full and lush piney woods. This place is on a lake in volcano country and there is no cell service and no television. It is way out there folks. Nearly thirty miles from the eastern edge of Bend.

I was fortunate to get the bed by the entry, where there was a slider on the door window. I kept it open and the cool breeze blew in off the lake all night. What a sweet experience! It helps to be with friends, too.

I am so impressed by people who embrace fully the deep woods, the land upon which all of our feet rest at one point in line or another. It is always difficult for me to leave spaces such as this. The peace just washed over me almost immediately upon arrival.

Personally, I had never been this far East in Oregon. I was amazed at the changes in landscape as we journeyed. This is definitely something I want to do more of. Seriously, four hours and it seemed like I entered another world. There are so many unique and beautiful places to see, in just a few hours drive any direction.

Twenty-five years is a long time to be married. I am so happy that two of the nicest people I’ve ever met have each other and the land they love so much. How different it would be to have no television or cell service for months at a time. I am already considering retiring early … haha.

Happy Fathers Day

Published June 17, 2019 by tindertender

As I looked at my friend he described his love for a particular song and tears came to his eyes. I silently thought, oh my friend … it is really something when you see a man who was never privy to showing emotion be so openly connected and affected by a song … or any number of others small things such as that. I am quite grateful to be present through these life changes with my oldest known friend. It is a real privilege, and I am glad I never “burned that bridge”.

I came home and sat in my chair focusing on those in the Aether, those who live but are not seen, by most. I asked them if any of them had ever been Father’s, and I wished them a happy Father’s Day, explaining that the humans have decided to put away one day in particular to celebrate the fathers of this world, and that means ALL fathers, not just those we can see right now.

I have enjoyed my time here in this world. I have created many pleasant, and also many non-pleasant scenarios. I now work on making these creations of future more positive since I can see from personal history what both look like and what both entail.

I came across a book which I honestly have not read yet, I just found it this morning. It looks to be something which will be of great benefit in the process of altering current realities. If inclined, pleas check it out. Perhaps you may find value in it.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.documents/47050556/Kathara_Level_1_Manual-Op.pdf?response-content-disposition=attachment%3B%20filename%3DKathara_Level_1_Manual-Op.pdf.pdf&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAIWOWYYGZ2Y53UL3A%2F20190617%2Fus-east-1%2Fs3%2Faws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20190617T130634Z&X-Amz-Expires=3600&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Signature=64b50190f065da877f1129b386aa68661d40ce24bb3402b7b887a6d29e1ac094

Life has shown the intricacies of relationship are boundless. Often, these relationships are the result of our efforts to bring harmony. If there is any form of chaos, perhaps our method of interaction and cooperation are not quite up to par. Or perhaps we have not put the needed work in for a situation to be harmonious … or maybe the methods that we are working with do not allow space for alteration and flow that is needed in order to embrace all aspects of our community, our self, and our future reality we are working to build.

I have found that even though some people and some events have brought great suffering to my world, they have also allowed opportunity for great love, and an even greater understanding of what it means to allow freedom in our friends and their choices, simply being with that, not judging … that beautiful mess that is sometimes created that we often call unity.

Yes, working with many personalities and preferences can be a challenge, but when everyone is on, or at least ‘around’ the right frequency, it all flows, and it is all beautiful. Individuals working together in the best manner possible to bring harmony to the whole.

I love you, friends, for being the mirror I need to make sense of this world. Thank you for letting me learn from your example, and for allowing me to take part in your life. It is indeed the greatest gift in this world, and I am grateful.

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