Unity

What do we stand for?

Are we open?

What is our intention?

Does it matter?

Questions, questions.

Are there no answers?

Thinking & acting towards unity does not necessarily achieve results.Everyone has a different perspective of the world & how it ought to be managed.

Form a Board of Advisors & find out.

Can life unfold while people disagree?

Are disagreement, discontent, & death part of the opposite side of hope?

Is it all a matter of living one’s life in one picture or another?

There is a path, the colors are bright depending on one’s viewpoint.

Any struggle towards unity is internally motivated & any meaning comes from within. The battle is waged right where we stand.

Whatever bothers us we must learn to let go.

Is it possible to take one’s own advice?

Dave

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Mother Earth & Spirituality

I recently read a book of a similar title by Ed McGaa (Eagle Man).

The Indigenous people have been around this area for the last 10,000 years & I was thinking they may have something to teach us. Mother Earth & the Great Spirit resonate with me. How did the Creator ever get separated from that which has been created?

We personalized the Creator & we added/accepted ‘dominion’.

Therein lies the libido’s fulfillment of ‘self’.

We become the centre of the Universe rather than an interdependent piece in the whole, a part of all that is.

Once self image, self realization, kicks in, self-ish follows. Other orientation, at this point, takes a back seat to self survival. Advancement at the expense of others becomes an acceptable concept. We become susceptible to messages that play to the ego.

We begin to feel lack when measured against a standard suggested by the media. Fear of loss pervades our peace of mind. Our system of ‘you deserve more’ & ‘you can have what you want’, leads us to a futile chase for ‘more’ believing we don’t have enough.

When is enough enough?

When we decide that is so.

So!

David

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Wood Update May 19/13

This week was a busy week for Sir G, H20h, & I, bucking & chopping a stack of wood for Jude L & D Kirk.

Thursday the 6:30am drizzle at the ferry dock turned Sir G & I back from a cruise on the SGI Mayne.

You might think we are wimps or wanting to get back to the boudoir but actually PB emailed (or was that Texted or Twittered) just in time to tell us it was pouring on Mayne.

To make up for it, Paul B invited me over to the May day parade, which we never saw having spent the day in the Tudor Jennings woods. Following is some of the interesting aspects of people on Mayne, authored by
Ian & Heather:

“Hi Dave,  Today the Mayne Island Conservancy celebrated May Day.  Many Islanders created costumes of Spring flowers including the lovely and invasive Scotch Broom.  Rob Underhill,  who has been volunteering to chop at Tudor`s property, was most original in devising a costume made from large pieces of Fir bark (from our woodshed), attaching them together in such a way that he truly looked like a Fir tree.  I am sure he could stand in the forest and blend in perfectly!  Heather”

“Dave
We meet many good and interesting people in our wood chopping adventures and our neighbour Tudor Jennings is certainly one of them. His home is London, England but his heart is in the Canadian wilderness. He is a method writer whose latest novel is being written from his secluded 10 acre spread on Mayne Island. Tudor likes to feel the life and times of the characters he writes about and he enjoys many adventures into the bush and forests which surround his cabin. He lives there with few luxuries, packs in his water and supplies and keeps his fish company, which is living in his rainwater barrel. Heather always has tea and cookies ready for him when he arrives through the bush dragging his massive bag of laundry.  We never know what colour Tudor’s hair will be when he arrives for his visits but whatever the colour, what is below the hairline never changes. His generosity shows in the many cords of wood he has donated. Being a Greenangels wood chopper is a great way to uncover all those good people that you never seem to meet otherwise.
PB”

Ian: let Tudor know that Pender’s famous author, who has a great head of hair, sticks to one colour. Hint: He sells a lot of books.

As you all know, the Choppers have supported numerous Mayne initiatives & I thought the following information, from one of the Mayne Greenangels Choppers’, might be of interest”

“Hi Ian,
Here is a quick overview of what the Mayne Island Conservancy is hoping to work on over the next year, thanks for your interest and support! Please let me know if there is any other information you would like, or if you would a more detailed breakdown of the project. As I mentioned, we have received funding approval from Ecoaction for the project, but they require matching funds from non-federal sources and we were not successful in some of our other grant applications. Therefore any funds we can raise in the next few weeks will make a huge impact because we will get matching funds from Ecoaction.

Community-Based Conservation Action Project

The Community-Based Action Project will empower community members to take conservation actions where they live. Often people unwittingly disturb sensitive ecosystems and given the knowledge would act differently. Conservation, restoration, education and volunteer actions will target sensitive ecosystems including wetlands, marine riparian and Garry Oak ecosystems. A broad section of the community will be reached by inviting participation in friendly photo and Biggest Tree contests. Training workshops, beach walks, school field trips and volunteer opportunities will equip community members with knowledge and the tools to take conservation actions.

The Mayne Island Conservancy Society will lead on the ground action such as an early detection rapid response program for the management of invasive species. This resource efficient management style focuses on detecting invasive species introductions quickly and applying management action while the extent of the spread is small. Some invasive species such as giant hogweed, gorse, and Japanese knotweed represent a danger to public health, park access, and infrastructure. Due to the island nature of Mayne and the small number of infestations, these species can be successfully eradicated from the island before they spread.

Thanks!
— Rob Underhill”

“Hi Ina,
I wanted to give you and the rest of the Green Angels an update on the MICS school program and the great educational programming we have been able to do thanks to the help from the Green Angels! We’ve been developing lessons with a biological focus and teaching them to the Mayne School students. Recently I taught a lesson to the K-4 class on exploring nature with the five senses. We talked about how different animals rely on different senses depending on their environment, including the echolocation of bats and the amazing fish finding whiskers of seals. Next week we’ll be learning about ethnobotany and some of the different ways local first nations used Mayne Island plants.
With the 5-8 class we’ve been learning 3 billion years of Earth’s natural history! From early life such as photosynthetic cyanobacteria that enriched the Earth’s atmosphere with oxygen to the dominance of land life by reptiles. To illustrate the long time-scales involved, we walked through time over 3,000m with each meter representing a 1 million year step backwards in time. We’ll continue the learning adventure until the end of the school year, with new topics and lessons on the way.
A big thanks to all the hard working buckers, choppers, movers, and organizers with the Green Angels, keep up the great work!
— Rob Underhill”
Rob: the Choppers have your back & today, Ina & I join PB for a trip to the Compassion-aire’s with another cord for his neighbour.

Back to an ever thoughtful Pender Chopper, Sir G, & his partner, Jean!

We are cognizant of noise & emissions while in the woods so Jean & Sir G have come up with an idea, view here:

http://www.wimp.com/humanchainsaw/

& don’t forget Navajo:

Below is the Kiva page for our Eternal Chopper George, so please take a look.

http://www.kiva.org/team/friends_of_wood_chopper_george

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Woodchopper Update May 14/13

Sir G, H20h, & I had a productive two days of chopping. 2 cords for

Jane M & 2 cords for Jude L. The weather cooperated & we got H20h back

into the ‘swing’ of things, so to speak.

Next stop Mayne on Thursday, to help Paul B get some more rounds bucked

before the fire chief says stop.

Coming home there were 2 cards in the post from our friends on Mayne.

“Dear Ina:

Mayne island Water Society thanks you so much for your support for our

meter project.

It is our goal to have private well owners aware of their water usage

with this metering & hopefully it will lead to conservation.

Unfortunately, we do not have charity status, hence no tax receipts.

Again thank-you. Mary Cooper for MIIWSS”

“Mayne Island Early Childhood Society

 

Dear Choppers (aka Green Angels)

Thank you very much for your generous donation of $500 to the Mayne

Island Early Childhood Society. We very much appreciate your care &

concern for the young children of Mayne Island.

Your generous gift enabled us to present a swimming instruction program

for toddlers & also covered some purchase for our Toy & Book library.

Congratulations & Many Thanks,

Mary Crumblehulme of behalf of MIECS”

& don’t forget Navajo:

Below is the Kiva page for our Eternal Chopper George, so please take a

look.

http://www.kiva.org/team/friends_of_wood_chopper_george

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Child Education

We were watching a video last night on Taking the Indian out of the Indian. It involved separating children from their parents. It was child programming & it got me to thinking how often that comes up over the years.

I went to Wikipedia & found some instances that follow:

German Hitler Youth

“The Hitler Youth was a paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party. It existed from 1922 to 1945. The HJ was the second oldest paramilitary Nazi group, founded one year after its adult counterpart, the Sturmabteilung (SA). It was made up of the Hitlerjugend proper, for male youth ages 14–18; the younger boys’ section Deutsches Jungvolk for ages 10–14; and the girls’ Bund Deutscher Mädel” Wikipedia

African Lord’s Resistance Army

“The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), also known as the Lord’s Resistance Movement, is a militant movement, which is described by some as a new religious movement or a cult which was operating in northern Uganda, South Sudan. Since 2005 there have been claims that the group has entered the Democratic Republic of Congo, but in 2007 it was reported that they are in Central African Republic.[6] It has been accused of widespread human rights violations, including murder, abduction, mutilation, child-sex slavery and forcing children to participate in hostilities.” Wikipedia

It gets worse, watch this 8 minute clip:

Afghanistan Taliban Suicide Bombers

http://www.ted.com/talks/sharmeen_obaid_chinoy_inside_a_school_for_suicide_bombers.html

 Canadian Residential Schools – Taking the Indian Out of the Indian

“There has long been significant historiographical and popular controversy about the conditions experienced by students in the residential schools. While day schools for First Nations, Metis and Inuit children always far outnumbered residential schools, a new consensus emerged in the early twenty-first century that the latter schools did significant harm to Aboriginal children who attended them by removing them from their families, depriving them of their ancestral languages, and exposing many of them to physical and sexual abuse at the hands of staff and other students. This consensus was symbolized by the June 11, 2008 public apology offered, not only by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on behalf of the Government of Canada, but also by the leaders of allthe other parties in the Canadian House of Commons.”

 Sports

Even kids hockey. A good friend, Todd Millar, wrote the following book & I’m not surprised it hit #1 on Amazon recently:

http://toddmillarspeaking.com/2013/04/22/moron-hits-1-on-amazon/comment-page-1/#comment-214

 Is there hope for our world & for children?

I searched locally, the Gulf Islands:

http://www.get-to-know.org/  – Robert Bateman’s interest in getting children reconnected with nature. If this interests you, there is a book on Nature Deficit Disorder, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder” Richard Louv

http://www.andreaspalding.com/a Pender Island neighbor, Andrea Spalding

http://www.childhonouring.org/thebook.html – Raffi lives on SaltSpringIsland & has been a favorite entertainer with not only kids but also the United Nations.

Speaking of the United Nations, what might they have to say:

http://www.unicef.org/crc/ 

Recently, to our amazement we found a couple, Philip & Michele Cook, living right here on Pender Island, that have been working with Children’s Rights for over 20 years:

http://www.iicrd.org/ 

There is hope!

David

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Music in Our Blood

The music’s in my blood, it’s in my blood, it’s in my bones,

The rythmn and the beat and all the glorious, glorious tones,

With rainbow coloured skirt, stiletto heels I twirl around,

Hands clapping, fingers snapping, feet that hardly touch the ground.

The music’s in our blood, it’s in our breath, it’s in the air,

It’s bringing folks together, people dancing everywhere.

We shimmy and we shake, we razzle dazzle on the floor,

We laugh, we sing, we glide, we swing, then boogy out the door.

The music’s in our blood, we snake our way on down the street,

A swaying, pirouetting line, oh my, oh my, it’s sweet!

(Photo thanks to Tony & Patti, Crofton, BC)

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Happiness

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

? Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

 

Each of us has the choice as to how we react to circumstances. We don’t control our life circumstances but we do have the choice of how we react.

Our attitude defines our life.

If we see things as half empty, we will never witness the fulfillment of seeing half full.

Giving, when we think we have nothing or not enough, is the time when receiving becomes possible. When we give a portion of what little we believe we have, it multiplies our future storehouse.

Happiness is an attitude, it is state we can choose.

To focus on the negative, on what others think, on difficult circumstances, as a life path, is a price we don’t need to pay. It is a choice.

There are so many things we take for granted, there are so many people that need our help. When our viewpoint focuses on how to help others, it removes the lack thinking that often invades our day. When we find we have much to give, we find happiness a natural part of our day.

This video from Shawn Achor is really worth taking 12 minutes to watch. Even if you don’t get the strong message he shares, it is very funny:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLJsdqxnZb0

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