Nature, Perspective, poetry, Quote of the Day

The Sonnet of the Bumblebee

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The Sonnet of the Bumblebee

You went against their theories, you broke all their rules

By soaring above them, just out of reach.

You laughed as they stared, those arrogant fools

Eager to name your scientific breach.

If you let them catch you it might be fun

Allow one to hold you; small greedy hand.

And just when he thinks the game has been won

You move forward with your martyrs stand.

You sting the bastard who’s trying to steal

The secrets behind your majestic wing.

One venomous prick, with quick pain he’ll reel

Squealing retreat from your dignified sting.

They actually thought you’d let truth be known

Uncivilized man, your secret to own?

-Angie Kopshy

Endurance, Gratitude, Music, Perspective, Quote of the Day

The Right Not to Remain Silent

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“The melodious song mesmerized me and cloaked my soul in a most liberating embrace I had never known. The emotion enveloped me, and smothered the emptiness.”
― J.D. StroubeCaged in Spirit

I just read theSkimm’s take on Weinstein. I don’t mean to come across as a man hater with this post. I’ve seen both men and women do horrible things to others because they had the power to do so. And although most of us don’t have as much power as a Hollywood exec like Weinstein, a yogi mogul like Bikram, or even an attorney who would do anything to destroy those around her, many of us actually hold power over someone. There are more and more conversations about the challenge of staying ‘good’ as your power grows.

In Jack Stern’s The Right Not to Remain Silent: Living Morally in a Complex World, he has a chapter on the use of power. At the end of the chapter, he shares his translation of the prayer, Aleinu. I am neither Jewish nor Spiritual in the traditional go-to-church-every-Sunday sort of way, but I am sincerely interested in living the best life I can and treating others with love and respect. These words touched my heart with their simple brilliance.

That on this earth we are all kings and queens and princes and princesses in the personal places of our power, whether we corrupt it or ennoble it or both…May God bless us with a true knowledge of our powers. May God give us the courage to ennoble and not to corrupt. May God give us the strength to stand before God and render an account of our powerful and powerless selves on this day and all the days of our lives. Amen.

Yes, we live in a society where men are typically the ones with the most power and yes, it seems like the mistreated are feeling more and more empowered to stand up for themselves. That takes courage and I am grateful for anyone who has the courage to stand up and speak up for injustice. It also takes courage to remain vigilant of corruption within ourselves. I am grateful for so many friends, family members and strangers who put the extra effort into remaining good people. You are role models for a beautiful future and you give me hope.

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Perspective, Quote of the Day

Beholding Beauty

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“Some things have to be believed to be seen.” -Ralph Hodgson

There are days in which I am inspired by the exceptional beauty of nature – like an exquisite waterfall at the end of a long hike. Then on my way back down the trail, my curiosity and anticipation satiated, I happen to notice the exceptional beauty I passed along the way without a second glance. Even while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the eye must be open to perceive and behold that beauty.

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Endurance, Perspective, Quote of the Day

Patience and Perseverance

 

 

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“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

-John Quincy Adams

Endurance, Nature, Perspective, Quote of the Day

Keep moving forward

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“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we are curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”⠀⠀
– Walt Disney

Nature, Perspective, Quote of the Day

Give me your brick

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“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.”

-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

I was born and grew up in the Portland area of Oregon. While going to college at Boise State, I made the drive back home along the Columbia River many, many times. Recently, I moved to mountains of Montana and although my drive doubled, the beautiful stretch of waterfalls, giant fir trees and windsurfers is still a part of that beautiful drive home.

My last drive back home was the first since the Summer of 2017 wildfires. I was really nervous about what I’d see. As I passed through charred and barren land, piles of downed trees and one giant tree on fire way too close to the road, tears rolled down my cheeks. I also felt this sense of hope that almost made me feel guilty. I’d been accompanied by a rainbow for at least an hour of that early morning drive through the rain. Oregon will recover. It will never be the same and I know many people were impacted by the tragic fires and my heart hurts for them, but what I saw was actually better than what I was expecting. The expression I heard repeatedly during my training in the Peace Corps, “Your expectations can never be too low,” drifted through my mind.

Between hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and fires, 2017 has been rough on our world and I’ve had to remind myself that we must move forward. And that’s not even mentioning politics or for me, personally, a lawsuit that smashed my heart and idealistic spirit into the ground. Sometimes it feels like I’m wearing a backpack full of bricks and have concrete blocks for shoes and even one tiny step forward is enough movement to celebrate. I seek inspiration in nature, reading and writing. I seek inspiration in the knowledge that we all have challenges and struggles. As I make new friends and maintain connections to old friends far away from my haven in the woods, I find strength and courage in the experience of moving forward together. There may be days when I carry a brick from someone else’s backpack and days when he or she carries one of mine. But these connections, along with double rainbows, make the journey of life a little easier and sometimes even magical. Grow, Oregon, grow, and we’ll do the same.

Perspective, Quote of the Day

Friendships multiply joy and divide griefs

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“Friends multiply joy and divide griefs.” – H.G. Bohn

Nature, Perspective, Quote of the Day

September 22, 2013

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”

Albert Einstein

As discovered in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future by Michael J. Fox

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Music, Nature, Perspective, Quote of the Day, Uncategorized

September 19, 2013…today I am 38…

The secret to life can’t be found on an infomercial in the middle of the night

The secret to love won’t be awarded after jumping through every hoop just right.

If life was that simple, would there really be a point?

If life was that easy, we’d all be rolling a joint.

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You gotta live every day like it could be your last.

You gotta love wholeheartedly regardless of your past.

You gotta laugh with all your might.

You gotta cry, bleed and stand up for what’s right.

(someday soon Stoneface Honey will record the rest of this song)

Death, Endurance, Perspective, Quote of the Day, Travel

September 10, 2013

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy;

for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves;

we must die to one life before we can enter into another.”

Anatole France

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