Thursday, January 28, 2010

Belfountain in Black and White

In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me.

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life.

A wee child toddling in a wonder world.... I prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

And so it begins....

5 mares in foal and ready to start the process of giving birth anytime now. Sleepless nights and anxious days are upon us.
The wait begins...

...I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Chimæra,"A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, 1852 (about Pegasus)

Monday, January 18, 2010

WAR IS OVER! If you want it.

John Lennon forwarded the peace movement by paying for billboards that spread a message of truth. ”War Is Over!, if you want it”. The government did not like the truth being told to the masses. The add campaign was really starting to cause problems, so they killed him. It was not some deranged fan, it was due to these adds and other efforts of his to enlighten the population. He was starting to be heard over the establishment. His voice was not silenced. It still lives today. The truth is that if we want the war to be over, it will be. Strength in unity, strength in truth.

There is a fantastic movie that documents The US vs. John Lennon which can be found right here...... .

As soon as your born they make you feel small,
By giving you no time instead of it all,
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool,
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years,
Then they expect you to pick a career,
When you can't really function you're so full of fear,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you're so clever and classless and free,
But you're still fucking peasents as far as I can see,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
There's room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill,
A working class hero is something to be.
A working class hero is something to be.
If you want to be a hero well just follow me,
If you want to be a hero well just follow me.
~ John Lennon ~

Friday, January 1, 2010

Reflecting back just for a moment - 2009

Sitting at my desk. The fire is roaring within the wood stove which sits in front of our front window framing the barn atop the hill. The sun has just set and it's lightly snowing. Supper is cooking on the stove. The hockey game is playing in the background while the Beatles puzzle is being put together, and my boys..... I hear them upstairs - giggling, playing, enjoying life.

This is what I am thankful for today and every day.

Looking back at 2009:

  • My amazingly beautiful and talented boys, they breathe life into my soul each and every day.
  • Our family as a whole, we complete each other.
  • Mom, Dad, brother and sister - we are a part of each other, always.
  • Our friends, we are truly blessed.
  • New friends made, particularly from school - a beautiful soul.
  • My journey in becoming a Doctor of Homeopathy began and so my dreams are being fulfilled.
  • Travelled across the country to Alberta and back with my parents was an experience I will not soon forget. From swimming in the mountains, to exploring prehistoric fossils, to crashing a wedding party to staying at the Banff Springs Hotel, to a quiet moment under the stars in the mountains at two in the morning eating flour-less chocolate cake with my Mom - A surreal experience. I am truly blessed to have been a part of the experience and am forever grateful and thankful.
  • A flight out to Calgary to accompany my parents on yet another visit to see my brother. A hug, even just for that reason would have been just enough to go out there and back.
  • Attending the birth of my nephew, for that I am thankful to my sister for having me be a part of such an extraordinary and spectacular event.
  • Attending the births of the many thoroughbreds here on our farm - to help bring a life into this world with my own hands..... inexplicable.
  • My amazing canine family members. Everyday they make me smile, I can only hope that I do the same for them :)
  • Growing our own vegetables throughout the Summer and Fall, there is nothing like pulling fresh heirloom vegetables from the ground and serving them minutes after.
  • I am truly blessed with how I am able to raise our beautiful boys ALL on our own and am SO very lucky to have the family that I surrounded by.

Welcome 2010.