Poem: Cutting Loose – William Stafford

May 19, 2020 | Filed Under Poem for Hela | No Comments

Cutting Loose
– William Stafford

Sometimes from sorrow, for no reason,
you sing. For no reason, you accept
the way of being lost, cutting loose from
all else and electing a world
where you go where you want to.

Arbitrary, sound comes, a reminder
that a steady center is holding
all else. If you listen, that sound
will tell you where it is, and you
can slide your way past trouble.

Certain twisted monsters
always bar the path – but that’s when
you get going best, glad to be
lost, learning how real it is
here on the earth, again and again.

One Nice Thing: US National Park Service Wildlife Cams!

May 18, 2020 | Filed Under One Nice Thing | No Comments

The US National Park Service has collected the links to its various wildlife web cams on one page!

Bear Cams, Ocean Cams, and yes, even Bald Eagle Cams!

If you can’t go to the park, the park can come to you!

Lake McDonald at twilight


One Nice Thing: Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve Live Stream

May 17, 2020 | Filed Under One Nice Thing | No Comments

Today’s One Nice Thing—a live cam from the California State Poppy Reserve in Antelope Valley. Not a lot happens—it’s quite peaceful.

One Nice Thing

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Many years ago, I was keeping a friend company while his wife was in labor. It was not going quickly, and she was frustrated with the situation and upset at herself for not being able to give birth faster.

At one point, she turned to him and said, “I’m tired. I don’t want to do this any more. I’m going to get up and get dressed. Take me home.” Which, of course, was not feasible, given the situation. The baby was born some hours later, by which time, she was so exhausted, all she could do was cry with relief that it was over.

I now personally understand what she meant. I’m tired. I don’t want to do this pandemic thing any more. And yet, it’s what’s happening, so here I am.

In an attempt to make this more tolerable for all of us, I will post One Nice Thing a few times a week to help lighten the day and provide a bit of respite. These will be tagged “One Nice Thing” to make them easy to find.


Weekly Insight from the Oracles for May 17, 2020

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The Weekly Insight from the Oracles for May 17, 2020 is live on my Patreon!

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