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Isis’s Love


It rained in the desert the day I took Isis to her doctor. She wasn’t interested in eating or drinking. She did perform her daily ritual of snuggling her body next to mine when I sat or reclined. She continued to offer her furry head to my fingers for scratching. She didn’t complain or demand attention. She was happy to just be with me.

Her doctor examined her blood and diagnosed terminal kidney failure.   There was not any procedure or medication to stop the process. She was dying. He suggested we easy her transition. Her eyes told me she was in agreement.

I stroke her soft body. Her breath exhales in a soft growl. She lowers her head onto her paws gazing at me with unconditional love.


Seeking Fossils


Seeking Fossils


fosillized fish & coprolite

Fossilized Fish and Coprolites


My love of fossils dates from childhood.  My father, a geologist, would bring rocks home  from field trips with imbedded fish coprolite (fossilized feces).   My job was to gently remove the coprolites with needle and tweezers.

I felt I had contributed to a great scientific finding when my father placed the extracted coprolites in a specimen bag labeled with my initials, date and the content.  I recall my delight in reading the printed label – “petrified fish poop” and repeating it loudly to my siblings without shame.

 crap fossil

Ancient Crab

There is something sacred about holding a form that is thousands of years old.

Fossils are like written words, just more enduring.

They are an ideal media to express nature’s creations

 fossils in rock

Fossils are nature’s art.

Oregon beaches are treasure troves of fossils both imbedded and as free rocks.

fossil bch Above is a beach at low tide with imbedded fossils.

imbedded in time Imbedded fossil wall on beach.

 OR Bch rocks

 Beach next to eddy with fossils & sculpted rocks for picking up.

fossil clams

old age clam

Happy Hunting.



The interaction of humans with their environment creates an inspirational muse that can mirror cycles of life – birth, death and rebirth.

 I found one of these creations near my neighborhood at the Pueblo Montaño

Trail Head Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico west of the Rio Grande River.

Montano bridge

Here the ancient river flow of the Rio Grande whispers the ingredients (time and change) for creation.

The land next to the river is a woody place called The Bosque.


 In 2003 a human ignited fire caused the cottonwood trees to smoke and burn.


fire blaze

Bosque fire fighter


What remained was a charred, dark reminder of a tragic interface between

man and nature.


 Open Space, a community mandate “to preserve the unique natural features of the metropolitan area” changed this tragedy into a unique, artistic expression of human love for the Bosque.

Signs were placed for humans to encourage the Nature Spirits to return.

recovery sign

 Local artist and firefighter Joseph Mark Chavez carved representative pieces from the cottonwood tree stumps left intact.

eagle cottonwood


Mother Nature in Tree

Tree woman


road runner sculpture


crane cottonwood

Firefighter with Dragon

Firefighter protector



Birds in tree woman

Coyotes guarding Bosque with their voices.

coyote scultures

Coyotes howl

Rebirthed Cottonwoods

Rebirth Cottonwood

Rebirth 2

Rebirth after fire

Thank you for giving your attention to the human-nature connection.



A few days ago, I was ambushed by a herd of Tumbleweeds crossing the street in front of my car. As I waited for their bodies to scurry into the waiting roadside ditch, my curiosity was stirred.

tumbleweed conference

Where did these delightful beings come from?

Why was I grinning at their unpretentious flowing movement?

Why was I braking for plants while ice cream melted in my trunk?


My Google Internet search revealed Tumbleweed was naturalized over large areas of North America after being imported from continental Asia in the nineteenth century.  Like a large percentage of the USA population, it has immigrant roots and is held accountable for problems associated with its natural desert habitat.

Tumbleweeds are accused of having “a significant effect on wind soil erosion in open regions, particularly on dry-land agricultural operations where the outside application of additional moisture is impossible.”

 YET, they are frequently ignored for their enriching properties.

 “The tumbleweed is a diaspore, aiding in dispersal of seeds or spores. It does this by scattering the seeds as it tumbles, or after it has come to rest in a wet location.”

My viewing pleasure of their movement reflects an inner desire to also flow with my environment.

Tumble with the wind.

Sing a silent song of unfettered freedom.

Bounce from location to location dispensing seeds of life.

Please do not let the Western film stereotype of tumbleweeds symbolizing

“desolate, dry, and often humorless” locations prejudice you.

tumbleweed path

Finally, I brake to avoid harming all living things and to honor the sacred with my focus.

Namaste Tumbleweed



Land of Enchantment Delivers


Good Morning from NM – Land of Enchatment,

Today the Land provided a pleasant surprise in addition to it’s everyday treats.

View this post to end to discover the gift.

NM Cactus

Cactus buds adorn lawns.

NM apples

Last apples hanging as treats for the wildlife.

Tin ManTin Man guards home faithfully….


while windmills offer resistance.

Dry arroya

Dry arroya – no motor vehicles allowed.

Road graveRoad side marker by arroya for one of the many teen victims to vehicular homocide in NM.

Sandia Mt.

Sandia 2

Sandia mountains displaying her watermelon stripes.


snow back

SNOW dusting the back yard.

snow front

SNOW in the front yard and more falling on the mountains.

She left the roads clear ♥

Tomorrow begins a new calendar year – 2013 and for many marks the setting of new patterns.  I intend to continue with my after 60 exploration of life and sharing my discoveries.  Some of the patterns that have attracted my attention in my search for a new home are:

  • Living on a fixed income – benifits & perils.
  • Taxation without representation revisited.
  • Getting where you want to go – Public vs Private transportaion.

Please continue to share your comments and observations.


Full Moon – Albuquerque


Full Moon skyFull moon hanging over the east mountain seen from my front door.

Moon from mesaFull moon over ABQ seen from west mesa.

blue sky

NM Blue SKY in morning.

NM is all about the sky and always seeing the horizon line.

The first thing one does when exiting home in NM is to check out the sky.  It is a learned habit I had put out of my consciousness.  Yet now, I realize the habit was always there.  In CR, it was the ocean that set the horizon  – without it I felt lost.

My son told me that it was knowing & seeing the horizon that allowed for an open mind and imagination.   He was raised in ABQ.

The full moon & visible horizons has inspired me.   The moon goes through cycles – waxing & waning change with a stable horizon always present for guidance.

It feels good to be inspired in the Land of Enchantment.

What’s in your horizon?


Dry Hills of Summer


85% today with a morning rain shower.

It is the first rain I have experienced in weeks. Ahhhh mosit air so soothing to inhale.

My neighbor has guest from Portland, OR who have come to escape the wet weather.  I hope we can share a balanced day with a sunny afternoon for their beach pleasure.

Following are pics of the southern hill top above Coco Beach. I took them yesterday with my iPhone.  Note the yellow area on top of the hill – signs of summer.


The Beauty of Nature


Today I would like to share some insights brought to my attention in the form below.

The Beauty of Nature versus The Human Fixation.  Grassy Fields or Plastic Turf?  by Jan Lundberg


The following quotes have been distilled by me from the article for those wanting a quick peek.

“….human fixations obscure the beauty of nature.”

“We easily forget that the entire basis of our lives is the whole natural universe. We fail to enjoy the amazing sights, sounds and smells of non-human nature that are still around .”

Pictures by AJ with blind viewfinder – Amazing!

A happy medium of putting the Earth first for health and community, while using nature wisely for our individual and collective advantage, is not only possible but exists today in many instances — even in industrial society.”


Youth band celebrating nature on Playas del Coco.

Flipped out in nature.

The Park Tree provides support for human creativity.

As always my gratitude is given to AJ for his magical ability to capture the beauty of nature in photography and my new home in Costa Rica that is full of delightful examples of nature used for our collective advanatage.


A Magic Bean


A few days ago I was literally shocked when introduced to the bean of the Mucuna pruriens plant, a legume,  that  fixes nitrogen and fertilizes soil – commonly called   “Cow’s Eye”.

Seen from the top (above)


side view with  black band

When the black band part is rubbed against a hard surface such as concrete  and immedicately touched to the skin, it gives a SHOCK.  I am not sure what causes this sensation bc there is no burn mark or other indication of abrasion left on the skin.

Following is some information I obtained on the Web:

M. pruriens is a widespread fodder plant in the tropics. To that end, the whole plant is fed to animals as silage, dried hay or dried seeds. M. pruriens silage contains 11-23% crude protein, 35-40% crude fiber, and the dried beans 20-35% crude protein.

M. pruriens is sometimes used as a coffee substitute called “Nescafe” (not to be confused with the commercial brand Nescafé). Cooked fresh shoots or beans can also be eaten. This requires that they be soaked from at least 30 minutes to 48 hours in advance of cooking, or the water changed up to several times during cooking, since otherwise the plant can be toxic to humans. The above described process leaches out phytochemical compounds such as levodopa, making the product more suitable for consumption. If consumed in large quantities as food, unprocessed M. pruriens is toxic to non-ruminant mammals, including humans.

Medicinal uses

Traditionally, the seeds of Mucuna Pruriens have been used for treating male sexual dysfunction.  It is also used in Ayurvedic medicine. M. pruriens has been shown to improve sexual function in rats.[4]

The plant and its extracts have been long used in tribal communities as a toxin antagonist for various snakebites –  it has potential use in the prophylactic treatment of snakebites.

M. pruriens seeds have also been found to have antidepressant properties in cases of depressive neurosis when consumed.[8] and formulations of the seed powder have shown promise in the management and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.[9]

Dried leaves of M. pruriens are sometimes smoked.[1] The herb contains L-DOPA, a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine. The L-DOPA content increases when extracts are prepared. L-DOPA converts into dopamine, an important brain chemical involved in mood, sexuality, and movement.

In other words, this magic bean can be used as Viagra, an anti-depressant, (same mode of action?), to manage snake bites and to deliver a shock to the skin.

Plus it is found gratis on the sandy shores of Playas del Coco.

I’m on my way to the beach – see you later.


Dianne reproting from Playas del Coco, CR.