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The Story of All Stories

The Story of All Stories

Our Universe is ancient and we are so very young in comparison. Are you ready for an experience of deep space and time? Check out this video. Narrated by Brian Cox, Carl Sagan, and David Attenborough, and developed, edited with music, and enhanced with special effects by melodysheep, this video...

A Watershed Moment

A Watershed Moment

I need to acknowledge the dire political situation we now face here in the United States. A recent indicator is the fall of Roe v. Wade, but please understand that this is far bigger than one court decision. This is a watershed moment for democracy and justice in the US. We awaken to the fact that...

Thoughts on Regeneration

Thoughts on Regeneration

How do we know when we are regenerating land?  Lindsay Dailey, executive director and co-founder of the Tribal Ecosystem Restoration Alliance in Lake County, shares the concepts inherent in "kincentric permaculture". The top strategies are regenerating (and preserving) soil and ecosystems. But how...

A Message from 2041

A Message from 2041

"The dream drives the action" -- Thomas Berry It's time to dream of a positive future. Allow this message from 2041 to encourage and inspire you to make it happen! Watch:

Choose Life

Choose Life

“Today I give you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!”- Deuteronomy 30:19  Today I’m going to offer one over-arching strategy for...

The Elem Round House

The Elem Round House

A powerful and poignant short film exploring the painting “Dance in a Subterranean Roundhouse at Clear Lake, California” (1878)

Learning more – for the journey.

So I am reading about the Achuar and the Amazon this morning and came across this description: "Potential dangers are ever present: quicksand, biting insects and spiders, poison snakes, thorns, and falling limbs. Attractive fruits and berries may be deadly. Predators such as anacondas and jaguars...

Preparing – day by day

Amazon Update: Body Prep Plan ~ phase one in place ~ I am walking one mile three days a week, 2 miles another three days, and five miles on the seventh day. So far ~ so good! Now I am beginning the Mind Prep Plan ~ phase one ~ reading three books from the Pachamama Alliance reading list each...

Yes! We are ready for the journey!

The decision is made! Denise and I will be journeying to the Amazon with the Pachamama Alliance in July 2018! Today I began my journaling - so appropriate on this Epiphany Day when we honor the three Kings/Wise Ones who "traveled afar, following the star." I am soooooo excited!

Righting Retreat

Yes, it was a writing retreat. No, I did not misspell the word in the title of this post.Last week I was immersed in a five-day writing experience with others here on Dancing TreePeople Farm. We met at the beginning of each day to set our intentions, in the middle of the day for an accountability...

Breathing Deeply

My starfish self loves the ocean! Usually it is a two-hour drive from my home to the Pacific Ocean - a little longer if I want to put my feet into the water or splash my face with its refreshing touch. Which is why I find deep delight when I am able to spend time at an airbnb near Ferndale, CA. A...

Limiting Beliefs

I went for a walk in the orchard this morning – in the rain. Magical. Peaceful. Refreshing. And yes, I was soaking wet when I came back into the house with my two equally dripping wet dogs, but we really enjoyed the sound, feel, and taste of the rain. We dried off quickly in our warm, cozy home....

California, We Are Here!

"California or bust" has changed to "We made it!" Though not all the way to Upper Lake, we are finally back in California with one more day on the road to go! Today's trip was long and felt even  lo-o-onger as we traveled through the Mojave Desert toward Bakersfield. But there is so much...

Places of Life and Welcome

Today we did something that John would never do - a little bit of sightseeing! Instead of going directly to our next stop over place we took a side trip to the Four Corners Monument. It is the only place in the United States where four states intersect at one point. On August 23rd we drove in four...

“Love and Peace to the Whole World–Think It and Make it Happen”

As we left Louisville, KY, this morning, we skirted around the city and passed by the KFC Yum! Center. Sometimes I wonder what future generations will think of us when they unearth our cultural icons?The fog was soupy as we drove into Indiana. For at least fifty miles, we could not see clearly...

Taking the Easy Way Out

I have walked the labyrinth many times. Each time the "journey in" has been profound. I set an intention and begin walking - following the path faithfully. I feel confident that I will arrive at the center. So when the way seems to curve away, I keep putting one foot in front of the other....

Ritual: Remember John

Memorial for JohnWe gathered this evening on the east patio of the Mansion overlooking the road where John spent Loretta and Christina honor JohnWalking down the hill to the grottomany hours clearing the gutters of leaves and weeds, so that the beauty of this place would be "unblemished". We were...

A Day at Belmead

What a day this has been! First, it has been a joy not to be moving along the highway - staying still and resting has been delightful. And even more delightful has been exploring the improvements to the building and the grounds since John, Denise and I were here three years ago. It is wonderful to...

Resting a Bit

Today was a day off - off the road that is! We took time to enjoy the beauty of Rockhaven, the hospitality of the Jan, Diza and Maco, and the opportunity to share numerous stories about John. It is delightful to be with women who knew John so well and loved and appreciated him just as he was. We...

Sun and Wind Power – NOW!

Today we drove through Kansas. No sign of "Dorothy or Toto", but abundant sightings of wind turbines creating energy as they turned slowly on the hillsides. Denise and I realized that this is a new addition to the landscape along I-70, from when we had traveled this way almost five years ago....

One Day – Four States

The driving was easy - mostly straight and relatively flat. With a speed limit of 75mph, except in some construction spots, and two drivers we chose to travel over 720 miles so we could take it a little easier when we got into more congested areas. We started in Utah, drove through Wyoming and...

Now in Salt “Lake County”, Utah

We traveled a little over 500 miles today. My brother John came to my mind often. John would travel seven, sometimes eight, hundred miles, in one day and he always did the speed limit!! It took him a lot of hours, but he woke up early, stopped for short breaks when needed, and pulled into a...

From California to Nevada

The day began with a flock of hummingbirds wishing us a joy-filled trip – right in the middle of the food forest at Dancing TreePeople. As we entered the Sierra Nevada dark clouds and lightning hurried us through the mountains. A brief stop at the Emigrant Museum at Donner Pass brought the farm...