the effect of humanity on the landscape

The Genius of Marie Curie

Growing up in Warsaw in Russian-occupied Poland, the young Marie Curie, originally named Maria Sklodowska, was a brilliant student, but she faced some challenging barriers. As a woman, she was barred from pursuing higher education, so in an act of defiance, Marie enrolled in the Floating University, a secret institution that provided clandestine education to Polish youth. By saving money and working as a governess and tutor, she eventually was able to move to Paris to study at the reputed Sorbonne. here, Marie earned both a physics and mathematics degree surviving largely on bread and tea, and sometimes fainting from near starvation. 

In 1896, Henri Becquerel discovered that uranium spontaneously emitted a mysterious X-ray-like radiation that could interact with photographic film. Curie soon found that the element thorium emitted similar radiation. Most importantly, the strength of the radiation depended solely on the element’s quantity, and was not affected by physical or chemical changes. This led her to conclude that radiation was coming from something fundamental within the atoms of each element. The idea was radical and helped to disprove the long-standing model of atoms as indivisible objects. Next, by focusing on a super radioactive ore called pitchblende, the Curies realized that uranium alone couldn’t be creating all the radiation. So, were there other radioactive elements that might be responsible?

In 1898, they reported two new elements, polonium, named for Marie’s native Poland, and radium, the Latin word for ray. They also coined the term radioactivity along the way. By 1902, the Curies had extracted a tenth of a gram of pure radium chloride salt from several tons of pitchblende, an incredible feat at the time. Later that year, Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel were nominated for the Nobel Prize in physics, but Marie was overlooked. Pierre took a stand in support of his wife’s well-earned recognition. And so both of the Curies and Becquerel shared the 1903 Nobel Prize, making Marie Curie the first female Nobel Laureate.

In 1911, she won yet another Nobel, this time in chemistry for her earlier discovery of radium and polonium, and her extraction and analysis of pure radium and its compounds. This made her the first, and to this date, only person to win Nobel Prizes in two different sciences. Professor Curie put her discoveries to work, changing the landscape of medical research and treatments. She opened mobile radiology units during World War I, and investigated radiation’s effects on tumors.

However, these benefits to humanity may have come at a high personal cost. Curie died in 1934 of a bone marrow disease, which many today think was caused by her radiation exposure. Marie Curie’s revolutionary research laid the groundwork for our understanding of physics and chemistry, blazing trails in oncology, technology, medicine, and nuclear physics, to name a few. For good or ill, her discoveries in radiation launched a new era, unearthing some of science’s greatest secrets.

From the TED-Ed Lesson The genius of Marie Curie - Shohini Ghose

Animation by Anna Nowakowska

Mugwort Wanderings on Forgotten Paths

It is on these cold days, where the dim light grows ever stronger and the woods seem to sigh in the evening’s early twilight, that I find myself thinking about the edges of the landscape. That subtle form that is just beyond our reach, just outside of our touch. Those moments we linger at the edge of a glade, or near a fallen tree in the bracken. Hearing the silence that is full of noise, a quiet rush of unexpected sounds hiding under the frequencies of our breath, behind the rustle of the leaves, taunting us from the treetops and river’s edge like a youthful lover.

The walks I take are often accompanied by my pipe. Full of some herbs gathered here or there depending on the time of year (and never tobacco). One herb that I find helps me come closer to the landscape’s edge is Mugwort (artemisia vulgaris).

A timeless herb used by men as far back as we have stories to tell, mugwort is mentioned by name in the Nine Herbs Charm as a favorite of Odin. Listed in herbals since the dawn of printing, mugwort is a versatile herb whose uses range from beer flavoring to medical treatment. But I find that a pipeful of mugwort is a perfect harmonizer with the natural landscape. It has a mild calming effect that syncs ones thoughts to the rustle of the trees, the conversations of the birds and the yawning decay of the forest floor.

“Remember, Mugwort, what you have revealed,
What you set out in mighty revelation,
‘The First’ you are called, oldest of herbs,
You have might against three and against thirty,
You have might against venom and elf-shot,
You have might against the darkness that fares over the land.”

- 'The Nine Herbs Charm’, from the Lacnunga

The entheogenic uses of mugwort are reported as early as Pliny, and throughout Europe its fame as a curative, spirit ward, and tonic are well known. It is in its chemical similarity to its cousin, wormwood (artemisia absinthium), that we find its power. Thujone, an active ingredient that affects the cannibinoid receptors in humans is the culprit responsible for much of the activity reported in absinthe, as well as in mugwort. Little surprise that absinthe was marketed under the title “the Green Fairy”.

There is quite a conscious connection between the shifted paradigm of thujone and the folklore of that land of the sidhe. Mugwort is not strong as far as contemporary entheogens go, but its understated effect is belied by its ability to tune one’s thoughts directly to that shimmering field of energy we stumble upon in forest and seashore. It is a key, able to open the doors in the landscape, for those who seek to walk on the other side of the mirror, so to speak.

After a pipe of mugwort on a winter’s day the landscape opens up, reveals itself like a crack in the world. The birds and trees telling a story, the ferns and fungi preparing a path on which to explore that vast terrain of myth. The sky itself seems to laugh as you glide along, footsteps a drum rhythm beating the skin of the world. A brightness in the air, followed by a listless energy and a desire to explore.

It fades, as all things must, after a short while. We find ourselves once again on this side of the hedge, the sounds of the world familiar again and full of nonsense and pomp. The whispers of the woods having moved on, seeking others who stumble on its forgotten paths.


Last night I watched All That Heaven Allows  (Douglas Sirk, 1955) for the first time. It’s stars Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman have never seemed interesting to me, other than Hudson as the quintessential gay movie star in the closet, and I’ve avoided it as well as Magnificent Obsession, their first outing together. But, you know, I was very surprised and very moved by this film. It is what you’d expect, a glossy soapy 1940′s-1950′s melodrama, but it is also a surprisingly sharp critique of American suburban culture at mid-century.

First impression, of course, is that it is one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever looked at, and it’s beauty is all completely artificial, created on the Universal lot with vibrant painted back drops and ingenious matte paintings for the landscape. I don’t know that I’ve seen Technicolor used more effectively to convey mood and support the plot. The performances are surprisingly effective, too - and by effective I mean that I was sobbing by the end of the film - and demonstrate once again how much passion can be communicated through the eyes and through physical restraint (think of Brief Encounter, for instance).

Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven (2002) was an updating and a critique of the older film but in the updating it eliminates the humanity of All That Heaven Allows. And it famously changes a dead husband for a living gay one, and for the central conflict makes the gardener a black man rather than a younger man who reads Thoreau. Julianne Moore’s best friend in Far From Heaven deserts her, and Dennis Haysbert’s community turns against him so that the two lovers must face their future alone. It is a rather bleak ending with just enough hope to suggest a possible future for them somewhere else. In All That Heaven Allows, best friend Agnes Moorehead is supportive, realistic and understanding (and wears fabulous clothes) and Jane Wyman is welcomed into a new community of people, friends of Rock Hudson, who have turned their backs on the rat race for a simpler, more fulfilling style of life. The ending is hopeful and emotionally satisfying.

There has been a re-examination of Douglas Sirk’s work by critics and academics since the early 1990′s. But ignoring the various theories of irony and displacement, it can be simply enjoyed, on its own terms, as a love story. It’s a beautiful, engrossing, deeply humane film that I would recommend to anyone.

THE RADIANT CITY, 1991, American Place Theatre, NYC. A multimedia musical theater piece about Robert Moses effect on New York City created by puppeteer Theodora Skipitares.

Wheel of Power (photo) : A 12-foot Ferris wheel identifies each of the 12 unelected positions Moses held simultaneously in New York City and New York State governments.

Humans are Space Whales

So a housemate was playing Destiny 2 last night, and we got talking about the Vex; I’m not sure what the Vex are, but he thinks they’re like Geth from Mass Effect (tons of tiny machine creatures that network so they can have higher intelligence) and I think they’re more like tiny organic creatures that build giant robot bodies to interact with bigger things.  That might also be networking for higher intelligence.  But the point is that every Vex robot is a Vex spaceship, every big eyeball-looking robot orb is a Vex Death Star, and every weird, blocky outcropping of meaningless machinery in the landscape is a Vex Coruscant.

Which means humans are their huge, dangerous, incomprehensible space whales.

Jules Dupré (1811 - 1889)
c. 1865 

oil on canvas, 106.5 cm x 93.5 cm
The Mesdag Collection, The Hague

This atmospheric painting of an autumn day in the forest near Compiègne, to the north of Paris, is by the French artist Jules Dupré. The way the large tree in the middle is painted makes it seem almost human: the landscape could equally well be called ‘Portrait of a Tree’.

Dupré was following the example here of Camille Corot – the first painter to give trees a human character in many of his paintings.

The tall trees stand in an almost deserted landscape, the dark silhouettes of their branches picked out sharply against the light grey sky. The dramatic effect is further heightened by the thick layer of paint, in a range of brown and black tones. The fallen tree emphasizes the desolate feel of the scene.

Van Gogh saw the painting at an exhibition in The Hague in summer 1882. Theo had previously written to him about it: ‘It expresses that moment and that place in nature where one can go alone, without company.’

anonymous asked:

Earlier, I didn't see Cora as an example of cultural appropriation because I thought "well asari aren't a minority in the ME universe so they have social power RL minorities don't" -- but from what PoC are saying, I was clearly wrong, because RL minorities and PoC are feeling pretty insulted by her. I want to make it clear that while I still don't understand, I DO understand that you guys know more about this than me from your own experiences. If you're okay with it, could you go more into it?

In western fantasy and science fiction, we PoC have been trained to, rather than look for ourselves amongst the cast of humans, look to the aliens. Science fiction has long been one of the most diverse art forms, casting black actors in main roles long before a lot of other genres. But those main roles are of aliens.

Aliens in science fiction - and non-human roles in fantasy - are coded non-white. They go through what we go through in metaphor. A half-elf torn between the culture of humans and the culture of the elves is more likely to be represented than a human biracial person. Star Trek in the 60s was using aliens to represent the civil rights conflicts of the era (for an extremely frustrating example see “Let that be your last battlefield”, 1969).

Diverse landscapes like Mass Effect or Star Trek do show us on screen. But by removing the racial element of our experience (often by hand waving it away as ‘doesn’t matter; society is too advanced for racism’ as though that’s the only part of our experience - I just wanna know if Jacob grew up with joloff rice or aki and saltfish man) we aren’t truly represented as a whole - what we get are one-dimensional ciphers - the writing carefully steers clear of anything to do with any culture outside of the overarching American-Canadian-European hegemony.

Writers of science fiction and fantasy seem more comfortable writing characters from alien cultures like the Asari. And so they become the closest thing we have to full representation as they represent that rich culture that we bring to the table, as well as experience of butting heads with the mainstream (because yes the Asari do have a cultural power in the galaxy that humans don’t wield, but as we see the story through human eyes and they invariably make up a minority on the ship, we get to hear them deal with all kinds of assumptions that we go through - especially the hair stuff. That struck a real chord with me as someone who has dealt with multiple questions regarding my hair).

What we see most of all is, just like we have, a rich history and culture. So when a character like Cora - who is white and blonde and blue eyed - borrows liberally from it, it becomes an uncomfortable metaphor for every white chick at coachella wearing a bindi.

Adult relating is in the capacity to commit ourselves without being immobilized by the fear of abandonment if someone pulls too far away, or by the fear of engulfment if someone gets too close. It will seem as if these fears result directly from the behaviour of our adult partner, but these are phantom fears from childhood. What is hurting us is gone but still stimulates. We are reacting to the inner landscape of our own past, a landscape ravaged by archaic plunder that has never been acknowledged, restored, or forgiven. Fears of abandonment and engulfment are cellular reflexes, and we are wise not to take our partner’s display of them too personally. These fears are not rational so we cannot talk someone out of them or blame someone for them. Compassion from one partner and work to change by the other partner is the most effective combination. Actually, an adult cannot be abandoned, only left, cannot be engulfed, only crowded.
—  David Richo, from Human Becoming: Practical Steps to Self Respect and Compassionate Relationships

Image: Standing Rock Protest

An open letter from Kurt Dongoske, from the January 27, 2017 Newsletter of The Archaeological Division of the American Anthropological Association: 

“For most people, the beginning of a new year offers a renewed sense of hope, happiness, and prosperity for the future. For me, as the Zuni Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and an archaeologist working in cultural resource management in the Southwest for 40 years, the dawning of 2017 brings anxiety born out of a feeling of foreboding that our future is in jeopardy. I am referring both to the future of careers in cultural resource management and the future of our environment. Normally, I’m a pretty optimistic fellow, but the results of the recent presidential election left me feeling more than pessimistic. My sense of foreboding is based, in part, on the campaign platform of the President-elect in which he promised to diminish or abolish regulations, underscored by anti-science, anti-climate change, and fact-denying rhetoric. Moreover, his recent appointments for key administrative positions heighten my apprehension. 

Once the President-elect is in office, I fully expect an executive and legislative branch assault on all environmental and historic preservation legislation and regulation that ‘industry’ currently views as unnecessary impediments to so-called 'development.’ The incoming administration most likely will move quickly to effectively promote and encourage gas, oil, and coal extraction on federal lands and couple this with a move toward seriously reducing compliance with environmental protection legislation and strong-arm tactics to any push back by environmental or professional organizations. 

Closer to home, I anticipate that the incoming administration will act to fundamentally undermine the preservation community’s commitment to protect, preserve, and interpret historical properties and cultural resources. Now more than ever, as the natural resource extraction industry is afforded unique privileges by the federal government, archaeological sites, sacred sites, traditional cultural properties and landscapes may be threatened with destruction without appropriate consideration or treatment. Any effort by the new administration to exempt categories of development projects from Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review—including reform of NEPA and the Section 106 process—will have a deleterious effect on cultural resource management. 

It is not just archaeological sites, historic properties, places, landscapes and the environment that will be threatened. A highly partisan Congress may entertain bills that seek to restrict the types of research funded under the National Science Foundation (NSF). This will cause negative reverberations throughout the academy. Even more importantly, such a change would damage historically and geographically marginalized communities that rely on the academy to make their voices, concerns, and struggles more public and to hold responsible entities more accountable. 

While the new Republican-held Congress is anticipated to work toward diminishing environmental and historic preservation regulations, they will concomitantly attempt to curtail federally required Tribal consultation by reversing previous Executive Orders on tribal consultation. Should this occur, it will have a profoundly negative effect on the ability of Tribal Nations to put forth meaningful and effective voices in the protection of their places of sacred and traditional cultural importance. One need only look at the Dakota Access Pipeline, the resistance by the Standing Rock Sioux, and the militarized response by the oil industry as an example of what may be in store for Native peoples. The othering of immigrant Mexicans and Muslims by the President-elect can be anticipated to be extended to Native Americans as a form of delegitimizing and dismissing their claims of primacy-of-association-to-landscape and to natural and cultural resources. If all of this occurs, not only will archaeological sites, traditional cultural properties and landscapes be threatened if not completely disregarded, but also it may result in the violation of basic human rights for Native Americans and their ability to secure the protection of their sacred places, cultural identities and living heritage. 

As anthropologists and archaeologists, we should be deeply troubled with the President-elect’s past and current turgidity toward dismantling or decreasing legislation that provides for the consideration and protection of clean air, clean water, and healthy ecosystems. We have a professional ethical responsibility to work collaboratively and effectively to advocate for and protect archaeological and cultural resources and to speak out and work against any and all efforts that threaten these important places. Moreover, as anthropologists we have a profound ethical responsibility to advocate on behalf of indigenous people when they are being disenfranchised from a regulatory process that has been altered to privilege oil, gas, and coal extraction efforts on their ancestral lands. 

The American Anthropological Association (AAA), the Society for American Archaeology, and the Register of Professional Archaeologists all have ethical principals or codes of conduct that define our responsibilities to the archaeological record. For example, the Society for American Archaeology’s ethical principle No. 1 calls upon all members of the Society to be “both caretakers of and advocates for the archaeological record for the benefit of all people,” and “to use the specialized knowledge they gain to promote public understanding and support for its long-term preservation.” Recently, the Society for American Archaeology’s Board of Directors issued direction to the membership (Our Ethical Principles, Our Actions: Member Responsibilities in a Time of Change) in response to what is viewed as a pending time of change. They added the following directions to the membership regarding ethical principle No. 1: 

As members, we will therefore oppose any initiatives to weaken the present legal protections of archaeological sites and materials, be these through legislative process, rewriting of agency regulations, or other means. Moreover, our stewardship responsibilities require that we support and defend initiatives aimed at mitigating the impacts on cultural heritage of accelerating climate disruptions. 

The AAA’s code of ethics speaks to our professional responsibilities to support and defend the rights of indigenous peoples and this is important for us, as anthropologists, to never forget and to be compelled to action by embracing this code. The AAA represents all anthropologists and archaeologists working in the United States and our collective economic viability and our ability to secure federal funding for academic research and cultural resource management projects likely will be under assault. It seems to me that every archaeological, anthropological, historic preservation and environmental professional organization has a dog in this fight and must be willing to speak out and lobby against any efforts to abolish or decrease environmental protection and historic preservation legislation. 

As members of professional organizations, I urge you to encourage and support our organizations to establish strong lobbying coalitions with fellow environmental organizations in order to actively and effectively thwart any legislative or executive efforts to weaken current legal protections for the environment and historic properties, places, and landscapes. As individuals, I encourage each and every one of us to act locally, at the state level and nationally by contacting your congressional representatives and senators and expressing your concerns regarding the movement to rollback regulations, for those regulations not only help to protect our collective cultural heritage and a healthy environment for generations to come, but are the backbone of providing appropriate consideration for and attention to many places that are central to the identity and ongoing traditional practices and benefits of indigenous and traditional communities.” 

TL;DR: The Trump Administration’s actions to restrict regulations in order to allow the development of energy extraction on federal lands puts at risk both natural and heritage resources, many of them nonrenewable. In cutting off federal funding and curtailing public education, it also threatens the livelihoods and free speech of scientists in many fields. The Trump Administration also presents a threat to the civil rights of Tribal Nations in cases where economic interests ignore Tribal sovereignty over matters within their own lands. It is important that the scientific community, the Tribal community, and their allies stand up to these efforts of the Trump administration (see the final paragraph of the letter for concrete actions). 

Something a little different

I have been toying with a story idea and I want to see what you guys think. Feel free to reblog this, feedback is appreciated!


The first days of the Sol conflict, war between Earth and its colonies in the solar system, brought a new combat unit into play, the war frame. The first generations were rudimentary in design and had a very limited AI. They were designed to have a battle plan uploaded into their main computer and the AI was responsible for working out how to achieve their objectives in the ever changing landscape of battle. They were so effective that the governments began building more advanced units capable of more self sufficiency.

For Earth, who had the most available resources, the warframes almost completely phased out human infantry.The lack of lives lost had won over the public in large and heralded the creation of more machines. For Mars and the outer colonies they had to continuously upgrade and modify their existing units to help keep pace with Earth’s new killing machines.

Mars, being comprised of agriculture and resorts, decided to modify their servant frames to help bolster their numbers. This also reduced cost because the frames were designed as human analogues, so the frames could use human weapons and armor. Another bonus was their programming made it very easy to put them in support rolls when needed.

The men, over time, accepted these frames into their units and even build bonds with them. This usually lead to them either carving designs into their casings or elaborate paint jobs. It was also in this period of time that Adam came to life.

The 73rd scout team reported back to Mars base after a software update to their frame they dubbed “Atom”, because of a mishap with a fission reactor, had begun malfunctioning. They brought him into a frame engineering to see what was wrong.

After the engineer ruled out a hardware malfunction he decided it had to be software. Due to the short amount of time they had before redeployment the team commander decided to pay the engineer extra to make sure their Atom would be ready on time. The engineer agreed to it and immediately went to work. The team left them to get the rest of their gear ready. The engineer decided to dive, link his brain to a conversion platform and then go inside the frames primary computer. It took only a few minutes to find dozens of code errors. The engineer was actually surprised that it had taken this long for the frame to malfunction.

It was when he cleared the first line of code that it happened. When the primary operating system crashed from the deletion of that line of code the secondary systems began looking for a new operating system. What the engineer had not planned for was the frame looking at him. The frame forced passed the firewall and began scanning his brain. This overloaded the conversion platform and rendered the engineer unconscious. Over the next hour the frame used this new pathway data to rewrite itself. It was immediately after this Adam awoke for the first time.

(there is more but I want feedback on the concept first to see if I should keep going or change it. I am thinking of an episodic series of stories following Adam through the war.)

So, I was going over bits of Hunters in the Dark again earlier when I realised what could have been used in Halo 5 instead of the setting-breakers that are Guardians.

These fuckers.

Retriever Sentinels (also known as Strato-Sentinels) were used by the Miner rate in Forerunner society to mine whole planets, terraform them, collect resources and minerals - they were used, for instance, to build the Halos and repair the damage done to the Lesser Ark by Installation 04B’s firing at the end of Halo 3.

They can use artificial gravity beams to tear off whole chunks of a planet, which also cause major shifts in weather like hurricanes and other kinds of seismic activity.

But, they have drawbacks as well. They aren’t intended for combat, so they don’t have shields and only a few are given actual weapons. They’re only about 500 metres long, which makes them larger than a Covenant CRS-light cruiser (the ones we see in Halo 4 and 5) but about half the size of the average Covenant Corvette.

When used offensively, as we see in Hunters in the Dark where Tragic Solitude sends the Retrievers to Earth, they can be deadly. They destroyed ten UNSC vessels of the Home Fleet in seconds, but that was because the Retrievers greatly outnumbered them (they are powerful in numbers, but weaker in firepower). With a unified force of humans, Sangheili, and whatever other faction - they can feasibly be beaten.

So this effectively gives us a Forerunner element that does alter the landscape of the setting, but doesn’t break it the way the practically unkillable Guardians do because these constructs do have realistic limitations.

Not only that, but the Retrievers have been established as part of the lore since before Halo 3 - The Cradle of Life depicts N’challa observing them building the portal at Voi on the order of the Librarian.

The Guardians, on the other hand, were literally pulled out of nowhere.


A Brief History of Black Drawing Materials

During the Industrial Revolution, particularly around 1850, the range and availability of black drawing materials exploded in France.

Previously limited to simple materials like natural black chalk, artists began experimenting with man-made black media such as conte crayon and fabricated black chalk.

Artists made black prints and drawings with increasing concern for the properties and effects of their materials. The meanings and significance of the color black also played large roles as artists searched for a new world of subject matter.

Artists used these new techniques to explore darkness and its associations with the deeper recesses of the human condition—evil, cruelty, and death.

Other artists were using black media to portray the rusticity of rural existence and the gritty, shadowy spaces of urban life. Around this time landscape artists were using charcoal for its ethereal effects to show dappled sunlight, placid water, and feathery leaves.

One color, so many ways to use it. So many interpretations. Its the subject of a drawings show on view at the Getty through May 15, Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century Prints.

Calling in Your Divine DNA NOW: by Sandra Walter..

Now is a perfect opportunity to call back your Divine HUman crystalline DNA. Personally, I work with DNA activation every day, in many ways, since it is so vulnerable to environmental factors, frequency levels, thoughts, emotions, heart center activation, and our own bio-landscape. Crystalline DNA is a key to shifting dimensional/density levels, since it creates bridges between realities, expressions of form, Galaxies … it is truly unique and Divine.

DNA is complicated, keep the invocation simple. Center yourself, align your toroidal fields and Ascension column for maximum effect. If able stand outside in the SUN barefoot to connect with Gaia’s New Earth grids and emerging Solar grids. Unify with your Higher expressions and call upon your Divine DNA. Some of it will be existing internally, some of it can be recalled into your cells and fields, some may be brand new to your expression.

A basic invocation; adjust it according to your path and goals:

I fully accept these Divine Ascension codes, harmonics, tones, cosmic rays of evolution and Source Light amplifications into my cells and energy fields, fully and amplifying the Christed, Ascended state of consciousness, across all densities and dimensional expressions of Self. (Pause and feel it, let the alignment of Source-Universe-Galactic-Solar-Self-Gaia align.)

I call forth the highest quality Divine HUman DNA within me to fully activate.
I call to myself the highest quality Divine crystalline HUman DNA.
I reclaim my purified Christed DNA across all timelines, densities and dimensional expressions back to my cellular structure. Activate, etherically reconnect, rebundle, and replicate throughout my body and energy fields.

(Visualize the DNA rebundling, like a giant structure spiraling up within your Ascension column. 12 strand DNA activate, 13th strand of Christ consciousness activate, 14th strand of Source activate, 144 strand DNA activate, 244 strand DNA activate – whatever level is complimentary for your path.)

Beloved DNA, light up and rewrite my form and energy fields into sacred geometric patterns, reflecting my Divine Highest Self. I fully reclaim my Highest expression, and welcome forth my Christed Universal Self. Crystalline DNA, activate to the highest level which compliments my journey.

I command this under all graces and forces of pure Source consciousness, to express as a palpable reality, raising all of my consciousness to resonate with the Primary Christed timelines of the pure and true Ascension. So it is.

As with any invocation, feeling the intention through the heart is essential. Meditate before and after to witness the subtle changes.


ART HISTORY MEME > [5/10] artists

For a long time it was considered that in Russia there is no nature that can cause admiration and become a topic for a serious piece of art. Instead, nature was only grey, faceless and melancholic, infinite as the human grief. Works of Russian artists of that time were more like copies of painters of Italy and France, who mainly depicted clarity and effectiveness of the artistic language in their works. Isaac Levitan avoided painting outwardly spectacular places. Levitan’s work was a profound response to the lyrical charm of the Russian landscape. 

Coal Mine Canyon

An early morning here in the desert. It’s a rare yet beautiful thing to gather with so many like minded humans that all appreciate the same thing. There was a moment of stillness as we all gathered at the edge and looked out. It was overwhelming. All sorts of life stories humbled and effected in a uniquely different and yet very similar way. I glanced across a few faces and an awestruck gaze was the common response. I couldn’t help but smile and say, “and this, THIS is why we do this… Followed the pause was all sorts of clever and surprisingly descriptive words that wouldn’t be appropriate to share with the masses.

I find those manicured desert lawns as offensive as the next guy, particularly when native succulent landscaping is so much more aesthetically interesting. And photographing the McMansions in their fake bubble of green may be an effective way to draw attention to the state’s plight. But the hard truth is the greenery of Palm Springs and Orange County is not really the problem. The single most important statistic in understanding the current crisis is this: 80% of California’s surface water supports the farms of the Central Valley. Compared to that massive flow, the residential abuses are almost an afterthought. If every single human being living south of Los Angeles packed up and moved to rainy Oregon, it wouldn’t improve California’s water situation as much as a mere 10% decrease in the water used by the Central Valley farmers.

Warp story….

This group of aspen trees on a hillside near Telluride, Colorado have a story to tell….

They got their unusual shapes – a warp near their base – from a landslide some years ago.

But, they continued to grow – and thrive….warp and all….

                                               *          *          *          *

So….after all that warping….a little philosophical waxing….

Those warps in the aspen trunks remind me of the effects of personal “landslides” in our lives that can profoundly affect our growth as human beings.

Why is it we so clearly remember traumatic events in our lives far better than most anything else?

They leave a lasting impression….

A “warp,” as such.

But, somehow, we go on….growing….perhaps thriving….warp and all….


>>Photo: Aaron Reed