Memorial Day always reminds me of a conversation I had a long time ago with my brother, Jack. He fought in World War II on a naval destroyer in the Pacific. Years and years after it was all over I asked him how he felt about war. He replied, "I was happy, even eager, to go and fight for my country and for the people I loved. But now, after that and Korea and with all the horror that's going on in Vietnam...well, this is how I feel about war. I wish to God that the people in power had to go and fight right along side the soldiers on the ground, at sea and in the air. Maybe then they wouldn't be so quick to choose war. Maybe then, they'd all fight harder for peace."
She was the mother of the modern environmental movement. She saw what was coming...forests, woods, and meadows bereft of birds and animals, oceans devoid of fish. She saw what was coming...and she did something about it. So, thank you Rachel, and happy birthday wherever you are. We all owe you a huge debt of gratitude.
It's been really warm though...too warm for May. Our high temperature yesterday was 80! Which makes it even harder to believe the weather report. Temperatures are supposed to drop 50 degrees by tomorrow evening and we're supposed to get 4 inches of snow. Hmm...I'll believe it when I see it!
Water drops on baby oak leaves. I wish I could say they were raindrops but we've had no real rain here since March 22, just a some cloudy days and a few foggy ones. I had to resort to using a spray bottle of water.
The leaves liked it though, I think, even though it wasn't real rain.
And some other Wildings, big and little, who kindly share their forest with me:
Miss Sunni, a Grey Squirrel
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Mountain Lion
A Black Bear
A Young Steller's Jay
Common to high altitude forests all over the west
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Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~~ Albert Einstein
June Is Adopt a Cat Month
But, there are always strays who need a loving home - so don't shop, ADOPT! Click the photo for helpful tips on adopting.
If they breathe, they live. If they live, they feel. If they feel, they love. If they love, they are aware. If they are aware, they have a soul. ~ Williams
I love cats because I enjoy my home and, little by little, they become its visible soul. Jean Cocteau
Courage, dear heart ~ C.S. Lewis
I think we are bound to, and by, Nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought we know our fate is tied to the world around us. ~~ Alice Hoffman
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers.
Charles W. Eliot
A person who collects or is fond of books. Also, a person who immediately feels safe, happy, even euphoric, when holding a favorite book.
Where there is tea there is hope - Pinero
Care for a cuppa?
Boulder Bay, Big Bear Lake
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Lake Gregory, Crestline
Click to visit Crestline
Click to visit Lake Arrowhead
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. ~ John Muir, from "The California Mountains"
A Favorite Quote
"I don't want life to imitate art; I want life to BE art." Carrie Fisher
I live in a little cottage with my furry "children" in a beautiful mountain forest where we enjoy daily visits from the little wild creatures. I love animals (you probably guessed), books, photography, tall trees, clear lakes, rain, snow, tea, the moon, and creating all kinds of art.