Retired and Writing

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Now that I’m somewhat settled in my new residence in Northern California, I am ready to turn again to blogging. I’m glad that we don’t have to register our blogs with the government as Edward Snowden says is required in Russia.

I will write about various thoughts from gardening, enjoying the wildlife here, practicing meditation, thoughts on current events, and my activities and hobbies.

I live in the area in Northern California often called “The State of Jefferson” since it is populated by people of Independent and Libertarian thought, living with community-
minded purpose toward establishing self-sufficiency in mutually supportive attitude.
If my neighbors are doing well, I am doing well.

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Garden / driveway rock border

This week I began reworking the rock border in my garden.  I’m using fabric this year to help with weed control.

This is the third year I’ve been working on my high desert garden (Zone 7) and with more rain this year, the plants are doing well.  In another post I will review the plants that are doing best this year.

I’d like to share my video of the work I began on the rock border this week.




Political Scene 2016

I don’t think I’ve posted about politics since the first Obama term when I still believed Obama’s rhetoric was based in actual potential.  Since that time I have repented my support of Obama, observing his lack of courage to act outside of the “permitted” arena of executive actions approved by the controlling fascist corporatocracy.  Americans are awakening now to sobering historical facts, for example that Operation PaperClip of post- WWII resulted in Black Ops in U.S. government including mind-control experiments, infecting and damaging America’s spiritual and moral foundations.

In my opinion we must faithfully participate in a vision-based revolution, a non-violent movement demanding government and corporate reform.   In the current political arena I favor Senator Bernie Sanders, Democrat, as well as Governor Gary Johnson, Libertarian. Political parties are not important. The integrity and strength of an individual committed to benefiting humanity as a whole deserves my support and global resources.  Transitioning to a new practical and moral paradigm requires ideals based in spiritual insight transcending religious dogma stuck in graven images.   That means moving beyond old habits and fearful ideas about different cultures or faiths or different countries. We now are graduating from adolescent egocentric behaviors and developing courage to embark in cooperative endeavors in brave support of progressive global projects, one example being to bring advanced energy technology to the world.

It is a wondrous time to be alive and participating in a thriving civilization becoming a cosmic member of other civilizations.

I add one additional link for an example of those working for a new paradigm. Thrive is also criticized for being a cult.  Use your discernment to evaluate to the best of your ability those organizations that can move us forward without hidden agenda.

I choose to peer deeply through the facade of those who present concepts of fear aiming to keep us bound to old ways of thinking and acting.  I have forgiven their ignorance, and  I am choosing to build with like-minded others a world based on love and generous support in all areas of human growth and spiritual blossoming.

Please join in this movement, using your unique insight and talents. Use the Internet to inspire us and teach us.  Help us grow to our best expression of divine presence. Now.


Erysimum Bowles Mauve

One of the big surprises this year was the full blossoming of  the Erysimum Bowles Mauve. Last year I described it as a plant that withstood the deer and rabbits, and provided a sparse blossom here and there on a lovely spiral shoot above a mound of green. This year I was amazed to find it blossoming entirely over it’s round, leafy green base.  I was expecting a few shoots with flower, but  I was amazed to discover a full display of lavender-colored blossoms!

BlueMauveThis is a plant I will seek out again for this tough environment.  There is an orange variety that may be worth the experiment.  (The plant below the eyrisimum is a creeping rosemary.)

Bosnian Pine

This is another attractive pine tree, the Pinus leucodermis.  I have it placed in the front yard near the Weeping Pine.   By now you have probably noticed how many evergreens I have planted.  They can survive the heat and wind in this region (Zone 7). Generally the evergreens can also withstand browsing deer, but I fence many of them to protect from male bucks scraping their antlers on the tender limbs, ripping them from the tree trunk.  Also, during the winter as food sources become scarce the deer attempt to nibble needles from limbs within their reach. The younger the tree, the more tender the needles and bark, and the more vulnerable.



Ponderosa Pines

My tree planting project includes 5 young Ponderosa Pines.  This photo shows an Incense Cedar in the foreground and Ponderosa Pines in the background running along the top edge of the parking area at my home.



Weeping Cedar

The Cedrus libani “Glauca Pendula” is another decorative tree that adds unique shape and interest to a landscape.   I planted this one in the front yard where I can enjoy it’s unusual beauty from my living room.



Bristlecone Pine

Species Pinus Aristata may be so named because it is somewhat of an aristocrat among trees.  Or, that is how I think of it because of the first 5 letters of the second term of it’s formal name.  This is a slow-growing tree that develops a thick, gnarly trunk in it’s old age.  In it’s youth it is interesting with its angular limb shapes.