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Our May-June 2016 Newsletter
Much Ado About Earth

What better way to celebrate
Earth
than to enjoy it.
And we did,
last Saturday—
a beautiful,
clear,
warm,
yes, breezy,
Oklahoma April day.
We learned about bees and other pollinators,
took the Cosmic Walk,
made seed bombs,
spun silky alpaca wool,
cooked in solar ovens,
discovered Smart Pots,
toured the house made of straw and mud,
walked the prairie labyrinth,
watched the goats and alpaca,
led children on a nature scavenger hunt,
climbed old Junipers,
danced, hilariously, to sweet fiddle music,
picnicked on grilled corn and bison hot dogs,
and thanked the Earth.

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May we be so attentive,
so appreciative,
so thoughtful about living our lives
with this magnificent planet
every
day.

 

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Spring Come Early at Turtle Rock Farm

Our March Newsletter

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The New Year at Turtle Rock Farm

Our January 2016 Newsletter

It’s one of those compelling
paradoxes:
this is a time when all that’s
happening
in the world can overwhelm
and the most helpful way through
is counter-intuitive for some of us:
instead of a figuring out how to fix,
to find solutions,
the way through
is to be thoroughly aware
and appreciative of
and engaged in
this moment,
our life as it appears to us
this moment.
And, here’s the paradox,
when we live in this moment
without resistance to it,
we connect
with life,
all life,
and the way through,
even the next steps
into solutions,
make their way through.

So our first retreat
in this next turn around the sun,
2016,
will be a retreat on learning
or beginning again
the practices of Mindfulness,
or, Living in the Moment.
January 9
at Turtle Rock Farm.

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Living Mindfully retreat participants, in 2014

To register,
and to check out the 2016
calendar, as it evolves,
go to our website.

Four two weeks
during the UN Climate Summit
we made a walk meditation
for Earth and all life
each morning. The last morning,
we left the grassy place we had walked
outside Angie Smith Chapel
on the Oklahoma City University campus,
and we drove north,
to The Great Salt Plains State Park
to see the Sand Hill Cranes.
We thought it a fitting place
to be
at the close of the UN Climate Summit talks—
at Salt Plains Bay
watching Sand Hill Cranes
on an unseasonably warm
and beautiful
December day.
We heard them long
before we saw them.
It was a bubbling,
perhaps gurgling,
sound,
loud. They were standing
in the sunlight
along the bay shoreline.
Several hundred of them.
But there were many more—
40,000—out and about,
feeding.
Creamy gray and white,
with black tips on their wings
that we could only see
when they took flight,
which they did,
to our delight.

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Too, we watched two bald eagles
in a tree above the cranes.
And we walked the nature trail,
alongside the marsh,
beside twittering sparrows—
sighing
often,
taking in the warmth
and beauty
and stillness,
letting go the tension
which we hadn’t realized
we’d taken on; the tension
of climate talks,
about the future of life
on this magnificent planet.

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And that day
in the sunlight
and stillness,
amid the gurgling sound of Sand Hill Cranes,
the beauty of life on the planet
healed us
some,
and we made one more prayer
for healing
for all.

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