Happy Fall Equinox!

I cannot believe that Autumn is here already! We are still having 30 degree celsius weather! Well, today the day and night time will be nearly the same length of time as we enter into a new season.

I love the colors of Fall.

Please be safe and enjoy Autumn ( or Spring South of the Equator)!

Peace in Nature

I find that when I spend time in nature, I feel more at ease, relaxed, and peaceful.

I have gone on hikes in different places, backpacked in the mountains, and camped near lakes. I always feel refreshed by nature.

Enjoy nature today, it is peaceful, does not judge, and allows you to be yourself.

September 1, 1939 by W.H. Auden

I urge you to read the entirety of this profound poem. It was written at the start of WW2 and the middle of the first depression, but there are parallels from then to now. We have a deep recession (aka depression) AND a pandemic to boot. Our lives are profoundly changed and there is no denying this fact.

History Doesn’t Repeat Itselfbut It Often Rhymes” – Mark Twain.

No truer words have been spoken: we live in times that cannot be exactly compared to the past but combine several different times: the start of WW1, the “Roaring ’20s, the depression/recession, and probably more.

The poem speaks of WW2, but it conveys feelings I have today and how I see the world.

September 1, 1939

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odour of death
Offends the September night.

Accurate scholarship can
Unearth the whole offence
From Luther until now
That has driven a culture mad,
Find what occurred at Linz,
What huge imago made
A psychopathic god:
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.

Exiled Thucydides knew
All that a speech can say
About Democracy,
And what dictators do,
The elderly rubbish they talk
To an apathetic grave;
Analysed all in his book,
The enlightenment driven away,
The habit-forming pain,
Mismanagement and grief:
We must suffer them all again.

Into this neutral air
Where blind skyscrapers use
Their full height to proclaim
The strength of Collective Man,
Each language pours its vain
Competitive excuse:
But who can live for long
In an euphoric dream;
Out of the mirror they stare,
Imperialism’s face
And the international wrong.

Faces along the bar
Cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out,
The music must always play,
All the conventions conspire
To make this fort assume
The furniture of home;
Lest we should see where we are,
Lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night
Who have never been happy or good.

The windiest militant trash
Important Persons shout
Is not so crude as our wish:
What mad Nijinsky wrote
About Diaghilev
Is true of the normal heart;
For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone.

From the conservative dark
Into the ethical life
The dense commuters come,
Repeating their morning vow;
“I will be true to the wife,
I’ll concentrate more on my work,”
And helpless governors wake
To resume their compulsory game:
Who can release them now,
Who can reach the deaf,
Who can speak for the dumb?

All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.

W.H. Auden

Please take care and stay safe.

Rare Black Moon 18 Aug 2020

According to Space.com:

A Black Moon, much like the Blue Moon, can have two definitions. It can either be the second new moon in a single calendar month, or the third new moon in a season with four new moons. Because Earth’s seasons are about three months long, each season usually has three new moons. But this summer we’ll have four new moons, in June, July, August and September. The next seasonal Black Moon will occur on May 19, 2023, and the next month with two new moons will be April 2022. 

Current Night Sky August 2020:

Iced Tea a Refreshing Drink

I am a big fan of Iced Tea, just ask anyone in my family! I love all kinds of iced tea and enjoy making different varieties of it and then sitting in nature to enjoy this tasty drink.

iced southern sweet tea close up

I like to cold brew a large black tea bag in the fridge for several hours, then serve in a glass with lemon and a sprig of mint. Sometimes I have it sweet.

According to Wikipedia: Iced tea started to appear in the United States during the 1860s. Seen as a novelty at first, during the 1870s it became quite widespread.[12] Recipes appeared in print, iced tea was offered on hotel menus, and it was on sale at railroad stations.[13] Its popularity rapidly increased after Richard Blechynden introduced it at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.[14]

I also add strawberry, a flower called Jamaica(Hibiscus), and orange slices.

This post was inspired by the wonderful post made by: Dra. Martha Castro.

Be Willing to Learn

In life, you are never too young or too old to learn new things, especially if it can save lives, keep yourself or others from getting ill, or more simply help take care of yourself. You can learn to cook healthy meals, keep you environment clean both indoors and outdoors, keep your body and clothes clean. I say this because I see a lot of people giving up on these very things during the trying times in which we find ourselves.

Learning from people who know skills that are different from yours will help you to survive, get by, save a life, or even make money.

These wise words from Sally Ride, an American Astronaut and physicist, clearly helped her become the first American female in space. While we do not need to all reach for the stars, we can make a difference right here on planet Earth each day with small acts of kindness, learning something new and acting on it.

Enjoy your day!