At the gym I talked to a student who had her head shaved and her legs hairy and she complimented my tattoos and I just want to say how nice (and frankly a relief) it was to exchange even mere pleasantries with someone who vibed not 100% mainstream. And I just want to thank everyone whose expression sets them apart because you may be the breath of fresh air that helps keep someone going even if you never know it.
She howled in the distance, her yelps fading, she was chasing something or being chased.
She tracked us as we climbed a peak and saw wilderness in every direction, tamaracks yellow among the ponderosa pine.
She came back. She circled, she came back again. She came back with a bloody leg. She came for scritches and breakfast. She came back thigh deep in mud. She came back with a pelt in her mouth not once but twice.
She came back and slept by the woodstove in the cabin beside us.
Just back from a wilderness overnight at a friend's cabin.
With some trepidation we let our dog off leash, knowing we were where grizzlies and mountain lions and wolves are active, knowing she could have turned north and run some 200 miles in contiguous wilderness to Canada, crossing two roads. She could have blundered into the elk's winter migration, chased mule deer, big horn sheep and antelopes.
for avians and their fans: a really stunning photoset by Stephen Gill (Tumblr link):
Here's a word to celebrate today:
Spe-klm (my transliteration, since I don't have the characters needed to spell it properly) aka Bitterroot. Called a "mind-food," the root is said to give clarity and improve memory. It is currently too endangered for casual harvest (though we sorely need some clarity and strengthening of memory these days).
Yesterday a group of children put some 700 plants into the soil here. May they, the children and the plants, thrive.
PSA! Finding work for my friend who's a nutritionist/personal trainer. Please read because there's a lot to this :D Also please share! <3
My friend Jen has fibro, IC, depression, and anxiety. Two years ago she was hugely overweight and unfit, and walking ~100m was enough exertion that she'd feel sick afterwards. Today, she's lost 80kg in weight and is a qualified personal trainer and nutritionist. She does Krav, boxing, runs a community social walking group, teaches teens self-defense. (1/?)
art and wonder
I introduced myself to the Salish panelist afterwards and thanked her for enriching the discussion. I told her I'm a newcomer to this place and am hoping to study some Salish language as part of my way of learning this land and whose land it is and asked her if she thought that was even an appropriate goal.
She told me it was a very complicated language and would be hard to learn but also that she thought it was not a bad thing to try. I'm still clueless but grateful for that.
art and wonder
Went to a discussion tonight in conjunction with a photography exhibit http://www.matthamon.com/ratljost - the 4 panelists were: the photographer whose exhibit was there, another photography prof, a Christian theologian and a Salish cultural historian. It was fascinating - the pictures were ostensibly about Iceland, but the discussion roamed to land and awe, perception, "to whom do we belong?" the concept of 60 generations of family on beloved land to being the transient child of transients.
trending hashtags masto meta
I like the idea of having an unobtrusive bit of screen that shows a few new, interesting hashtags.
I don't like the current selection of tags; "most popular" is a boring metric. There has to be a better one.
- Most "weirder.earth-y" hashtags (measured by how often we use relative to fediverse)
- Hashtags with the longest reply threads
- Hashtags that had a good run but have fallen out of fashion
- Hashtags used by exactly 2 people who don't follow each other
religion and violence
Finished Season One of the Bundyville #podcast and having lots of feelings. There's something in this particular brand of religious fervor (that needs have no roots in any faith - it could just as easily be the cult of celebrity or politics) that feels so self-serving.
I find myself wishing I had something I could say to them or their followers to open their minds. (Why should I think I can do that?) But there is no dissuading someone from their own delusions, is there?
Drove out to the country (only 20 miles away but a lot of that was on dirt roads) to an event for a local grizzly conservation group https://www.vitalground.org/. They had cider presses and we were invited to bring apples to keep them from attracting the bears near our homes.
We got to practice using bear spray (not as intuitive as one might hope) and talked to several conservation groups including the awesomely named People and Carnivores https://peopleandcarnivores.org/
Went to a talk by Leah Sottile, the journalist who hosts the Bundyville podcast https://www.npr.org/podcasts/606441988/bundyville
It was an excellent talk. She is committed to understanding difficult people and sharing their stories without over-simplifying them.
I'd only listed to the first episode of season one beforehand, but am now listening on and am wowed. It's a tough story for sure, but I think an important one.
extinction rebellion (advice sought)
Welcoming opinions on the Extinction Rebellion. My partner is being asked to be part of it here and will go to an upcoming organizational meeting.
I feel like I've seen a few things on the fediverse against XR but I haven't been following anything and am fuzzy on the whole thing. Especially if anyone has links she should read - thank you!
Took what will probably end up being my last coast-bound trip of the calendar year today. No pics from the trip, but I did learn a few new things...
Speyeria zerene hippolyta, the endangered Oregon Silverspot butterfly's caterpillar likes to feast on Viola adunca aka "early blue violet". It also likes Yarrow and Goldenrods.
But for early-stage growth, it needs violets. I was super excited to realize I've seen those tiny heart-shaped violets (maybe not the exact species?) in my yard; it was so prolific, I thought for sure it was invasive. Nope.
"With pressures from human activities and invasions of non-native plant species, there are few remaining native coastal grasslands with early-blue violets. Last seen on the Long Beach Peninsula in 1990, this butterfly is now found only at four sites in Oregon. It was listed as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in 1980 ".
The Garden of One Thousand Buddha's has a quirky vibe to it, reminiscent of the world's largest ball of twine or something. As my friend said, "a Buddhist shrine in the middle of an Indian reservation in Montana?"
It had an earnest sweetness to it somewhat hard to convey by looking for the beautiful camera angles. It was odd and lovely and I'm sure I'll be back.
snuggles dogs, climbs things, cooks plants and such
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