Spring Equinox, Start Fresh

This past weekend the Spring Equinox rolled into effect, typically observed as a time to mark the coming of Spring and the fertility of the land.

2016 is the earliest recorded vernal equinox since 1896.

The spring equinox marks the time when day and night are approximately equal in length, a phenomenon caused by the Earth having no tilt in its orientation to the sun. True east and true west are at the exact spot where the sun rises and sets. The equinox is also the time when the sun crosses the equator from south to north for the first time each year.

It’s a time to plant seeds and set intentions!

The very act of planting, of beginning new life from seed, is a ritual and a magical act in itself. To cultivate something in the black soil, see it sprout and then bloom, is to watch a magical working unfold before our very eyes.

The equinox is a reminder to focus on the future and visualize the possibilities, desired outcomes.

I am feeling so in-sync with the earthly cycles lately. Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, and I’m ready for the adventure.

 

My Pal, Meili 

This little guy brightens all of my days!  Meili is turning 4 years old next month. 

He has traveled with me across the country for work the in last several years, at my side whenever possible. 


Photo taken in San Diego, 3/13/16.
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Conservation Required

I’m obsessed with all of the beautiful plant life in California: palm trees, succulents, moss, vines, so many vibrant flowers…

Such a different landscape here on the West Coast, as compared to growing up on a farm in the Midwest. The ground feels different, the plants here in San Diego, alien-like and fascinating.

I am so appreciative to be able to wake up and take a walk each day, surrounded by these lovely things, sprouted from the earth. Surely, this is a feeling that most California transplants experience. 

The sense is a little surreal, especially in juxtaposition with my lifelines back home, posting photos of snow and sleeping trees. Although, the snow has been so minimal this winter, it doesn’t feel the same. 

It’s got me thinking about climate change, and the rate at which our earth is being altered.

It’s scary.

We need to conserve our natural resources and change the harmful ways in which we’re slowly draining the earth.

We could make a change if we would all just commit.

Here is just one of many petitions to encourage global citizens to speak up about climate change,  this one originating in South Africa by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The Change.org petition calls upon U.S. President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to set a target of 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Radical, yes. But, possible with cooperation and tireless work. It’s all part of a bigger picture, that so many of us are failing to recognize. 

Click here to lend your voice to the solution! It takes literally, one minute. 

Photo taken in my backyard, 3/12/16.

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Bountiful Breweries of the USA Detailed Map

40x60, $90. Pop Chart Lab.
40×60, $90. Pop Chart Lab.

Every brewery in the USA- all of them, laid out in a great-looking map. Pop Chart Lab created this masterpiece in the Navy Yard, Brooklyn, and it can be yours for $90.

The website also offers an online view with a fullscreen zoom option.

Check it out!

While you’re there look at the other prints. Another that we love is The Diagram of Dogs– a 24″x18″ print of various dog breeds and lineage.