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.

 

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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It’s International Women’s Day!

How can we celebrate International Women’s Day 2016? Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to taking action. #PledgeforParity 

  • Help women & girls achieve their ambitions
  • Challenge conscious and unconscious bias
  • Call for gender-based leadership
  • Value everyone’s contributions equally
  • Create inclusive, flexible cultures
  • Further Gender Parity Resources

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Google released a short video for Tuesday’s Doodle that salutes the aspirations of women around the world.

Shot in 13 cities and in several languages, the film asks women to finish the statement, “One day I will …” The crew spoke to 337 women as they criss-crossed the globe, recording dreams from discussing the environment with the Pope to playing major league baseball and seeing that every girl has an education.

Watch out for notable appearances from anthropologist Jane Goodall and Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai.

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The Stars Look Very Different Today

Rest In Peace, David Bowie, a beautiful inspiration to so many

“As fragile and inauthentic as our identities are, Bowie let us (and still lets us) believe that we can reinvent ourselves. In fact, we can reinvent ourselves because our identities are so fragile and inauthentic. Just as Bowie seemingly reinvented himself without limits, he allowed us to believe that our own capacity for challenges was limitless. Of course, there are limits–profound limits, mortal limits–in reshaping who we are. But somehow, in listening to his songs–even now–one hears an extraordinary hope that we are not alone and this place can be escaped, just for a day.”

-Simon Critchley’s, “Bowie” 2014

Listen Up: Colleen Green, I Want to Grow Up

This week’s music obsession: Colleen Green

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The LA based songwriter’s recent release is dreamy and poppy with the right amount of fuzzy guitar…. <3C

She will be in Chicago next month, April 13 at the Beat Kitchen with Upset.

Listen to I Want to Grow Up here: https://colleengreen.bandcamp.com

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