Category: Quotes

She has Returned

A beautiful proclamation to the shift that is upon us and the blood and tears and scars that have been left as we struggle towards a new and better place…

Tribe of Dreams

The very first time I heard Bernie Sanders speak, I knew who he was

knew the energy he was representing

knew that he was being fed from the same wellspring of evolving consciousness by which so many of us have been being fed lately on this planet.

This wellspring offers the energy of community





It offers the energy of equality




It offers the energy of love.

In a civilization that values profit about all else

this energy becomes revolutionary

but it is not by nature.

By nature, this energy is evolutionary.

There is only so long that we can continue to stumble blindly upon the Earth

eating her up faster than she can feed us

and creating so much suffering for ourselves, our kin in the community of life, and our future generations.

So it is not only unsurprising,

but also necessary

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Here is another inspiring story for you. Simon Dale built an adorable house (that also happens to be the one that inspired the roof fascia/trim on Ryan’s cob house) in Wales. This little earth bermed house has a few interesting aspects. First of all it has a reciprocal, living roof insulated with straw! And they have some good info on how to build a reciprocal roofs that even includes some formula’s for calculating gradient, height, and other features. I am finding that these roofs also don’t have to be perfect circles or even symmetrical shapes, just roughly conical it seems. And the more I look the more I am convinced that the reciprocal roof structure may indeed be the way to go for simplicity, strength, and beauty. Secondly, this structure uses straw bale insulation in the walls and floor as well- something I have not come across in an earth bermed  structure. The finished product is quite beautiful and appeals to my tastes. I would definitely recommend visiting their site and looking at some of the pictures. Also, their family story is quite cute and fun to read. Dale built this house in just four months with help from his father while his wife camped out and looked after their two kids! As the wife reminds us, this may sound crazy to some but kids love playing in the dirt and exploring the outdoors. Here is one quote from their family story that I particularly liked:

“Feeling impotent in the face of environmental and social problems is overcome more easily than we imagine by forming clear intentions of our ideals. Realising them is not always simple, but in our experience more fulfilling than business as usual.”

Definitely worth checking out if you ask me. Below is a picture of the family and their home from the outside, taken from their website. There are many more cool pictures on their site of both the inside and outside, the plans, and the construction process!

Some quotes Penny has shared with me

“and the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”  – anais nin
“What you bring to a relationship are your roots. What you give to each other are wings” – unknown

A Quote on Hope

“Hope is not like a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky…. Hope is an ax you break down doors with in an emergency;…hope should shove you out the door, because it will take everything you have to steer the future away from endless war, from annihilation of the earth’s treasures and the grinding down of the poor and marginal. Hope just means another world might be possible, not promised, not guaranteed. Hope calls for actions; action is impossible without hope.” –Rebecca Solnit (taken from Nature and the Human Soul by Bill Plotkin)

Some of my favorite, inspirational quotes

“Be the change you want to see in the world” -Mahatma Gandhi

“Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” – Cadet Maxim

“Dance as though no one is watching you. Love as though you have never been hurt before. Sing as though no one can hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth.” – Souza

“Never underestimate the ability of a small group of committed individuals to change the world. Indeed, they are the only ones who ever have.” -Margaret Mead

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” -Helen Keller

“Believe in magic
Let your dreams take flight
Go dancing in the moonlight
Cultivate an air of mystery
Reveal your true self to those you love
Make a little mischief
Even the smallest wings can soar” – unknown

¨Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn´t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won´t feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It´s not just in some of us; it´s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.¨ -Marianne Williamson (Apparently Nelson Mandela used this quote in his inaugural speech, but Williamson is the original author)

“You Reading This, Be Ready
Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along the shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?
Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?
When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent reading or hearing this, keep it for life —
What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?” – William Stafford

“A child who lives with gentleness
will touch with gentle hands.
A child who’s understood
becomes someone who understands.
A child who lives with patience
learns a way to wait for things.
A child who’s taught to smile at life
is one who laughs and sings.
When children find acceptance,
that’s another trait they learn,
And children who are loved a lot
will give love in return.” – unknown

“The lesson of the beet, then, is this: Hold on to your divine blush, your innate rosy magic, or end up brown.” -Tom Robbins

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