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One-Liner Wednesday on Illumination

“It can be illuminating to look at the world in different ways.”  

Frank Wilczek, theoretical physicist

This quote came to me from Bob in my senior center writers’ group. Bob kindly provided the excerpt below on complementarity:

COMPLEMENTARITY IS MIND- EXPANDING

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“Thus, complementarity is an invitation to consider different perspectives. Unfamiliar questions, unfamiliar facts, or unfamiliar attitudes, in the spirit of complementarity, give us opportunities to try out new points of view and to learn from what they reveal. They foster mind expansion.  Why not bring this spirit to supposed conflicts between art and science, or philosophy and science, or religion A and religion B, or religion and science?

It can be illuminating to look at the world in different ways.  In my own experience, early exposure to Catholicism inspired me to think cosmically and to look for hidden meanings beneath the appearance of things. The attitudes have proved enduring blessings, even after I abandoned the faith’s strict dogmas. Today, I often go back to Plato, to Saint Augustine, to David Hume, or to “outdated” scientific works- Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Maxwell-to converse with great minds, and to practice thinking differently.

Of course, trying to understand different ways of thinking does not necessarily mean you must agree with them, much less adopt them as your own. In the spirit of complementarity, we should maintain detachment. Ideologies or religions that claim an exclusive right to dictate uniquely “correct” views are contrary to the spirit of complementarity.  That said, science has a special status. It has earned enormous credibility, both as a body of understanding and as an approach to analyzing physical reality, through its impressive success in many applications. Scientists who define themselves narrowly fail to enrich their minds, but people who avoid science impoverish theirs.”

Frank Wilczek

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Good News Tuesday for August 30, 2022: Tasmanian Rainforest Victory, Erasing US Student Loan Debt, The World’s Largest Community Garden, and a Cat Wakes Up Woman Having a Heart Attack

Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Environmental Activists Halt Work on Toxic Waste Dump

A Federal court justice upheld environmentalist’s objections to a toxic waste dump in the Tasmanian rainforest “on the grounds that the endangered Tasmanian masked owl was not properly considered.” A new assessment will have to take place. Here’s more from EuroNews.Green.

Erasing US Student Loan Debt for Lower Income Households

US President Biden is eliminating $10,000 in federal student loan debt for citizens with incomes below $125,000 a year, or households that earn less than $250,000. Here are details from AP.

Rio de Janeiro is Creating the World’s Largest Community Garden

The city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is growing what is likely to become the world’s largest community garden. Created in 2006, the project currently has 56 active neighborhood gardens with about 50,000 families involved. When completed, the urban garden will connect several neighborhoods with a green strip of land and be as large as 15 soccer fields. Mayor Eduardo Paes made it a goal of his administration to have the garden fully operational by 2024. You can read all about it here in Bloomberg.

Cat Wakes Up Woman who was Having a Heart Attack

Sam says Billy is more her mom’s cat, but Billy woke her up by jumping on Sam’s chest and wouldn’t leave her alone. It turns out, Sam was having a heart attack and credits Billy for saving her life. Read more from the Good News Network. Plus, here’s a video of Sam and Billy:

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Cure for Boredom: Be Excited about Small Things (or Just Take a Nap)

Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “board/bored.” Use one, or use them both for bonus points. Enjoy!

Board: We still have plenty of lose boards in our fence we need to replace. Thankfully, Marley is not aware of our temporary reinforcements.

Bored: Boredom is rare these days. There’s always something to do or watch on TV or read, and naps! It’s wonderful to be able to nap at will now that I’m retired.

Marley our pitsky keeps me from being bored, though sometimes I think Marley is bored. Fortunately, he likes naps, too. He gets two long walks every day in addition to short potty breaks. I usually walk him in the evening and David walks him in the morning. But David walked him twice yesterday because I’ve been feeling run down by a UTI. It’s getting better, but my energy is low. Also, I didn’t realize that feeling dizzy or sleepy could be a side effect of the antibiotic till I looked it up.

Last week, I mentioned in SoCS that I was looking into alternatives for our compost so we don’t attract little animals that could become prey for Marley. The compost bin is fenced off, but animals can apparently get over or through the fence. So, the cool thing is that I just found out the nearby Food Co-op I’m a member of is offering members the opportunity to bring compost there on Saturdays! There might be a discount at the farmer’s market if I bring a pound or more of compost. Today will be my first compost deposit.

Being excited about having a place to take my compost explains why I’m rarely bored anymore. The most exciting thing is the timing. Sometimes we have to wait a while to get what we want, but this happened within two weeks!

Is there something that excites you that doesn’t excite most people?

Here are some other things that have excited me lately:

We have an abundance of these spiders. I hope they’re eating mosquitoes.

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Tree Love: A Network of Energy Above and Below Ground

Messages hum from out of the bark she leans against. Chemical semaphores home in over the air. Currents rise from the soil-gripping roots, relayed over great distances through fungal synapses linked up in a network the size of the planet.” Richard Powers, The Overstory

This could be a doorway to the secret underground network:

Look closely. See the door?

Before yoga class at the senior center, I’m just looking for tree shade to park under. After yoga class, I am more aware of the trees themselves. They call to me with an energy stronger than the noise of highway traffic. Their energy is always there, of course. When we pay close attention, we feel the trees hum and allow ourselves to be entranced.

Spanish Moss Swaying in the Breeze

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Good News Tuesday for August 23, 2022: Free Student Meals in California, Sorghum is Thriving, Hope for Sea Turtles, and a Flight Crew of all Black Women Honors Bessie Coleman

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California Will be the First US State to Offer Free Meals to All Students

California’s Universal Meals Program will give all public school students access to free breakfast and lunch. The state of Maine is developing a similar program. ABC News has details.

Gluten Free, Drought Resistant Sorghum is Thriving in France

Sorghum is the gluten-free, drought resistant grain that needs little fertilizer and less pesticide. Eudes Coutte, a sorghum farmer in France, has had only a slight decrease in crop yield during the drougth but has the advantages of spending less on irrigation, pesticides, and fertilizer. The Good News Network has more.

Hope for Sea Turtles

The US state of Georgia set a new state record for the number of sea turtle nests last week with 3,966 nests being observed. You can read more about the endangered sea turtles and the work to protect them in this article from CNN.

Meanwhile, the first sea turtle nest was found on a Mississippi beach since 2018. Oil spills hurt the sea turtle populations in 2010 and 2019. ABC News has more.

Sea turtles are protected in the US. It’s important to keep their environments safe and clean and to turn off beach facing lights during hatching season so as not to confuse hatchlings trying to get to the ocean.

Celebrating Bessie Coleman with a Flight Crew of All Black Women

Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman to get a pilot’s license. One-hundred years later, American Airlines celebrated her achievement with an honorary flight from Dallas, Texas to Phoenix, Arizona with a crew of all black women. Watch this video to learn more and join in the celebration:

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SoCS: Keys to my Heart, Florida Keys, and Dad’s Keys

Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “key.” Use it as a noun, a verb, or use it metaphorically. Have fun!

I like this prompt, though I don’t have a plan. No, wait, one, two, three are developing. It’s hard not to plan, especially if you’re a planner.

Key to my heart, keys to the kingdom, keys to the Queendom! We went to Key Largo for our honeymoon almost 10 years ago in December.

My dad had a lot of keys. Now I have inherited them. Who knows what they go to? I don’t know. Where is the key to the lock on the trunk where I put my dad’s guns? I’m not really concerned about it. Not taking that stream. But I have no interest in getting rid of my dad’s keys. They could be an art project, like my mom’s costume jewelry, and all those buttons and bottle caps.

My Dad’s Extra Keys

Let’s go back to the key to my heart. David and I went out to dinner and talked about important things: how to protect small animals from our dog Marley who has a big prey drive. I won’t go into the hairy details, but David came to my rescue in a somewhat traumatic backyard experience. So over dinner we talked about barriers that would allow small animals an escape route, thinning out the urban forest gradually, and reducing, maybe even scrapping our composting efforts that may attract little animals. We’re thinking about giving our scraps to a compost company that will give us compost for a fee. Anyway, as odd as it might seem, I like having a man I can talk to about these things. And he loves dogs – one of the keys to my heart.

I’m recycling a few photos from the Florida Keys

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CFFC: Reflections or Shadows

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week is, celebrating reflections or shadows. I went back in time to find the reflections of a live oak branch decorated for Christmas at Brookgreen Gardens annual “Night of a Thousand Candles.” This was the venue where David proposed to me in 2011, so these gardens are very special to us.

Brookgreen Gardens, SC. Night of a Thousand Candles 2015

The next photo is closer to home at Greenfield Lake:

Greenfield Lake

Finally, we have some tall, late afternoon shadows at the beach:

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Good News Tuesday for August 16, 2022: Treating Tinnitus, Help for Endangered Salmon, Lyme Disease Vaccine Update, and Compassion in Little League Baseball

Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Study Shows Improvement in Treating Tinnitus

“Encouraging results” have come from research in New Zealand where a smartphone ap was used to treat tinnitus. Out of 61 people studied, sixty-five percent reported improvement. “For some people, it was life-changing….” The treatment helps the constant ringing or buzzing noise fade more into the background. Here’s more from IFLScience.

Endangered Salmon are About to Swim Upstream Again after 80 Years

“Whatever happens to the salmon happens to us,” Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader

Since the construction of the Shasta Dam in 1942, endangered chinook salmon have not been able to swim upstream to spawn in the cold mountain waters of Northern California. Wildlife officials collected about 20,000 eggs from a National Fish Hatchery near Redding, drove them three hours north, then “lugged the cooler down a rocky slope to the riverbank….” This story includes the Winnemem Wintu Tribe’s moving ceremonial blessings for the salmon and their importance to tribal culture.

A New Vaccine for Lyme Disease is Almost Ready

The Lyme disease vaccine is now in the final phase of a clinical study in humans. NPR has details.

Little League Batter Consoles Pitcher Who Hit Him with the Ball

At a little league baseball game, the pitcher Kaiden felt noticeably upset after accidentally hitting the batter in the head, knocking off his helmet. The batter, 12-year-old Isaiah, seeing that the pitcher was upset, went to console him and let him know he was okay.

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SoCS: Kinder, Gentler Motivation

Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is starts with “u.” Find a word that starts with the letter “u” and use it however you’d like. Bonus points if it’s the first word in your post. Enjoy!

“Use it or lose it,” was the first thing I thought about after reading the prompt. I believe this is true, up to a point. There’s a fine line between use and overuse. With osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, scoliosis, plantar fasciitis, and heel spurs, I have to be careful and look for the right kind of use (exercise) without overdoing it. All those ailments sound like a lot, but they’re not that serious if I find the right self-care balance.

I’ve figured out that if I do my foot exercises (mostly flexing), wear shoes with lots of cushioning (love my Oofos) and don’t walk on pavement much, my feet are able to take me on walks around the neighborhood and maybe a little hiking in the woods or walking on the beach. If I overdo (overuse) my feet, I have to ice them and rest some.

The back balance between use and overuse is a little trickier. Regular exercise is important, but it’s easy to strain a muscle, especially doing yard work which I really enjoy. My daughter just started selling essential oils and I’ve found I love the Deep Blue stick which is a roll on with gentle cool/warmth instead of the burn of some popular topical analgesics. But enough on that. I don’t want to do a commercial.

Another motivational quote I’m reminded of is “What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.” That may be true up to a point. Stress can kill over time. Stress can cause stomach and other gastrointestinal problems, all kinds of physical problems over time. Cortisol…. you can look it up. A little stress is good. A little stress here and there does make us stronger if we learn how to cope. That applies to both physical and mental stress, but too much can kill us. Being in an unhealthy relationship or toxic job can take years off our lives. In 2016 I had been saying for years, “I’m not going to let this job kill me.” Thankfully I got out in 2017. Now, I’m healing, reclaiming those years.

The “motivational” quote I really hate is, “Go big or go home.” Maybe I’m hearing that wrong, but maybe I did good to just show up. Have you seen this on a T shirt? I want one.

Sorry I’m late.

I didn’t want to come.

So far, I’ve never actually said this out loud, but I must want to, because it’s so funny. It’s an introvert thing.

I no longer have to make A’s on my report card. Thank God I don’t have job evaluations anymore.

It’s okay if some people want to go big and excel at a sport, or job, or talent, but we don’t need to make ourselves sick or crazy. Sometimes, I’m on time. Sometimes I’m late. Sometimes I leave early. Sometimes I don’t go. Sometimes, I do.

Instead of “Go big or go home,” how about,

Be nice or go home.

Be nice or apologize.

Okay, you don’t have to be nice, just don’t be mean.

Play fair or take a time out.

I like time outs. I can carry a blanket in my car for time outs. Or I’ll go play with the dog. Any dog. Or the goats and chickens….

Here’s a video of me at Blueberry Lane Farm Animal Sanctuary with Delilah and Amos who I keep calling Simon, but doesn’t care. I showed up and brought him lunch.

There are 2 pigs, 3 sheep, 9 goats, 11 roosters and one hen at the sanctuary. The chickens have various levels of rehabilitation and housing. Amos has a foot handicap and currently lives with matriarchal goats, Delilah and Esther. He can see and crow with the other roosters.

Photos from my walks with Marley:

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Thursday Tree Love: New Life

Sometimes it seems like things are in ruins. But life has a way of surprising us. Trust the timing.

This photo was taken by my amazing daughter, Ayla. It’s a young cypress growing from a stump at a nature preserve here in North Carolina.

Photo by Ayla Likens

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