Tuesday, October 28, 2008

SNOW

Guess what?

IT'S SNOWING!!

Big wet flakes that melt on tongues and catch on eyelashes. That sting your face and delight your soul. That make wet sounds as they hit the pavement and melt, yet cover the lawn in a carpet of white wonder... The first snowfall is always something magical and soul lifting! Each new season brings such joy, that it would be absolutely impossible for me to pick a favorite season. I always tell people that my favorite seasons are the current one and the next one! The world never ceases to amaze me, to uplift me, to make me unbelievably happy. So here's to the wonder of life.

Peace, love, happiness, and lots of snow,

Idzie





Monday, October 27, 2008

Bookshelf Tours part 1

I've had the idea for a while now to give readers (if any people actually read this blog regularly!), a tour of my family's bookshelves. It just says so much about us all. And honestly, when I think about it, I've wanted to write down all the cool stuff on our bookshelves just for myself as well! I forget all the cool stuff there is so much of the time...

I guess I'll start with the two bookshelves in my room. Yes, I have two bookshelves almost completely filled in my bedroom. First, the one right next to my computer... On the top shelf you will find:
  • The American Girls Handybook followed closely by several books on history, a book on plays, weird laws in Canada, and a short fat book entitled Cats, with beautiful illustrations, stories and poems. Next you'll find a poetry book; Secrets of QiGong; The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces; a guide to fitness; several more literature books and a rhyming dictionary which are then followed by a book on Irish mythology (I love Irish mythology!). A couple of babysitting books; an aviation encyclopedia from half a century ago; and some sociology books I've never really looked at finish off that shelf. Oh wait, not quite. Stuffed onto the front and nearly falling off are the Teenage Liberation Handbook: How To Quit School And Get A Real Life And Education and Everywhere All The Time: A New Deschooling Reader.
  • Next shelf down we see that half the shelf is taken up by books on horses. Several encyclopedias on breeds, several manuals on how to ride, and a few on care and training of horses. Next several books on nature, birds, then a few on dogs and a bunch on cats. And for some reason the Idiot's Guide To French Verbs is stuffed in the middle of the cat section. Following the cat section is From The Ground Up (aviation), a Christmas song book (there's supposed to be two Christmas song books there, but I wandered off with the other one a couple days ago and haven't put it back...), a Christmas literature book, a tin whistle book I'd thought I'd lost (I never thought of looking on THAT shelf), a SAT study guide (even though I don't want to take the SAT), and a book on stamp collecting.
  • The next shelf is mostly papers and "school" supplies. But there is The Complete Book Of Herbs stuffed onto the end!
  • A few books have also migrated onto my desk. These include: 20th Century Poetry and Poetics; Teach Your Own by John Holt; Perfect Digital Photography; Celtic Myth and Legend; and a couple of other poetry books.
Geez, that's a lot of books... I think I'll stop here for now! Sorry to have bored you with that, but it was totally worth it. I FOUND MY TIN WHISTLE BOOK! *Happy*

Peace
Idzie

P.S. Here are a few photo's I took on a couple of my most recent walks...






Friday, October 24, 2008

Childrens books


Inspired by Jake and Anne O's library program, and Jake's desire to write and illustrate a childrens book, my mother took out a small stack of childrens books from our library a while back. They then sat forgotten for a couple of weeks on our shelves until they were returned today. Well, most of them were returned. I found a couple that had been stashed away in a different location, picked one up, and opened the cover. I don't think I stopped smiling throughout the book. It was beautiful, bright, and marvelous. So I started thinking... Why is there this stigma, this expectation that only children (or those with young children) should read childrens books? A beatifully illustrated childrens book is no less valid an art form than anything that hangs on a gallery wall! And what was that marvelous book you ask, that book that makes me now want to raid the childrens section of my local library? It's called The Umbrella and it's by a favorite author of ours from when I was young, Jan Brett. Apperently this one was published after I was older, since I've never heard of it before, and we ALWAYS checked out new Jan Brett books when I was young! So here's a little suggestion from me to you, a challenge if you like. If you or your children have already "outgrown" childrens books, (and if you're reading this you certainly have "outgrown" them yourself, even if your kids haven't, or at least by society's standards you have) forget about that. Go to your library, look on the shelves and find yourself a beautiful childrens book to love and enjoy! :-) Oh, and if you're interested in seeeing their gorgeous photo's, or hearing a bit about their unschooling life, check out Anne and Jake's blog here: http://anneojakeo365.blogspot.com/

Peace
Idzie :-)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The problem with "Green"

I'm not even an activist myself (yet), but I'm starting to really get annoyed at mainstream environmentalists, mainstream climate change educators, spreading awareness about this problem. And don't get me wrong, it's the single largest issue in the world, more detrimental to our species or countless other species survival than anything else. Problem is, all these mainstream environmentalists, all the governmental parties, they ALL put the onus squarely on you and me. Drive less, they say. Yes, driving less and buying fuel efficient cars lowers green house gas emissions by a minuscule amount. But you know what? The meat-agriculture industry produces more green house gas emissions than ALL transportation in the ENTIRE world. More green house gas than every single car, bus, train, boat, and airplane in the ENTIRE WORLD. Are you hearing anyone say don't eat beef anymore? Of course not! Beef, by the way, is THE food that's the hardest on the environment to produce. Another interesting fact is that if all the countless crops grown to support animals we later eat as meat were instead fed to humans, there would be no global food crisis. Every single human being in this world would have enough food to survive. And here's another thing you hear a lot from so called 'environmentalists'. Use less water. Take shorter showers. Well guess what. Corporations use 90% of the water that's used by humans. Ninety fricken' percent of ALL WATER USED BY OUR SPECIES! There is something seriously wrong with that. Why aren't these facts commonly known? Why is everyone pointing fingers at the wrong people? Well, I suppose, as usual, the powers in charge (governments and corporations) don't want that known. People WILL worry about the environment, so they need to feel that they're doing something, that they can change things. So they're carefully guided in the right direction, so they can all be good little green citizens without ever actually fixing the problem, and, more importantly to the powers that be, without ever harming their profits and production. So you know what? I guess the onus IS still on us, on the common people. But not for the reasons so many people think. If we really want to change things, stop supporting corporations. Stop buying their products. Stop giving them money to deforest our planet, stop giving them money to support death squads that make sure no one stands in the way of Shell's access to oil. Hold them accountable, or, even better, simply bring them down. Deprive them of the means to kill all life on earth. Because THAT ladies and gentleman, is the only way to truly be Green.

I'm tired, and rather pissed off at the moment, from having just watched more of this misdirection of the public, so this may be a rather unintelligeble rant... *Sighs* I hope you understand where this is coming from, anyway.

Peace
Idzie

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fall days and new writing

Today, I wrote a little non-fiction opinion piece and submitted it to deviantART (my page can be found here: http://idzie.deviantart.com/). It was written in about 5 minutes, and not really polished much, but here it is.

Boxed In

So many people have their minds in a box.


Shut in and constricted by Ideas so ingrained that many people hardly notice that they're there. And any sign or mention of something that does not mesh with those ingrained Ideas, Ideas given by civilization, by a society that believes the experts know best and that Professionals and institutions will always do things better, is met by instant suspicion, distrust, and yes, even fear. Anything that questions the Ideas of society is dangerous, since it could bring down your entire worldview, it can make it so you just cannot live in the world the way it is without changing your life drastically. So things remain stagnant, remain controlled by those in power, by large corporations and governments, by police and laws and bosses. But most of all, by Ideas. For, without those crucial Ideas, things WOULD change. They have to. People tend to look at the world with despair. To look and think there's nothing they can do to change it, that they should just get on with their lives the best they can. But that's only looking at things within society's box. If you realize that all these Ideas, so much a part of you that they feel like part of your soul, are simply that, Ideas, and if people can see that they're wrong, society as we know it cannot survive. Without those pillars supporting the system, it would crumble. The world would be a freer place. So what do I ask? I ask of everyone I know, my family, friends, acquaintances, and most importantly, myself, to question. Question EVERYTHING. That politician talking big on TV, that jet fighter you see flying overhead, the garish Christmas decorations that clutter the malls... Try and think of what's behind it, think of WHY things are the way they are. Read, read and read some more. Read revolutionary and radical books, read banned books, read books that question the foundations of our perceived world. But also read books or watch media supporting, often unconsciously, our current system. Try and actually think about what they're saying. Does it make sense? Is it outright lies? Is it just parroted, rote knowledge, something so commonly known to be correct it's simply accepted as fact, when the basis of that is as corrupt as our entire civilization? Just think about it...


Some amazing books I'd suggest starting with are anything by John Taylor Gatto, Grace Llewellyn, or John Holt. These educational revolutionaries will make you re-think everything you ever thought you knew about schooling and education, because really, where else does the constriction of creativity, of free thought and revolutionary ideas, begin if not in the government controlled school system?


Another amazing author who writes about our civilization in general and all that's wrong with it is Derrick Jensen. I've loved everything I've read by him! With passion, conviction, and well thought out arguments, he's really made a difference in how I view the world.


If only all the world could see, because once you can see things for what they really are, there is no going back.


In other news, a few days ago was an absolutely gorgoeusly beautiful Autumn day! Actually, there have been a lot of really nice Fall days... That day though, I took pictures! Not earlier in the day, sadly, when I was out with Emy and Nick. We ran around in the wind, leaves blowing, laughing and chasing each other and jumping on crunchy looking leaves. :-) Then we went into the woods, and sat around in this pretty little clearing... At one point, it had been cloudy, but then a ray of sunshine came through the trees and illuminated Nick's face perfectly. I was so kicking myself for forgetting my camera! Howevwer, later on I did take some pictures, although it was just me and my mom at our house at that point... Anyway, here are a few.

Of autumn joy
and tangled wind
frenzied dancing
leaves unhinged
race the air
and never win
love the truth
of all that's been
flying in spirit
exulting in wind











Peace, love, and much happiness,
Idzie

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thanksgiving

At home, with the three of us (my dad was out of town), and lots of good organic food. :-) I'll let these photo's tell the story...


Vegetarian patties


Beautiful (and natural) decoration :-)


Emilie's plate


Mom's Plate


My plate

Fresh dinner rolls


Beautiful organic onion, perfect for roasting


Organic white sweet potatoes, orange and red carrots (the red ones look orange when cooked)

Seasoned organic potatoes


I'll try and get a post up tomorrow of the beautiful Fall day I enjoyed (and photographed!) a couple of days ago.

Peace
Idzie

Friday, October 10, 2008

Long walks and upcoming festivities...

For two day in a row (last Tuesday and Wednesday), I went for really long walks. Yay! Both days my sister and I started out with my mother, and she turned back early as we continued with a friend or two. But really, it's best to let the pictures I took the first day tell the story... Sorry, the order is totally screwed up. We (my mother sister and I) started out walking around the streets, then my sister, Borris, and I continued into the woods and destroyed strip... The pictures, however, are a total mish-mash :-S


Endless line of dried sludge as far as the eye can see. Literally. I believe we've walked straight along here for about 25 minutes, and we still can't see the end of it.



I like the lines here...


My sister and I's shadows...




It's a smiley face... Can you see it?


The trees caught the sunset




Apparently you're not supposed to stand under these... Huh, who knew?


It looks like an aerial view of another world


Hmm... Way overexposed, but I wanted to show the extant of the damage




Some greenery has grown up along the devastated strip, but most of it is still dried sludge


I love the beautiful Fall leaves


A farm road wanders off to the side...


Shining strands of power lines...


Having fun :-)








Isn't this fire hydrant just amazingly adorable for some reason?


Where the green things end...





And as for the upcoming festivities, the first one is pretty much here! Tonight, my immediate family (minus my dad who's sadly away on a business trip :-( ) is celebrating Thanksgiving. We're cooking an almost entirely organic, harvest themed meal, with homemade bread, roasted carrots, potatoes and onions, meatloaf for the meat eaters, and I believe soup as well.

As for the other upcoming festivities, well, that's something I'm really looking forward to. :-) Since Halloween is so disgustingly commercialized, and I feel like I'm a bit too old for trick-or-treating, I decided to celebrate Samhain, a Pagan holiday celebrating the final harvest, and also remembering the dead. Some historians also believe that Samhain was the Celtic newyears. So, with the help of my sister and at least one friend, we're going to put together a small celebration. It will be cool. :-)

Peace
Idzie
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