Casting an Eye on Self


How do we see ourselves? Are we aligned with predatory behaviour? Do we see ourselves as agents of peace and harmony? Do we pay homage to Mother Earth? If we see ourselves as the only entity that matters we are in delusion and as a result we will careen towards our extinction. The Earth is a living entity and it is only through saving the Earth that we will save ourselves.

© Norma Bobb-Semple 2021

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Mi tinta

Santiago Galicia Rojon Serrallonga


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Mi tinta, al escribir, es el poema que construyo, en las mañanas y en las noches, en las tardes y en las madrugadas, cuando siento deslizar en mi piel las gotas de lluvia y te miro a mi lado, contenta e irrepetible; es la letra, es la palabra, es mi voz silenciosa convertida en signo, en arte, en texto; es mi vida entera que se vierte en las páginas de un cuaderno que he dedicado a ti, a tu nombre con apellidos, a mi amor que es tan tuyo y se transforma en delirio, en flor, en polvo de estrella. Mi tinta, al inspirarme en ti, me convierte en escritor, en artista, y te transforma en ángel, en musa. Mi tinta, al plasmarla en hojas interminables de papel, es el recuento de mi vida, mis anhelos y mis sueños…

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My Top 5 baking tips

Smitha's Bake Love

How do I get better at cooking?
How do I get better at baking?
How do I make tasty/yummy food?

Most of us thought of cooking 101 or baking 101 at some point if you are like me and spending some time in the kitchen. Whether you can bake like a Bakerina or a beginner baker, I thought a few of the tips I learned would be beneficial to anyone’s tips and tricks box. Below are my top 5 in no particular order.

Cake Pan Liner

Make your own cake pan liner using the wax paper. Tear a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper. Fold it in half, then fourths and then in sixths as shown in the picture below. Simply reverse the cake pan you are using, hold the folded paper at the center of the cake pan, draw a line or fold to down to make a…

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Punished and hit for speaking her language, a B.C. residential school survivor is not staying silent |

Sphenia-Jones.jpg?quality=85&strip=all A residential school survivor from Haida Gwaii, B.C., is calling for a class-action lawsuit against the Catholic Church to reveal the names of the children who died at the schools. Sphenia Jones went to the Edmonton Residential School where she said she was given a different name, Pauline, and was forced to stop speaking her language. She was 11 years old when she attended the school and was put on a train from British Columbia where she said it stopped multiple times to pick up other children from communities along the route.

“There was a whole bunch of kids in there. They were stopping and picking up a bunch of kids,” she said. “Some of them died on the way and they just threw them off the train.”

Source: Punished and hit for speaking her language, a B.C. residential school survivor is not staying silent |

Countries Comply With China’s Efforts to Silence Uyghurs Abroad — Report — Radio Free Asia (Me: Shameful lack of support from majority Muslim countries)

Since 2017, 682 Uyghurs have been detained in Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, the UAE, and Uzbekistan, according to the report. Source: Countries Comply With China’s Efforts to Silence Uyghurs Abroad — Report — Radio Free Asia

Along Came A Spider


Along came a spider
An eight legged rider.

In her web, I espied a fly
Other insects came to say goodbye.

The spider's sting operation
Causing pain sensation.

Spidey's silken seduction
Makes no cause for affection.

An intrepid with her labyrinth
Her stealth is her fingerprint.

She never trips in her net
Her web is her bayonet.

She walks and stalks a silky trail
Rigging a web to catch the frail.

Spiders are seen and never heard
They wield a most unlikely sword.

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One year later


Taken on June 20, 2020

Taken on June 25, 2021

This Black Cherry was one we got free from the Conservation Service and Indiana DNR. The first picture was taken on June 20, 2020 shortly after being planted. The sapling was then in a cage for protection, and the top visible rung on the cage is less than 2 feet high.  The second picture was taken on June 25, 2021. The tree is now a little over 6 feet tall. Black Cherry trees normally take 8 to 10 years of growth before they produce cherries. We’ll report back in June, 2030.

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Me lo debo

I owe it…

Santiago Galicia Rojon Serrallonga

Santiago Galicia Rojon Serrallonga

Me debo un instante, otro y muchos más de alegría, con incontables abrazos, sonrisas y tratos amables. Adeudo, para mi existencia, dejar atrás cualquier síntoma de amargura, enojo, desconfianza, miedo y tristeza. Tengo pendiente convertirme en personaje extraordinario, cautivante y sencillo, y en hacer de mi biografía una historia sublime, maravillosa e inolvidable. Y sí, me debo una vida más bella, en armonía y en equilibrio, plena y sabia, abundante en detalles, sin los sobresaltos de quienes no descansan ni logran dormir tranquilos por la urgencia de apaciguar, a cualquier hora, los apetitos que tocan a sus puertas y los acosan, por la ausencia de sí y el exceso de superficialidades con que se presentan ante el mundo, por la ambición desmedida que arrebata la riqueza genuina o por los tintes sombríos que transpiran por medio de sus sentimientos, ideas, palabras y actos. Uno, desde que…

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