Wednesday, January 25, 2017

#100dayproject : day 4

Are we too connected? A little twist of the plot of my morning had me revisiting the issue of responsible use of the technology in my pocket. Here's hoping that, for more of us, having the one kind of connection (measured in mbps) doesn't interfere with the other. :)



this here so-called smart phone distractomafone device
the blessing or the curse
of our much divided attentions, safely connected tethered

Monday, January 23, 2017

#100dayproject : day 3

happy to see
bees in january
understanding, as i do
the need
for occasional
housekeeping
how perfect and lonely
they lie
on the surface
i bring home the dead
just a few
the better to see them
i leave them on the counter 
turn my thoughts
to dinner

"mom!"

my daughter of nine years
rattled, righteous
as one by one
the five bees revive
drunkenly they stumble-crawl
in slow-motion, clumsy
but what have i done?
we watch them
for such a breathless
intimate moment
our thanks and apologies
quietly given
as we return them
to the cold


This, of course, is a honeybee. It came out of the hive on a "cleansing flight"
and did not make it back. All normal and natural for this warm day in January.
However, the rapid decline of honeybee 
in the last decade
due to Colony Collapse Disorder is not. 
They are one of the myriad victims of the careless ways in which we've abused
the connection between our actions and our environment.
Another is the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee,
recently placed on the Federal Endangered Species List.
 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/01/10/this-bumble-bee-was-everywhere-now-its-on-the-endangered-species-list/?utm_term=.a2733b80dfff

Sunday, January 22, 2017

#100dayproject : Day 2


Watch out - girl on the move! 

During the film portion of the Wagbo Feast & Film event this evening, I got to hang out with the sweetest little sweetie pie. She was utilizing her newly realized mobility to get around in the world. So. Much. Fun!

The rest of us were watching a documentary highlighting women in various Australian hunter-gatherer societies. In it, women moved across a landscape so familiar to them, realizing ancient traditions and techniques for utilizing plants that had been passed down to them. At their sides, a new generation watched and learned.

Around the globe today, womenfolk were mobilizing, utilizing their right of assembly, hoping to realize equality for all in the face of renewed threats and a time of uncertainty within our own democratic republic.

First we crawl, then we walk, then we march!

Sending a shout out to all the peaceful protesters around the globe today! Thank you for standing up, speaking up, showing up - Women's Rights are Human Rights are Environmental Rights are Women's Rights! Yes, we are connected!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

#100dayproject

I'll be the first to admit that I am both energized and overwhelmed by the volume of calls to action brought on by recent events in the US and abroad. I am comforted by those that insist that our small everyday actions do matter. I take to heart the sentiment that to start small is still to start. And that the big actions all began as wee ones.

I also think it's a good idea to get a little bit uncomfortable once in a while. That's what it feels like when you stretch, grow, make new choices.

With that, prompted by good friend and awesome human, Jeannie Voller, we're taking up a #100dayproject challenge here on the new old Wagbo blog!

The #100dayproject challenge generally goes like this: Pick an action, any smallish, creative, positive action. (Cool.) Do that action. (Ok.) Now share it... usually on social media. (Um...) Repeat 100 times. (Yikes.) Alright, I'd say we've achieved a certain level of uncomfortable.

Starting today and for the next 99 days, Wagbo will be joining with others that take up this challenge to get creative, go high, be the change, see the beauty, get to work, spread the love, and - our #100dayproject focus - find connection.

Each day we'll share something here, a small something - a photo, a thought, an idea - to document connections of all shapes and sizes that make us stronger. Over the coarse of the project, we hope many times to pause long enough to notice, to gain a new perspective, to find ourselves grateful.

I guess we begin with this here on day one, which, if it's reaching you, is doing so over the wondrous world wide webs. And just like that... we are connected.

So, here's to starting small and growing uncomfortable, every day, believing in collective passion and the sum of our actions. We're hoping it leads to new and better connections along the way.

We thank Jeannie for the inspiration and we look forward to seeing her dance through her #100dayproject. Let us know if you're doing a #100dayproject too!

Until soon,
Jen