Sense & Sensibility

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Amos Amore

Resistence: A Songwriters Story Of Hope, Change, And Courage, Available May 5th 2020. A Timely & Passionate Call To Action For Engaging With Our Current Political Moment, From The Grammy-Nominated & Multiplatinum Singer-Songwriter & New York Times Bestselling Author Tori Amos.

Since the release of her first, career-defining solo album Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos has been one of the music industry’s most enduring and ingenious artists. From her unnerving depiction of sexual assault in “Me and a Gun” to her post-September 11th album, Scarlet’s Walk, to her latest album, Native Invader, her work has never shied away from merging the personal with the political.

Detail Of Hand Colored Photographs From Native Invader Album Artwork (Here & Below) © Paulina Otylie Surys 2017.

Amos began playing piano as a teenager for the politically powerful at hotel bars in Washington, DC, during the formative years of the post-Goldwater and then Koch-led Libertarian and Reaganite movements. The story continues to her time as a hungry artist in Los Angeles to the subsequent three decades of her formidable music career. Amos explains how she created meaningful, politically resonant work against patriarchal power structures ~and how her proud declarations of feminism and her fight for the marginalized always proved to be her guiding light. She teaches us to engage with intention in this tumultuous global climate and speaks directly to supporters of #MeToo and #TimesUp, and those fighting for their rights and visibility in the world. Filled with compassionate guidance and actionable advice ~and using some of the most powerful, political songs in Amos’s canon, this book is for anyone determined to steer the world back in the right direction.

About: Tori Amos is a classically trained, Grammy-nominated American singer-songwriter, composer, and the New York Times bestselling author of Tori Amos: Piece by Piece. She has released fifteen studio albums, including her latest, Native Invader, in 2017. She is known for reviving the ’70s tradition of singer/songwriter and reestablishing the piano as a rock & roll instrument.

Mythic Manifesto

We have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; and where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.  ~Joseph Campbell

Timely Teachings

Being fully present to fear, to gratitude, to all that is ~this is the practice of mutual belonging. As living members of the living body of Earth, we are grounded in that kind of belonging. Even when faced with cataclysmic changes, nothing can ever separate us from Earth. We are already home.  ~Joanna Macy

Celebrating Joanna Macy May 2nd 2020, 8pm EDT

For The Love Of Ecopsychology. Join The Global Online Celebration Of The New Book: A Wild Love For The World On Joanna Macy’s 91st Birthday! The evening will be moderated by editor Stephanie Kaza with music by Lydia Violet, and will include words from Joanna as well as selected readings from the book by various guest authors. Joanna is eager to connect with people around the world under these difficult times. Gain fresh inspiration and address the “work of our time” drawing on the life work and legacy of teacher-writer-activist Joanna Macy. Note: This is a tune into livestream event by timezone, so no need for zoom or registration!

A Wild Love For The World Joanna Macy And The Work Of Our Time, Edited By Stephanie Kaza, Shambhala Publications, 2020.

Joanna Macy is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking, and deep ecology whose decades of writing, teaching, and activism have inspired people around the world. In this collection of writings, leading spiritual teachers, deep ecologists, and diverse writers and activists explore the major facets of Macy’s lifework. Combined with eleven pieces from Macy herself, the result is a rich chorus of wisdom and compassion to support the work of our time.

 Shambhala Publications is an independent publishing company based in Boulder, Colorado that specializes in books that present creative and conscious ways of transforming the individual, the society, and the planet. In the hope of contributing to the development of a thoughtful, kindhearted, and contemplative society.

Flower Power

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden Puzzle. The perfect Spring gift for flower and puzzle lovers alike! A great way to celebrate flowers while spending time indoors this season. This high-quality double-sided puzzle features the Floret Flower Farm iconic farm truck on one side and a beautiful dahlia ombre on the other. Product Details: 24 x 18 inches, 500 double-sided pieces ~glossy + matte, plus an informational artist/image insert.

Floret Farm is a little flower farm with a big vision ~to be a thriving research and education farm dedicated to giving flower lovers the tools and information they need to grow the gardens of their dreams. Specializing in unique, uncommon, and heirloom flowers. Based in Washington’s picturesque Skagit Valley, they source from the best breeders in the world and grow and offer many varieties on the farm and in the garden shop ~which features cut flower seeds, tools, supplies, and gifts.

Floret Farm’s A Year In Flowers: Designing Gorgeous Arrangements For Every Season, Hardcover, 312 Pages, 2020.

Those planning to get outside and grow to practice some flower garden therapy soon, will love the new book by beloved flower farmer and floral designer Erin Benzakein of Floret Farm, filled with gorgeous photography and practical design techniques for beautiful bouquets that anyone can make. Each seasonally-inspired chapter encourages readers to observe the colors and textures of the natural world around them and arrange locally-grown ingredients to savor and share.

 Floret Farm Seeds, sourced from all over the globe, are some of the most stunning and unique flower varieties available. See the curated Seeds A~Z Collection available from the Floret Farm Shop. Floret’s site offers seeds, workshops, resources, a behind the scenes blog, fun with flowers galore and more. Therein you can pick up Floret’s puzzle, explore her books and find some amazing seeds from the collection to try out. For The Love Of Spring enjoy the season. Garden and grow things and get your hands dirty!

Twilight Zone

It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call … The Twilight Zone.  ~Rod Serling

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Seasons Spring

Seasons Spring Salutations. Quote By Pioneering 20th Century Biologist, Conservationist & Natural History Writer Rachel Carson, who is credited with sparking the modern global environmental movement with her groundbreaking and thought-provoking book Silent Spring, and for crafting an equally timeless and timely cultural message, in the posthumously published The Sense of Wonder. Books that endure as magnificent manifestos for the vibrant curiosity with which we are all born, and which we risk losing if we imperceptibly, yet steadily, slip into apathy and resignation. Above all, she extends a reminder that the faculty for wonder is our most precious natural resource and our greatest responsibility to conserve.

Into The Woods

For The Love Of Trees. Wonder. Wisdom. Words Recommends This Digital Goodread: Emergence Magazine Issue No. 7 ~ Trees

Bear witness to wildfire, discover the memories held within the rings of a tree, trace the origin of the apple, experience the aromas of trees, visit the church forests of Ethiopia, honor the difficult histories that trees hold for our communities, and discover a village in India that is reclaiming a vital and ancient relationship between trees and women. Emergence Magazine is a quarterly online publication featuring innovative stories that explore the threads connecting ecology, culture, and spirituality. An editorially independent initiative of the Kalliopeia Foundation ~that responds to the global need to take spiritual as well as physical responsibility for our common home.