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Yule 2015
~ Summer Solstice in Northern Hemisphere ~

The trees I see from my back door, 2 blocks away

These Eucalypts are the backdrop to my view from the SW facing patio doors.
Currently in full flower, they are full of feasting birds by day,
and visited by Flying Foxes from nearby Botanic Park at night.

"The Earth is capable of replenishing herself
and supplying every living thing with a home and sustenance"

Sarah King

News from the RainbowWeb

Aren't you tired of bad news?
There is plenty of good news in the world. You just have to look & listen for it.
These days I check the news online, at ABC News - JUST IN, & on my local ABC station.
I quietly skim the brief headlines, & click for more only if there's something of real interest.
I also check some of the good news sites on the web.
Though a bit heavy with advertising, they certainly have a different perspective.
The local paper often has positive stories too.

The garden is definitely a good news story.
The mandarins, late Ellendale's, are now ripening, and the huge crop glows even when the sky is grey. Chokos are beginning to mature, & while the Loquat still carries some blossom, fruit is already forming on the early flowering spikes. The Macadamia provides me with regular exercise as I collect the fallen nuts each morning.
The peach has now completely lost it's leaves, so I have a clear view of the western sky, including the planets Jupiter & Venus, in the early evening, & the Moon when it's in it's first three quarters, though of course the time it comes into view varies with it's cycle.
Seeing the Flying Foxes, backlit by a Full Moon, soaring around the Eucalypts is
a magical experience.

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Good news this week, with the leaking, and then the release,
of Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change.
Pope Francis is not merely speaking to Roman Catholics, but to us all

" In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people
about our common home."

Referring to the life & mindset of St.Francis of Assisi, he writes:

"If we approach nature and the environment without his openness to awe and wonder,
if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world,
our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters,
unable to set limits on their immediate needs.
By contrast, if we feel intimately united with all that exists,
then sobriety and care will well up spontaneously.
The poverty and austerity of Saint Francis were no mere veneer of asceticism,
but something much more radical:
a refusal to turn reality into an object simply to be used and controlled."

This is the language of the Deep Ecologist; what Joanna Macey calls "The Great Turning"
We need to develop the mindset that
all life is of equal value
it is only in function that life forms differ.
Everything has it's essential place in the cycle of life, death, & re-use.

The full text of the Encyclical can be downloaded
from the Vatican website - 82 pages, 423Kb.
Or listen to a brief resumé on:
mp3 download 4.64Mb

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Pope Francis is calling on all of us to make the kinds of lifestyle changes that we
have been doing our best to make in our own lives since Beth & Ray Mylius began it.
See helpful guidelines:
Sustainable Behaviour Change and
Eco Footprint Action
Right click to download.
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Since Anzac Day, when our completed River of Poppies was displayed at the local RSL,
our little craft group has been knitting Trauma Teddies, for the Red Cross.
These tough little bears are sent out with emergency supplies all over the world, bringing comfort to children caught up in disastrous circumstances.

This afternoon I shall be going to a workshop on
Violet Day.
I only recently learned that in 1915 the women of South Australia were among the first,
long before the adoption of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance,
to institute a flag day to raise funds for the wounded.

And yet more good news in the BBC World Business Report of 19th.June,
which features significant examples of the circular economy
Change IS beginning!

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Dawn sky at Solstice, seen from the lane in front of my cottage

Dawn sky at Solstice, seen from the lane in front of my cottage

Our physical bodies are made of Star stuff, so renew your ties with the Cosmos

Reclaim your sense of wonder.
Enjoy the colours of the western sky at sunset, and after dark,
find the moon, note it's shape & size, and any stars or planets that are visible.
Except in the largest cities, it's surprising how much you can see.
Watching the dawn gradually brighten the sky is a wonderful start to the day,
& reassurance that some things, at least, can be relied upon.

Everything is affected by the changing seasons and the rhythm of the tides.
Ask any farmer, fisherman, or meteorologist.
If you live in Adelaide much of the information you need can be found at
And for the night sky see SOUTHERN SKYWATCH
or search for & bookmark your local guide to the night sky.

Celebrating in tune with these natural rhythms, however you choose to do it,
will benefit you physically, emotionally, and spiritually
It will help you to truly re-earth.

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