Monday, July 24, 2017

The Forest to Jimmy's First Travel Video 
Tankas of discovery 
Jimmy discovers his travel plans were somewhat different 


Dawn (tanka) 

Dawn awoke again
Shedding hope upon the world
She whispered to me
Come out and find the magic
That I have waiting for you 



The Forest (tanka) 

Dark was the forest
Were the people heard a roar
Never heard before
So they cut down every tree
An still couldn’t find their fear



Never Lost (tanka) 

Searching through the sands
For that something never lost
Tearing through a soul
Lover crying in the dark
Cannot hear the melody


Discoveries awake in these tankas. Tankas are easy to compose. A traditional tanka is a thirty-one-syllable poem, written in a single unbroken line. A form of waka, Japanese song or verse, tanka translates as “short song" and is better known in its five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form. They do not have to rhyme. Modern tanka poets are successfully challenging the traditional style. 

Arlene was not an outdoors person, when I met her. San Francisco is a beautiful city, but it was Arlene's prison. I may have had a poor childhood, but I did get exposure to many of California's natural wonders. Giant sequoias are the world's largest single trees and largest living thing. They grow to an average height of 50–85 m (164–279 ft) and 6–8 m (20–26 ft) in diameter. They can be found in Muir Woods, only about 12 miles north of San Francisco. A sequoia is an amazing sight. I had the privilege of introducing Arlene to sequoias. She was so awestruck that it took all day to complete a one mile hike. Lake Berryessa is only 2 hours from the city. It has warm calm water and oceans of scenery: the best of which became Arlene in a bikini. Lake Berryessa became Arlene's favorite lake. Also about 2 hours from San Francisco is the Russian River. Russian River is approximately 110 miles long and extremely family friendly. It became her favorite river. Ironic that a person's prison was so close to her loves. It was my joy to open my joy to my joy.

We live in challenging times as far as nature is concerned. Environmental concerns like global warming, acid rain, air pollution, urban sprawl, waste disposal, ozone layer depletion, water pollution, climate change and more. According to ScienceDaily, anthropologists predict the next major extinction is coming in 40 year. This extinction will be due to human population and our need and demands on the environment. What can we do? Much more than we think. First learn what;s going on. Make a personal commitment to get involved. By learning and committing a world of possibilities open up to us. Contact and support leaders who share our concerns. Do not support leaders and businesses that don't. Make our voices heard. Get involved (the best we can). Know that we will make a difference. We can save our world. And as the sun rises to another day made better by us, Enjoy.


And now a song I hope we will enjoy: Cusco "Ghost Dance" 

If we want to see the world don't make it like this 


$644.9 billion was spent on leisure travel in 2015. Needless to say, people like vacationing. But sometimes you get to your destination thing is certain: the more you know, the better. James Richard, of LifeAccordingToJimmy, recently took a long deserved vacation. 
Let's watch his video and see how it went, "My First Travel Video" 


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Mother Nature is the great equalizer. 
You can't get away from it. 
Christopher Heyerdahl



 

39 comments:

  1. Make a personal commitment to get involved.
    Contact and support leaders who share our concerns

    Conservation is always a difficult concept to fight for given forces who benefit from its neglect.

    Hank

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    1. "The clock is ticking" Ironically our numbers spells success if we all get involved. (and most of us have to do little)
      Thank you for your involvement.

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  2. I always find those doomsday predictions funny. If it doesn't happen in 40 years, oh next 40 years. Mayans, Y2K, etc. etc. But yeah, humans will be the ones to screw themselves over. I highly doubt extinction will come, but there will come a time when the billions fade to millions, maybe thousands. The greedy keep getting richer off the crap though and so away it continues to go.

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    1. Surprisingly, you bring up a good point. We are fed information that makes us act a certain way, rather than being true. Be informed.
      Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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  3. Lovely. Dawn ...my favorite :) Beautiful.

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  4. I enjoyed reading your post!

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    1. So happy that you stopped by and enjoyed.
      Thank you

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  5. Each tanka focuses on the imagery and brings the reader into the picture. Very nicely done.

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    1. Thank you for this wonderful comment.
      Look forward to visiting you

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  6. The dawn tanka my favorite, but all are superbly drawn. The sequoias are amazing indeed. I agree we can each do even small things to help the environment. We recycle, and I use my own tote bags for purchases, no plastic bags.

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    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts.
      Yes, it is as simple as this to move mountains.
      Appreciate all you do.

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  7. The "Never" tanka reads like life's song, singing and dancing with shadows...

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    1. Sweet of you to say and quite a compliment.
      Thank you for all the positive you spread.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your treasure with us

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    1. You're welcome
      Thank you for your treasures

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  9. Come out and find the magic...should be a mantra for us all. Wonderful to read these tankas. There's a thin line between each one which is great.

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate your marvelous and uplifting thoughts.

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  10. What wonderful tankas, they are very sweet and moving. I'm glad you were able to introduce Arlene to nature. It is indeed beautiful and I'm very saddened by the way we humans are environmentally.

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    1. So glorious that you enjoyed. For someone who is an exert with eyes, I wish you could have seen Arlene's.
      Thank you for all you do.

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  11. The Forest tanka is heartbreakingly true. I do as much as I can for the environment, knowing it needs more. From all of us, including those who despoil it for greedy profit.

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    1. You understood the tanka.
      We do what we can. As far as the greedy: hit them in their pocketbooks.
      Thank you for everything you do.

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    1. Thank you so much and also for the visit

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  13. Thank you for another interesting post, Martin. I especially enjoyed your essay of sequoia trees. I have been to Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island and, like Arlene, I too was awestruck at the magnificence of immense trees reaching up into the heavens ... it is a spiritual, transcendent experience.

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    1. Isn't nature wonderful?
      I appreciate you sharing your moments and thoughts.
      Thank you for everything

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  14. Very interesting and wonderful tankas...I especially loved the first one

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    1. Thank you for your gracious words
      Hope to see more of you

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    1. t thought provoking tankas ..San Francisco is really a beautiful city and those sequoia trees are stunning indeed .. nature is sure our responsibility.. we should not be passive .. all we need is to spread more awareness.. many are really asleep and aren't aware of the disasterous effects of their recklessness.. we live here so it is our duty to preserve this planet. You raise a much needed issue.. I guess reformation starts at home.. bless you

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    2. I'm glad you like the tanka.
      I agree with your thoughts and I appreciate you sharing them.
      Thank you for all you do.

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  16. I love your beautiful tankas, especially the first one. And I love the image of Arlene, so enraptured by the sequoias that it took all day to complete the trail. LOL. I so know the feeling. You cant rush past those ancient beings. I love the hope in your comments about what we can do. We are many; the legislators are few. We can make them listen. There is so much that can be done. Thank you, Martin.

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    1. Such gracious words. I am humbled.
      I know together we can make a difference.
      Thank you for all you do

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  17. I like dawn whispering in the first. The second has a poignant twist. I like them all!

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    1. I so happy you enjoyed them.
      Thank you for the support

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  18. Change is one sure thing about the world and life, a great poem to illustrate that Martin.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you. You know it makes me happy to please you.

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  19. A big sigh ! Wonderful poem and heartwarming story.. bless you and Arlene.. yes it is a world filled with wonder and we got many things more to know, experience and enjoy.. great thoughts

    ตารางคะแนนพรีเมียร์ลีก

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate the value of the thoughts you shared.

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