...and Cyber Monday, all all that c**p. That said, there are also amazing artisans the world over who deserve our support, and I'm a huge fan of gift-giving WHEN your heart is truly inspired to it. So if that's you, or if you simply Can't get away from a family gift obligation, I've put my entire catalogue up for a 20% holiday sale (you can even use it for yourself! ;-) CDs, downloads.... Happy to help you spread the holiday twinkle by way of good music! ✨🎶🌙 ((link in bio)) . . . . . #maidenofmidnight #album #livealbum #music #worldmusic #giftgiving #consciousconsumerism (did I really just say that? 🤦🏻♀️) #mindfulness #mindfulgiving #holidaycheer #loveyourneighbor #tisagifttobesimple #simplegifts #💿 #🎁 #📀 . . . p.s. Thank you @trashplanet_norway for all you do to bring awareness to the #plasticproblem the world over! I wish CDs weren't printed on the stuff 😔. And though downloads and streaming seem invisible & innocuous, we use uncountable resources and energy in maintaining the servers and technology for those too.... It's a wicked web we've woven ourselves into....🕸
#Repost from @everydayextinction 💔 ・・・ Image by guest contributor @polvorosa_kline The Arctic fox in Scandinavia is at a crossroads. This bold and charismatic mammal, one of the most well adapted species to cold conditions on Earth, is critically endangered throughout this region of the world. After being nearly wiped out completely due to overhunting, particularly for its highly prized fur, the Arctic fox has still never recovered despite total protection in this area for over 75 years. Today, only a couple hundred remain. ••• Unfortunately, new threats have emerged. Climate Change is rapidly reducing suitable habitat and surely altering natural prey cycles. Larger more aggressive red foxes are out-competing the Arctic fox in its historical range. Shifting seasons and temperatures maybe throwing this keystone species out of sync with its environment. Behind the scenes, Sweden and Norway have undertaken dramatic conservation measures to try and save the Arctic fox, including introducing food supplementation, shooting larger red foxes, and even establishing a captive breeding program. ••• While questions abound and research continues, I worry about the future of the this fox. This is not a story about survival of the fittest, that phrase is too often hijacked and used as a convenient excuse. This is a story about racing extinction, shifting baselines and our impact on biodiversity and environmental health in this Age of the Anthropocene... ••• These photographs stem from time spent in the wild observing a particular group of Arctic foxes as they learned the ways of their kind in the ever-changing and challenging Scandinavian Mountains. These images are part of an ongoing independent project with Rolf Steinmann. Together it is our hope that the story of the Arctic fox in Scandinavia becomes much further illuminated. #EverydayExtinction #everydayeverywhere #extinction #scandinavia #europe #sweden #norway #conservation #fox #arcticfox @everydayclimatechange #💔
Oh Carlin, you were a good dude ~ miss your wit and incisiveness. . . . . . #georgecarlin #socialjustice #💔 . . . Thanks @waylonlewis for the share :-)
#Repost from @flightbehaviormusic ~ please follow us there!✨ ・・・ We were also blessed by a spectacular Raven dancer.... Tiffany Smyth of ArtsMyths (@tiffany_of_artsmyths). So grateful for her embodied beauty and freedom...🖤 . One eye sees daylight / one in to dream.... . . Photo by Ivy Lynn Allen . . . #raven #ravendance #beauty #worldmusic #livemusic #denvermusic #denvermusicscene #mystical #magical #witchy #goth #deadcandance @arianasaraha #framedrum #womenframedrumming #singer #songstress #🎶 #🖤
Hey lookee, it's meeee. #Repost from @flightbehaviormusic ~ please follow us there!✨ ・・・ Had sooo much fun playing for y'all Saturday! Probably won't play another 'real' gig until spring, but if you want to hear about spontaneous holiday appearances, follow us on Bandsintown (easy track-link on our website!).... And for now, looking forward to a winter full of songwriting and studio recording! 🎶 #obsessed . . Photo by Ivy Lynn Allen . . . . #music #worldmusic #livemusic #denvermusic #denvermusicscene #mystical #magical #witchy #goth #deadcandance @arianasaraha #fernandomedina #drums #framedrum #womenframedrumming #singer #songstress #queen #👑
Tonight in #Denver! Come....🌙✨ . . . . . #denvercolorado #livemusic #witchery #worldmusic #witchywoman @flightbehaviormusic @katiebhairavi #darshandancetribe #surrender #darkgoddess #queenofnight #queenoflight #👑 #mystic #mystical #cosmic #magic #denvermusic #thingstodoindenverwhenyouredead
C'mon y'all, you know you wanna!✨ Saturday night in Denver..... An evening of wild wonder and deep magic.....🔮 . . . . . #worldmusic #witchywoman @flightbehaviormusic #surrender #darkgoddess #queenofnight #queenoflight #👑 #mystic #mystical #cosmic #magic #livemusic #denvermusic #thingstodoindenverwhenyouredead
Wise words from another beautiful songstress... I post this because I was deeply saddened to learn of some people I love having chosen not to vote. She addresses this admirably: #repost of @azamaliofficial ・・・ I am neither Democrat, Republican, nor Liberal, for none of them reflect my personal values. Yet today is not about me. I am not foolish to know how the electoral system works & believe I am making a statement by staying home. Today, the only immoral & selfish thing is to know what is at stake & not rise to take a stance for equality, equity, women’s rights, minority rights, black lives, gay rights, trans rights, immigration rights, the environment, animals’ rights, etc. . Today as I voted I sent a prayer for for all immigrants like myself whose countries have become unlivable & unsustainable as a result of colonialism & imperialism, and find themselves seeking refuge where they are unwanted. . When I walked out I looked at my “I voted” sticker & saw all the languages below, including my mother tongue. Now that’s the America I want to be part of. Not the racist, xenophobic, homophobic, patriarchal hell which is being advertised as “great.” May we begin our journey strong today towards healing, compassion, equality & justice for ALL ❤️ #vote #electionday #votingmatters #America #equality #ivoted
This is not Palo Santo. Nothing against that beautiful herb, but it doesn't live here, and I realize I don't even know what it looks like! A quick google search turns up almost exclusively pics of sticks for sale. So here's the thing: we burn palo santo from South America, white sage from the Southwest and SoCal, sweetgrass from a few places in the States... But do we know what actually lives and grows where we are?? When we walk in the hills or on the plains, do we befriend and get curious about all the wild plants growing there ~ or are they just wild plants ~ pretty but unknown? . This here is a bit of #aspen wood and bark that a beaver left behind from its industrious wood-chopping (in pic 2 you can see its work, and in 3 you can see its home off in the distance :-) It doesn't smell anything like palo santo, and isn't nearly as intoxicatingly sweet ~ but it holds a beauty nonetheless, and it didn't have to be harvested from some unknown tree in some foreign land, packaged, and shipped hundreds or thousands of miles. And its story involves me learning about ecosystems (high country Colorado beaver populations ~ how cool!) . Anyway, I post this because I find it remarkable how much we crave connection with the earthy and the sacred, but don't take the time simply to look under our own feet. There are wonders here, even close to and sometimes within our cities! Relating with the land in the everyday is one of the most potent sacred activities that we can do. Forget your altar with all its imported fascinations ~ wander the land and find a pebble that calls to you. Consider its ancient destiny that brought it here and now: all the rivers, sedimentary compaction, metamorphosis, and weathering that created this simple beauty called pebble. Wander the land and see if you find a feather ~ maybe you'll find a few, and begin to learn from what species they came, and suddenly begin to see and hear the birds as distinct entities, not just a lovely background chorus. Wander the land and get curious about the plants ~ maybe even pick a leaf and crush it between your fingers to see how it smells (of course being careful to avoid poison ivy or hemlocks...). Cont....
The more seasons I see, the more I can relate to the Chinese traditional medicine idea that autumn is the season of grief. While it is undeniably one of the most strikingly stunning spectacles the earth puts on, so much loss is contained and expressed in that beauty. The flowers have all faded, the seeds scattered to the wind and to be swallowed by the ground; the moisture has evaporated and leaves burnt by the sun hang on by a mere thread before casting themselves off to die and become mulch and eventually new soil; the critters all scurry about, gathering any last speck to tide themselves over, knowing pickings will be slim ~ some will be eating twigs and snow thru the dark months, others will simply shut down and curl into a ball, others will use this time to give up the ghost, saying goodbye to a life well-lived... As humans, even if we merely focus our gratitude on the seasons of abundance past, we still must acknowledge the loss of that, and the scarcity and chill ahead.... So I fall, my heart dropping to the earth like everything else, and I feel every drop of grief ~ from the tree, from my fellow human beings... Like this river, the grief washes on, and love fills every hole it carves. But it is grief nonetheless, a deep and sweet and bottomless sorrow for all that comes and goes.... But I would have it no other way, for this is how I love ~ endlessly. Love and grief, lovers entwined..... . . . #instaprose #musings #lifelessons #meaning #deepthoughts #moody #autumnmood #autumnmagic #🍂 #autumn #loss #love #lovers #grief #feelings #soulpath #soulcraft #wanderer...
Last week we took a road trip ~ one last of the season... (lol, soon it'll be time for winter trips, right?). There's definitely a pull in my heart between staying put to care for the ground right beneath me (home, land, plants, community....) and exploring this grand planet we All call home. Honestly, right now I'm happy to stick closer to home, but even that might include short trips across the mountain or down to Santa Fe now and again... I'm sooo happy to be home in the mountains near Boulder now, but what a treat it was to see the golden autumn on the Western Slope ~ it was truly breathtaking! Lol, I was actually too stunned to take any pictures, but I did get this one of the van nestled under the eaves one day...🍂 . . . . . #vanlife #gypsyhome #traveler #homebody #turtleshell #beauty #chasingbeauty #colorado #westernslope #willow #willowtree #trees #earthlover #autumnbeauty #🍂
#Repost ・・・ I've been a bit quiet over here, having a very personal connection with the earth and her creatures... I still don't know if @voice.of.the.earth will become a bonafide organization, but its name definitely expresses my sentiment, both as a singer and an advocate... . . . ...We are living in such precarious times, and even the longevity of the human species is currently in question (see recent UN climate scientist report). We are fighting to keep from continuing to lose species and biodiversity at an alarming rate, not to mention protecting basics like clean air and water, while too many anthrocentric-minded folks go on about jobs, the economy, growth, me and mine, borders, progress, and all the other myriad ways we distract ourselves from the deep grief of living not only disconnected, but on a planet we are raging war on every day. I say we in a larger sense of humanity ~ for I know many of us care wildly and are taking steps to protect and care for this place. I say we because I don't feel separate or above it all ~ though I don't agree with mindsets or practices, I •>feelPart of This Land•< ~ that the more-than-human-world is our true home, and must be remembered, tended to, •>Lived For!
JUST DO IT!* – i.e., don't be lazy – local issues and candidates matter!!! (Yes on 112!! And no on 74 please.) . If you're in Colorado, or specifically Boulder, and a bleeding-heart liberal (hey, my heart bleeds and aches madly for the pain of the world!❣️), I think this is a preeetty good voting guide: https://sites.google.com/view/boulder-voting-guide/home (you may want to personally research a few of the issues, but on the biggies, I think this is a great guide). . (*I never thought I'd proudly quote Nike, but...Colin Kaepernick! 💪🏾) . . . . . #vote #voteplease
Feeling a bit enraged at the ignorance and sense of entitlement so prevalent in white culture at this moment, so offering this fragment of song as medicine... 🎶🖤🎶 . If you'd like to read some of my thoughts, you can find them in the first few comments below... . . . . #socialjustice #rage #culturalappropriation #privilege #whiteprivilege #reparations #healing #💔
Autumn reds... . ❤️ . . . . . #red #autumnred #earthmagic #autumnmagic #earthlover #wildcraft #wildcrafted #growthings #pomegranate #rezhapepper #rosehips #wildthings #foodismedicine #earthmedicine #traditionalmedicine #exoticfruits #chasingbeauty #❤️