Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Some of my paintings have been in cyberspace
Thursday, August 27, 2009
It is an annual herb, with a rough, hairy stem, 3 to 12 feet high, broad, coarselytoothed, rough leaves, 3 to 12 inches long, and circular heads of flowers, 3 to 6 inches wide in wild specimens and often a foot or more in cultivation. The flower-heads are composed of many small tubular flowers arranged compactly on a flattish disk: those in the outer row have long strap-shaped corollas, forming the rays of the composite flower.
The genus Helianthus, to which the Sunflower belongs, contains about fifty species, chiefly natives of North America; many are indigenous to the Rocky Mountains, others to tropical America, and a few species are found in Peru and Chile.
They are tall, hardy, annual or perennial herbs, several of which are grown in gardens, being of easy cultivation in moderately good soil, and that useful plant of the kitchen garden, the Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), is also a member of the genus.
The name Helianthus, being derived from helios (the sun) and anthos (a flower), has the same meaning as the English name Sunflower, which it is popularly supposed has been given these flowers from a supposition that they follow the sun by day, always turning towards its direct rays. But since the word 'Sunflower' existed in English literature before the introduction of H. annuus, or at any rate before its general diffusion in English gardens, it is obvious that some other flower must have been intended. The Marigold (Calendulu officinalis) is considered by Dr. Prior to have been the plant described by Ovid as turning to the sun, likewise the solsaece of the Anglo-Saxon, a word equivalent to solsequium (sun-following). The better explanation for the application of the name to a flower is its resemblance to 'the radiant beams of the sun.'
In Peru, this flower was much reverenced by the Aztecs, and in their temples of the Sun, the priestesses were crowned with Sunflowers and carried them in their hands. The early Spanish conquerors found in these temples numerous representations of the Sunflower wrought in pure gold.
In some of the old Herbals we find the Rock-rose (Helianthemum vulgare) also termed Sunflower, its flowers opening only in the sunshine. The so-called 'Pigmy sunflower' is Actinella grandiflora, a pretty perennial 6 to 9 inches high, from the Colorado mountains.
The Sunflower is valuable from an economic, as well as from an ornamental point of view. Every part of the plant may be utilized for some economic purpose. The leaves form a cattle-food and the stems contain a fibre which may be used successfully in making paper. The seed is rich in oil, which is said to approach more nearly to olive oil than any other vegetable oil known and to be largely used as a substitute. In prewar days, Sunflower seed was sometimes grown in this country, especially on sewage farms, as an economical crop for pheasants, as well as poultry. The flowers contain a yellow dye.
One of the many effects of the War in its relation to agriculture was the increase in the use of the Sunflower.
It forms one of the well-known crops in Russia, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Egypt, India, Manchuria and Japan. The average acre will produce about 50 bushels of merchantable seeds, and each bushel yields approximately 1 gallon of oil, for which there is a whole series of important uses.
The oil is produced mainly in Russia, but to an increasing extent also in Roumania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Poland. In 1913 some 180,000 tons of oil were produced, practically all of which was consumed locally.
The oil pressed from the seeds is of a citron yellow colour and a sweet taste and is considered equal to olive oil or almond oil for table use. The resulting oil-cake when warm pressed, yields a less valuable oil which is used largely for technical purposes, such as soap-making, candle-making and in the art of wool-dressing. As a drying oil for mixing paint, it is equal to linseed oil and is unrivalled as a lubricant.
The residue after the oil is expressed forms an important cattle-food. This oil-cake is relished by sheep, pigs, pigeons, rabbits and poultry.
The seed makes excellent chicken-food and feeding fowls on bruised Sunflower seeds is well known to increase their laying power.
The seeds of the large-seeded varieties are also much liked by Russians and are sold in the street as are chestnuts in this country. Big bowls of Sunflower seeds are to be seen in the restaurants of railway stations, for people to eat. Indian natives are also fond of the seeds.
Roasted in the same manner as coffee, they make an agreeable drink, and the seeds have been used in Portugal and Russia to make a wholesome and nutritious bread.
The pith of the sunflower stalk is the lightest substance known; its specific gravity is 0.028, while that of the Elder is 0.09 and of Cork 0.24. The discovery of the extreme lightness of the pith of the stalk has essentially increased the commercial value of the plant. This light cellular substance is now carefully removed from the stalks and applied to a good many important uses, chiefly in the making of life-saving appliances. The pith has been recommended for moxa, owing to the nitre its contains.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
music try streaming these two (or 3:) programs
mon-Friday 9-3 EST Ante Meridian (A.M) and Global Village 12-3 on
http://www.wcbe.org/ Maggie Brennan is an amazing dj( also Roots and Offshoots
on SUnday nights 9-11 EST)and so is the a.m. guy
and Gary Wells on http://www.kvmr.org/ alternate Sundays from 7-10 am PST
http://www.kvmrcrookedhighway.blogspot.com/ then stick around for great
music from Hawaai
Yea, yea, yea, I have blogged about both before but really
do you want to go through my entire blog to be able to click on the links
for musical inspiration? You won't be sorry, try it!
Science (!) has proven that if you listen to the same ole music day in
and day out yer brain is not challenged at all..but listening to NEW
world, folk and acoustic music should do the trick
to stimulate those brain cells!!!
Check out their books :
The Straw Bale House
The Beauty of Straw Bale HomesBuilt by Hand:Vernacular Buildings Around the World
Small Strawbale: Natural Homes, Projects & Designs
The HandCrafted Life of Don Juan Morales
Their website is also very inspiring: http://www.caneloproject.com/
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
"Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once,
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I reserve to myself the right to forget about being myself,
since in any case there is very little chance of my being anybody else."
"If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind
of track that has been there all the while,
waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be
living is the one you are living."
Monday, August 17, 2009
"It is something
to be able to paint
a particular picture,
or to carve a statue
and so to make a few objects beautiful;
But it is far more glorious
to carve and paint
the very atmosphere and medium
through which we look.
To affect the quality of the day-
that is the highest of arts."
Henry David Thoreau
Saturday, August 15, 2009
that I don't get Twitter. But someone invited me to it...so I went for it.
Maybe I am not seeing something everyone else can see on their
"screen'..go figure , the story of my life.
IT seems like the focus is short and - to -the- point- messages.
Having inherited my (mostly) Irish Mother's gift for gab, I of course
have never been short and to the point.
So, hey I am in one way keeping up with the times. No, I still don't have a cell
phone but give me credit for the blog and now Twitter.
Here is a quote that my friend Gretchen ,( an amazing artist and new Mother
of a beautiful daughter, married to an incredible musician, Adam) sent me.
We have been having an ongoing conversation for a while about ART
and life. We both Love inspiring quotes.
Thank You, Gretchen for your friendship.
1 Though your friends and family will likely try to save you from it,yours is nobody else’s business or responsibility.
2 You cannot cause,manufacture or manipulate it. It comes, if at all, as gift to be received with gratitude.
3 Hope to receive it and prepare by giving away what you least want to lose.
4 Refuse to carry the burden of maintaining it.That’s unnecessary baggage,will betroth you to a boulder and a hill.
5 If you receive some, scatter it like seed.Sharing assures preservation. As with manna,held tight, it rots.-- Bonnie Thurston
Monday, August 10, 2009
“When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male is not male nor the female female…then you will enter the kingdom.” Gnostic Gospel of Thomas:25-38
”Despair is the ultimate blackness that
every person must endure in gaining full maturity…and this is not such a bad thing as we have been led to believe.”
“And it won’t help any, it won’t get us anywhere
“What is the purpose or meaning of life? To get your story straight. To create a safe and gentle environment
for yourself, and help create one for other folks, for living what truth you can stand.”
Rebecca Hill “ All the Big Questions”
“There are really only two things to do-one is to be still and listen, the other is to take spiritually based action. Everything else is bogus activity which only gets in the way of our real understanding.” Joy Houghton
it won’t wipe away what has been
nor hold off what is to be
if you hear me saying
-LOVE is a little white bird-
and the flight of it so fast
you can’t see it
and you know it’s there
only by the faint whirr of it’s wings
and the hush song coming so low to your ears
you fear it might be silence
and you listen keen and you listen long
and you know it’s more than silence
for you get the hush song so lovely
it hurts and cuts into your heart
and what you want is to give more than you can get
and you’d like to write it but it can’t be written
and you’d like to sing it but you don’t dare try
because the little white bird sings it better than you can
so you listen and while you listen you pray
and one day it’s as though a great slow wind
had washed you clean and strong inside and out
and the little white bird’s hush song
is telling you nothing can harm you,
the days to come can weave in and weave out
and spin their fabrics and designs for you
and nothing can harm you-
unless you change yourself into a thing of harm
nothing can harm you.
I give you the little white bird-
And my thanks for your hearing me-
And my prayers for you,
My deep silent prayers.
- Carl Sandburg “Little Word, Little White Bird”
Saturday, August 8, 2009
were abstracts like these. Later on, I read
a quote by Georgia O'Keeffe. I'm still trying to find it