Texture – Weekly Photo Challenge

globe thistle a feast for bumble bees & honey bees

globe thistle a feast for bumble bees & honey bees

Prickly globe thistles soften as the buds open.  The soft, fuzzy bees almost make you want to touch them.  They seem so engrossed that they might not notice – but I decide looking with my eyes is probably safer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is dominion philosophy man’s or Gods?

The great thing about having a blog named composting words is that I can write about anything. That is a good thing for someone with a wandering mind. My mind wanders about and explores beauty, ideas, relationships and feelings as well as giant human questions. It analyzes what it notices, picks up on similarities and dissonance, asks a lot of questions and draws its own conclusions. I can be completely entertained without ever leaving my head.

One of the things my mind has been considering and circling back to now and then is the thought that the whole idea of man’s dominion over the earth is nothing but a typo or perhaps an intentional mark made by a particular human who thought his particular edits or interpretation could more clearly clarify the “Word of God”. Or maybe the change came first in spoken word reflecting a particular religious leaders philosophy and was then updated in writing.

Let’s take the leap and say the original Bible somehow contained the Word of God. How do we know that the words in the books read today contain the same meaning? After all, copies were hand scribed for hundreds of years given that the first printing press was not even invented until 1041-1048 and those were hand set character by character not copies of text. Even the Bibles I read as a child have been replaced my new modern versions.   Human language is constantly changing shifting the meanings and usage of words with one person’s understanding of the meaning of a combination of words being different from another’s.

My mind observes the environmental tragedy that is unfolding as we press forward with our dominion of the earth and thinks, “If there is a God, there is no way that God ever intended for man to do this to ‘his’ creation.” I think of the stories told by the native cultures around the world and their agreement on the emphasis on balance and respect toward all of God’s creations. I think if the Bible did contain the words of God than surely someone along the way made a typo whether accidentally or intentionally for God certainly would have expected us to steward the amazing planet we were born to not destroy it.

“And God blessed [ Adam and Eve ], and God said unto them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:28

Maybe it really said something like

And God blessed Adam and Eve and said unto them, “Be fruitful, and multiply and teach your children to live in balance with the other creatures of the earth. Steward the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air and every living thing that growth upon the earth and you shall be blessed with abundance.

What say you?

Great North Woods Conservation area.  This area is in the heart of the working forest.  The river was once filled with trees being harvested for paper and floated down to the mills.  All of the wild lands were heavily sprayed with DDT.  Eagles, osprey and other animals have begun to flourish once again.

Great North Woods Conservation area. This area is in the heart of the working forest. The river was once filled with trees being harvested for paper and floated down to the mills. All of the wild lands were heavily sprayed with DDT. Eagles, osprey and other animals have begun to flourish here once again.

The Gardener’s Heart

To cultivate flowers
is to cultivate wonder.

Come! We’ll open our hearts
to the beauty of the blooms.
Our souls will rise
upon scents of love
to soar in joy
among the clouds.

To cultivate flowers
is to accept death.

We’ll hold each others’ hands
as the rich colors
yield to brown, then
give their lives to the ground.
We’ll smile in our sadness
and give thanks
for their friendship.

In the cold, harsh
darkness of winter,
we will dream the
memories of summer’s flowers
and the promise of spring’s.
For flowers live on
in the gardener’s heart.
to sprout once more.

purple coneflower

purple coneflower

May Goodness Win

In our corner of the world, a very interesting thing is happening. Hundreds if not thousands of workers and thousands of customers are calling for the return of a CEO of a grocery chain who was fired in a corporate move that is half corporate take-over and half family feud. What is emerging is a story of a man who treated his thousands of employees with respect, compensating them well for their loyalty and their role in making this business successful and who at the same time offered consistently lower prices to his customers many of whom were lower income. One of the most interesting aspects of this business model was the successful profits of this company in a very competitive business space (grocery store margins are known to be notoriously tight.) However these profits weren’t enough for the other family members who lived on the other side of the country. They took control of the company and ousted the CEO. I’m sure they were shocked by what happened next.

At a time when many corporations whose employees are doing work that could be considered moderately or low skilled are paying their people as little as possible and treating them as replaceable, unimportant cogs in a wheel, this CEO knew many of his employees by name and was known to personally reach out when someone became seriously ill or lost a child through-out many stores in a three state area! Mid-managers have put their necks on the line and shut down supply chains, emptying perishables on store shelves and employees at all levels have demonstrated for the return of their beloved CEO. Stories of his kindness and of employees bravely taking a stand are rapidly making the rounds of social media and hitting the local news channels.  People know they can work for any old jerk anywhere but that the leadership they enjoyed is rare and precious. In many ways they are fighting for all of us across this country – a battle for respect for “common” workers that are responsible for keeping many, many businesses humming along. It feels like a fight of good over evil. I am praying that goodness wins.

May Goodness Win

May the inclination of man
to love man rise up
and fill the heart so full
that the conscious mind
can only make one choice.

To treat brother as brother.
To treat sister as sister.
To treat fellow humans as fully human.

May lifting hands
replace the feet
that kick down.
Let those who stand
upon another’s back
in the illusion of tallness
step down
and feel the heights
of a loving heart.

May we discover that
true strength, lies not in power
but in shining a light
into the darkness
so those yet in the dark
may see -

Oh beautiful light of
kindness, let us
see the words to your music
and sing the songs of the earth
‘til the winds are full
of the sounds of gladness.

To see more about this story:

Check out this video of 10,000 people protesting!  Do you know of any other CEO that would inspire this kind of reaction?
http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/local/biddeford-saco/2014/07/25/market-basket-rally/13161411/
 
And this story -
How Market Basket’s Deposed CEO Earned Employee Loyalty

It’s rare for people to fiercely protest the firing of their boss. Employees at the New England supermarket chain explain what sets ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas apart.  Read more here.
 

(Garden) Containers – Weekly photo challenge

Containers are a huge help in my gardening.  I use them for growing tomatoes on the porch, as a hose guard in the flower beds and of course to simply hold flowers.

hanging containers of begonias on the porch

hanging containers of begonias on the porch

this pot of petunias makes a very functional but lovely hose guard keeping the garden hose from crushing the perennial garden behind

this pot of petunias makes a very functional but lovely hose guard keeping the garden hose from crushing the perennial garden behind

a pot and a fabric shopping back with tomatoes on the porch.  food & a privacy screen all in one!

a pot and a fabric shopping bag with tomatoes on the porch. food & a privacy screen all in one!

this house recently contained a family of sparrows while the wrens raised a family in the house below

this house recently contained a family of sparrows while the wrens raised a family in the blue bird house below

bird houses (375x500)What’s your favorite way to use containers in the garden?