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Friday, April 15, 2016

Quotes of the day... 4/15/16

“Most misunderstandings in the world could
be avoided if people would simply take the 
time to ask, "What else could this mean?”
     ~ Shannon L. Alder 

“Some things in life are out of your control. 
You can make it a party or a tragedy.”
     ~ Nora Roberts 

“The world is full of magic things, patiently 
waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
     ~ W.B. Yeats 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Intoxicating sunrise this morning ♥

Quotes of the day... 4/14/16

“I was set free, because my greatest fear had 
already been realized, and I was still alive, 
and I still had a daughter whom I adored, 
and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. 
And so rock bottom became the solid 
foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
     ~ J.K. Rowling

“Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.”
     ~ Mark Twain

“Imagination governs the world.”
     ~ Napoléon Bonaparte

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Quotes of the day... 4/13/16

“Like everyone else I am what I am: 
an individual, unique and different, 
with a lineal history of ancestral 
promptings and urgings; a history of 
dreams, desires, and of special experiences, 
all of which I am the sum total.” 
     ~ Charlie Chaplin

“You need Power, only when you want
to do something harmful, otherwise
love is enough to get everything done.”
     ~ Charlie Chaplin

“Life can be wonderful 
if you're not afraid of it. 
All it takes is courage, imagination 
... and a little dough.”
     ~ Charlie Chaplin

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Stayed close and intimate with the sunset tonight

Quotes of the day... 4/12/16

“Every living being is an engine 
geared to the wheelwork of the universe. 
Though seemingly affected only by 
its immediate surrounding, 
the sphere of external influence 
extends to infinite distance."
     ~ Nikola Tesla

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. 
You discover that your longings 
are universal longings, 
that you're not 
lonely and isolated from anyone. 
You belong.” 
     ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Stop acting so small. 
You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” 
     ~ Rumi

Monday, April 11, 2016

Quotes of the day... 4/10/16

We rarely recognize the amazement of life.
It's like witnessing the most 
astonishing magic trick.
What could be more magnificent 
than this glorious universe, 
in all its multifarious extravagance? 
Its awesome vastness and delicate detail. 
Its impersonal precision and lush sensuality. 
     ~adapted, Timothy Freke

The ego is the separate self through which 
the universal self can experience 
the adventure of living.
     ~ Timothy Freke

Although we seem to be separate individuals, 
in reality we are all expressions 
of one primal imagination. We assume 
we are many, but in fact we are one. 
And what we do to each other we do to ourselves.
Knowing we are one with all, 
we find oursleves in love with all.
     ~ Timothy Freke

Sunday, April 10, 2016

These Cannabis Growing Nuns Answer To A Higher Power

When photographers Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois heard about two feminist nuns growing cannabis, they knew they wanted to get it on camera. The photographers tracked down Sister Kate and Sister Darcy, who graciously invited them to their central California “abbey” to watch the magic in action. 
Before we say anything else, Sister Kate and Sister Darcy are self-ordained nuns who created their own order. So, although they wear white robes and call themselves highly spiritual, they are not Catholic, nor are they abstinent or subordinate to any priest. Rather, they are vegan, feminist Bernie Sanders supporters who believe in every human’s god-given right to cannabis. 
However, the Sisters of the Valley, as they call themselves, aren’t interested in just getting their customers high. Rather, the Sisters seek to treat suffering and assuage the pain of individuals battling anything from cancer and arthritis to diaper rash and hangovers. 
Their salves, tonics and tinctures contain high volumes of CBD, the healing ingredient in cannabis, with little to no THC, the psychoactive element. All the products are organic, lab-tested and pesticide-free. Furthermore, the sisters only bottle their tinctures during full moons and say a prayer for healing with every bottle and jar sold. 
The sisters are driven by a desire to relieve. “We disagree with the concept that suffering is normal and a part of life,” Sister Kate explained in an interview with The Daily Beast. “We think that’s bullshit. Suffering isn’t a part of life; they’re making it so when they criminalize plant-based remedies.”
In their quest for natural healing, the Sisters have encountered both immense support and hard resistance. Their Etsy account, which often sold out of its salves, has been shut down and, in January, the municipal government of Merced placed a temporary ban on weed cultivation. “It’s frustrating to me because there are all of these people with negative attitudes about something that is truly God’s gift,“ Sister Darcy told Merry Jane.
In their photo series, Crawford and DuBois capture a day in the life of the two marijuana-growing “nuns,” documenting the entire process from growing to trimming to concocting CBD products. All the while, Kate and Darcy’s all-white ensembles provide a wonderfully confounding image, communicating just how trippy real life can be, even sans THC. 
Although the Sisters of the Valley are not actual Catholic nuns, they do take inspiration from the bona fide abbesses in their lives. “I always wanted to be a sister,” Sister Kate said. “But I couldn’t be in a sisterhood that wasn’t empowered. I try to emulate the Catholic nuns standards of excellence. They stood for something. I’m trying to bring that back.”
Huffington Post article and pictures here: