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Eyes of a Child

I asked my niece to tell me what she thought of nature. This is what she said:

“Nacher is very prity. I like nacher because it is a fun, funny, and you can clime treees! I have been on a walk with my dog Hank and I have sean many trees, animals, and plants! It was so fun seeing trees, animals, and plants! I have been to the creek and the river and it was a fantastic place to go to! I love they flufy animals.”

Allow me to translate:

“Nature is very pretty. I like nature because it is fun, funny, and you can climb trees! I have been on a walk with my dog Hank and I have seen many trees, animals, and plants! It was fun seeing trees, animals, and plants! I have been to the creek and the river and it was a fantastic place to go to! I love the fluffy animals!”

This is a child who has grown up in the city, and while I have tried to take them to different parks and hiking trails, both my nieces’ ideas of nature revolve around their dogs and the animals they have seen in the zoo and the aquarium. Are we doing future generations a disservice??


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Lama Cures Leg?

A Tibetan lama (not llama) believes he has cured his gangrene leg, diabetes, and Pott’s Disease with meditation. Specifically Tsa Lung meditation. So now he is being treated by scientists as all extraordinary humans are: as a human guinea pig. Scientists are studying his brain to see what makes him tick and to see if his claims are realistic.

It’s hard to find good information on Tsa Lung meditation because most sites are advertising for a course, retreat, etc., but here is what I’ve found: Tsa Lung meditation uses the 5 Warrior Syllables to enhance your ability to make your lung (inner wind) flow through your subtle body (the body’s energy dimension). It uses 5 specific exercises and body movements that correspond to the 5 elements (air, water, space, earth, fire) to open one’s 5 chakras (energy centers). There’s a lot of the number 5 in this method if you can’t tell. Those who practice Tsa Lung meditation are said to visualize a wind working through, clearing any blockages in the way. Tsa Lung meditation is used to “help you connect to your chakras, clearing gross and subtle obstacles and enhancing your meditative state.”

According to the Daily Beast, Lama Phakyab Rinpoche claims by powerfully meditating almost all day, every day, for a year, the ooze from his gangrene leg went from black to green to cloudy to clear and then fully healed itself, and he is learning to walk again. His leg is supposedly “back from the dead.” Now I’m all for not dying, and this is great. But how are we supposed to use this? This guy gave up everything for a year for a do-or-die mission to save his leg. Two questions: A) Why didn’t his meditation work before his leg became horribly gross? I mean he’s a Tibetan Lama. He meditates for a living. I mean he ordained at 13 years old! And B) How are every-day people supposed to use this to help them? We’re not all Buddhist priests. We’re not trained in meditation. And we can’t just give up life as we know it for a year. Every-day people have every-day responsibilities.

Great for him if it worked, but the whole sudden healing when I know he’s been meditating every day of his life seems a little strange to me. If anyone knows more about Tsa Lung meditation, or finds a good website about it, please let me know. I’d love to have some more information about this!

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Unlucky Hunter

I woke up this morning to go hunting. I was excited and nervous. Today was going to be a good day. It was beautiful outside. A layer of snow covered the ground. Snow-laden branches drooped with excess snow. Tiny icicles glittered in the sunrise. Snow came tumbling down as the wind whipped through the trees. Today was a damn good day. And then… nothing happened. Today, like every other day I’ve gone hunting in my life, was a bust. I got nothing, zero, zilch, nada.

Well actually I didn’t see nothing. When my dad and I pulled up to our gate, we saw the chopped carcass of a deer someone else shot and left on our property. It was a doe, and you could see where someone had cut off the hind quarters and the backstrap, leaving the front half and guts behind for the dogs. I’d include a picture, but its pretty graphic.

You see, I’m what you call “The One,” and no, its not like Neo from The Matrix. I’m the “The One” that all the bad stuff happens to. I have a chronic case of bad luck.

So this is me reaching out to my compadres, the other unlucky ones who just can’t seem to get it right. Here are some tips to make the endless waiting not so bad after all:

1. Sit back and relax. After all, you’re going to be there a while waiting for nothing anyways. I find this is best done with several layers of clothing and waterproof gear, keeping you dry and warm. I also suggest peeing and eating before you venture outdoors.

2. Practice listening. The biggest problem with never seeing anything is inexperience. You wouldn’t know what a deer even was if it weren’t for roadkill. If you ever go out with your buddies, make sure you know your nature sounds beforehand. If you swear up and down a big buck is coming, but all that comes around the corner is a scampering squirrel, you’re going to be really embarrassed. I suggest you take some time out of season to go listen to nature and becomes accustomed to the differences between deer, rabbit, squirrel, rain, etc. This can probably be done on the internet, but why not have an excuse to go enjoy the outdoors.

3. Learn the difference between a maple and oak. Actually, learn a lot of dendrology. (Virginia Tech is a great resource!) And ornithology too. I find that the two things that never fail to be in the woods are trees and birds. So why not identify a few while you’re waiting for nothing? The birds go by pretty quick, but the trees aren’t really going anywhere. Test yourself by identifying them from the stand then going back later for a close-up to see if you were correct.

4. Place your bets. Make bets with your hunting buddies about how many gun shots you’ll hear that day. This can be a certain number or even just an under-over bet. For example, I heard three shots today. Whether for money or just bragging rights (my kind of betting), counting the shots will give you something to do when not getting a trophy of your own.

5. Three words: 5 HOUR ENERGY. I know that hunting forces you to get up early, and the eyelids often start to droop, particularly when its boring. I use 5 Hour Energy so that I know if I’m unlucky its not because I was snoring.

Hope these tips help make your next wasted trip a little more enjoyable, and I’ll see you next time for another installment of MotherNaturesPen!


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Kate Gosselin Goes Alaskan!

As seen on TLC’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” Episode: “Alaskan Hospitality.” It originally aired two weeks ago, but I just got a chance to see it.

Kate Gosselin and her 8 kids have traveled to Alaska and joined forces with Palin crew for some camping fun.

First, they started with bear safety and gun classes. Kate just got scared.

Then, they went camping in the rain. The kids had fun. Kate complained.

They made moose hot dogs. Kate didn’t eat it because it was moose and there was no hand sanitizer.

The going got tough, and the not-so-tough got going… literally. Kate and her crew packed up and left.

Quote of the night:
“Why would you pretend to be homeless?” – That is Kate Gosselin everyone!

I guess not everyone is made for the great outdoors, but Kate is down a couple notches in my book (to -3).

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Go and Explore!

Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

These are the 24 states I’ve been blessed to be able to visit so far in my life. We’ve all heard people talk about Rome and Paris and London and the experiences that come with visiting a foreign country. But with the economy the way it is, not everyone has the money to go explore distant lands. This is my challenge to you: go explore a land not so distant.

National and state parks are everywhere in addition to awesome places that aren’t organized as parks. Just be sure not to go on private lands without express permission of the owner.

Here’s 5 tips to make your next trip wonderful:

1. Take pictures! Don’t be afraid to look like a tourist. After all, that’s what you are! So sport your camera with pride, because honestly, who know when you’ll be back? And while your kids might hate being drug to every photo op in the state now, they’ll be thankful later! It may also be a good idea to keep a couple of disposable cameras on hand in case you run out of battery!

2. Turn off the DVD player, cell phone, and video games. Adults and children alike can’t begin to appreciate the world outside the window with their nose buried in a screen. Play “I Spy” while your driving. Try to see how many different license plates you can spot. Its a lot harder to pick the fruit when you can’t see the tree.

3. Research! Not all of us have all the time in the world to visit a location, parks like Yellowstone can be huge! By researching ahead of time, you can make sure to get the best bang for your buck! If this trip is on a whim, try stopping at the visitor’s center before heading into the park. Often, they will have similar information about the park, as well as important safety information. Remember: the park rangers are there to protect both you and the park!

4. Look at the calendar. If its January and you drive a 2WD sedan, you might not want to head north. Try heading south or renting a car with 4WD and snow tires. No one has any fun when the car is in the ditch, and as always, safety is very important.

5. Go camping! As much as we all love the Holiday Inn, its a lot harder to enjoy nature from inside a hotel. Just remember to properly secure all food items. Not all bears are as friendly as Yogi and Boo-Boo!

Hope yall enjoyed my tips, and come back next time for another installment of MotherNaturesPen!

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