Feb 21, 2021

the fragrance of jasmine


we belong

me to my people

my people to this place

this putah creek watershed

the watershed and valley belong together

like a family

the valley with the earth

the earth with the solar system

the solar system with the universe

all that is 

is one

we belong

life touches life

which touches life again

i bow nine times

in gratitude 


The air of July has the fragrance of jasmine, roses, and oak trees. That is to give relief from the foolishness of the other humans. The greed, the heartlessness. The liars in government and business. The lack of kindness. 

Friend, enjoy that relief whenever and wherever you can. Walk through the woods and forests, away from the concrete and the machines. Be alone and silent sometimes. Cool your feet in the creek. 

The air of July has the fragrance of jasmine, roses, and oak trees. It is there for anyone to breathe. It is there for you.


I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against.

-Malcolm X, assassinated 56 years ago today.

Caring is all we have. Cynicism is just a soft form of denial.

-Jenny Offill

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.

-Alan Watts

In accepting yourself, you’re simply agreeing to the fact that you are already accepted by the entire universe, just as you are.

-Ruben L. F. Habito

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