Saturday, February 27, 2021
A serious commitment to a new future
Sunday, February 21, 2021
When did flowers evolve?
"To know flowers in any real sense
is to understand something of our place in the cosmos."
-- Dave Bonta
|Flower Evolution ... click here for video|
Breaking News: tiny angiosperm pokes head out of ground. Tuesday, 6:37 a.m. 209 million years ago, Triassic period. (Unless it was 125 million years ago in the Cretaceous period.)
A microsecond later (in geologic time), blue petals and bright orange stamen wave in a gentle breeze. Well, that’s the way it might have happened, actually, no one was there, iPhone in hand to record this momentous occasion for TikTok.
Too bad … it would have been a revolutionary photo, worthy of winning the National Geographic Photo of the Mega-annum (one million years) award.
Britanica.com: Angiosperms are plants that produce flowers and bear their seeds in fruits. They are the largest and most diverse group within the kingdom Plantae, with about 300,000 species. Angiosperms represent approximately 80 percent of all known living green plants.
Click here to watch video: When did the first flower bloom?
Click here to watch video: Flower: Sexual parts (unisexual & bisexual)
Saturday, February 20, 2021
A Daffodil moment in spring
Sometimes there is a moment in spring
When tender shoots of grass
Turn an achingly innocent green
And flowers swirl wild and blue.
Birdsong brightens the soft, southern breeze
Honeyed by fruit-hinted blossoms,
While sun and shadow dance a light show
Through clouds heavy with new rain.
At that one moment, the flood of spring
Crushes the pale breath from my chest
And spins my mind into a muted daze,
Stunned by the shimmering grace.
I yearn to capture it, control it,
Make it mine . . . but then it’s gone;
Passed on to another moment in time,
Leaving me shaking with a need unfilled,
Knowing I can only wait and watch
For that next moment in spring.
(c) Joyce Wycoff, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021
Finding the core of life purpose.
When I wrote the poem below, I thought I had come to clarity on this question. However, it continues to repeat like endless waves lapping at the shore. I have to stop and remind myself that as long as my choices bring me joy and lovingly connect me to the world, they are part of my purpose ... they are part of the sea of "perfect possibilities."
I no longer believe I should pack up and go serve the starving children in Africa. While that could be soul satisfying, there are other projects that fit my life and skills better.
The less dramatic project under contemplation could serve people and perhaps there are ways to increase the possibilities for contribution. Maybe that's the real issue ... finding ways to do what we love and fits our skills and talents in a way that serves others.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Questions call answers into being
|Red Spiral by Joyce Wycoff|
Josh Waitzkin, author of The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance, offered a simple 2-step exercise on a Tim Ferriss podcast.
- At the end of the day, write down your most important question (MIQ)
- First thing the next morning, brainstorm answers to that question.
- How could I find a mentor?
- What would make me stop eating sugar?
- Where could I find a puppy?
- What’s keeping me from getting the raise I deserve?
- When should I post on my blog?
- What online course would appeal to my target audience?
- Why am I not healthier?
- What would make my writing more compelling?
- Who needs what I can offer?
- Where would I love to live?
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Love Letter 32: Julian to Reno: A rolling retreat
|Stopping by Mono Lake on Hwy 395|
(We know the day we were born, but most of us do not know the day we will die. This love letter to my life is written on the day I've designated as my death day, the 17th of every month, and reminds me to be grateful for my incredible life.)
Eleven hours of driving time, with podcast playlist queued: Tim Ferriss talking to Seth Godin, Chip Conley, Josh Waitzkin, Jack Kornfield. Plus a panel discussion with researchers and investors talking about the future of psychedelics and explaining the “default mode network,” where our ideas of self are held, our stories take hold, and our ego holds sway. (See below for short video with author Michael Pollan explaining this.)