Banjo, The Meadow & Me

Banjo was a pony with a striking tricolor pattern of chestnut, bay, and white that boarded on our small Oregon farm when I was a kid. According to my older brother, he was descended from Indian ponies. I’m not sure how accurate that is, but at the age of 10, if Jimmy said so, it was good enough for me. He was unruly, pig-headed, fat, and determined to get rid of anyone who had the temerity to get on his back. I loved him. Banjo succeeded in sending every male in the family flying, including Uncle Eldon, cousin Merle, Dad, and…

When It Comes To Clouds…

They’ve always been a favorite photographic subject. When it comes to interests, religion and art history and how they intertwine, are high on a fluctuating list. Though far from a religious scholar, I have done my share of studying religious history and religion, in general. Having grown up in the relatively non-dogmatic world of Methodism, my early religious lessons centered around music and Sunday School messages of love and kindness, a European-looking Jesus, Christmas trees, and new Easter outfits.   After disillusionment with religion and a brief stint as an atheist at the age of 18… I jumped into the…

Art is just another word for hope

Last night while watching the stars, I had a moment of insight that’s sticking with me, today. It might not seem profound to most people, but it rang like a bell in my brain: It’s all an elaborate game that we’re watching play out in front of us. From the crazy-making politics of our current administration to the manipulation of truth, we are under assault in an endless game of political dodge-ball — over which we have only influence, at best. And since dodge-ball has been known to leave bruises, a tough hide is required. Calling for a time-out does not…

Regarding Wisdom, Karma, and Hillary Clinton

With natural disasters following one after the other recently, I’ve heard people suggest that “Mother Earth is angry.” Rather than angry, perhaps she’s simply righting the ship. Mother Earth / Mother Nature / Pacha Mama is dispassionate in her passion. She does what she does in response to internal and external pressures. Whether it’s a volcano erupting thousands of feet into the air, tectonic plates shifting in opposing directions, or a reaction to human-caused climate change, her response is not personal. The self-regulating system of Earth is not bound to ego as we are. Ancient and wise on an elemental level…

Looking Up

We need to spend more time looking up, watching birds, studying flowers, and marveling at insects. For as long as I can remember, Nature has been my source of wonder, my peace, and my solace. From a dandelion growing through a crack in the sidewalk to a hike in the mountains, the renewal that Nature offers is there for everyone. It is the cure for what ails us. All it asks is that we appreciate it. –Lora   New Images! Lora Fisher Photography   Resources: Prison Gardens Help Inmates Grow Their Own Food — And Skills –NPR Green Cities: Good Health –University of Washington…

Too important to miss…

Please take a moment to read and reflect on the importance of our southern borderlands. Krista Schlyer’s photography is spectacular. The story is stunning in its implications regarding the environmental and social impact of building a massive border wall along our southern border with Mexico. Embattled Borderlands Will the border wall strike a fatal blow to one of the most imperiled wild regions in North America? Essay and photos by Krista Schlyer.   Shared, with permission ©KristaSchlyer.com   I’ve had the pleasure of virtually meeting Krista, today. Wishing you all the best. Lora    

Good news, plus a reminder

In challenging times like these, we need daily reminders of the good in people. Here are a few stories that gave me a lift this morning.  Delhi, India has banned ALL plastic! “Trailing after China and the United States, India is the largest polluter in the world and is home to 13 out of the top 20 most polluted cities. Thus, the city of Delhi has decided to take a strong and bold action by banning all disposable plastic including a ban on disposable plastic cutlery, cups, and bags, this piece of legislation was passed by India’s National Green Tribunal in December….