Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Practical Guide To Personal Freedom


In all things it is better to hope than to despair. 

~ Goethe


Thousands of things go right for you every single day.

Þú ert stjarnan

You are the star

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Forestry In A Treeless Land

While visiting Iceland, I learned that only one percent of the country's original forests still exist. It occurred to me I might be able to return there and plant trees in exchange for room and board, so I posted the question at Iceland Review Online. Thanks to the assistance of Eygló Arnarsdóttir, here's the answer I got:

Thröstur Eysteinsson, division chief of national forests at the Iceland Forest Service, said it isn’t correct that only one percent of the country’s original forests are left: it is approximately five percent.
Today, one percent of Iceland is forested while 30 percent of the country was forested at the time of the settlement around the 9th century AD.

Even though this happened centuries ago and Icelanders have gotten used to living in a forestless country, this is still a serious matter, Eysteinsson said; it is among the most extensive cases of deforestation in the world.
If you would like to learn more about forestry in Iceland and the country’s treeless state, here is a link to an article in English by Eysteinsson on this subject.
Eysteinsson said he didn’t know of anyone offering an arrangement where travelers can plant trees in exchange for food and board.
However, there are a few volunteer organizations that execute environmental projects in Iceland, including reforestation, such as SEEDS, for example.


I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips.

~ Violet Leduc, Mad In Pursuit

Monday, June 27, 2011

Feeling Good

I have things I could feel bad about but I refuse. It's another day on the right side of the dirt. Not everyone can say that. I choose to be happy.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Laughter : The Instant Vacation


alone on the road
in the middle of night
by moonlight coffee 
and music
arriving at dawn 
on the border
with orange clouds 
burning behind me
this sleeping desert 
holds courageous dreams

Friday, June 24, 2011

Repeat After Me

Being myself involves no risk. I live fearlessly.

Colours That We Shine

In the space between the lives we touch there is always an opportunity for light and hope.

Paragliding on Jupiter

To fly as fast as thought, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.

~ Richard Bach

Free Will Astrology

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I Am You

The Secret of Letting Go

The secret of letting go is knowing that life will give you something better than whatever it asks you to give up.

~ Guy Finley

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Opposite The Sun

water and sky
you and I
meet on an arc of light

fire seeking children
of the yellow star
breathing planet blue mysteries

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

You Are The Resistance

The paranoia is in bloom
The PR transmissions will resume
They'll try to push drugs
Keep us all dumbed down and hope that
We will never see the truth around

Another promise, another scene
Another packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed
With all the green belts wrapped around our minds
And endless red tape to keep the truth confined

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious

Interchanging mind control
Come let the revolution take its toll if you could
Flick the switch and open your third eye, you'd see that
We should never be afraid to die

Rise up and take the power back, it's time
The fat cats had a heart attack, you know that
Their time is coming to an end
We have to unify and watch our flag ascend

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Congratulations, Boston Bruins

This was my first year watching the Stanley Cup finals and I really enjoyed it. Although I was rooting for the Lightning and the Sharks, both Boston and Vancouver played great. All the games were full of fantastic action and amazing feats of teamwork and individual accomplishment that won me over to being an enthusiastic new fan.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Expand Your Territory

To accept the challenge of acquiring a new skill, such as mastering the computer or learning to ski or playing chess - when the prospect of doing so scares you - is an act of self-assertiveness. You are pushing on your boundaries, defying your comfort zone, expanding your territory.

~ Nathaniel Branden

There Is Only One Thing You Must Do In This Life

Fearlessly be yourself.

~ Will

Standing On The Sky

I'm living in two worlds
and one of them is trying 
to bring me back to myself
the other is trying 
to take me away from my self
neither one 
can help the other
Hello Self
looks like we're stuck together

The Soul's Dominion


Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace,

The soul that knows it not knows no release
From little things;

Knows not the livid loneliness of fear,
Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear
The sound of wings.

How can life grant us boon of living, compensate
For dull grey ugliness and pregnant hate
Unless we dare

The soul's dominion? Each time we make a choice, we pay
With courage to behold the restless day
And make it fair.

~ Amelia Earhart

Monday, June 13, 2011

Death's Door

The following post is originally a comment I left on Freedom Guerrilla, but I thought it deserved a place here too. 

While paragliding yesterday my wing suffered a collapse. Falling through empty space for a few seconds before it re-inflated was terrifying. Death’s door is not tempting at all. It’s scary. I had a great flight in strong, active conditions, but once again the Great Teacher reminded me that titanic forces can rip me apart in an instant. After 90 minutes of big air, clenched abs and busy hands, I touched down in the LZ, exhilarated, humbled, and thrashed. The first thing I noticed was existence itself — little yellow flowers, warm green grass, and solid earth beneath my feet. I realized I was safely back on the ground, breathing the same air that moments before could have taken my life. Around me people talked and laughed in the sun while a brown dog barked at humans in the sky. I packed up my gear and drove back to Seattle, grateful to fly another day.

The Right Spirit

 Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn't be done. 

~ Amelia Earhart

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Quiet Power

You are beautiful and strong, and you touch the sky.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

How Everyone Can Help Each Other

Treat people as if they are self-responsible and they will become self-responsible. Treat people as if they are helpless and they will become helpless. The secret of true kindness: to see the strength in a person that he or she does not yet recognize.

~ Nathaniel Branden


The greatest band that ever was has already come and gone, and that was The Beatles. Next time you're listening to the radio and it sounds like noise, it's because it is. Music will always change, but the value of an honest-to-God composition with thoughtful lyrics sung from a sincere heart will last forever.

Formal Consent

Give yourself permission to be all that you are.

~ Tori Amos

Passion and Soulfulness

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Light of the Heart

If you are willing to stay fully present to your emotions without denial or disowning, the result typically is not the collapse of reason but the emergence of more lucid awareness. In other words, feel deeply to think clearly.

~ Nathaniel Branden

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Alca Torda

There is no risk in being myself. I live fearlessly.

~ Wayne Dyer

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Himininn Talar

The Sky Speaks

We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.

~ Kahlil Gibran

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Energy for which you do not find an appropriate outlet and form of expression, can turn into a rage that poisons your soul.


Monday, June 6, 2011

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Your Happiness Matters

If you face life without confidence in your own powers, you tend to succumb too easily to setbacks and adversity; you lack the will to persevere. If you face life without the conviction that you have a right to be happy, you will not fight for your happiness.

If you take the position that your happiness is primarily in your own hands, you give yourself enormous power. You are not waiting for events or other people to make you happy. You are not trapped by blame, alibis, or self-pity. You are free to look at the options available in any situation and respond as wisely as you can. 

Do not allow anyone to tell you for what purpose you should live. To be happy and fulfilled, you do need a purpose, but let it be one rising out of who you are.

Icelandic Folk Songs

Friday, June 3, 2011

Team USA

The paragliding world championship is happening this July in Spain. Unlike pilots from other countries, those from the US receive no financial aid from the government. Nevertheless, they are going to represent us. I know the team leader, Rob Sporrer, because he let me crash in his camper when I went flying in Santa Barbara last year, and he is an awesome guy. Good luck to him and the rest of the team. Here's a cool video from 2009 (championships are biennial) to give you an idea what it's all about. Thanks for watching.

2009 Paragliding World Championships on Good Morning America from Eagle Paragliding on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Our Ecosystem Has No Borders

How To Be Friends With Your Own Mind

Choose to live in possibility. Stop telling yourself what you can't do. Start telling yourself what you can do. See what happens when you make this a habit.

Valhalla, I Am Coming

We weren't being pompous ... We did come from the land of the ice and snow. We were guests of the Icelandic Government on a cultural mission. We were invited to play a concert in Reykjavik and the day before we arrived all the civil servants went on strike and the gig was going to be cancelled. The university prepared a concert hall for us and it was phenomenal. The response from the kids was remarkable and we had a great time. "Immigrant Song"* was about that trip and it was the opening track on the album that was intended to be incredibly different.

~ Robert Plant

* Released as a single in 1970

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Animating Contest

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

~ Samuel Adams, 1775