I only want to make you aware of the beauty and the depth that is out here, after you turn off all the distractions. The stars do their own thing, each in its own place, each in its own way. As the day becomes night, the fire in the west becomes a faint glow. The stars slowly appear, each in its own succession of brightness. Tonight Jupiter, of course, is visible before darkness. Then Arcturus, and one by one, the sky is filled with celestial beings. True darkness is attained with the appearance of the Milky Way, arcing over the eastern horizon from Sagittarius to Cassiopeia. Saturn shows up in Ophiucus. It is all here for us to ponder and enjoy. Unfortunately we are being robbed of this precious resource by light pollution.
Month: June 2017
I am beginning to personalize the interior of my new trailer as I settle into a routine and get used to living in a really small space. I have made a few adaptations to facilitate daily life and am contemplating a couple more minor projects. I am very reluctant to start drilling holes or doing anything permanent quite yet. I am pulling things out of my collection and displaying them where they can be seen and incorporated into who I am and what I am doing. Along the edge of my bed under the rear window I have spread a small wool rug hand woven by women in Turkmenistan gifted to me by a neighbor some years ago. On the wall enclosing the shower hangs a piece of woven cotton textile I obtained from a University student from Kenya. At the table at the front end of the trailer sits my design of the Achaemenian lion. On one side is a print of Saraswati, on the other a reproduction of the I-Ching hexagram for Synergy. On one side of the table sits SpongeBob Squarepants. Opposite, hanging from the handle of the upper storage compartment is the Kokopelli bandana and the the scarf from the Rwanda Commemoration. In the handle of the opposite compartment rests a Native American dream catcher. By the door hangs a string of Tibetan prayer flags. Over my bed in front of the rear window hangs my Kokopelli ornament. One of the projects I will be working on in my journey is researching my family history. I have already got a good start on that. I feel that the nine generations of my grandmothers are travelling with me.
I have just moved into a monthly rental site at the local KOA. Much more affordable and much more of a conventional residential community. The other side was for the tourists and vacationers and way too expensive. I will continue working at the hospital until the end of July as I get more familiar with the ins and outs of trailer living. I have made choices to do things this way. Everything is going along as scheduled. There are some drawbacks, but this is all part of the process that will get me where I want to be by October.