SELF AND ENVIRONMENT ~ Frater C. Brandt at 95

~ the Brandt Series ~

 

Frater Charles Brandt has become 95 years of age today, Feb. 19, 2018 – peace and blessings.

Some of you who know Charles might agree that his quiet life and demeanour as a humble Christian hermit is somewhat similar to his fellow Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh – “a cross between a cloud, a snail, and piece of heavy machinery – a true religious presence.”

 

Self and Environment – Part Two

 

This is the second part of an abridged look at Charles’ original book, Self and Environment.

To access Part One click here, Transformation and Age of the Earth, which speaks about recovering wholeness by showing how meditation and insight into the beauty of the world offer vital hope for a world in crises.

Now Part Two explores the damage inflicted on our sense of self and of God by the split we have made between our humanity and the natural world. Being present is imperative for us to gain full attention of the sacredness of creation and of our oneness with nature.

 

Photography is by Charles Brandt, Geoffry Leighton, Bruce Witzel and Francis Guenette

 

  self-and-environment - cover image of book by charles brandt[3]

 

~ By Charles Brandt ~

 

My hermitage is located deep in the temperate rainforest, on the Oyster River, British Columbia. The logging road along with other trails through the forest is where I practice walking meditation.

 

Charles Brandt at his hermitage

 

I do not think of the road as leading anywhere. It is the road to nowhere, the path on which I journey and have been journeying for a lifetime. When I walk this road I have no destination, no timetable or estimated time of arrival. I simply place one foot in front of the other, let all my cares, anguish, angst, fears drop away. My breathing is in harmony with my pace, my pace is in harmony with the universe.

 

And although this is a path of nowhere, in reality it is a way to everywhere, because it enables me to enter into communion with the whole community of beings, beings which are diverse, interiorized, and each in communion with every other being in the universe. I become present to the most distant star, and she to me, the ‘complicated web of interdependent relationships’. Every atom of my being is present to every atom in the universe, and they to it.

(the introduction)

 

Charles Brandt at his hermitage - by videographer Geoffry Leighton

 

There is new story that is being told today, although in fact, of course, it is and old, old story. It is the universe story, the earth story. It is a cosmological story that is just dawning on our minds and imagination. As Brian Swimme describes it, “this universe is a single multiform energetic unfolding of matter, mind, intelligence, and life.” The universe as a whole behaves more like a developing being. It is a single, multiform, sequential, celebratory event. And we are integral with the story. Indeed, it is our story as well as the universe story. This is the story we have to come to understand, the story which describes our true journey.

 

Spotting a supernova in NGC 5806

Spotting a Super Nova – photo source unknown

 

But we have not been paying attention to the story. If we could learn to pay attention we could go forward into the future.

 

Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona - July 2007 by Charles A.E.Brandt

 

In the depth of our being we have a longing to know the earth and its plan, to know the universe, and ourselves in its deepest and truest form, and to know the Ultimate Reality. Somehow we suspect that if we could only come to the discovery of our true self we would arrive as well at the true meaning of the earth and the universe.

 

Coast Mountains (large), from Oyster Bay, Dec. 2, '14. charles brandt photo (2)

Coastal Mountains of BC

 

Especially today we want to understand because there is a deep lurking fear within us that the viability of the human species depends on a healthy relationship with the earth, that our destiny is tied with her destiny, that somehow we have to free ourselves from an exploitative relationship and move into a loving communion with the earth and all her creatures.

 

portrait at the hermitage 2018 - charles brandt photo

 

We know that we cannot simply intend this new relationship to occur. It lies more in the field of attention than in the field of intention.

 

Poppies, June 20, 0217 - charles brandtt photo

 

It is clear we are at a turning point. We are on the verge, or already in the midst, of creating a new mode of consciousness that gathers up all previous forms of consciousness and then goes beyond them. We are at a crossroads.

 

Downtown Ottawa - bruce witzel photo (2)

Ottawa, Canada ~ Peace Tower in the distance

 

We look forward to a better world, a kinder world. The transformation I speak of is already in orbit.

 

Black Brants - Charles Brandt photo (2)

 

It is occurring in our thinking, in the perception of ourselves, and especially in the perception of our environment.

 

Black Brants on the shores of the Georgia Strait - charles brandt photo

 

 

Black Brants in flight - charles brandt photo (2)

 

We all naturally have a sense of the sacred. From this sense of the sacred we shape our lives, our norms of social behaviour, even our explanation of life and how we relate to others about us and to the wider world. To develop our sense of the sacred, it is imperative that we have a true cultural formation. Unfortunately, today the cultural formation that is being provided by our institutions is no longer providing proper and adequate guidance.

 

State Legislation Building - Helena, Montana Oct. 18. 2010 - Bruce Witzel photo

 

Today we are living in a strong cultural trance. Mostly we are unaware of this but it has infected us deeply.

 

Big copper mine near Silver City, New Mexico Oct.11-2016 - bruce witel photo[3]

 

Humanity has unleashed powers that we can no longer control and having exploited out natural resources so wantonly that we are in danger of exhausting them.

 

Port Alice mill site on Neurotsos Inlet - bruce witzel photo

 

Each minute more than an acre of rainforest is destroyed. Here on Vancouver Island, we are becoming acutely aware that our forestry practices have been less than perfect.

 

Holberg Inlet, BC (2) - March 2006- bruce witzel photo

 

On the earth species are dying at an hourly rate. By the end of the 20th century we may have lost as many as 20 million species. And there is nothing so absolute as the disappearance of a species. Never again shall we see the passenger pigeon or the Carolina parakeet. They are gone forever.

 

This is only a small fraction of the ruin we are bringing upon on ourselves, spiritually, socially, economically, psychically.

 

Living Memorial Sculpture Garden - created by Vietnam veteran and sculptural artist Denis Smith - photo by Bruce Witzel2

58,000 Pines & the Living Memorial Sculptural Garden ~ Mount Shasta

 

Liviing Memorial Sculpture Garden with 58,000 Pines near Weed California - by Bruce Witzel

 

In the face of this crises our government and leaders, our churches and institutions continue to behave as if these very apparent signs of devastation are not the most crucial issues of our times and lives.

  École Polytechnique de Montréal with St. Joseph's Oratory in the background -bruce witzel photo (2)

Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal ~ St. Joseph Oratory in the background

 

It is exactly the same with any personal illness: first of all we have to admit we are suffering. Since most of us prefer to remain in denial such an admission is difficult. It is essential to name the crises that we live in and then respond in an effective and healthy manner. This is perhaps our only hope, whether on a planetary or personal level.

 

    Painting shared by Charles

 

We are a dysfunctional society. For a lifetime, indeed for a millennium, we have been functioning out of a human to human, human-divine set of relationships, to the almost complete exclusion of the whole community we form with the earth and the universe. Our ancestors assumed that we are separated from the rest of creation, that we are the sole species possessing intelligence, an understanding, consciousness, and a spiritual dimension. That is where our dysfunction lies.

 

Emily Carr Tombstone, Victoria BC - francis guenette phot

 

We have ignored a spirituality of the earth. As part of our cure we must open ourselves to the stunning beauty of the earth.

 

Walk in the forest - francis guenette photo

 

What is needed globally today is a healing of the earth. But if we individually do not undergo a transformation of body, soul, and spirit, healing cannot take place. Our search is deeper than economic policies or political ideas.

 

  Charles Brandt in his early hermit days (2)

Frater Charles Brandt  pictured (left) in the 1960’s

 

We seek a new way of life, a way of life that flows out of awareness of the cosmic story and the holiness of the earth. We have to change the habits that have made us so ill culturally. We have to discontinue the destructive, addictive, oppressive behaviour we have perpetrated on our planet.

  Bruce at the Nestucca Oilspill in 1988 Vancouver Island BC

Destroyed birdlife on Northwest Vancouver Island ~ from the Netuscaca Oilspill ~ 1988

 

Any degradation of the planet is adverse to our own well-being, physically, economically, and spiritually. If we allow such abuse of ourselves it indicates how little we love ourselves in the true and proper sense of ‘self’. To be human means to be in communion with the entire community of the planet.

  A family in the  Sierra Nevadas - Bruce Witzel photo

 

In the words of Thomas Berry “the earth is mandating that the human community assume a responsibility never assigned to any previous generation.” We are being asked to learn an entirely new mode of conduct and discipline. We need to listen to the countless voices of earth and, indeed, the entire universe.

 

Peek in the forest, Nov. 2-2017 - Chalres Brandt

 

A walk in the forest

 

In the distance, in my early morning walk on the old logging road every day, in the first light, a robin begins its canticle. The song is taken up by the Swainson’s Thrush and then the finches, and finally, a solitary vireo.

 

Robin singing on a tree branch, first day of spring March 20-2017 - bruce witzel photo

 

 

SwainsonsThrush & Red Elderberry June 15 2016 - charles brandt photo

 

The forest suddenly becomes a celebratory event, exploding into song and motion and joyous exchange of the community of beings communicating and articulating themselves in a grand celebratory event.

 

my-house-my-blue-planet-earth_thumb

Earth, moon and sun ~ In Space

 

They speak the story of the universe from its primordial flaring forth – the galactic story, the earth story, the life story, and the human story – down to the end of the Cenozoic period where we now find ourselves.

 

Cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado - bruce witzel photo

Cliff dwellings ~ Mesa Verde, Colorado

 

Because it is terminal we are fearful. We do not know yet whether we are a viable species, whether we will make it or not.

 

Image 2  from the video Turning Point - Charles Brandt and Thomas Merton - produced by videographer Geoffrey Leighton

Walking Meditation ~ Charles Brandt Hermitage

 

The human community and the natural world will go into the future as a single sacred community or we will both perish in the desert.

Charles A.E. Brandt

 

About Charles

Over many years Charles Brandt has been an advocate for the world wide Christian Meditation movement – WCCM. He has earned a living as a professional book and paper conservator completing restoration of many historical books like the Nurmburg Chronicles printed in 1493 as well as part of the original Audubon series.

In the 1940’s Charles received a degree Wildlife Conservation and Ornithology before entering religious life – first as an Anglican priest and then entering a Catholic monastery. Before he took his final vows Charles was advised by Thomas Merton that the monastic life would make him a good monk but not a good contemplative.

In 1964 he moved from the U.S. to British Columbia and soon thereafter was ordained a hermit priest by Remi DeRoo, the well known Canadian Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria. Charles and Remi remain close friends.

Charles lifelong contemplative activism has been dedicated towards healing the world – his faith has moved mountains. Tsolum River was declared “dead” from pollution in the 1990’s. Charles voice inspired a broad-based movement that was able to heal the river by reclaiming an abandoned open pit copper mine and continued ecological enhancement of the watershed.

Charles Brandt has been honoured with numerous environmental awards. In the broader world he is a Catholic oblate member of Saccidananda Ashram in Tamil Nadu, India.

This is the 26th instalment of the Brandt series. The full archive can be accessed here.

 

A deep personal thanks to you Charles, on your 95th year.

 

~ Bruce ~

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Questions on growth & power in a weather-worn world

Last Wednesday morning – January 10th, 2018

View of the rising sun . . .

 

Morning sun over the lake, Jan 10, 2018 - bruce witzel photo

 

Come, you lost atoms to your centre draw near and be the eternal mirror you saw.

Rays that have wondered into darkness wide, back into your sun, subside.

 Sufi poet, Attar

 

 

Growth and Power 

 

Humanity has harnessed water power since earliest civilization. Dams have changed the natural flow of rivers to run mills, control flooding and provide irrigation and water.

 

Water power mill at Saint Catharines Ontario - bruce witzel photo

  Water mill near St. Catharines, Ontario – bruce witzel photo

 

In the Great Depression of the 1930’s large hydro electric projects were built to create power for homes and industry and hence, a multitude of jobs for the American people. The developed world’s lifestyle is largely based on using vast amounts of power.

Although hydro-electricity is considered a renewable energy source, it comes with an ecological cost – flooded valleys and loss of habitat, farmland and ways of life.

There’s pros and there’s cons to all forms of power. 

 

Rosevelt Dam in Arizona - bruce witzel photo

Roosevelt Dam – bruce witzel photo 

 

Site C on the Peace River

 

Here in British Columbia controversy has developed over construction of a 3rd large dam on the Peace River, known as Site C. It will be the most expensive public megaproject in Canadian history. When construction began in 2015 it was estimated to cost 8.7 billion dollars. 

On June 29, 2017 the freshly elected New Democratic Party formed the provincial government. This ended16 years of Liberal Party rule. Then in fall of 2017 the BC Utilities Commission were ordered to do a special review of the Site C dam. 

 

Aerial view of the inlet cofferdam, the south bank excavation, and Moberly River for Site C (September 2017) - photographer unknown

Site C dam, September 2017 – photographer unknown

 

On December 11, 2017 the BC Premier John Horgan announced that his government would reluctantly continue the project, but that it was now predicted to cost 10.7 billion dollars. In typical political fashion he blamed the previous government.

 

Screen Capture of Site-C Hydro-electric project on the Peace River, BC

 

Reactions were swift. Many business groups and trade organizations lauded the decision – other groups did not.

 

Kwatsistah - North West Coast Vancouver Island - francis guenette photo 

Kwatsisthah Totem on North West Vancouver Island – Bruce Witzel photo

 

Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, immediately released a strong condemnation:

 

“We are truly shocked at the callous disregard for the rights and well-being of Indigenous peoples, despite the Premier’s acknowledgement of what is at stake… 

The Premier knew coming into office that flooding the Peace River Valley would be profoundly destructive for the Dunne-Za and Cree peoples whose histories and cultures are inseparable from that land…

He (Premier Horgan) has even acknowledged that construction of the Site C dam would violate Canada’s legal obligations under Treaty 8. The fact that he would allow the destruction of the Peace River Valley despite such serious concerns is a blatant betrayal of his government’s commitments to uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

 

Children overlooking the Peace River - photographer unknown

    Children overlooking the Peace River Valley – photographer unknown

 

Another contentious issue surrounding the dam is the question, does the province actually need the power? An opinion editorial published by Dermond Travis, the executive director of Integrity BC, points this out:

“B.C. consumed 62,467 gigawatt-hours of electricity in 2010. Last year, it had jumped to 62,951 gigawatt-hours, an increase of 0.8 per cent, In 1996… we consumed 64,664 gigawatt-hours of electricity. By 2016, B.C.’s population had grown to 4.75 million, there were 468,000 more households (than in 1996)… and we consumed 1,713 less gigawatt-hours…  In 15 of the last 20 years, we’ve used less electricity than we did in 1996.”

 

This has come about from energy conservation and better efficiency standards. The public electrical utility, BC Hydro, has an aggressive Power Smart program. Even so, they have repeatedly overestimated long term demand for power in British Columbia. 

 

 

The Road Less Travelled

 

The powers that be tell us that the Site C damn, and indeed all destructive energy mega-projects, are simply about supply and demand. I believe it’s something profoundly different.

In 1976 the physicist and energy policy analyst Amory Lovins coined the term soft energy path to describe a future where energy efficiency and appropriate renewable energy sources steadily replace a centralized system based on fossil and nuclear fuels.

 

Solar powered home near Carbondale Colorado (2) Oct. 2016 - bruce witzel photo

                        A solar powered home in Carbondale, Colorado – bruce witzel photo, Oct. 2016

 

Here is Amory Lovins take on the matter:

 

“The energy problem, according to conventional wisdom, is how to increase energy supplies to meet projected demands. The solution to this problem is familiar: ever more remote and fragile places are to be ransacked, at ever greater risk and cost…

We must… take care to preserve resilience and flexibility, and to design for larger safety margins… recognizing the existence of human fallibility, malice, and irrationality (including our own) and of the present trends that erode the earth’s carrying capacity.”

 

Looking west off Alberta Highway 22 (2)- the cowboy trail - Bruce Witzel photo

  Alberta Rockies near Longview – bruce witzel photo

 

“People are more important than goods; hence, technology, and economic activity are means, not ends, and their quantity is not a measure of welfare…

The energy problem should be not how to expand supplies to meet the postulated extrapolated needs of a dynamic economy, by rather how to accomplish social goals elegantly with a minimum of energy and effort, meanwhile taking care to preserve social fabric that not only tolerates but encourages diverse values and lifestyles.”

 

From the introduction of Soft Energy Paths: Toward a Durable Peace, 

by Amory Lovins –1977 

 

This Weather-worn World

 

The earth is at a turning point. Past U.S president Jimmy Carter said it early in his administration way back in 1976: 

“We must face the prospect of changing our basic way of living. This change will be made on our own initiative in a planned and rational way, or forced on us with chaos and suffering by the inexorable laws of nature.”

PE (Professional Engineer) Magazine Dec. 1976, pg. 9 

 

  From Desmog Blog                                                                                                                                           

                                                                        photo compliments of DeSmog Blog

 

Now four decades have past and the world is witnessing this change – some good and some bad.

 

On the day before Site C’s continued construction was announced, I read a blogpost from lens and pens by sally entitled (in part) Nature Photography in the Age of Uncertainty, (by Sally W. Donatella click the purple for the link).

Along with 2 beautiful photos, she begins by saying:

One cannot think of climate change without its partner the weather. And the weathering of our hearts is just as affected by the myriad of weather-related altercations that are becoming more and more prevalent, regardless of one’s location.”

 

She describes a walk with her grandson at sunset by the East River in Lower Manhattan – how nature can provide us tranquility and inspiration.

“We paused, we watched, we embraced our good fortune,” she concludes. 

 

Afternoon view on the lake Jan. 10, 2018 - bruce witzel photo

  A view of the lake on Northern Vancouver Island – bruce witzel photo, Jan. 10, 2018

 

 

This brings me full circle.

What kind of growth and power will you and I witness for, in this weather-worn world?

 

  Cheers ~ Bruce

 

Statue of mother and child, un-recalled location - bruce witzel photo 

 

There is only one thing that matters ultimately and it is the personal and social value of supreme importance – which is that we grow in love…

Everything else is consequential.

~

John Main

 

Christmas Peace

 

Peace cannot be kept by force: it can only be achieved by understanding.

~ Albert Einstein ~

 

Young Mountain Sheep in Sheep River Provcincial Park Nov. 22 -2017 -bruce witzel photo

 

 

Our cabin at the lake, Christmas card Dec. 25-2017 - bruce witzel photo

 

 

Glass Christmas Oranament - bruce witel photo

 

 

 

Cabin snow (4), March 10-2017 - bruce witzel photo

 

We are all meant to be the mother of God . . .

What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his Son if I do not also give birth to him in my time and my culture?

 

~ Meister Eckhart, 1260-1328, German Dominican Mystic ~

 

Kicking Horse River, Yoho National Park - British Columbia, Nov.26, 2017 - bruce witzel photo (2)

Kicking Horse River (above)             Sheep River Provincial Park  (below)

 

Mountain sheep on the road -bruce witzel photo

 

 

Christmas Peace

~ Bruce ~

 

Elena Travenaut's  painting (1979) on living room wall - bruce witzel photo

Smiles, Love and Letting Go

 

Emma holding Gramma's hand June 8-2012 - bruce witzel photo (2)

Emma holding Grandma’s hand – 2012

 

Walk along the Fraser River - bruce witzel photo (2)

Emma along the Fraser River in 2012

 

Old piers on the mighty Fraser River - bruce witzel photo (2)

 

Richard Rohr on Letting Go of of the False Self

 

The saints and mystics say, “When I’m nobody, I’m everybody!” When I’m no one, I’m at last every one. When I’m nothing, I’m everything. When I’m empty, I’m full. This is why so few people truly seek an authentic spiritual life. Who wants to be nothing? We’ve been told the whole point was to be somebody.                               

 

 

Emma & Fran decorating  Christmas cookies, Dec. 18, 2016 - brice wtzel photo (2)

Emma with Grandma – Christmas 2016

 

Brit and Emma - Kristen keeley photo, Dec. 9, 2017

                                            Emma and Britney (sisters forever) – Dec. 2017

 

Christmas baking 2016 - bruce witzel photo (2)

Brit, Grandma (beloved Francis), Emma & Kristen – Christmas 2016

 

Fran at Monument valley - October 2010

Fran at Monument Valley, October 2010 & below;

Old souls, rising up.

 

Monument Valley, Navaho Nation, Oct. 29 - 2010 - bruce witzel photo

 

St. John of the Cross expressed it this way:

To come to the pleasure you have not, you must go by a way in which you enjoy not. To come to the knowledge you have not, you must go by a way in which you know not. To come to the possession you have not, you must go by a way in which you possess not. To come to be what you are not, you must go by a way in which you are not.

 

Peace and Love ~ Bruce

SERENITY & CALIFORNIA’S EASTERN SIERRA NEVADA’S ~ Oct. 2012

 

Eastern Sierra Nevada's, October 2012 - bruce witzel photo

I lay in the meadow until the unwrinkled serenity entered in my bones, and

made me one with the still greenery, the drifting clouds.

 

~ Alice James ~

Eastern Sierra Nevada's, Califfornia USA - bruce witzel photo

 

 Cheers    ~    Bruce

NEW DAY DAWNS–High River, Alberta (transformation)

 

A tree gives glory to God by being a tree . . .

 

Morning Sun (oil painting3) in High River Alberta - bruce witzel photo

 

This particular tree will give glory to God by spreading out it roots in the earth and raising its branches in the air and the light in a way that no other tree before or after it ever did or will . . .

But what about you? What about me?                  ~ Thomas Merton ~

 

The  image above was taken on November 18–2017 and then transformed to appear like a painting by using Arcsoft PhotoStudio 5.5

The quote was borrowed from the book New Seeds of Contemplation published in 1962 by Thomas Merton.

 

             Cheers – Bruce

WARMING UP IN THE BANFF LIBRARY –A deep question, solar windows and Jane Goodall–in-one

 

Jane Goodall on why we are here

 

Francis and I, were walking in the city of Kamloops BC and the town 

of Banff Alberta last week.  Here’s a bit of what we experienced on our

sojourn. Three of the photos are  in hi resolution  ~ just click to enlarge. 

The solar tips were inspired by visiting the Banff  Public Library.

There  I found an article with the profound contemplative wisdom

of  Jane Goodall.

 

I conclude with Ms. Goodall’s poem . . .

 

Jane Goodall poem

 

 

Francis with Thompson River in Background, Nov.6-2017 - bruce witzel photo

 

Francis at the Thompson River

 

Thompson River in Kamloops B.C. Nov. 6 -2017 - bruce witzel photo

 

A Canada Goose landing  on the Thompson

Canada Goose landing on Thompson River in Kamloops BC - Nov.5-2017 - bruce witzel photo

 

Bow River in Canada’s Banff National Park (click on photo for full size)

Bow River near Banff Alberta, Nov. 8-2017 - bruce witzel photo

 

 

Bow River in Banff Alberta, Nov. 7-2017 -bruce witzel photo

 

Bow River (above) as seen from the bridge in downtown Banff (below).

 

Banff, Alberta (2)Nov. 7-2017 - bruce witzel photo

 

Bruce and Fran in Banff Nov.7-2017 - fran guentte photo

After an couple hours, we temporarily dropped into the Banff Public Library to get warmed up from the chilling –10 Celsius temperature and basked in the sun beaming through the south facing solarium.

 

Banff Public Library exterior  Nov. 7-2017 - bruce witzel photo

 

~ A Solar Lesson ~

One square meter of any surface on earth receives about 1000 watts of

energy when sunrays hit it perpendicular on a clear day. Doing the math,

1 square meter equals 10.75 square feet. Hence, the 8’ x 20’ skylight of the

library (160 square feet) was receiving about 15 kilowatts of free solar

energy. This illustrates that plenty of energy is available from properly

solar oriented windows and glazing.

 

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see.

 

Bruce in the Banff Public Library Nov. 7-2017 - francis guenette photo

 

And with forethought, passive solar design can be done at little or no extra cost. After all – every building requires windows . Also, the design doesn’t  necessarily have to look unusual or unique, though it may.

 

Here are a few important nuances:

  1. 1)  Passive solar windows  are simpler and lower cost than passive skylights.

  2. 2) Skylights  and  high clerestory windows provide privacy from nearby streets or unwanted views.   

  3. 3) Windows provide wanted views , cross-ventilation and excellent cooling.

  4. 4) Skylights and clerestory windows can provide excellent overhead  natural light.

Banff Library interior

  1. 5) Windows are easier to shade in the summer than skylights, by utilizing overhangs, curtains or blinds, etc.

  2. 6) Exciting new types of skylights now provide both daylight and electricity, and can automatically begin to shade when required.

  3. 7) Compared to non-solar design, passive solar buildings create a closer connection with the outdoors and in general, a much healthier environment.

 

Vermillon Lake, Banff National Park  Nov. 8-2017 - francis guenette photo

Vermillion Lake, Banff National Park  Nov.8-2017 – Fran Guenette photo

(click to enlarge) 

 

 

A poem – by Jane Goodall

 

    Jane Goodall poem in Banff Libreary journal article

 

 

 

THE OLD WISDOM 

 

When the night wind makes the pine

trees creak

And the pale clouds glide across

the dark sky,

Go out, my child, go out and seek

Your soul, the Eternal I.

 

Vermillon Lake and Rocky Mntns in Banff National Park (3) Nov. 8-2017 - bruce witzel photo 

 

For all the grasses rustling at your feet

And every flaming star that glitters high

above you, close up and meet

in you: the Eternal I.

 

 

Yes, my child, go out into the world: walk

Slow

And silent, comprehending all, and by

and by

Your soul, the Universe will know

Itself: the Eternal I.

 

 

The lovely dunes; the

setting sun

The duck –and I;

 

Two Mallard Ducks on the Thompson River in Kamloops B.C.  Nov.6-2017 - bruce witzel photo 

 

One spirit moving

timelessly

Beneath the sky.

 

 

Fence and Rocky Mntns. near Trans-Canada Highway (2), Banff Alberta Nov. 6-2017  - bruce witzel photo

(Click to enlarge)

 

Cheers – Bruce

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