SUMMER AT THE CABIN: Fun & Bears, Politics & Art Collage Therapy!
It’s bit of a slow easy summer at the cabin, with Billy-Bob the bear enjoying fresh un-cut grass in our garden, and especially the wild salal berries. This certainly puts a whole new dimension to gardening doesn’t it? Alongside the precautionary principle!
To be clear, this is a wild bear and the naming (by Francis) merely gives comic relief. We live on a lake in the forest and it’s the bears home first, more than it’s ours.
It was collectively decided that our younger 4 year–old granddaughter couldn’t visit without her mother – she hasn’t mastered her listening skills yet. Our eldest 7 year old granddaughter Emma did visit for 2 weeks.
Emma has met a few bears in previous years and she knows the “bear rules”:
1) No walking or playing alone outside, especially during bear season.
2) Always call out to myself or Francis if she wants to come to the garden
3) Always look and listen for rustling in the bush, and make noise herself.
4) Finally, if she does encounter a bear (especially with cubs), don’t panic but immediately back away from the bear and then head for the nearest door back to the cabin. Pronto!
What sort of world are us as adults leaving for the children of today?
This question came up for me when we had some fun with art collaging on a rainy day.
American politics has been on my mind alot and the nomination for the “so-called” Republican Party had just occurred. You can see from my collage above, I was working out some significant fears.
The last item I pasted on was the yellow word “Business”, very crookedly. And of course there is the Alpha Male/Hitler Archetype to contend with. Hmmmm… enemies within.
Let us never forget our unquenchable human urge towards love, change and transformation and commitment towards the common good.
As Pope Francis said in his recent encyclical entitled On Our Common Home. Praise Be!
“Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to make a better world.”
We’re on a journey and like it or not, we journey together, interdependent with all.
Love trumps hate.
Smiles and good cheer from the lake – Bruce