In Celebration of Mother Earth

“Nature voices natural, spiritual law and divine Love,  but human belief misinterprets nature. Arctic regions, sunny tropics, giant hills, winged winds,  mighty billows, verdant vales, festive flowers,  and glorious heavens, – all point to Mind, the spiritual intelligence they reflect. The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity. Suns and planets teach grand lessons.  The stars make night beautiful, and the leaflet turns naturally towards the light.” – Mary Baker Eddy

Presence is needed to become aware of the beauty, the majesty, the sacredness of nature…You have to put down for a moment your personal baggage of problems, of past and future, as well as your knowledge; otherwise, you will see but not see, hear but not hear.  Your total presence is required.”
from The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
– Isaiah 55: 12

(Photos by Karen Molenaar Terrell)

That One’s Mine

I stopped by Fred Meyer’s to pick up a copy of Mother Earth News for Dad – I wanted to show him my photo in there. I went back to the magazine racks and a woman was stocking them. I asked her if Fred Meyer carries Mother Earth News and she said yes – they sold those right at the check-stands. I told her – because I’m so incredibly humble and self-effacing and stuff – that my photo was in there. And she grinned, all excited, and told me she’d take me right to the magazine. So she walked with me to the front of the store and showed me where Mother Earth News was and I showed her my photo (in the very back). She recognized the area where I took the picture and we talked about Bow and Skagit County, trumpeter swans and snow geese, and just had a lovely chat. I love meeting my neighbors. 

And if you find an April/May 2017 issue of Mother Earth News you will see a picture of a red barn and Mount Baker and trumpeter swans on, like, the last page – and yup, that one’s mine. 🙂


“The dam bursts…”

“You always had the power, my dear.” – Glinda the Good Witch

My friend, Randy, has given me permission to share his poem. It perfectly captures what I felt yesterday at the Bellingham Women’s March:

The hard and steady tread of feet
on the sidewalk, in the street,
always forward, no retreat,
The dam bursts,
its flood o’ertakes,
leaving miracles in its wake…
– Randy Kercher

I arrived at the Bellingham Women’s March a little earlier than most people. I’d gone by myself and wasn’t sure I’d be able to find anybody I knew there – but no sooner had I parked than a couple of retired teachers from my old school district walked past my car. We all grinned when we saw each other and gave each other hugs, and walked together to the city courthouse, where the march would start. I ended up running into a lot familiar faces there – former students; teaching colleagues; neighbors – some of my all-time favorite people…

I met some wonderful new friends there, too, and saw some great signs…

I stood near the front of the crowd when I first arrived. There weren’t a lot of people then. About a half hour later I started working my way towards the back to get a group photo – and I went back and back and back and still didn’t come to the end. By the time we started on the march they’d had to make the walk longer to accommodate all the people – we were looping ourselves – the people in front were finishing their march and there were still people in the back who hadn’t even started, yet. The estimates are 6,000 people – and that was just in Bellingham!

I so appreciated the police officers who were at the march. They were friendly and smiling and supportive. At the end of the march, I said to one of the officers, “We did good today, didn’t we?” And he smiled back and said, “Yes, you did!”


It was awesome to be in the midst of thousands of people all working together for a better world. There was an amazing power in that. I left the march feeling grateful and hopeful for humanity.

Fear not. Love is with you.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear… 
– I John 4:18

“Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not ‘yours,’ are not personal. They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. Nothing that comes and goes is you.”
– Eckart Tolle

Fear never stopped being and its action.
– Mary Baker Eddy



Christmas Vignette

The snow was falling on the other side
of the window while our Christmas tree’s
lights sparkled in the foreground
John Denver’s Aspenglow filled
the living room and our cat scampered
through the house, batting
a Christmas decoration in front of her.

We went for a walk to the cemetery. A
red-breasted sapsucker peeked around a
tree at me and then posed for me as I
snapped his photo.

We fetched Moz and Dad from their retirement
community and brought them back
to our home. Dad went right to the dining
room table to work on a new watercolor
of Mount Rainier while Moz settled
in front of the fire blazing in the woodstove,
a cup of lemon ginger tea at her elbow,
and Sleepless in Seattle with closed caption
on the television. The dog came up and nuzzled
Moz, and licked her chin, and Moz squeeled
and laughed in delight.

Dad finished his work for the day and
left the watercolor to dry. He joined Moz
in front of the fire, in front of the television,
put his feet on the ottoman, and settled in
to watch Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks
discover love, while I added bittersweet
chocolate and milk and sugar to a pot,
chopped walnuts, and made the Christmas
fudge Moz taught me to make when I was
a youngster and she was younger than I am now.
The room is filled with the smell of chocolate,
and Jimmy Durante singing, “Make Someone Happy.”

And then back in the car, through the snow,
past Christmas lights,  love filling the car. We
are floating in a rainbow-hued bubble of
warmth and joy.

It has been a magic day.
– Karen Molenaar Terrell