These words have been bandied about over the last six months. People are questioning what they can believe; what’s made up? Is the ‘truth’ from yesterday a lie today? What are we not being told? Our own Scott Dunn went out to Standing Rock, North Dakota, for two weeks to stand with the Lakota people in their effort to stop the potentially hazardous Dakota Access pipeline from going under and through sacred areas. Underlying this is the indigenous people’s right to self-determination regarding the little land they still have left. When Scott returned he remarked how the major media did not really cover the nine months of protest until the dramatic end, when President Obama temporarily put a halt to the project. So, it wasn’t fake news – it was NO news.
Conspiracy theories spread. We are even going back in time. More than one person has come to me lately asking if I thought the lunar landing back in 1969 was all filmed in the back lot of a Hollywood studio!
For many of us the future – no, really the present! – feels a bit shaky. What can I truly believe in?
Our answer to the last question (no surprise to those who know us) is to step out into nature.
We might call it a Fake Break.
I’m going to now close the computer on this, the 15th day of January, at 12:30 pm, and take a half hour walk – just outside my office. I’ll report back what ‘truths’ I discover. I did not plan on doing this when beginning to write this month’s Ed’s Corner an hour ago, so let’s see what happens.
I’ll be back. I’m going on a Fake Break…
…Whew. I’m back. I’m sweating because I tried to be quick about it and hurried. So, what truths did I find?
- Warmth when I stepped out the door.
- A rooster crowing from a distance.
- In the small garden in front of my office there were dried, long stems from an ornamental grass, matted down in beautiful forms.
- A slight breeze, bringing different earth odors as I walked around.
- A surprising amount of the color green – on rocks, walls, tree trunks, and plants.
- A few turkey vultures circling overhead.
- Wet tree bark making the green lichens on them really stand out.
- A slight sun shower, the drops falling into the Fairy stream, making for many beautiful concentric circles on the water.
- Some clouds moved away, the sun was very bright, the sky opposite full of dark clouds. The perfect set-up for a rainbow! I turned so that my back was to the sun and my eyes, scanning the dark clouds, were hoping for a rainbow. None.
- I saw a tree whose bottom trunk and branches appear as if they were a strong person making muscles/showing their biceps.
- I lifted up/rolled away a cement-based stop sign and saw what looked like small ants with wings, hunkered down in crevices and moving slightly. I said ‘hello’ and put back the round base of the sign exactly how it was. But I am curious as to who they were. I’ll come back soon with a magnifying glass.
- I now hear some blue jays, their calls, at least to me, always sound as if they are complaining about something.
- Big deer tracks in the mud on the pitcher’s mound in Mary Dailey Field.
- A small oak tree on the edge of this field still holding on to its dead, brown leaves, appearing as dry leather and making a sound by rubbing together when the wind blows.
- The warm sunshine on my face when I stepped out from the shade of a tree.
I know that there are many more truths to be found when out in the natural world. So I suggest taking a short Fake Break when you need to.
Margaret Fuller said “Nature never did deceive the heart that loved her.”