First Starfish, Now Dolphins–What’s Next?

21 Jan

starfish final

Nope. It’s not one bit warm and fuzzy, pretty, or even pleasant to think about. But it is REAL and it’s happening NOW. So…?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/21/japanese-fishermen-begin-annual-slaughter-of-hundreds-of-dolphins

8 Responses to “First Starfish, Now Dolphins–What’s Next?”

  1. cynthia craig January 21, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    it is so strange but true ..the first thing i thought of when i saw the news about the dolphins was you, your starfish, your spirit and your work….

    this has been such a year of upheaval…and synchronicity..and loss..not just personal..butt epic..the starfish..the total lack of the monarchs in our meadow..and now , once again the dolphins

    and grace and gaia…and how i had received for christmas the beginning of a series of books for girls called the gaia girls.. a fantasy / reality set..where gaia in the form of an otter appears to certain girls to entreat them to help save the planet… how i just finished the second book..the world of water which has a young woman in japan dealing with this exact hunt..

    so i just came down from the attic where i continue to pack and toss..i do know it is finite..it just doesn’t seem that way..the world has become white with the swirling snow and it is cold..but it was so strange..and yet not to grab a cup of coffee and pick up my laptop and find your post…because you and the dolphins had been so much on mind, so linked there….cynthia

    • Patricia January 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

      several times i’ve wanted to say to you “please start a blog!” i love the way you express–the pictures you paint with words–the images/feelings/emotions. think about it!

      am intrigued with the gaia books– feel myself resonating with otter. who is the author? and yes, the white stuff is swirling around here as well–probably won’t stick on the ground, but i’m noticing that the north faces of trees are white now and the long needled pines are lovely.

      i think it seems all the more beautiful today because ….

      • cynthia craig January 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

        thank you..i am thinking about the blog….i appreciate your kind words..the books are by lee welles..there are two so far..”enter the earth” and the “way of the water”…the first, given to me by my off the grid, amazing ,permaculture rice farming in vermont kids…anyway it starts the series with a small farming community and a large farm factory corporation…and the second with the slaughter of the dolphins

        …but neither book is just about the one topic…otter is gaia in each book..the living entity of earth..and off they go..they are ecological fantasy ..they have hidden clues in the illustrations..they empower..well young women..but i know two tween boys who cannot wait for the next two boos which will complete the cycle with air and fire…and then as i understand it the four girls ..one from each book will meet

        any way..these books resonated with kids in the rural part of vermont where i am half of the time..right now..and i know so many images flooded my mind when i was reading them..imagining cloth…and then there you were with your star fish…grace with gaia, jude with her beasts….such a joining of generations and time and space …it seems important to me …and it is still swirling white..have a good evening

  2. Mo Crow January 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    this hunt hurts us all… but your sharing here helps increase the awareness as slowly we are evolving into a new era of caring for the planet and all her sentient beings.

    • Patricia January 21, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

      slowly is surely the operative word. i do sense this too. a slow shifting of consciousness. oh so painfully slow.

  3. deedeemallon January 22, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    oh god I feel sick. I had the image of your Lady of the Starfish in mind sort of superimposed on the Japanese hunters in their boats – a weird dislocation. Last week I watched the documentary, ‘Black Fish’ about orcas in captivity. Have you seen it? I will look for the documentary mentioned in the Guardian post.

    and while it seems remarkably off-point now to say so, I really love your quilt and enjoyed watching it evolve as I caught up with Dec/Jan reading.

    • Patricia January 23, 2014 at 10:35 am #

      yes. it’s very hard to face. part of the reason this one took so long. and, it’s not really off-point to say you like the cloth. in fact, that speaks volumes and i’m so glad it’s coming from you. welcome back.

  4. saskia January 24, 2014 at 6:50 am #

    haven’t seen the footage (yet) but i wanted to comment on your cloth: such a beautiful piece, that probably coaxes different people in different directions; I had immediate associations with the Sterre der Zee(=Star of the Sea) statue in a famous catholic church in my former home town of Maastricht, a statue of the virgin Mary who will soon receive a new cloak (I am not catholic or anything, but as one moves away from youth and all things in that place, one can become a tad sentimental about the memories of that far-away-place…) this religious icon has and still does offer solace to many who visit her from all over the world, as I’m sure your Lady will do as well

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