posted by Jim on April 30, 2017

Soap Box
I Remember

In my early teens, I was a witness to what mankind was doing to our environment and many nightly news stories about the decline of the Bald Eagle. I grew up on the Peshtigo River in Northeastern Wisconsin, where to see an eagle was rare.

Some people want to return to the good old days before the EPA, before Dept of Education because they consider these agencies a waste of money.

In the 60′s for instance, the Bald Eagle was on the verge of extinction with less than 450 breading pairs left, and they were dying off due to their habitat being destroyed, pesticide use, farming water runoff, as well as dumping of toxic waste in our waterways by companies that took the easy and cheap way for disposal.

The rains would fall, and as DDT was a common garden and farmer chemical to use to control eradicate pests, that chemical would run off from farmers’ fields and barnyards into the streams, rivers, and lakes where it contaminated the Eagles food supply of fish and affected the eggs and eagles themselves.

Downriver, the paper mills would dump waste by-products of chemicals into the waterway.  Cities, cabin owners, and towns would dump raw sewage in the streams, rivers and lake. All of this created a hostile environment for fish, wildlife and eagles by polluting the water supply.

Rachel Carson exposed DDT poisoning in her 1962 book, Silent Spring. The pesticide was banned in the United States in 1972, but by then, over a period of about 20 years, it had done damage comparable to 175 years of persecution. The bald eagle hit a low point in 1963, when a nesting survey in the lower 48 states found only 417 pairs.

In 1970, Nixon created the EPA to bring some sense and regulation to these practices. The EPA banned DDT and put the eagles on the endangered species list. Since then, the eagle has made a comeback and is now seen by many parts of the country. While where I grew up, it was considered a bird only seen north of where we lived, even though we lived on the river.

With the number of nesting pairs now exceeding 6,000—only Rhode Island and Vermont lack breeding populations—the Fish and Wildlife Service has announced plans to “delist” the bald eagle entirely and is working out the details of a management plan. After delisting occurs, the eagle will still be protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Many states have laws that continue to protect the eagle as an endangered, threatened, or “special concern” species. The current bald eagle population is estimated at 100,000; more than half the birds are found in Alaska and British Columbia. Eagles will never be as abundant as they were before the arrival of Europeans. Nonetheless, their comeback is one of the great conservation stories.

Their continued success requires vigilance: Threats include oil spills—the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 killed some 250 eagles, and the local population did not recover until 1995. Poisoning from lead fishing sinkers has also been implicated in eagle deaths. As humans encroach on eagle habitat, and vice versa, collisions with man-made structures and with vehicles are expected to rise.

As their numbers grow, bald eagles can be expected to expand their breeding range, within limits imposed by habitat destruction, human disturbance, and environmental contamination.

“Persecution from humans has declined in the last 20 years, and prime wilderness habitat has become occupied,” said David Buehler, “so eagles have started moving back into human-developed areas.”

Now, on the Peshtigo River, it is quite common to see Eagle and every once in a while see them taunt the crows in winter on the frozen ice. One time, and flock of crows were chasing an eagle and he avoided them. He came back with something hanging in his claws and dropped it onto the ice, then flew off to hide in a tree downriver. It was a black object, and the crows saw it drop, and they cautiously landed on the ice to check it out. As their attention was focused on the object, the eagle launched himself and swopped in on those crows scattering them in all directions. Then the eagle flew off downriver leaving the crows behind.  That object turned out to be a small tree knot.

Without the EPA, that scene would not likely have happened as the eagles would most like be limited to Alaska. We need the EPA to protect our environment as companies will not. The EPA represents the people’s voice that want to leave the planet for future generations.

In my opinion, if the EPA had not been created, the only place we would have seen the eagles would be in museums as companies as a rule only care about profits. Close down the EPA and in short time, we will be back 60 years ago allowing companies to destroy this planet, animal species such as the eagle, wolf and other wildlife and our home.


posted by Jim on August 29, 2016

Tiny House Day Starters

“Pay no attention to the faults of others, things done or left undone by others. Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.”

The Buddha

“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.”

Pema Chodron

“If you think adventurous is dangerous, try routine – it’s lethal”

Paul Coelho


posted by Jim on August 26, 2016

Tiny House Day Starters

“It has been suggested that there are two basic emotions – love and fear. When we feel love we are free of fear and when we feel fear WE ARE UNABLE TO LOVE. For most of us these thoughts come and go like thoughts and waves: fear and love, love and fear. From a Buddhist perspective, if we’re not feeling love, we’re confused and caught in an illusion.”

“We can be afraid that someone won’t love us, or we can be afraid that some will love us.”

Jill Loree From her book “The Pull”


“Develop the good heart, that longs for other beings to find happiness, and acts to secure that happiness”

Sogyal Rinpoche, the Tibetan Book of the living and Dying


The destiny of the cosmic pull is to love, in all its flavor and varieties. It pulls us towards a loving partnership with a loving person. It pulls is toward an expression of our God-given sexuality. It pulls us to integrate all this with our thoughts and ideas, accepting all of life, including ourselves and others.

But love can only grow where there is no fear. So if we fear coming into contact with others, we put up defenses that produce hurt and anger. Now contact feels like pain. That’s called negative pleasure, Not so much love.

Jill Loree




posted by Jim on August 25, 2016

Tiny House Day Starters

“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.”

Nora Roberts


“The only true joy on earth is to escape from the prison of our own false self, and enter by love into union with Life Who dwells within the essence of every creature and in the core or our own souls.”

Thomas Merton


“The trees in your orchard….give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish”

Kahill Gibran


posted by Jim on August 24, 2016

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posted by Jim on August 24, 2016

Tiny House Day Starters


Intimacy requires and ability to both merge and separate, to come together and be apart, like oscillating on a giant swing from oneness to separateness, creating a constant rhythm, and for many, feelings of anxiety. ………………………….


We are on safe ground when we blend our desire for a partner with a desire to know ourselves and be fully awake. Ego says I want someone to fill me up. Spirit says I will have someone to help me wake up, to challenge my blind spots, and be a companion and playmate on the journey. ……………………….


An excerpt from If the Buddha dated;

Intrusive or narcissistic parents give their children the covert message that forging a separate identity is a crime punishable by abandonment. In other words, the parent in-still the message, “You hurt me if you disagree with me, you hurt me if you love someone else or won’t be who I want you to be.” This puts children in a double bind between natural desire for their authentic self, and their desire for their parents’ approval. False beliefs become ingrained; “I’m responsible for everyone’s happiness.” “the truth hurts people.” “you are going to hurt me.” “Being myself is wrong.” This makes both the spiritual path and relationships very difficult because of the tremendous fear of being authentic or bringing up conflict or even having an opinion. Until we become emotionally separate from an intrusive or controlling parent and release the accompanying guilt – which is really a cover for our rage and anger – we are likely to get into distant or chaotic push-pull relationships.

Charlotte Kasl


posted by Jim on August 23, 2016

Tiny House Day Starters

“Tolerance and compassion are qualities of fearless people”

Paulo Coelho


“The objective of two lovers is almost always the same; to find meaning in their individual lives and their life together.”

Paul Pearsall


A spiritual lover does not want a chase or a competition – he or she wants a lover who wants them back. They want to create a shared union and feel the sweetness of connection.

Charlotte Kasl


posted by Jim on August 21, 2016

Tiny House Day Starters

Your daily life is your temple and religion. Whenever you enter into it take with you your all.

Kahlil Gibran


The spiritual path wrecks the body and afterwards restores it to health. It destroys the house to unearth the treasure and with that treasure builds it better than before.



As an intrepid traveler on the path to love, you open yourself to whatever comes your way – hurt, fear, neediness, joy, bliss – invite it in, observe it, make friends with it and let it pass. This commitment to staying awake will free you from holding back and allow you to feel the roar, purr, glow and breath of spirit rippling through you, sensuous and alive.

Charlotte Kasl

posted by Jim on August 21, 2016

Tiny House Day Starters

Wildflower Tiny House


“If the book is good, is about something that you know, and is truly written, and reading it over you see that this is so, you can let the boys yip and the noise will have that pleasant sound coyotes make on a very cold night when they are out in the snow and you are in your own cabin that you have built or paid for with your work.”

Ernest Hemmingway


“I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow, Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings; There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow, And evening full of the linnet’s wings.”

William Butler Yeats


“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain, or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean”

John Muir

“Cabins are magical places”

Jim Wilkins




posted by Jim on August 19, 2016

Tiny House Day Starters

“Compassion. It’s not just a word. It’s a way of being. It’s not just a concept. It’s love in action. It’s not just something we conveniently practice. It’s something we consistently embody. Compassion for those who are struggling. Compassion for our shared humanness. Compassion for the courage it takes to make it through. Unity begins and ends with compassion. I see me in you, I see you in me, and I want us to live from love together”

Jeff Brown


“Be kind to people whether they deserve your kindness or not. If your kindness reaches the deserving, good for you; if your kindness reaches the undeserving, take joy in your compassion.”

James Fadiman and Robert Frager


”If someone is not treating you with love and respect, it is a gift if they walk away from you. If that person doesn’t walk away, you will surely endure many years of suffering with him or her. Walking away may hurt for a while, but your heart will eventually heal. Then you can choose what you really want. You will find that you don’t need to trust others as much as you need to trust yourself to make the right choices.”

Miguel Ruiz


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