Saratoga Lake

Saratoga Lake Pontoon (8) Photo shows mowing down to water. Sure indication of possible future erosion.

To the Editor, The Saratogian and Saratoga Today

by Sid Gordon

If Saratoga Lake could talk, it would cry and say help save my life. My main body of water is a little over four miles long. I have been a good lake for Saratoga County and surrounding area. I have tried to take care of all the fish that make me their home and all the swimmers that enjoy my good water for swimming. I have been faithful to the people that use me. I now ask for help as I am dying a slow, but sure death.

I am too small for the number of boats that now use me, along with other things [invasive species, herbicides, pesticides, oil on water, prescription waste disposal, and fertilizers] going into me. The handwriting is on the wall. Can’t anyone see what is taking place with me? For those that know, please care about me. For others that don’t know and don’t care I say, turn around and do something while there is a little life left in me.

I love serving the people in this area. There is nothing worse than when a body of water dies. What good is a dead lake when all the fun is gone? Let those that can do something do so, now before it is too late. Sign up as a volunteer with Saratoga Lake Protection and Improvement District (SLPID) to promote stewardship of Saratoga Lake at http://slpid.org

Attached is the score card: 2015 Citizens Statewide Lake Assessment Program for Saratoga Lake at

http://slpid.org/content/Generic/View/25:field=documents;/content/Documents/File/87.pdf

Article inspired by Mary Ellen Ryall

NOTE: eColi forced the closing of Brown’s Beach on July 16. Raw sewage was discharged into Saratoga Lake.

This article was published by The Saratogian and Saratoga Today week of 18 July 2016

 

 

Strugglgling or Looking to Sell Your Own Book Someday…? Here’ What Can Turn It Into a Best Seller (For Book, Food & Writing Bloggers)

Paranormal Energy

by Mary Ellen Ryall

Recently, I woke up and felt that the energy source that lights up my life had vanished. What could have caused this? Unexpectedly, on April 7, a straight line storm came barreling through Saratoga Springs. The storm blew from south to north, and the winds were tracked at 90 mph. I knew what this was because I had lived through a severe straight-line wind storm in 2011, when winds were tracked at 100 mph.

According to meteorologist Jeff Haby, “Straight-line wind damage will push debris in the same direction the wind is blowing (hence the creation of the term straight-line.” All of a sudden, I couldn’t even see out the window, the rain made visibility impossible. I thought, “Get away from the windows.” Before I closed the bedroom door, I noticed the tree branches outside my bedroom window were violently scratching at the glass and I thought the window might break, the force was that intense. It was just like a tunnel going through the space between two buildings. The fierce wind noise was eerie and terrifying like a train was moving through. Could it have been the wind that reset my body’s electrical system? We do have energy fields. Dr. Mercola says, “Electricity allows your nervous system to send signals to your brain. These signals are actually electrical charges that are delivered from cell to cell, allowing for nearly instantaneous communication.”

While I was in the lethargic state, I wondered did my beloved energy leave me for good? What a wake-up call! I took this energy for granted, this gift of the heart, which had vibrational healing capacity, this wondrous gift of swift mind, capability and mobility. Now with it gone, I felt like I was getting ready to move on, meaning I thought perhaps I was getting ready to leave this Earth. It made me wonder, was I now closer to the other side?

The famous psychologist Carl Jung (b.1875 – d.1961) also explored the question concerning life after death. Jung believed that “All of the dreams of people who are facing death indicate that the unconscious, that is, our instinct world, prepares consciousness not for a definite end but for a profound transformation and for a kind of continuation of the life process which, however, is unimaginable to everyday consciousness.”

A few nights later, I had a dream about my late husband. In the dream, he was alive and we were younger, in our middle years. For some reason, unknown to me, he walked out the door one day without even a fair thee well. He didn’t give me any warning of wanting to leave. Only as the days passed by, did I realize what this loss meant? This behavior was so out of character. I felt heartsick. A lot of time went by. Then one day he returned, just like that. It was as if he was saying I am here. I would never leave you behind.

What mysteries. Perhaps I would have never experienced the dream if the wind tunnel hadn’t come and created paranormal energy. It really was something out of the ordinary. It was like going through a time warp. Today gratefully I am back to my old self, but for how long? At least now I am conscious that life can change in a New York Minute, as Don Henley would say. But, I must never lose hope.

NOTE: Carl Jung Paranormal quote at https://ocprstoronto.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/%E2%80%9Cparanormal-science%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%93-electromagnetism-ghosts/

Strugglgling or Looking to Sell Your Own Book Someday…? Here’ What Can Turn It Into a Best Seller (For Book, Food & Writing Bloggers)

1. Know your audience. Ask yourself what your audience needs to be successful. It’s not about what you need. You must put yourself in their shoes. If you have to, ask them. What are their fears? Wh…

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Thinking about manuscrips

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Mary Ellen Ryall copyright Cindy Dyer

At 70 years old, I am wondering if I want to undergo the lengthy process of publishing two more manuscripts that have already been written, at least the first drafts. For one thing I  am dyslexic and I wrote this article awhile ago and only see some of the mistakes now. Yiks!

To undertake the work, I need to hire an editor and work closely with someone again. I don’t want my past editors to undertake the project because they have already given so much and for gratis. It is a grueling process, I am just not sure I want to undergo this project and yet, I feel a need write and publish.

There is no better time, because I only have this window of opportunity to get the work done. Perhaps, I would be better off writing text as best as I can and simply put it out there on WordPress or Weebly. It is all about sharing knowledge anyway. I am a surviver and naturalist. One book is on herbs and the other is an adventure story about a girl who ventured out into the world simply by empowering herself, matter if it was going down the Amazon, or taking a volunteer job in Peru, which was nothing by chaos, poverty, revolution theology, and violence. The main character tried it all as best she could and for as long as she was able.

These stories want to be told. Perhaps they should be published as eBooks. The manuscripts would still need an editor and perhaps the best choice would be to hire an editor and take the plunge.

The New Year is coming and I will make up my mind before then. After all, life is a story…………… and there is no end to a story………… It can always be rewritten and told again.

Happy New Year!

2012-05-17 03.59.09

 

 

Blue Moon Rising in Australia

Today I received a online video of the Blue Moon from Deohara. The Blue Moon rising is the most beautiful time-lapsed photography I have ever seen. Thinking you too will enjoy at https://player.vimeo.com/video/137218768

Enjoy the slow time of rising moon. Enjoy breathing in beauty. Send out beauty after you have witnessed this beautiful video.

Deohara says, “On the 31st of July, this beautiful time-lapse rise of the Full Blue Moon was captured 2 ½ miles away from Cape Byron Lighthouse, on Belongil Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. The head land and lighthouse at Byron Bay is the most easterly point of the Australian Mainland and therefore is the first place in Australia to watch the full moon rise. This video is made up of 1038 frames and slowed down to as close to real time as possible. The photographer [Luke Taylor] has been working on perfecting this type of time lapse for over a year now after seeing the work of his favorite photographer Mark Gee.”

What is the night sky saying

I am not one to imagine things that aren’t there. For the last few weeks I have been noticing a bright light in the southeast sky. It is a very bright light and appears closer than stars.Algol in Perseus The light pulsates and appears to have some source of light around it at times. What can it be?

Wednesday, November 4
The variable star Algol in Perseus reaches minimum brightness at 8:32 p.m. EST, when it shines at magnitude 3.4. If you start watching it after darkness falls this evening, you can see it more than triple in brightness, to magnitude 2.1, over the course of a few hours. This eclipsing binary star runs through a cycle from minimum to maximum and back every 2.87 days. Algol appears in the northeastern sky after sunset and passes nearly overhead around midnight local time.

Source: http://astropixels.com/stars/Algol-01.html

Waste and thoughts of the unborn child

As I was sorting trash this morning I was conscious of what I could put in the trash that would later go to a landfill and what could be recycled.

At 70 years of age, I sort trash by thinking of the unborn child. Am I helping to save Mother Earth from non-biodegradible trash that I simply throw away? I hope so. I know that Mother Earth is disrepected and we unconciously throw things away that will not break down during our life time or ever for that matter.

It makes me conscious that I am only one part of the whole and that I must make trash decisions for the future of mankind.

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Today I read Corey Bradshow’s post on how land is being used for biodiversity. To learn more visit http://conservationbytes.com/2015/10/09/to-spare-or-to-share-that-is-a-muddled-question/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed:+ConservationBytes+ConservationBytes.com&blogsub=confirmed#blog_subscription-

Blood Moon Water Ceremony

Deep within the Catskill Mountains, on an isolated farm far from villages, towns and cities, I found myself on Prior family property. Coyotes were yapping and the lonely owls were calling. My sister-in-law had recently lost her husband. The farm itself is surrounded by mountains and there is a sense that the mountains hug one within. Nancy didn’t know about the Water Ceremony and she wanted to come outside with me to see the moon exclipse and learn from me. I told her about the ceremony and why the Sisterhood of Planetary Water Rites offered Ceremony to the Water.

At first the moon was hidden by clouds and then briefly became clear and we noticed that the eclipse was already starting. Then another cloud bank moved in before her and soon once again she became visible and we saw that the eclipse was happening faster than we expected.

I placed saved Asemma and spent Sacred White Sage from prior ceremonies by a lone spruce tree. Then I offered the Nibi Wabo Ceremony in the covered moonlight. I felt the moon was happy with us paying respect to Mother Water. I always feel a sense of being loved when doing Nibi Wabo Ceremony. This feeling goes with me long after Ceremony. The next time I do Nibi Wabo Ceremony with Nancy, I will bring the translated words to teach her. This time she stood by my side and didn’t say anything. She was encircled by a hidden prayer shawl. We are both widows now, sisters in heart and learning about being sisters in soul. Aho!

I brought a bottle of Catskill water back to Saratoga Springs with me. I have already placed some in a water receptical by the front door. It is good to remember married water afterwards.

27 September 2015
Arkville, New York
Mary Ellen Ryall
Photo copyright Vince Prior blood moon copyright Vincent Prior

Gone Forever a Place by the Side of the Road

by Mary Ellen Ryall

Valerie Downes Lusko next to Mr. Wolf's sign, which has been removed. It is going to our new habitat at LCO Agricultural and Research Station.

Valerie Downes next to Mr. Wolf’s sign, which has been removed. It is going to our new habitat at LCO Agricultural and Research Station.

Recently, Valerie Downes, long-time friend, visited the former Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. What was once a remnant tall-grass prairie, dedicated as a Monarch Butterfly Habitat, is now a sandy dead-zone along side Highway 63 and the shores of Shell Lake. The habitat was dismantled in the summer of 2015. Pollinators and native plants were squeezed out and the habitat needed to be rescued. The paving of America and loss of habitat are two of the biggest threats to the precarious pollinator population. Once more, the paving of America is what ultimately destroyed the habitat.

Happy Tonics, Inc., a nonprofit Environmental Education Organization and Public Charity hired helpers. A trailer and truck were brought in to physically rescue physical structures and plant communities before the giant plant killing machines came in. Officers and Board Members helped with the rescue mission. Long time volunteer Jim VanMoorleham helped empty out the garden shed, which was donated to the Maintenance Department of Shell Lake. The shed was built by Shell Lake carpentry class. VanMoorhelam moved memorial metal art and a few donated granite benches to Shell Lake Friendship Center. The seniors had been good friends to Happy Tonics. Donors picked up a donated pergola, art signs and memory benches. Otherwise they were distributed around Shell Lake in public areas at the beach. Large glacier boulders were also placed in other gardens throughout the city.

Valerie Downes Lusko Highway 63 was widened and would now encroach within the once blooming prairie. Parts of the habitat was going to be converted to additional paved parking space. Some thing had to go and it was the living beings that found refuge in the sanctuary. Nature would once again be asked to step aside. The life that existed consisted of migrating butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, deer, birds and an occasional bear. Instead of the chipper greetings to one and all, now there would be a deadened silence. All life that existed there disappeared.

At least a year before the transformation took place, the nonprofit sent brochures from Pollinator Partnership and letters to the City of Shell Lake, in the hopes of educating the City Council and Parks and Recreation Department about the pollinator crisis. Perhaps there might be a way for Shell Lake to move forward and protect the roadside pollinator haven at the same time.

In June 2014, President Obama issued a memorandum titled, “Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.” It is understood that the pollinator crisis has a long-term effect on local food supply and food security issues. Loss of habitat also means a loss of biodiversity and the creative economy.

Since 2008 the Monarch Butterfly Habitat thrived with native grasses, wildflowers, a wild black cherry tree and shrubs. In the beginning, the soil was disturbed and sandy, once being a parcel of land along side a railroad track. Before that it was prairie. Invasive species moved in and overtook the land. Throughout the years, Happy Tonics volunteers pulled out invasive spotted knapweed that spread when the ATV trail and Highway 63 spit seed from tires and when birds excreted.

In summer 2015, big machines and pipes for road work were spread along the ATV trail and the habitat was dug up to install telephone poles and natural gas lines. It was definitely disturbed ground now. Undisturbed earth is necessary for ground nesting bees. I wish you could have seen them. Common eastern bumblebees, European honey bees, carpenter and perdita native bees made the habitat home. The habitat was also abundant in common milkweed for the Monarch Butterfly, another species in decline, with a survival rate of only 10 percent.

With all the native plant colonies established within the habitat, life abounded. Even dragonflies came to visit from nearby Shell Lake. They preferred to rest on tall native grasses and plunder passing insects, such as mosquitoes. It was a joy to watch and photograph dragonflies resting on grasses; their colors sparkling in the sun. The habitat also became a meditation garden when people walked the grassy path and connected with nature.

Roadsides are among the few remaining areas for some pollinating species to live. Now there is less than one-tenth of one percent of prairie that remains. Other states such as Iowa are more progressive. In 1988 Iowa legislators established an Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) program. The state has reclaimed roadside habitats and the life that habitats provide. At the same time, Iowa is more conscious of herbicide use, mowing and other management tools.

There are side benefits of educating the public to protect pollinator habitat. Altering mowing can save money, reduce pollution and benefit pollinators. The advantage of no mowing does deter erosion. In the past, roads were thought of as utility corridors, but now the observant scientist and citizen scientist are seeing a rebirth of purpose being natural resources. Change comes slowly, but it is hoped that others will learn that highways and nature can become mutual friends. All life is connected one way or another. It is not up to us to destroy the balance of living harmoniously with nature.

Source: Wings, The Xerces Society, spring 2015

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