“The Revenants

I was immersed in the movie, The Revenants. The winter mountain landscapes were impressive and reminded me of years past. I have lived in the Adirondack Mountains, The Rockies, The Sierra Madre, and the Andes. The snow in the film is remembered in Upper New York on my dad’s farm out past Rock City Falls, on Armer Road, in the Adirondack Mountain foothills, and in Northwest Wisconsin.

Learn more about the film at https://lfq.salisbury.edu/_issues/46_2/i_will_be_right_here_the_revenants_native_american_vision_of_survival_and_permanence.html

An interesting line: “You don’t give up. You hear me? As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe. Keep breathing.” Now for someone who has a respiratory disease, the dialog is meaningful to me. It is the same with Native American endurance, one never gives up. The culture follows through in every segment of the movie. There are other cultures also, besides the Pawnee, including the French.

The Director, “Inàrritu, fashions The Revenant into a representation of Native American literatures as a genre by first appropriating then undercutting western conventions, national mythologies and culture heroes, Indian stereotypes, and US literature to spotlight the shared history, themes, and formal invention among Indian authors.”

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Garden and Nature Friends

When I read the posts from gardening and nature friends, it feeds my soul. I don’t get to see many of them now that I am a senior and moved back home to Saratoga Springs, New York, but we are together through virtual reality.

I post a short thought with photographs and the like-minded respond in kind. I know I would be lonely if it wasn’t for my tribe who have the same passion for the natural world. We live within her and share our photographs and love.

Wake Up to the New World Order

Trace Lara Hentz is an avid researcher. This time, she has delved into ancient history, which is a new education for me.

Hentz has written a new book, Finding The Invisibles, at https://www.findingtheinvisibles.com.findingtheinvisibles.com/.

I find it interesting because of her unique way of reaching the public and making her work available to the masses for free—what a gift.

This morning, I have spent a few hours reading about ancient history that ties right into today’s financial global picture with the oligarchs. They are not only in Russia. We need to wake up. Usually, people are too busy with their own lives to pay attention to the worldwide wealth situation. When we don’t educate ourselves, we do not know how the money flows into the hands of the few (the companies) who own the world’s wealth.

Learn more at https://www.visualcapitalist.com/all-of-the-worlds-wealth-in-one-visualization/

If we are going to survive, we need to know how the financial world operates and prepare ourselves. We, too, need to save and invest to hopefully hold the course of sustainability in a world of diminishing returns regarding earnings and retirement with living on fixed incomes. Learn how to buy low and store food goods that are indeed increasing in price. Grain such as wheat will be in short supply with the war in Ukraine. Ukraine is the breadbasket for global grains such as wheat. Stock up on flour and pasta.

I know it is worth our time to learn more so that we will understand how the world works.

Insectamonarca News

I do have butterfly and native plant news to share.

Spring is nearly here. Watch the news for a new parisite that may be attaching itself to the Monarch Butterfly and then infesting the caterpillar.

Butterflies of the Prairie Habitat was published in 2021. The book received outstanding reviews from a Native American journalist, a university professor, a social worker, and a cloud business creator. I am honored to know extraordinary people doing good work to benefit the planet. They know of my pollinator work and want to assist in getting the word out.

I will be 77 years old in April, and time is of the essence. What happens to the Monarch Butterfly will happen to us. I am grateful to my collaborators. We don’t do this work for the money, but rather the passion for the sustainability of the species.

Be sure to plant Milkweed in the spring. Thank you.

MONARCH BUTTERFLY MIGRATION

The southern journey has begun. According to Journey North

Journey North citizen scientists in southern Ontario, the Midwest, and the Northeast still reported monarch activity, including roosting behavior and directional flight. With temperatures falling and daylight shortening, reports in these areas will continue to drop over the coming weeks.

Yesterday I was out in the Saratogo Community Garden and I did not see any Monarch Butterflies. The nights are dropping to the 40 degree F range and butterflies can not fly under 50 degrees F. Last week was a definite week of Monarch Butterfly sightings. There were Mexican sunflowers that the Monarch is drawn to with its bright orange color.

Be safe little Monarch Butterfly and may you have a successful journey back to Mexico. El Dia de los Muertos is on November 1, and the people in the mountains of Mexico look at the Monarch Butterfly as their ancestors returning, and they celebrate their annual return with festivities to honor the butterfly and their own departed.

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” — George Eliot

https://www.ibtimes.com/dia-de-los-muertos-quotes-english-15-sayings-celebrate-day-dead-2144662
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Worth Cooley Prost: Honoring a Remarkable Journey, by Anne Newman

Worth Cooley Prost was my friend. Even before I met her, she knew of my water ceremony work. Out of the blue, she mailed me a glass water necklace. years later we met up in Virginia and went to my friend’s art show. Then she gave me the glass water earrings. I miss her still. Worth is spirit and always was.

VIKING NJ

When I read Viking, NJ, I questioned if any part of the story was genuine? Were the Vikings in America? According to BBC, “If [Sarah] Parcak has found evidence of another Viking site, it will ignite a new search for Viking settlements across eastern Canada and New England, perhaps as far south as New York and even beyond. Source: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/vikings-unearthed/ The link supplies the transcript. 

Eric Green, the author, came up with an imaginable story about a former people. The Vikings have fascinated the public for what seems forever.

How does one protect a society? Follow the story of Olvir’s mountain and Olvir’s people in Dellinholm and Tyrholm. In the story, the Vikings build a settlement on higher ground, so the community is protected. 

Any book that opens the door to scientific curiosity is good because it is going beyond simply storytelling. Viking, NJ, allows the reader to learn something at the same time. 

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BUTTERFLIES OF THE PRAIRIE HABITAT

Contact:

Mary Ellen Ryall

butterflywomanpublishing@gmail.com

518 871-9763

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Butterflies of the Prairie Habitat is published by Newgen North America and ebookpbook.com

Butterflies of the Prairie Habitat is a book about the love of a butterfly, the Monarch Butterfly. It took a town with vision and a person willing to take on a mission to create a Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Shell Lake, Wisconsin.

 Mary Ellen Ryall needed a wealth of volunteers. Sandy Stein, for instance, spent a winter in her cabin filling out the IRS documentation.

Happy Tonics, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Environmental Education Organization, became the engine, and the mission was born. Artists, authors, Lambert Lumber Company, 4D Builders, Shell Lake High School student interns worked at the habitat, office, and store, and included carpenter students, reporters, graphic artists, photographers, and a tribal college collaborated to provide student interns to the project. Ryall was a graduate of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College in Hayward, Wisconsin. 

Donors contributed memory benches, metal art, a butterfly pond, and memory bricks to support the mission. Diane Dryden and her family donated the pergola. 

Meet the characters inside the book that made the vision possible. Walk in the habitat and learn about native plants and butterflies that frequented the 1/2 acre restored prairie habitat. 

Learn about how you can help create native habitat for pollinators. Help save a species on the brink of existence due to climate change and loss of habitat. Most of all, come away knowing that the planet can be a better home because of you. 

Connect with Mary Ellen Ryall at https://www.amazon.com/Butterflies-Prairie-Habitat-Ellen-Ryall-ebook/dp/B09B5FWLT6

https://www.facebook.com/maryellen.ryall https://www.facebook.com/Butterflywomanpublishing

Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-ellen-ryall-41852766/