Dancing Echoes

Beats Stumbling Around in Silence





Snuggled in sleeping bags
Under a starry canopy
We whisper sweet nothings
While the campfire wanes

In response to Patrick Jennings Pic and a Word Challenge # 152: Fire



It’s Amazing Out There

OK, I despise shameless self-promotion. I have absolutely no problem when other people do it, as a matter of fact, I admire it. But this “It’s Amazing Out There” photo contest is important to me so I am going to suck it up and post this. Part of this contest includes a “fan favorites” part. If you are interested in giving me your vote please go to the following link on the main page and search for cjdraper. I submitted more than one photo but the one labeled “Coming Storm” is my personal favorite (see below). At any rate, there are a lot of talented photographers with stunning photos posted so please give someone your love, even if it isn’t me. You are allowed to vote for one photo per day. The open voting ends August 26th. Thanks!

Dancing Echoes



Wine Making, then Buddhism

Mellow Curmudgeon has published a wonderful haiku based on basic Buddhist principles that are “Oh so hard to do” and proof again that less is sometimes more.

Mellow  Curmudgeon

The haiku by Dancing Echoes that is effectively reblogged below is one that I admire because it deals so well with big concerns.  While I do appreciate haiku about particular fleeting moments in nature, I also like to try summarizing a general discussion or attitude very briefly, with a haiku.

Dancing Echoes

Blue in Green

Both art and science
Plus a little bit of luck
Makes a good vintage

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I will complete my response to Carpe Diem Utabukuro #12 with my own new haiku shortly, but first I want to admit that a zingy summary may be a serious oversimplification if taken too literally.  With an understanding about wiggle room, a forthright oversimplification is sometimes better than an attempt to dot every i and cross every t.

My haiku is not quite so extremely oversimplified as it may seem.  I am considering Buddhism only as the attitude toward life…

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Feeling Alone


feeling alone
in the woods around Edo
just the autumn wind
©Yozakura (1640-1716)

dry brown leaves swirl at my feet
pungent wood smoke fills the air
Dancing Echoes

In response to CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: Carpe Diem Tan Renga Month May 15th “feeling alone” by Yozakura


Mothers: Losing Berte Cáceres

I am honored to call Barbara Albrecht a dear friend. She is nothing if not passionate about her mission and her selflessness and caring of others knows no bounds.

I was so saddened to hear the news about Berte Cáceres yesterday on NPR. What a sad loss for humanity.

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Gualcarque River Gualcarque River

Last night the forces of authority, greed, and misogyny assassinated one of the world’s great defenders of the Earth: Berte Cáceres. Winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize for her defense of rivers in her homeland, she was murdered for leading indigenous peoples against the construction of the Agua Zarca Dam.

I think of the great women in America who defend the land under their feet: Barbara Albrecht in defense of Pensacola’s watershed, Madeline Kiser-Bieta in defense of Tucson’s watershed and Costa Rica’s rivers; Terry Tempest Williams in her defense of wilderness in Utah, and Florida writers like Jannise Ray in her defense of the Altamaha River and the Long Leaf Pine habitat; Anne Rudloe in defense of Gulf coastal habitat, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas for defense of the Everglades.

Women relate to nature through their bodies as well as their minds, as mothers who watch over their children. That is why…

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