If you are looking for an event in the New Year to get some inspiration and support with like-minded people who care about the Earth, Nature, and the health of our communities — the event I am presenting for on January 29th could be just the thing!
Here are all the specifics:
The Greener Life with CS Sherin
January 29th, 2019
7 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Ho-Chunk Nation, Three Rivers House (724 Main St. in La Crosse, WI)
Hosted by: Coulee Region Sierra Club
Description: At our January program, explore a holistic approach to sustainable living with Chandra (CS) Sherin, author of “Recipe For A Green Life”. We will address some of the most pressing issues of our time that impact our environment, habitats, wildlife, resources, and collective health. We will learn about the importance of a holistic approach to sustainable living, and the positive impact we can have through our daily habits, choices, and do-it-yourself recipes. We will discover and discuss the most effective sustainable living choices we can make, at home and with our families. ~ Coulee Region Sierra Club
View this event in the local Sierra Club December Newsletter
October 17, 2018
Hello. Happy Wednesday! Today, I am sharing with you some fresh poetry, and some more of my nature photography. I hope this will be a welcome break for you, a spot in the day to relax into some poetry and images. Maybe it will bring you some peace and inspiration. I hope so! Before we get to the fresh poetry and pics by me, I have three reminders for you, and two pieces of news. Here they are:
1. If you would like to buy prints of my images/art from this site or from my other social media sites for your personal or small business use, please contact me. I do custom orders, and prints are on archival quality photo paper.
2. I voted early today. Voting is super important. Every voice matters. Consider voting early. That way if a problem crops up with your effort to vote, you still have time to do it. I was already registered, so I went to our city hall early this morning and all I had to do was confirm my name, birth date, address, and show my ID. If you need help getting to a voting place, ask for help to get there. Here is some info on voter registration deadlines.
3. I now provide in-depth astrology consultations and reports, as well as practical and intuitive spiritual care. Both services are delivered by phone, online meeting, and/or email.
1. Please do check out my Recipe For A Green Life blog, and subscribe to that email list to be notified of posts. Tomorrow that blog will have a special guest blogger, so do check it out.
2. If you haven’t read anything on Medium before, I do recommend it. It is a great platform! I am publishing articles there now. Check out my profile on Medium, which will show all of my articles published so far. You can follow me on Medium, or follow my Twitter feed or Linkedin profile, which will always post my latest Medium articles.
And now for the poetry and pics…….
when I walk through air on
earth and swim through water
under the sky? What grace
filled time is this
where I am sheltered every night
surrounded by six other beings who
wish and show me only love, who
stand by me no matter the weather
or time? What glorious synchronicities
are these that orchestrate order in spite of
chaos, beauty and kindness in spite of active
hatred, wild regenerative wellness in spite of
polluted toxic disease? What timeless peace within
is this that reverberates endlessly in the
midst of cacophonies of strife and unrest?
What beautiful mind-bending grace is this? –this
breath, this heart — the rhythm and song within
travels beyond atrocities, that has no rival–
unmeasured goodness surviving here,
beyond the vision and grasp of all the
twisted distortions that destroy, erase, consume,
and assimilate. It is the great mystery of
ultimate reality beyond this, yet it is evidenced
through and through. Just as we give up hope,
just as the darkness enfolds, just as the distortions
distort yet more, the day after, the breath after that,
through everything, invisible yet ineffable,
indelible — Great presence endures — untraceable
even in the worst 1984 with Treason.
CS Sherin, WildClover.org, 2018©
October 12, 2018
by CS Sherin
I remember in college when I was going to art school that I kept a postcard up on my locker. It was a photograph of a golden eagle soaring in a clear blue sky. That photograph reminded me of a spiritual experience I had at the top of a mountain in the Rockies on my 13th birthday. It was a long, tiring climb, and it was my first ascent up an actual mountain. At the top was a revelation that engaged my whole being. At the top I could see across the range of mountains. At the top were trees, and ponds with tiny fishes or tadpoles, and very close above me was the silent grandeur of golden eagles soaring. Everything I saw and was a part of transformed me. It is an indelible experience and memory for me. The postcard was an image that kept that kind of energy present in my consciousness. It set the tone for every day that I earned my Studio Art degree. The meditation for today is photography, and specifically images that are meaningful to us.
When Autumn begins, the leaves fall, the air gets chilled, and I naturally begin to look forward to bedtime when I snuggle under the weight of blankets at night like a little squirrel in a nest. I delight in having reason to heat up some hot cacao to drink, and my inner bear feels the deep pull into, not hibernation, but into the inner cave of introspection, where I look back at what the summer was, in photos and dream journals mostly, and then look at what is changing outside, and what my goals are for the coming winter. As much as winter can be a challenge sometimes, there is nothing like transitioning from season to season, embracing each one as much as possible, flowing with the ancient rituals of our Earth’s rhythms and cycles.
I push aside the stresses that would demand my attention. I shut off the social media. I walk away from the phone. I resolutely choose, over and over, in each season, to walk in nature with my beautiful little dog, Samantha and with my husband and daughter. I choose to write and photograph what I see, what grabs me in the moment. And that is what they are, passing moments captured on digital photography. And it becomes not only a memory preserved, but also awakens a deeper appreciation in me of what potential, wonder, and beauty there is in every moment.
“People take pictures of each other
just to prove that they really existed…”
~ “People Take Pictures Of Each Other” by The Kinks
If that statement in the song by the great British Invasion era rock band, The Kinks, is true–there must be a fevered desired like never before to prove our existence to one another and ourselves. Yikes. Yet, I would like to think that even as we try to grasp beyond chronological time and the fleeting moments that slip on and on, just like the waves upon the shore of our ocean–that each art piece, photo, and movement for creativity is a stepping stone on a wonderful journey that is actually filled with mystery.
My inner bear of introspection is feeling very happy to share some of my favorite pics that journal moments in this past summer leading up to now. I have added some in-the-moment poetry with the images. May this be a joyful meditation and moment of recharging for you. Happy Friday!
* If you would like to buy prints of my images/art from this site or my other social media sites for your personal or small business use, please contact me. Prints are custom order and on archival quality photo paper.
Featured Image, Golden Eagle, by Skeeze on Pixabay.
October 10, 2018, edited on Oct. 11, 2018
by CS Sherin
Twitter is trending today with #MentalHealthAwarenessDay and #WorldMentalHealth day. NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) designates this week as “Mental Illness Awareness Week,” with a goal to promote “CureStigma”, which illuminates the stigma those with mental health issues face in our culture/society.
Mental Health and Mental Illness are important and huge issues/topics in our world. There are so many aspects we need to address, I cannot begin to elaborate on it all here and now. All in all, we need to create systems that are healing and healthy for people, communities, and nature — and dismantle the corrupt, abusive systems, which contribute to trauma and mental health disruptions.
From a personal perspective, mental illness shaped my early life, as my father was mentally ill. In fact, he was a sociopath and/or narcissist. You can be sure there is a stigma to those words. And this is the first time I have said it in public. The repercussions of his mental illness and the actions he took while mentally ill still are felt in my life and family of origin to this day, and it has always been hard to deal with, whether he was present or not. In short, he was a product of institutionalized childhood and institutionalized systems. And those systems create narcissists and sociopaths.
Beyond that, I faced my own mental health issues as a young adult. I had a traumatic childhood, and faced unfriendly peers and teachers in elementary and middle school. As a young mother (in 2001) I experienced a trauma that caused me to have PTSD, which I saw a therapist to treat. I still do have PTSD, but it is much less of an intrusion than it used to be. That one was the trauma that was the tipping point of traumas, a culmination that started in childhood. I became severely ill from Lyme’s disease a couple of years later. It was not diagnosed right away, and I ended up not being able to work, on the couch for three months!
This caused what the doctors diagnosed as mild depression that was joined with IBS, anxiety, and panic attacks. After recovering from this illness, and having taken the meds and therapy I could from western medicine, I sought out deeper and more empowering methods to heal my inner wounds and traumas. That started me on the path of spiritual work like Reiki, and holistic wellness in general, which I applied to myself/my life before charging out to help others. I can tell you some key things that really helped and made a difference for me. Just know that we are each unique and we each find our way to health and wellness in our own ways. Still, here are five things that helped me the most as I climbed out of the dark abyss of a mental health crises back in the early 2000s:
Right now, like too many other Americans, I don’t have and can’t afford mental health or medical care on a regular basis. I may not need it now, but that doesn’t mean I can count on that always being true. I am proactive, and use the holistic tools that have served me well.
But that isn’t always enough.
Not only that, some mental illness needs ongoing treatment and care from doctors and therapists. Our healthcare system is broken, and people who need help aren’t able to receive it. We cannot remain silent. Not only do we need to dispel the stigma of mental illness, we need healthcare and insurance that serves a higher purpose of wellness with ethics and transparency.
If you struggle with mental health issues, the stigma of it, with needing help but not being able to afford it, you are not alone. Together, with each story and action to make a change, we will make a difference.
Thank you for listening to my story. Please pass this on, and tell your story, so we can work together to #CureStigma
All my best,
Daily Poetry For Poetry Month, Week Four Summary
By CS Sherin
April 28 2018
This concludes this fun series of daily poetry that I began in honor of poetry month. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have. I love the discipline of the haiku. I have been writing poetry since I was 13 years old, but have rarely had a regular practice of parameters like the sonnet or the haiku. It is worth doing! In mid-life now, writing poetry is as joyful and mysterious a flow as ever–and even more satisfying. Poetry, at its best, is a voice of truth unspoken, inspiration, and the voice of the soul. Thank you for listening to mine.
One inch closer to
my goals. Meanwhile this world has
lost its mind alright.
Everything shifts with
weeding, letting go. Garden
of what is real now.
Dreams are riddles
decoded in patterns of
the following day.
What do you like so
much that you want to chase it?
And what chases you?
of ocean, sun rise daily—
our love, enduring.
That weight is gone like
heavy snows melted turning
into bright lit Spring.
The kids frolic as
we step into our deeper
selves of skylark too.
I know the dragon
that bites you. For she bit me
CS Sherin, WildClover.org 2018©
Daily Poetry For Poetry Month, Week Three Summary
By CS Sherin
April 22, 2018; Earth Day
I have been writing daily poetry and sharing it on FB and Twitter to honor my inner muse, poetry month, and the voice of the soul–which is a salve of relief for the spirit. I have been disciplining myself by doing daily haiku, with the exception of a couple. Today, as this practice converged with Earth Day, I decided to try writing a sonnet. And that is what I did! –with love for poetry, creativity, goodness, and Earth.
There were ten eagles
soaring high above our house.
I slept well that night.
Letting go of old
pain and mistakes hurts yet it
ends and is healing.
Writing over old
programs deletes them. I use
song and word sunshine.
Migrating birds have come,
singing, eating worms. Melting
snow reveals deep mud.
THE MUD IS DEEP
under the snow
even though it will
as it is.
Robins are still finding worms,
birds are still singing
lilting melodies above our heads,
visitors passing through still
arrive and stay awhile,
squirrels still gather to play
and scrounge for morsels.
The pelicans have come
to our great river
compelling size, unmistakable
beaks with impossible folding
pouches that can hold
three gallons of water–
who soar in slow motion glory on
the highest of winds…
The sun will emerge
the snow will melt
it will flood the rivers
as the marshes begin to arise
teeming with life.
Life will course back
into the greening of the
trees, buds will break open
into the miraculous unexplainable
beauty that are flowers.
As we persevere and breathe in
and out without trying,
we will continue to bring
cause and effect upon ourselves
and this Earth.
We will continue to form our
own realities whether we
take responsibility for ourselves
or not. As for me,
where I am torn, I am set on mending.
Where I fell, there are scars–
evidence of the ability to heal.
Invisible hard work done
in inner winter
floods into Spring
and Spring does come
and then out
Maple blossoms have
emerged, along with the sun
and real warmth, waxing.
what a welcome guest! It comes
with sunshine and warmth.
A.I. think we are
pretending to be human.
Are they mistaken?
April 22, Earth Day
Over twenty years ago, I walked the gravelled marsh trails alone.
Today the paved marsh trails were teeming with people and each phone.
People with big cameras waited to capture the beauty there.
Wood ducks, coots, great blue herons, geese, teals, egrets, and turtles fair.
Earth day for some means a business ploy.
Or to enjoy being out in Nature spotting birds so coy.
As we walked past countless active people, I saw beyond the brambles to down below,
so much garbage—styrofoam, plastic, and an entire garbage can in the water’s flow.
I looked with frustration as it was out of my reach.
All the toxins in our marsh, with chemicals that leach.
Noticing the joy of us all enjoying warm weather, and at the same time,
so many ignoring the signs of our negative impacts that just don’t rhyme.
Earth day is every day as long as we live and breathe.
I hope we each can awaken to a daily Earth day before we leave.
by CS Sherin, WildClover.org 2018©
Poetry Month: Daily Poetry~Week Two Summary, April 7th to April 13th
By CS Sherin
April 13, 2018
Here are my daily poems I wrote this week in honor of Poetry Month (April 2018). All of them are haiku except for April 12th. Enjoy! In case you missed last week’s daily poetry summary, click here.
When I dream I save
everyone, and when I
wake, I save myself.
Awake, we trade in
a veritable tomb of
doing, for being.
Emptiness can be
hunger, thirst, a place to start,
space for something new.
It remains too cold
for April. Awakening
conscious love, unlimited,
high up in the bare tree branches
sings a song all her own
alluring, sweet, varied—
in the dreary cold
she shares a bright song
of warm sunny days
I believe her.
Your heart is so big–
mighty and tender. Love is
what you are made of.
CS Sherin (Chandra S Sherin), WildClover.org 2018©
by Chandra S Sherin
The following are some examples of my bee photography. I re-started my passion for nature photography in 2010, and it started with bees on flowers. Flowers and bees remain some of my favorites to look at through the lens to see what is revealed. I have great love for bees, and wish to inspire others to appreciate and protect them, as well as create environments that support them. Bees are dedicated pollinators and the more I learn about them, the more interesting they are, and the more of my respect they garner. I can’t wait until this Spring really begins waking up the first flowers to feed the bees with, like dandelions. The following photos were first posted to my Instagram account (@Chan_Dreams) unless otherwise noted.
Chandra S Sherin (CS Sherin), WildClover.org 2018©
Poetry Month: Daily Poetry~Week One Summary, April 1st to April 6th
By CS Sherin
April 6, 2018
To celebrate poetry month I have been writing daily haiku! It is fun! Remember, poetry is the language of the soul. It is nourishment, a salve–it is necessary on regular days, it is essential on trying days.
Poetry became a part of my practice at age thirteen. It simply flowed from me. My mother was astonished. I accepted it without question. Because people are not always so open to poetry, I have most often kept it private. Now that I am middle-aged, I seek to share my poetic voice more. And, I do have a couple of books written, waiting to be published! I keep the poetry that comes from me sacred. I share it with love.
Words have power to unite, divide, heal, free, enlighten. Poetry takes that power into a naked truth that illuminates what is unspoken, and what we long to express and hear.
Happy poetry month!
April 1 2018
Is the joke that we
wait for a magic that is
She embodies all
love I’ve known so far.
Bright daughter, magic.
Whenever we kiss,
the snow melts a bit.
Endless Spring love, Jeff.
With all of the snow
we could build a snow person
who could melt this Spring.
Rejection stings me.
Relentless persistence is
what the cat taught me.
When nothing makes sense
the only thing that matters
is breath, movement, love.
Chandra S Sherin (CS Sherin), WildClover.org 2018©
Past Works, Part 10: Paintings, Illustrations of 2015
Chandra S Sherin
April 5th, 2018
This is the conclusion to this 10 part retrospective series featuring various examples of works of art I have created from 1998 and onward.
Posts will return to a more current portfolio of works starting next week. You will find my artist statement here. Go to the bottom of this post for links to the previous posts in this Retrospective series.
This series closes with some vivid colors and fantasy themed illustrations in the form of acrylic paintings with ink that I created in 2015. If there is a piece from this series that you are interested in, please contact me and I will let you know if it is available, and in what format. Here they are:
CS Sherin, WildClover.org 2018©
Past Works, Part 9: 2004 and 2011-14 Paintings
Chandra S Sherin Art
March 30, 2018
This will be the second to last installment of the retrospective on my past art. Then we will move on to an ongoing portfolio of my nature photography and more current drawings.
Today starts with a painting I did from 2004 that is a part of my personal collection, and then on into the 2011-2014 period.
CS Sherin, WildClover.org 2018©