Oct 15, 2010

Clean Water for All

MerlinParkDrinkBlog Action Day 2010: WATER. Bloggers around the world write today in global conversation to spark discussion and drive collective change. Water is life. Our planet glows a soft liquid blue in the dark star field of space. Merlin's latest Road Trip was two weeks around the 100° deserts of southern Utah MerlinParkDrinkso we're especially appreciative of clean, clear, cool water from our local dog-friendly drinking fountains.

We are thinking of our Minnesotan friends, Jill and Tim Geoffrion, who have just flown to Rwanda and the Congo. Africa makes one keenly aware of water issues. Tim teaches ministers, Jill installs labyrinths. Together they instruct, inspire, and create space for spirit led leadership through their Faith, Hope & Love Global Ministries. I mentor Jill on her location photography, and she is generating some magnificent photos in some very difficult situations.

BADSo, enjoy a glass of clean, clear water today. Sip with deep awareness.
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Oct 10, 2010

Merlin’s Fleet Week

MerlinFleetWeek Blue Angels roar overhead, thin specks of blue fire spiraling white smoke splitting clear blue sky. The F/A-18 Hornet delta pattern morphs into a diamond formation, bright yellow wing tips separated by 18 inches, at 400 mph. Knife edge passes and 360 rolls keep the earthbound crowds cheering, gasping, and screaming with the afterburners.

MerlinFleetWeekFor a few moments we all soar high and hang in sunlight silence in the untrespassed sanctity of space. Floating beyond terrestrial form, we could, with WWII pilot, John Gillespie Magee, Jr., Put out our hand, and touch the face of God.

Merlin usually watches the October Air Show from the Marin Headlands where it is a bit less ground-shaking terrifyingly loud. MerlinFleetWeekA few years ago the US Navy Blue Angel Boss team leader was also named Merlin. Our telephoto lens tracked plane #1, Aussie dog Merlin barking for Captain Merlin. Smoke on! Ready BREAK! The sparkling echelon salutes center point, converging on show line at a combined 1,000 mph. We hold our breath, then explode with approval. Human and machine defying gravity, denying death another day.

MerlinFleetWeekMy dad was in the Air Force and Fleet Week San Francisco is our annual local celebration of American services' dedication to precision, excellent, and preparedness. Thank you for responding and protecting. Be safe.