Archive for February, 2016

Part Two: Actual Road Notification!


Rutsatz Road Emergency Bank Stabilization Located approximately 600 feet east of State Route 9

An emergency bank stabilization project will begin on Monday, February 29 to protect a portion Rutsatz Road currently at risk from erosion by the North Fork Nooksack River. Working hours will be 7:00am to 6:00pm and will continue 7 days a week until the work is completed.

There will be:
 Intermittent single lane flagged traffic as needed.
 Please use caution when traveling through the construction area.

Possible Delays on Rutsatz Road

Dear Friends,

If you are coming to Turtle Haven in coming days, there may be delays on the road, due to some shoring up of the river back! Please allow extra time just in case….. as I write this, I remember Thich Nhat Hanh, the well known Buddhist meditation master, teaching to modern folks the idea of utilizing what could feel like obstruction, as a time to be quiet and  at ease, and practice mindfulness–  I am not always able to do this, but I think it is more than a worthwhile practice.  As we wait, we simply breathe, and recite the simple words below: “I am breathing in,” and then,” breathing out.” Here is a brief selection from one of his talks:
I know that summer vacation is a season when people drive a lot, when there are a lot of accidents and traffic jams. It may not be at all pleasant to drive, but if you know how to practice …. “I am breathing in, breathing out,” then the moment becomes pleasant and you will not get nervous because of the traffic jams. When you come to a red light, you might wish that the red light would change as quickly as possible, so that you can continue to drive. You are very eager to arrive, and I don’t understand why. It seems that you think that only at the point of arrival will there be peace and happiness, and I am not very sure about that. 

As a Turtle Haven resident, I will likely have much more opportunity to practice than you! For those of you who will have the opportunity, perhaps we can swap stories of our practice in our vehicles. I look forward!


Ravi Ravindra: April 8th through 10th

Ravi returns with further inspiration! Please see the flyer below, and let me know if you have any questions.

science and the sacred flyerpdf-page-001

In October, Jillian and I attended the Parliament of the Worlds Religions, an event that has had numerous iterations around the globe since its inception in 1893 in Chicago; its stated mission is  is “… to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.” The Parliament included such major voices as Jane Goodall and Vandana Shiva, among a multitude of change agents of our time, spiritually inspired and deeply engaged with preserving and enhancing life on our planet at this critical time. This meaningful convening of 10,000 people from around the world in Salt Lake City, inspired us greatly, still helping to keep our hope alive in this beleaguered world!

If you would like to hear our presentation, complete with slide show, and a bit of video footage, please consider joining us at Stillpoint on February 23rd. See details below; be sure and rsvp to Linda Conroy.