On Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 meet at 4:30 at Lakewood and Central Valley Greenway, OR 4:45pm at Renfrew Skytrain Station, for the annual Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride!  We will follow the crows on the Central Valley Greenway (5km round trip).  Dress for the weather, bring snacks to share and bike lights.  This is a FREE family-friendly event and is organized by Still Moon Arts Society and Windermere Bike Society.



water bucket shadow I

my heart is full of gratitude!

The Sun comes to us, giving rise to all life.  We are a result of the Suns energy.  We are mostly fooled, thinking we are separate from the sun but really how can we be?

If you are like me      -that is living in the North-      now we are tipped away from the Sun.  It lies low on the horizon, casting looong shadows, beautiful weak light shines straight in our eyes.

I yearn to mark this time… when the sun appears to stand still and the light begins its return.  oh Solstice

Cold finger tips
Moon lies on calm dusky lake
Such short days!

In point form:
* We are of this sun.
* We are at the turning of the dark days and the return to light
* a midst all the pressures and truths of our days I think it is important to notice.

For my awareness, the sun, and these truths I am deeply grateful,
and I am wondering if you are too?


water bucket shadow II

creative spirit needs community to collaborate

Life with a ten month old baby means scarce art time, yet here is my creative spirit.  Walking with baby I see long shadows from water buckets, solstice is near.

A blessed friend has asked me, ‘Sara, where is your art community?’

If you can,
if you feel it,
please collaborate
with my solstice offering.

maybe you make a small drawing or words or photos? or?
please send it to me [redsara @ gmail dot com] and I will post it here on December 30th (your deadline).  I will be thrilled with one, or even the thought of one, or even the spark of a moment where your thought lights up with lightreturns or sunconnection creative inspiration!


water bucket shadow III

About my new name

In April after studying for much more than a year, I took what are known as Buddhist Lay Vows.  As part of this ceremony I was given a Buddhist name by my teachers.

My name is Jizan Kakugyo, which translates to Compassionate Mountain, Awakening Action.  The small red seal in the art pieces is a version of my name.


it’s a lot to live into this new name.

Connect with earth and sun, and see our interdependent nature.  The threads of my life, nature connection, mindfulness, supportive community and community practice, all come together here and now.  Expansion arrives with my offering to you here.

As the moon reflects in calm water, as the bottom falls out of the bucket, as the shadow is long and the baby sleeps, here we are together.

I choose connection, presence, and gratitude.

Happy solstice to each of you!
Love Jizan RedSara

In less than a week Team Birds Not Bitumen has become one of the
TOP   TEN   fundraising   teams!    of the Baille Birdathon.  Thank you heart-lifting friends.  And outward like ripples, several people have forwarded the resource section from my last BLOG post.  A friend sent this new song.

…Read on for BIG DAY REPORT and my photos from the day.

Lupine flowers and snail

It is not too late to give. Please do!
Generosity is a life-affirming practice,
and it will make you feel GREAT.



Birds Not Bitumen Big Day Report

On May 21 (fueled by delicious food) Team Birds Not Bitumen raced by bicycle and public transit to spot as many bird species as they could in a 24 hour period.

75 bird species seen,
17 hours,
Approx 85 km
by bike and public transit.
first bird of the day:
American Robin at 4:20 am

WHY?  Because we love birds, and they don’t have a voice at the fossil fuel development table.  AND we don’t have to accept the status quo, even tho we all participate in it to some degree.  AND because doing something and taking action feels great,  and as I said in my last post, taking action beyond the self fulfills our deep need for meaning and purpose.


donate NOW to Team Birds Not Bitumen
raising money for bird conservation.

donate NOW to Tsleil Waututh’s Sacred Trust Initiative raising money to protect Burrard Inlet.




i'm an oystercatcher.  
i live near the Ferry 
Terminal and also around 
the Stanley Park seawall.

learn more
get involved
give money even 5 bucks


 The Team in action & sleeping

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sleep seabussleep lookout towersleep with geese


Bird highlights include

  • 6 species of swallows: Aerial Insectivores!
  • Townsend’s Solitaire: elusive and rare for us
  • Ethereal song of the Swainson’s Thrush
  • Caspian Terns Colony diving head first into ocean
  • Heron rookery sounding like 800 type-writers
  • Funny-looking oyster catchers (see pic above)
  • And a glowing red-throated hummingbird.

[LINK to full ebird list of sightings]


Carbon Export mega-projects we saw

birds in the shadow of Deltaport

Reifel Bird Sanctuary’s spectacular estuary habitat in the shadow of Deltaport

US Thermal Coal passing through Delta for export to foreign markets.

US Thermal Coal passing through Delta for export to foreign markets. Who benefits from this?

Χ proposed 700% increase in tar sands tanker traffic in pristine BC waters.
Χ increases to Thermal Coal shipments through Surrey and Texada Island.
Χ building any more infrastructure for carbon-export. ISSUES OVERVIEW

and Χ I don’t even know what to say about so-called-natural gas… isn’t methane (main component of LNG) 21 times more harmful as a greenhouse gas than CO2?

Chevron Refinery with flame, Kinder Morgan transfer location also lit to the left of the refinery

Chevron Refinery with flame, Kinder Morgan transfer location also lit to the left of the refinery. Photo taken pre-dawn from Maplewood Flats Bird Conservation Area.

oil tanker from the seabus

Oil / chemical tanker seen from seabus crossing


Actions I recommend:

1. Subscribe to the Clean Energy Review, a weekly email newsletter of the 10 most interesting climate and clean energy updates from across Canada and around the world.  Short, snappy, cutting edge.

2. Look at this art project and get inspired about myriad ways for action.  Making the right choices about our energy future begins with the right conversation.

3. Donate to the Tsleil Waututh’s Sacred Trust Initiative.  Or learn more about other groups who are awesome who you can get involved with or give money to.

4. My friend DJ is working against the proposed increase in tanker traffic in our harbour.  Would you be willing to work with her as part of a team that collects signatures and recruits more volunteers?  Meeting this Thursday night, May 29 at 7:30pm in east Vancouver.  (Email me for the address.)  The regional Coordinator for this volunteer initiative will be explaining how to get involved.  In this case, the biggest thing is to make personal contacts and ask people to sign a pledge form against the increase in tanker traffic.  This can be done among your friends, neighbours, colleagues.

5. Super geekfest: learn more about the port of Metro Vancouver, the different exports and capacities of many of the terminals.

6. and if you are still reading, please recognize this opportunity to practice your generosity in this moment:

give to Team Birds Not Bitumen
and help keep us in the top 10!

great blue herons and caspian terns near tswwassen ferry terminal

great blue herons (top) and caspian terns (bottom) near tswwassen ferry terminal


click to enlarge

when humans work together you can save creatures like me from historic DDT poisioning that almost made us extinct. Thank you.

When humans work together you can save Eagles like me from historic DDT poisoning that almost made us extinct. Thank you. Carry on bravely with love.