Wilderness — A Meditation

Monday, August 10, 2015

Writer's Brain

And if you think this is strange, just imagine my brain as I create my next plot for YOU, my friend, enemy, acquaintance, partner as I find a spot for you in my next novel! :)

Adventure Forever

When in the mountains Demi almost always carries at least one book — Her map serves as the bookmark.  There are those moments while the water is boiling or the mosquitoes have settled for the night outside the little one person blue tent when, with head torch focused on the page, she finds herself traveling in the world created by the words on the page — not more beautiful than the world shielded by the darkness of a mountain night, but thought provoking scenarios on which she can problem solve the next day on the sometimes long and angling trails of the wilderness.

And you? Is there a book you might carry in your backpack? Here's a suggestion, pages packed with wilderness adventure, with explorations of cities in strange and wonderful hemispheres. Spattered with ironic romance. Try it; you may enjoy!

                                          Available at Amazon, Kobo, Flipcart, Apple, Smashwoards, Barnes&Noble

Friday, August 07, 2015

What If We Loved ALL of the Goddess' Creations?

Kochs And ALEC Make War Against Americans And Pope Francis Public

Pope Kochs

. . . [The Kochs] love waging war on Americans. Part and parcel of the . . . war on Americans is borne of their godly devotion to their . . .dirty fossil fuel industry, but now the Kochs have abandoned working behind the scenes and are openly expanding their war against the people and the Pope.

The final straw was the official adoption of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan this week that incited the enemies of clean air, the economy, the Pope, and the people prepared their substantial forces to prevent America from reducing the amount of carbon it produces to stem the devastation of anthropogenic climate change. The war became official when at long last, mainstream media reported that the Koch brothers’ legislative arm, the American Legal Exchange Council (ALEC) and Americans for Prosperity openly vowed to “stop the CPP’s implementation” at all costs.
The Washington Post reported that the Kochs’ and their fossil fuel industry underlings intend on launching a rash of initiatives at the state and local level to stop the CPP implementation in Congress, the courts, and state legislatures and country governments. At the local level, the Koch brothers directed their legislative arm ALEC to convene a special task force comprised of fossil-fuel interests and electricity producers. The Koch task force rapidly “approved model legislation to be sent to state and local governments around the nation giving them ‘special authority’ to ‘expedite approval of resources to challenge the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.”

Expedite approval of resources is typical ALEC-speak for legislation giving Republicans unchallenged authority to transfer taxpayer dollars allotted for education, transportation, and healthcare into a giant legal fund to challenge, and block, CPP implementation in the courts; all to keep those same taxpayers breathing foul air and suffering harsher droughts, more intense, larger wildfires, and more severe weather events. Americans should never making the mistake of thinking the Kochs are at war solely with the Obama Administration or the Environmental Protection Agency although they are prime targets; this war is fundamentally against the American people who will be around long after the Obama Administration is termed out. However, the people should not feel they are being singled out by the Kochs; the oil magnates have also publicly opened up a battle front against Pope Francis over his audacity of hope that world governments will address climate change.

Within a day or so of the Pope’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, the Koch brothers unleashed their oil industry funded punditry and belief tanks to attack the Papal pronouncement. It is noteworthy that everything in the Papal statement was not only relevant to serving the people, and founded solely on empirical scientific data, it was completely consistent with “Catholics concern for helping the poor” and that “environmental stewardship is an important part of the Catholic faith.” According to various Koch surrogates, the Pope’s encyclical contradicting all Catholic principles and like his regard for the poor of the world, concern about climate change makes him a “bad Catholic.” In great part, the Koch’s industry talking heads are advancing the idea that Pope Francis is a bad Catholic because by calling for action on climate, the Pope is deliberately causing harm on the world’s poor and he is intent on increasing their numbers and sending them deeper into poverty; especially in America. The Koch’s plan of attack is portraying the Pope, climate scientists, and President Obama as working in concert to increase poverty in America as part of a “fanatical agenda and regressive form of taxation.”

For example, although the poorest people in the world are most affected by climate change, a Cato Institute op-ed said the Pope calling for action on climate change will “cause so much harm to so many, especially the poor and downtrodden.” The Heritage Foundation’s Steve Moore wrote that “The embrace of governmental action that underlies many of the Pope’s statements would not lift up the poor, but condemn them to more poverty and less freedom. Consider the climate change fanatics’ agenda.” In the Koch and Exxon-funded Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), an industry advocate asserted that “climate-related restrictions harm poor families far more than climate change will.” It is not that the Kochs, conservatives, or the fossil fuel industry has ever cared about the poor anywhere, but it is beyond refute that the poor suffer the brunt of climate change’s effects which is precisely why the Pope is taking action.

In a recent United Nations report it clearly stated, and gave empirical evidence, that climate change “risks disproportionately affect the world’s poor.” The World Health Organization reported that the impacts of climate change are already “exacerbating poverty in developing countries,” and that in countries with gross income inequality like America, poor households will be “particularly affected due to increasing food prices.” Americans should not underestimate just how much food prices are going to rise due to drought conditions, especially in California, and should consider that there is no life-sustaining benefit from pouring more carbon into the atmosphere. It is something that President Obama and Pope Francis certainly consider in advocating for action on climate change; even if the President’s Clean Power Plan is not nearly as robust as it could, and should be; but any action is better than none and that is why the Kochs have publicly unleashed ALEC, Americans for Prosperity, and Republicans to wage an all-out war on the Pope and the People.

For the first time it appears that mainstream media is finally reporting that the Koch brothers’ legislative arm ALEC is moving into the open to prevent any action on climate change. Now all that remains is for the Koch-Republican Congress to publicly denounce the Pope like the Kochs’ oil industry and accuse him of being a “bad Catholic” and deliberately creating more poverty and misery for the poor of the world. In a clever move, Senate Democrats are giving Republicans a chance to condemn the Pope with a resolution supporting the Papal encyclical on the environment. It will not win the war, or even a battle, but it will clearly delineate the combatants in the war against Americans and there is little doubt that Republicans will publicly align with the Kochs. And why wouldn’t they? . . .

Cultural Iceberg

Literature often deals with the deep culture
..maybe one of the reasons we all ought to read..
more by more that we have impetus to inspire conversations 
with friends and family 
about these important aspects of culture..

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Color It Koch – Alberta's Tar Sands

For more photos of the destructive tar sands extraction 
check out the addy below.  
Then consider 
if you support
the Kochs, 
who own this industrialized disaster and 
are funding Republican candidates 
who want to become 
the next president of the United States.

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Sunday, August 02, 2015

The Golden Trout Dragon

Demi Tryon is a modern goddess 
caught in the surreal myths of ancient civilizations 
as they morph into the modern world.  
Her adventures can be found in 
Sunset Over Watarrka 
due to be published in spring 2016.
Below please also find:

Friday, July 31, 2015

Tasmania — A Long Way From Sierra Sunrise but Demi Tryon Loves Adventure Wherever it Manifests

Remember the 19th Century Admonition, 
"Go West Young Man, Go West"?  
Well Demi Tryon, 
the heroine of Sierra Sunrise: A Travel Adventure 
takes to heart directions 
that include new wilderness experiences.
Check out the web page below for more on Tasmania,
Australia's Island State 
in the deep southern ocean.
Cradle Mountain in the mists

Available at Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, Flipcart

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Travel Memoirs Are Written by the Planet's Most Successful Folks

Available at Amazon, Smashwoards, Kobo, Flip Cart, Barnes &Noble, Apple
Demi Tryon isn't so sure the folks below are right, but she does know that travel re-creates one's sense of reality, of self, of possibilities.  You can read about her personal challenges related to travel in Sierra Sunrise: A Travel Adventure. Demi's no CEO, but like many of the underpaid workers who abound in this world, she is a whole human who, after extensive travel, has come to believe in a planetary view of how society works.

7 Reasons People Who Travel Are More Likely To Be Successful


There's a lot of evidence that people who travel frequently tend to be rather successful. Here's how:

1. Fear of the unknown drives your ambition.

Traveling helps folks acquire skills naturally while building character.
"Frequent traveling gets you outside of your comfort zone, opening up new worlds and experiences. Faced with new scenarios and encounters, people learn effective coping strategies that help them survive and manage fear of the unknown," says Dr. Ben Michaelis, a clinical psychologist and mental health expert.

When one travels, s/he learns to take action and accept challenges and learn creative ways to adapt to change and use resources wisely. All of these behaviors lie at very core of achieving success in business, and inspire innovation and creativity.

2. Trying something new can expand  horizons.

So many of us go to the same desk in the same office and work at the same computer each day. It's comfortable. But sometimes we can learn a lot and think more when we leave the familiar and see new things.
We may leave with some new ideas. Embracing change can help us in all areas of our lives.

3. You'll always see the big picture.

When we don't take time away from work, it's easy to get caught up in the immediate pressures of the day to day. A little time away, even if it's just a long weekend, can create the psychological distance to make it easy to see what really matters. 
"When we get some distance, it's easier to see the big picture, to focus on what we want versus just what's right in front of us, and to be more open to taking risks to get to what we want. While it's nice to turn off fully on a vacation, I suggest setting aside just 15 minutes at some point to think about what really matters in your work, because you're much better equipped to see it with psychological distance," says neurocoach Josh Davis, Ph.D. Reconnecting with what really matters in your work will make you better at prioritizing.

4. Vacations improve your overall health.

Stress accumulation increases our risk for almost every disease. Disease and poor health affect the ability to consistently maintain personal and professional goals. 
"Vacations can decrease anxiety levels and boost metabolism. Not only do vacations impact health, but they also promote creativity, allow time to recharge, and boost positivity, increasing productivity in the long run," says Jessie Gill, a holistic nurse. There's a beautiful world out there waiting to be explored.

5. Networking helps you establish influence and respect.

Sharon Schweitzer tells the story of a CEO of a consulting firm who was sent to Myanmar on a major multi-year assignment. From 1962 to 2011, Myanmar was a nation run by a military dictatorship. This might have suggested to the CEO that the country's culture puts processes before people. Quickly, however, he learned that the opposite is true. 
Over time, the CEO nurtured an infinitely important circle of connections in government and business communities. On one occasion, after meeting a certain Thai sugar exporter, he introduced the exporter to numerous higher-ups in State Ministries across the country. The network led to success for all. This CEO is an example of how you can establish valuable relationships without resorting to gamesmanship, let alone bribery or corruption. As another CEO once said to her, "You will likely need to invest in relationships over a period of several years before expecting anything to be signed, sealed, and delivered."

6. Advanced planning ensures proper project completion.

In an interview with Schweitzer, Mr. Yuki Ochiai, vice-consul of Japan in Houston, explained why there are virtually no disagreements in Japanese boardrooms: advance planning and consensus building, or the Japanese concept of nemawashi.

In essence, nemawashi is a phrase used in gardening, and signifies the importance of pruning and transplanting trees to prevent a state of shock. When applied to business, Mr. Ochiai says that nemawashi involves explaining a project or idea in a series of pre-meetings with colleagues who will also be attending the final meeting or negotiation. This provides an opportunity for the root of any challenge to surface. Only then can difficulties be discussed, smoothed over, and resolved. And that paves the way for group buy-ins, as well as in meetings, preventing interruptions, disagreements, or loss of face. During her most recent trip to Tokyo, Schweitzer noticed that Japanese businessmen dress identically. With their dark suits, white shirts, subdued ties, black shoes, and leather shoulder bags, she says, they were "a classic example of group harmony in Japan."

7. Traveling brings a higher level of perspective.

"Each time I come back from a trip, I feel as if I've learned something new and enhanced my know-how or perspective on how the world really works. The world is huge in terms of opportunities to contribute and learn, and isn't big in terms of physical reach," says Jason Ma, chief mentor at ThreeEQ, a firm that advises CEOs and execs for success. 
He continues, "Family is my first priority but I must say that traveling, during which I'm with me, myself, and I, does offer space for me to reflect, clear my head a bit, and refresh. I find that it can actually aid in relationships if we view it as an opportunity to miss each other," says Ma.

This article originally appeared on YourTango.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Kindle A Light

Carl Jung - Happy Birthday

I appreciate Carl Jung.  I realize that his theories are somewhat dated today. That is to say, his ideas, formulated almost an hundred years ago, may be the underpinnings of what we understand about the human psyche today, but his thoughts resonate with my experience in life.  
I realize that reality is primarily a matter of experience and culture so far as modern psychology is concerned, but I love the idea that there may be a 'universal unconscious', that there is a unifying theory (element) setting us apart as homo sapiens.  
The very fact that early codifiers used 'sapiens' (Latin = wise) as part of the descriptor for us suggests that they, too, wished to suggest that our brains are the real codifier of information, the problem solver which formulates our understanding of what life is and how it operates.
Jung's theory that there are universal thought patterns, metaphors describing the human experience gives me hope that there can  some day exist a planetary human society devoid of the separations that culture creates for us—a wise unified culture.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Drink, Drank, Drunk Who? Certainly Not Me :)

Oh, isn't this always the way.  
I swear I am an INFJ. 
No lie! 
It's the truth. 
Well, at least it used to be the truth.  
These days with the help of Heidi Priebe 
I'm entirely uncertain.  
She has shaken my resolve, 
my boat, 
my sense of self, 
the red satin lining of the box 
in which I dwell.  
Take a look.  
And after you've looked at my results, 
check out your own at Heidi's link below.

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Topher the Dragon

Myers-Briggs Cognitive Functions -

For more information check out Heidi's web page below  The information on Sensing, Intuiting,Thinking, and Feeling are there. I found it very difficult to use this information to type with certainty, but the information is useful to take a look at one's own type to see how fully one fits into the typography. For instance, I am forever unsure if I am an INFJ or an INFP.  Although I identify with INFJ, Heidi's description of me falls more seamlessly into the  Ne and Fi of an INFP.  Still, it's a joyful if confusing way in which to put myself and others into the boxes of MBTI. And as my children used to say to their high school friends, "Don't talk to my mom.  She'll put you in a box and never let you out again."  I sound a bit like Hansel and Gretel's witch, don't I? ;)

Extroverted Intuition (Ne):

Ne Dominant Types: ENFP/ENTP
Secondary Ne Users: INTP/INFP

How to spot them:
  • Ne dominant types experience bursts of high energy, followed by periods of reclusion.
  • They are quick-witted and gain energy through debating ideas.
  • They enjoy discussing possibilities above all else.
  • They want to explore every side of a given situation and may be more prone to playing ‘devil’s advocate’ than other types.
  • They tend to jump from topic to topic with ease and enthusiasm.
  • They may directly contradict themselves multiple times while speaking.
  • They enjoy using metaphors to explain things – their metaphors are prone to gaining complexity as they speak, which excites the Ne user.
  • Ne dominant types bore quickly and almost always have a new project on the go.
  • These types usually advocate for keeping your options open, exploring all possibilities and taking an unconventional approach to solving problems.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Demi and Sy — A Myers-Briggs Explanation

Heidi has done it again.  Her commentary on Myers-Briggs Personalty Preference Types is always a hoot and almost always 'right-on'.  Demi Tryon and Sy Macintosh can verify that she has 'hit the nail on the head' in her latest commentary on which types find which types most romantically appealing.   

Little did Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, and Poseidon, the god of the seas, realize they actually had no choice about the strong attraction  between them  It may have been an equine coupling, but without doubt, Heidi, centuries later, post-dicted their romance .  

If you haven't read their adventures you might want to order Sierra Sunrise: A Travel Adventure and Sunset Over Watarraka, the sequel, at your earliest convenience.  

Thanks Heidi.  Woman, you know your stuff when it comes to Myers-Briggs

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You'll find more of Heidi's explanations of Myers-Briggs here:

Sunday, July 12, 2015

How An INFJ Climbs Out of a Rut

"What the rut looks like: An INFJ in a rut will revert to their extroverted sensing. They may lose their focus on the big picture and become obsessed with the insignificant details of whatever they’re working on. They will refrain from making important long-term decisions and may withdraw from loved ones – denying them the empathy and care that the INFJ is usually happy to provide. The INFJ may also give into unhealthy sensory indulgencies while stuck in a rut – they may eat or drink to excess and fail to take care of their long-term physical needs.

How to get out of it: To break out of a rut, the INFJ needs to reconnect with their introverted intuition. They need to regain confidence in their ability to make precise decisions for the future that will positively serve both themselves and their loved ones. The INFJ may need to speak with someone who knows them well in order to activate their extroverted feeling and reconnect with their overarching core values. Above all else, the INFJ needs to feel competent in their ability to make plans for the future that reflect and support these values.  "

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To read about other Meyers-Briggs types and their ability to manage frustration take a look at the web page below:

Friday, July 10, 2015

And Creative Non-Fiction Is Still My Favorite Genre

Statistics suggest that way too many Americans don't read. I walk into far too many homes here in Australia and see no book shelves, few books outside the kitchen, and wonder how the world functions without the joy of the written word. Most experiences in my life set me off on plots to create vignettes for future novels or travel adventures. Hardy a human passes through my life without initiating some sort of story in which s/he conflicts or interacts with some other persona whom I met the day or week before. Strange to think of missing out on all of this novel possibility.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Anais Nin _ Who Are These Characters?

And what does Nin's comment say about the characters in our novels and short stories.  
Perhaps if one wanted to psychoanalyze an author, 
evidence could be gathered for the process 
from the actions of the characters in her/his manuscripts.
we would have to consider our own 
pre-conceived subconscious assessments 
of these characters, wouldn't we?

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On that note, one wonders how an individual knows if s/he is playing 
with the minds and hearts of her/his contemporaries.

Monday, July 06, 2015

My Favorite Gaffer

Isn't it ironic that men of light work in the dark?  This photograph of Gaffer Graham Rutherford and his Best Boy Steve Gordon as well as their third Jesse Moyes was taken on the set of George of the Jungle, a kidlets comedy shot in Australia.  These blokes, among the heavy lifters of the film industry, supply the second most important part of the production of a film.  You may argue that the script is first, the actors second and the Direct of Photography third, but I urge you to reconsider. Actors come first and light is second.  Film or digital images figure in early on, but none of the above work if there is no light. 

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Alice Walker

Storytelling, you know, has a real function.  The process of the storytelling is itself a healing process, partly because you have someone there who is taking the time to tell you a story that has great meaning to them.  They’re taking the time to do this because your life could use some help, but they don’t want to come over and just give advice.  They want to gie it to you in a form that becomes inseparable from your whole self.  That’s what stories do.  Stories differ from advice in that, once you get them, they become a fabric of your whole soul.  That is why they heal you.

Alice Walker in an interview about her work in 
Common boundary, 1990

The Language of Mathematics

Be sure to check out the web page.  

Friday, July 03, 2015

Writing the Adventure Travel Novel

Below is the introductory note on my companion blog: 
Stop by to take a look if the topic is of interest.  You are most welcome. 

Welcome, indeed.  Today's post is the beginning of an experiment.  

A few nights ago my sleepy mentor arrived about 3 a.m. to suggest in a dream segment that I begin a sequel to Sierra Sunrise, the adventures of Demi Tryon who is engaged in a trans-pacific partnership that has nothing at all to do with the governments or corporations of North America and Australia.

The idea percolates today into a heavy brew of ideas concerning the creation of this sequel.  One of the issues raised when one is about to begin a new manuscript is how to keep oneself engaged long term.  My sleep mentor suggested a public exposure would keep me focused and on track.

And so, an experiment.

Starting today, I will post each step in this journey towards completion of Sunset Over Watarrka, the sequel, here on Dorothy Shamah.  This may or may not engage you as a reader.  I hope some of you find it intriguing to see how one author goes about creating characters, scenes, conflicts, resolutions, dialogue and climax.

I encourage you to share with other on-line friends who might be interested.  And for that reason, it  seems essential that I offer a description of the manuscript.  Romance is the primary genre, but not traditional romance.  Demi is into adventure-travel-romance.  With her partner, Sy Macintosh, Demi challenges herself in some of the outlier spots in wilderness, locations she loves almost as much as she loves her daunting partner.

When this project is completed, fellow travelers will have had the opportunity to read the entire manuscript in all its manifestations.  At least that is the intention at this time.

See you on the morrow as I begin the plot outline for this new endeavor.

Reading — A Hobby? — Nah, Reading Is An Addiction

Is there any doubt that reading is far more than a hobby?  Those of us who value books have a devil of a time giving away a single copy of our favs.  Some of us have difficulty dealing with library books.  After all, at some point they must be returned.  

Although I must admit that there are titles that I finished because I felt compelled to follow through on my commitment to the author, there are thousands of other titles wandering around in my brain offering examples to support a variety of arguments that I have with my colleagues.

 I just moved my major book shelves — you know, dusted and re-arranged.  In Australia if one doesn't do this periodically, the mud wasps lay eggs in the tight small spaces between the tops of books if they aren't all the same height.  Geckos are also egg layers in the tiny corners where the books don't quite touch the back of the shelves.  Not that I mind critturs taking advantage of my sacred spaces, but..sometimes I simply need to touch, fondle, caress the covers of my favorites.  

Rumi is one of those.  I need to pull him off the shelves and peruse any page that happens to open in my hands.  Always a joy, a new awareness of how life celebrates itself.

Another is "Travels In West Africa"...never out of print since Mary Kingsley published it back in 1895.  I smile every time I think of her 'necklace of leeches" or her exhaustion at the top of Mt. Cameroon.  

Books are essential.  Just walking into a room filled with books causes some part of my brain to hum, to settle into a relaxed mode.

Don't you agree?

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Addicted !

In the early morning my favorite story teller arrives in my bedroom.  The tales told in those sometimes 45 minute sessions confound, amaze, entertain, instruct, and organize my thoughts in preparation for the soon to arrive dawn. How lucky am I that such a being agrees to sort through my thoughts to produce such relevant data!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

When Sienna Comes to California's Sierra Nevada

Wedding Rock, 
Whitney Portal, 
Eastern Sierra Nevada, 
Wilderness Wedding of
Demi Tryon and Sy Macintosh 
Colored Italian

Where Is Your Inspiration?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Demi Tryon Explores Chile in "Sunset Over Watarrka", the Sequel to "Sierra Sunrise: A Travel Adventure"

The Alerce forest overlooking the Chilean Pacific Coastline promises adventure 
in South America, Demi Tryon's next wilderness journey.

Soon to be released.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Truth Told

Words, Words, Words —It's How They Are Combined That Counts — Sometimes