This is the chapter of the forest on Deer Lake Mountain.

Just settling in for some time in Nature to heal, balance and be present with the Infinite.

All beings communicate both inwardly and outwardly. Still the noise within you while in Nature and you can perceive it. The Deep Silence opens up things we rarely hear.

Goodnight from the Forest.


“Chapter Of The Forest”

(By Trevor Hall)

[Verse 1:]

I meet my Lord down by the river side

It hits me almost every time

Beauty runs so deep, that its hard to sleep at night

This is the chapter of the forest

Every line, and every chorus

From my heart it comes a pouring

Into every single melody

Flame without the smoke

Harness all the poetry

I swear I’ll never choke

Because I only speak of Narmada

Hara hara everyday

Make my love down at her waters

Calling on the mountain starter

No more books, no more empty words

No more running away from her

I now learn from the wind and rain

From the song of the lion’s mane

And as it touches and sun and moon

I sit back and behold that tomb

Of glory upon her name

We say hara hara hara Narmada
[Verse 2:]

Well the one simple perspires

With a face that burns like fire

That’s where I lay my body down

Yeah, and in my dream I heard the lesson

Of the vault that holds the heavens in

So now I gaze upon the crowd, yeah

You see my woman she is stainless

I slip her at the base

Touch the face, all the Gods come out the mountain

Sweet embrace

You see her song it can’t be heard

Unless you let go of the world

So I laid it all down

And I behold what I heard

No more books, no more empty words

No more running away from her

I now learn from the wind and rain

From the song of the lion’s mane

And as it touches the sun and moon

I sit back and behold her tomb

All glory upon her name

We say hara hara hara Narmada

from baker lake mountain ps

Not long ago, I finally got a piece of land in the mountains, filled with pines and many other trees, plants and animals–40 acres up against about 1000+ acres of timer and paper company land. The trails lead all around the mountains between two beautiful lakes in northeast Washington state.

Despite the piece of paper calling me the owner, from out here, I do not feel like I own the mountains.

Because I have not had this land for even one year, I do not know how she responds to the seasons. I visit often to learn how things change with the seasons, but so far we have only just met.

Before finding the right land, I made a deal not to so much develop the land, but tend it. So much of the earth today is seen as a mere resource–a soulless commodity. To me, the earth is a living being and we are Her children. If all I do is allow the land to heal and grow, my main objective will be accomplished. So I’m trying to take things slowly.

Often when city dwellers acquire land, they become overwhelmed with thoughts and ambitions. The vastness of the land, compared to their “postage stamp” yard in the burbs or city, creates a very expansive feeling. Having owned land in the past, and submerging myself with dreams and ambitions, I’m making my best effort to simply “be” with the land. It is hard indeed.

I have not made the move to the land as of yet. Camping is as far as it has gone. Because it is very rural, some common sense planning is required. For now, the land and I have some time to spend together.


This sounds very much like Dao philosophy. Taking the lower position like water, yet being stronger than all else.

Striving to display one’s own significance or greatness does not achieve the goal of the one seeking wisdom or enlightenment. Instead, it throws a veil over your true greatness–your Source.

Focus on simplifying being who you truly are,  but that also requires the lifelong work of discovering your true self. To me the true self is a river–always changing, yet identifiable.

Finally, gratitude emanates from living authentically with the capacity to truly see on a deeper level. Awareness may bring to light the bad in the world, but true appreciation comes from seeing and resting with things just as they are.

All of reality is embraced with appreciation the moment we say “yes” to what is.

So I bought a Jawbone Up24 on March  3rd and felt all pumped to start using this small device to gain some awareness about my health habits. I won’t do a full review now, but I will mention a couple issues.

One is a general problem with tech companies rushing products to market before they are ready. Companies seem reassured that they can promise firmware updates to their customers, but this is annoying if not very problematic for those needing to use the device they bought.

For years I’ve had a Garmin Forerunner 305, which is an amazing GPS exercise device! No problems whatsoever. It is, however, too large to wear around like a watch. So this brings me back to the Jawbone Up24.

As I mentioned, this won’t be a complete review, but there are a some problems that have come up in the first week of owning the Up24 worth mentioning.

One particularly bothersome one is that my Up24 doesn’t always gather my sleep data–one of the main reasons I bought it. I press the button to start the sleep monitor, sleep,  then wake up and press the button again. Sometimes Up shows my sleep data, other times it doesn’t. One trick I discovered, if the data isn’t entered automatically, is entering sleep data manually. This is no big trick, but the “trick” part is that the Up seems to have the data recorded inside it from your night’s sleep, so when you manually enter your sleep time it populates your phone with the proper data. For example, if you enter 10PM to 6AM, after syncing your Up it will show the time you were awake, in light sleep and deep sleep. This is a pretty handy workaround, but this doesn’t always work either! Sometimes, it will just show a big “block” of sleep without any sleep details.

One to the problems is that of being “Not Plugged In.” This morning, I woke up and my Up24 would not sync with my iPhone–the only brand that currently “works.” After pressing the button and a few times, I could see my Up was unresponsive, so I plugged it in just to see what would happen. After a couple minutes, it was responsive again! Lest you think I let my batter run dry, nay! nay! My Up was charged and ready to go for another seven days upon hitting my pillow for sleep, so I have no idea what happened or why. Up just froze.

I went ahead and manually entered my sleep time, but did this time I didn’t get any useful data…no deep sleep, light sleep or wake time calculated. Yesterday the sleep monitory worked fine, so I wasn’t horribly saddened, but it did make me want to give my Up a little more attention–to investigate.

For the first time, I plugged my Up24 into my computer as instructed in the little manual and downloaded the “Updater.” Please note the name “Updater.” After everything was installed on my Windows 7 laptop, I restarted my web browser, but the notification icon said that my Up was “Not Plugged In.” So, I restarted my laptop to try again. Same problem still! This time, I search the Jawbone forum to find out more. It turns out, unsurprisingly, I’m not the only one with this issue! The answer given on the forum, by an administrator, was that the Updater only charges the Up… What?? OK. So I hit the “Reply” button to ask the administrator the obvious, “Why is it called an ‘Updater’ if it cannot update nor even connect to the Up device?” When I hit reply, though, instead of allowing me to ask my question, the Jawbone forum forwarded me to a useless page with no opportunity to reply! So, this is why I decided to post this story–I couldn’t post on the Jawbone Up forum about it.

Here is a screenshot of the forum answer from the Admin about why the “Updater” doesn’t work:

Jawbone Up Reply

The hopeful statement at the end is, “…at this time.” So this brings me back full circle to the beginning of my post. Tech companies are rushing gadgets to market that aren’t ready.

To be fair, technology is difficult to develop and make to “just work” like a spoon or a hammer. As a computer professional, I get this, so at this point I’m hopeful that Jawbone will eventually get the Updater working and…um…updating the firmware on their Up24 devices. Until  then, guess I have an expensive pedometer.

Feel free to comment or ask any questions here! You won’t be forward to a useless page telling you to buy more useless gadgets!

I hope this helps someone.

Believing her positive propaganda megaphone, she smiles. Microphone broken, she knows she hears.

Pebble watch screen garbled

Purchased on December 1, 2013, this is my Pebble watch with the screen all garbled with lines, artifacts and static — just broken. This is the third time I’ve purchased this watch. This time is the worst. I like the watch concept and features when it works, but it appears a ways off for that.

I’m starting to get annoyed by tech companies sending to market half baked products. From the buggy Galaxy Notes 3 and Galaxy Gear watch to this Pebble, it’s clear the desire to sell is stronger than the desire to perfect their products. Sure, they’re concerned about sales for their survival, but they forget the importance of quality for continued sales.

These half baked tech products are fairly new and complicated to make, so it’s easy to understand the challenge. Nevertheless, I don’t feel like doing their testing and debugging job! A simple Timex for $20 will at least give the time and basic functions without a glitch and most importantly without sucking up hours of your time. Worse yet, trying to get through to Pebble tech support, which is abysmal.

want this company and product to succeed! But only at so much expense to me. Paying for it should be enough. Spending hours working with it is asking a lot.

My reason for returning to this product after several tries is that I really find the vibration alarm function useful. The functionality could be far better, but it has it. However, if I cannot even read the time, what’s the point?! I may simply opt for a high end Garmin Fenix that has vibration alarms and is more reliable for what I need. I will miss syncing notifications with my phone, but it’s not a must for me. Again, if I could read the time, that would make me keep it! Despite the other glitches this watch has.



Pebble Support Center
Pebble Watch Screen Broken (video of another watch like mine)
Pebble Display Failure (blog detailing many people having the same problem)


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