Friday, September 28, 2012

Lake Champlain 2

Lake Champlain

The colors are marching on fast.
Coming out in reds, yellows, oranges.
The air cool and fresh.
The lake was calm this day.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bishop Hill, Illnois A National Historic Landmark Village

A good video link about Bishop Hill, Illinois
home of some of our ancestors who settled in the Utopian prairie village.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Atlantic City- Levon Helm- Merlefest 2008

Link to a great one...
Support Levon Helm's mission

If you are near NJ, go see them at the Izod center...
Amazing lineup
All were inspired by, they adored him, and they were humbled by the Man.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Reeve...

Happy 60th Birthday Dr. Reeve!

honorary doctorate of spinal cord research, rehab research, breaking molds, giving encouragement, hope and himself to aid in neurological healing, once considered impossible, that is, before Dr. Reeve was injured and was immersed full bore with his beautiful family into the greatest challenge of his life.

he said, Yes, Yes it can be done.

and now they need help to continue his important mission.

Please give what you can to Christopher Reeve,
Read this letter and see for yourself what great accomplishments Dr. Reeve has made.


Lake Champlain

Friends treated us to a trip on a boat tour on Lake Champlain.
It was a beautiful clear sky day save a few scattered clouds and rain showers in the Adironadacks.

Monday, September 24, 2012


zen moments in blogging

looking for a post that starts with "z",
is that the action of a blogger desperate for "tag balance"?

moment is gone,
now another,
when will someone from Antarctica visit?
(now searching for continent balance)

New moment,
I surface read my favorite bloggers and feel guilty
about not having more time to read, comment and reply.

Next moment,
Have to get this written and proofread and posted
and twittered and then,

I think how I am grateful for my blogger haven,
where sharing thoughts and moments
helps me stay in the moment,
even if it is only
one moment.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Healing Art

my exercise in just creating whatever came to mind.
memories or mere fabrications?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Joe.....Uploaded videos (playlist)

Geneology Links

Links to history
I have been doing some research on our family roots and really it boils down
to Swedish, Bohemian and Prussian,
well sort of.

You start to see some blurriness and nomadic activity which I suppose was my biggest first surprise.
Somehow it seemed people back then, would have just stayed put somewhere, forever.
The links below are roughly organized, the first group are about Bishop Hill and our Swedish ancestors. Then Bohemian, then Prussian.
They really apply to many descendants of immigrants from Europe between 1830 and 1880.
Escaping religious constraints, economic pressures, forced military service, joblessness,
population growth, they came to the U.S.
Go back a bit farther in European history and you see the oppression, conquering, disease, slavery.
It took the Teutonic knights over 50 years to kill half the Prussians. Did all that strengthen those who were born before me, my source?

Bishop Hill History,+Women,+Communism,+and+the+Rise+and+Fall+of+the+Bishop+Hill+Utopia+in+Illinois


Describes the trip for Gold Rush

Describes Bigfoot sighting…about 28 down Myrtengreen

List of Henry co residents

Study guide Swedish and Bohemian immigrants

History of Illinois Settlement

About Bohemia History

For Slovakia history

Some Prussian history


"The German is like a willow.
No matter which way you bend him,
he will always take root again."
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn -


More specifically about Gerd Vor Der Mark:

Where did they come from in the middle ages and made their name?

For some related people (some written in German):







Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Solar Stream

Solar Stream

It is a solar stream,
as old as the universe,
captured by Nasa's cameras
like never before.

The sun sends out
a bundle of plasma
and lights up
the Northern Sky.

Does the stream mean
something more than
a burst of light
sent into space?

Could the travelers
of tomorrow,
ride the wave
of the Solar stream?


Monday, September 17, 2012

Ageism and the Empty Chair

The story lingers of Mr. Clint Eastwood's famous monologue with an empty chair.
Did anyone else notice that Journalistic Ageism was afoot as Mr. Eastwood voiced his beliefs and opinions?
The news people often implied old fogey-isms, stereotypes, "incoherency", "speaking off script", attributing Mr. Eastwood's age was equivalent to certain senility.
Mr. Eastwood's speech was criticized because
he touched several nerves. He spelled out his opinions, legal in the US.
He had great timing, he broke boundaries, and he could because
He is Clint Eastwood!
He left many with a vision implanted of that empty chair.
Brilliance? or senility?
Or being a great director!

Just be careful if you find yourself engaging in Age-ism:
Defining elders' actions and labelling elders using negative stereotypes.
This was all about free speech and the reactions were about ageism.
Leading me to reiterate:
Freedom of speech is still fully intact in the US in all spectrums of age.
Now If you don't like that, go tell a chair.


Sunday, September 16, 2012



were lined up again,
I noticed,
glancing randomly at a clock,
or I would see a whole line of
It was if the
was trying to say something.
One's are pillars
holding up tall buildings,
and on down to
the simplest
One's seem simple enough
until you see them everywhere,
and you want to find some meaning there,
in the numbers,
in the

Friday, September 14, 2012


my 900th post
mary e. gerdt
september 2012



and the dna trail

Geneology & the DNA trail
might tell us where we have been,
or where we might fail.
do you have antibodies
to your
do you fight
or flight
a little
or a lot?
do you wonder
why you
or stay put
in your chair
at night?
Did you ever look
in the rear view mirror
to see where
you have been?
Do you seek the messages
in your DNA,
do you believe
we are victims
Can we rise above the protein strands
of fate?
Can we be unique
when not so different after all
than a monkey
or a pig?
says it all.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Adirondack High Peaks Region

fall color high peaks, adironadacks, NY

we went to tuckers tater farm recently for some blue potatoes
grown in adironadacks
it was a nice day for a drive

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fall Images

A Range of colors
Most dramatic against a cold clear blue sky
from the archives

Sunday, September 9, 2012


link to music...
after searching for where this music tour started...
Fred called me the other day and said,
get ready, we have tickets...
just what the doctor ordered:
music, healing, realignment.

Amy Helm and her musicians
were in Burlington last night...
We felt so lucky to get tickets and
sit in the front,
taking in her fresh sweet voice complemented so well
by amazing guitars, Byron Isaacs, Dan Littleton,
blending voices
Justin's cool percussion unit.
My favorite song...
The Battle is Over but the War Goes on...
and we enjoyed thoroughly the rest of the show.
2 standing ovations,
Her Album coming out in 2013......
We appreciate them for coming to Burlington and braving the wild winds...

here is a link to her website and schedule...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sun Times

Short NASA movie showing a recent Solar flare from different viewpoints.
Did you feel it?


Friday, September 7, 2012

The Persuasions - Live at Fur Peace Ranch - Ripple

Link to a Beautiful version...

if I knew the way,
I would take you

Fall is Coming

Lincoln, Vermont
Fall is coming,
The colors not here yet
except traces of colors in the higher elevations
colors showing up in stressed out trees.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hawker's Dream - Autoharp

Link to good music...

my 888th post
for dad
who turned 90 today
That Marine, Dad, Postman, Friend,
tough critic
he carried my grade school photo in his wallet
until he gave it to Fred last time we visited.
I had scheduled this to post and then it did not happen
Hawker's Dream

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Imagine...metaphysics...On Truth & Reality: Philosophy Physics Metaphysics of Space, Wave Structure of Matter. Famous Science Art Quotes.

Mom's love of metaphysics led me to this website. Just imagine...

On Truth & Reality: Philosophy Physics Metaphysics of Space, Wave Structure of Matter. Famous Science Art Quotes.:

Adirondack Morning II

Photos of the Adirondacks
from the Vermont side
Addison County

Sunday We went for a
Sunday Drive partway through the Adirondacks.
We enjoyed the scenery 
and I snapped a few photos
besides these
(which I will post soon.)
Destination was Tucker's Tater Farm in
Gabriels, NY.
We bought some great tasting blue potatoes,
talked about gardening &
 got to see some early fall color.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Swallows Left

The Swallows Left Monkton last week,

and I did not really notice the exact date.

Fred wrote it in on the calendar
like he does every year.

They had a really great year,
Chubby and healthy, spry, active and they had a couple of good broods.

I wonder where they go, how far down south,
south of the equator?

Then wonder, do they know the hurricane predictions,
without radar?
Where to duck for cover on the trip?
How to pace the trip with the food supply?
How to keep the hawks from eating the little ones?
Do they ever get lost?
No matter what, it is quieter without the swallows chattering on the line

I still attribute their population increase to the decline in bats,
and yet I have no science to back this.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sunday entry for Mom

Sundays were always for Mom.
A call,
a visit,
How are you doing?
A hug,
A soft face,
kind hand,
Here are some cookies,
all better.
Here are some memoirs for Mom.
As I pull them out I want to share the moments
and you will feel the power of my mother, too.
from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam in Mom's handwriting
My Mom recited these and this was here favorite version.

Here is a Telegram of when My Mother's Father Carl died (my grandfather).
It must have been eerie getting telegrams sometimes
when this is the news.
My Mom was 5, her brother 15
and My Mom,
and Fanny,
his wife, My Grandmother
 was Heartbroken

Goldenrod Memories

These were both taken about 2 years ago.
Goldenrod & Bee

Goldenrod has a bad rap.
It really is a great wildflower
the golden pollen
provides the foundation for great honey

Saturday, September 1, 2012

You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone - Amy Helm

Incredible link to music for Saturday...



on Steroids.

Another Concept
referred to  by
Edgar Cayce
and other mystics
and dreamers.

Do you ever
open a book and find
it is exactly where you wanted to be?

Do you ever get somewhere and find something
you needed and yet were not looking for it?

Do you ever paint a picture,
What is it that
you are trying to say,
and when you are done,
You see the results,
so obvious,
a perfect result,
then you show another person
and they are affected,
with the emotion you had,
brush in hand, struggling to find the right
colors, strokes, tempo,
and you see the message as a thread
between you and another person,
and you see how special it is
that this whole experience even happened
as it was meant to be,
The Timing felt so right,
That is