Astronomy Picture of the Day

Monday, September 30, 2013

Leaf Peepers

in relentless pursuit of Color,

Leaf Peepers drive over hill and dale,
sometimes aimlessly,
often breaking for
photo ops,
So watch out.
(photos from archives)

I took a few pictures this weekend, 
and will post once I extract them.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Virtual Ramble

Rave or Ramble

It was Virtual
Live Streaming

When I Rave about the Ramble,
this is what I am talking about.

Had much more profound thoughts that flew away
and am tired from mowing.
So check this link and see for yourself.

and a moon shot


today i will endeavor
to rest up and soak up
some of the cool air
and colors
of another Vermont fall.

as the days grow longer
my heart grows stronger
live streaming on the box,
music healing even to rocks

oh i am too tired to write,
so though it's morning now
will bid you fond goodnight
we really liked the show(s)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

moon alice at Levon Helm's barn...

live streaming....

Psalm Challenge 123


working through my weekly devotional reading. when we reduce it to bite size pieces or gravitate to translations more in keeping with our own inherent values, we can incorporate these basic christian beliefs into our human lives. that is what i believe religion is for us humans, a way not to be animals.




Psalm 123

Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

123 If it had not been that the Lord was with us, let Israel now say:
2 If it had not been that the Lord was with us, When men rose up against us,
3 Perhaps they had swallowed us up alive. When their fury was enkindled against us,
4 Perhaps the waters had swallowed us up.

5 Our soul hath passed through a torrent: perhaps our soul had passed through a water insupportable.
6 Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us to be a prey to their teeth.
7 Our soul hath been delivered as a sparrow out of the snare of the fowlers. The snare is broken, and we are delivered.
8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.


Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
by Public Domain

Monkton Chronicles....Breaking news we should have known

Breaking news

well, not exactly breaking,
i knew this place has had "issues",
Just hard to nail down, nobody to call.
This tidbit was posted on the town website by one of the fracking loving selectman.
I was happy someone in this town is waking up to the taxes mess.
This selectman failed to mention all the lawyers they hired to sue individuals or keep them from being able to use their land for getting gravel. This town is full of stones we cannot sell. Another very expensive lawyer used by the DRB appears to be casually on retainer.
icky stuff.

More Live from NY...

Last night,
Alexis P Suter and Band at the Iridium live.
I embedded the player in this post and also on the side bar.
Will see how it works as a link to great musical talents.

Watch live streaming video from iridiumlive at

Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Nacht Musik

Friday Nacht Musik

Posting early AM, 
must be nighttime somewhere on the planet.
Earlier this week I told someone
I would be going to The Living Room in NYC someday.
Did not know, thanks to social worldwide interconnectedness,
I could.
I tweeted or twittered with the cast at NCIS-LA Tuesday night
and now broadcasting a NYC club video at The Living Room done by 
Daniel Goodman, a musician friend I found through videographer Anthony Pepitone.

adding a link to his website...
Here is some great music to start the weekend...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

it was a special moment.

a couple photos from the archives
fall colors kicking up a bit.
will try to photograph this weekend.
colors changing fast
as light wanes

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Gaz Pipeline Opposition Wrap up link

Press this link below for

Gaz Pipeline opposition Wrap up. Travelogue posts to date.

when you scroll down through the multiple postings,
at the bottom right click on older posts.

When the Addison Independent questioned my claim of censoring, I had to dig into my archives. Realizing I had to go back farther than Twitter could handle...circa August. I did find at least one instance in this wrap up of my blog posts against the Pipeline.
I think it was in May. That's when I stopped churning old blog posts.
They are here in a bunch as proof I am not the lone voice, but I am a voice
in this wild and wonderful Monkton,Vermont.

writing this last night so no editor working
Monkton Chronicles
Mary Gerdt

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

anti nG pipeline breaking story...William Fifield: Testimony prepared, but not given

Breaking news...

Well Breaking the news media sound barrier...
The Good Doctor speaks....

William Fifield: Testimony prepared, but not given

if you are a worldwide reader of my blog, you already knew this breaking news :)

Mariam Caulkett Full Video (+playlist)

About MS...people who care about MS...have MS...dedicated to a cure.

Waiting for a Window

Waiting for a Window

of sunshine
with my energy level,
work schedule,
and the random beautiful long rays of fall in Vermont.

Early on, trying to photograph foliage was always such a struggle.
Film a finicky beast,
I used to fight the light, try to capture the brilliant color
without light.
Even with digital, there is something special about 
Seeing foliage (pronounced fole-idge.) in person.

A good window will be this weekend,
predictions of clear cool air.
For Che, a couple from the archive.
I promise to try to capture that elusive stained glass window look
when we get the sun shine again.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Chanting for Jane's Garden

A Chant for Jane's Garden

All my energy @ this moment
is for Jane & Her Family & Garden home.

No Pipeline for this place,
where Jane's Garden grows.

No Frackin Way
We around the world all say,
No Pipeline here,
No bully gaz drummers there.

This chant can go on for days or moments,
It's power is Strong.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Monkton,Vermont Chronicles,

Monkton,Vermont Chronicles


As we begin a new week, it is good to reflect, not dwell on last week.
Last week packed with beautiful cool weather, sunshine, moonlight.
The anti nG pipeline movement has momentum, makes sense, and has opponents.
Some media express editorial views and accept advertising revenue from nG.
The tax bills finally appeared, more, more of our bread demanded.
I am always searching for minutes to meetings, not able to attend and work and survive.
Picked apples and plums last weekend at Boyer's. Was nice picking.
Yesterday a wicked wind blew all day,
Rain today.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Psalm Challenge 122 - Home 
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Found this page 
on the web

many websites
many translations
this one seems the best
 Psalm 122
  A Song of Ascents; of David.
Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go unto the house of Jehovah.
(Book Chapter:Verse)
Psalm 122:2 Our feet are standing Within thy gates, O Jerusalem,
Psalm 122:3 Jerusalem, that art builded As a city that is compact together;
Psalm 122:4 Whither the tribes go up, even the tribes of Jehovah, For an ordinance for Israel, To give thanks unto the name of Jehovah.
Psalm 122:5 For there are set thrones for judgment, The thrones of the house of David.
Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: They shall prosper that love thee.
Psalm 122:7 Peace be within thy walls, And prosperity within thy palaces.
Psalm 122:8 For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the house of Jehovah our God I will seek thy good.

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Fall Photos

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Nacht Musik

dedicated to the 

miraculous glenn Hughes


black country communion

your musik gets me to work and home each day...meg

A Special Energy

A Special Energy,
Did you feel it?
Soft and Warm, big and Tall,
Encompassing it all,
Like a giant cocoon,
wrapped around us,
like a bunting.

Did you say the right words,
at the right time?
Was your chant peaceful?
Did you make it rhyme?

If the day goes by,
and you never knew why it was so special,
would you still reap the benefits of this very special time?

answer:well of course as long as you are pure of heart.
don't seek revenge
the universe takes care of all garbage in time.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Touching MS: Poetic Expressions

A new book by Jennifer Evans....

An anthology of poetry relating to Multiple Sclerosis,
The MonSter.
The sunny side is she picked one of my poems
and I bought 3 copies.
All proceeds go to fight Multiple Sclerosis.

Click here for a link
to buy...

Poetic Expressions

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ain't In It For My Health....available for purchase

Ain’t In It For My Health

A movie about Levon Helm,

And family, friends, music,

Cancer and lung disease,

Living and dying,

Loving and those things we cannot change.

Fred bought Levon’s movie on Amazon.

It was easy. You could even find it by going to

We went to Levon’s house a few times for The Midnight Rambles.

They were, sequentially, the best experiences we have ever had.

So seeing the movie lent more of a wholeness to the memories.

We knew he was a genius, a musical wizard,

a dedicated drummer, singer, mandolin player, guitar player, composer,

director, actor, father, husband.

In this movie we saw his vulnerable side, his miraculous survival,

His illness, his demons, his dragons.

We saw his angels, his guardians.

We saw the people who helped him through the dark days,

The people who have kept his dream going.

This is a 5 out of 5 star movie.

I wanted to meet Mrs. Danko. She passed away last month, and her defeat recorded for me to see.

I want a sequel and interview with the people who sat so quietly letting Levon speak.

Like my Mom, who died last year too, people would sit and wait for what came out of his mouth.

They were waiting for the proclamation of revenge, or hate, or explanation.


Internalized, the bad things Levon, and my Mom had to suffer, will be the karmic nightmare of those who trespassed on them.

In the movie I saw the reflection of his sadness at losing 2 of his best friends,
Richard Manual and Rick Danko. The money they lost was a source of that pain but it was more than that. They had their faces stolen. It was painful to hear how Levon felt at times. It was very real and makes me respect him even more.
You must buy this movie and share a biographical sketch of a man who drummed his way into our hearts and we hear his beat every day...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pennies add up

Pennies add up...

We learned early on, Pennies add up to dollars.

So when the Town minutes came out as taxes up to ? 52 ¢,
I was once again puzzled.
What was the big crisis  anyway?
Why is it up 8 ¢ since 2011?

As the selectboard decides they need more of my pennies,
they are going to persuade me to keep fighting
the truly draconian measures they use to squeeze your pennies out.

I am tired of fighting
I will not stop.
That's my 2 cents worth.

Monday, September 16, 2013




left or
Straight ahead.

One way better,
one worse,
Both anyone's best guess.

Not a crap shoot really,
There is a better path,
We hope that they will find it,
or suffer the aftermath.

The Crossroads give us options,
Right or left,
Backwards too,
Forward looking,
Can start anew.

We start another week of work
and peeks at fall,
colors here and there,
At the crossroads
hear them call.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Psalm Challenge 121

Psalm Challenge 121

Psalm 121

King James Version (KJV) by public domain

121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Monkton Chronicles 9.14,13

Monkton,Vermont 9.14.13

This week Addison County, Vermont
is at the crossroads.
One way,
Property owners are disregarded ,
Pipeline goes in,
Big Business shows its Power....
The pro pipeline people ironically are also the ones who don't want corporations to be
They want to defeat peaceable landowners. Mind boggling.

Someone stole the anti frackin sign Jane left here.
My rage subsided,
such hateful people.

Garden pretty sad. Am In good company.

Fall is coming,
Colors early reds, some stress yellow leaves,
Goldenrod, Wild aster,
A rainbow of colors.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Nacht Musik

This link was on YT
Black Country Communion
Sista Jane

More Gaz updates

Posting links as I get them...

It is time to question the pipeline safety of pipes we already have,
let alone build new ones.

Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. seeks Corps permit to place fill material for new gas transmission line in St. Albans, Georgia New England District News Releases

Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. seeks Corps permit to place fill material for new gas transmission line in St. Albans, Georgia New England District News Releases

more about gaz pipeline fight....

"we don't need no thought control..."pink floyd

I eagerly reviewed what press I could find after the  PSB hearing about the proposed pipeline.
PSB=Public Service Board.
a Quasi-judicial (lawyering/judges)
3 men
600 people showed up.
My heart felt hopeful.
how much more opposition needed to tell them, Stop.

The opposition had a bad rap for speaking out of turn.
I disagree and Rebecca helped me understand
 the untold story
and the unspoken testimony of a local experienced Doctor.
He made a lot of sense and I post here so the world will have a record.
Now we wait until the board decides.
3 quasi judicians.


Bill Fifield, long outspoken on the pipeline, made sure to get on line at the public hearing early, an hour early. He knew the rules: First come, first speak. He was third in line. While dozens waited, missing out on the rally outside, a buzz started going around that the PSB was going to ask two additional questions on the signup sheet: Are you in support of or opposed to the project; Did you speak at the March hearing. Rumor had it that the PSB planned to alternate speakers who were pro and con, and skip over altogether those who had spoken at the previous hearing unless there was time at the end. This plan, which was imposed on the spot, was not included in the PSB's published rules for the hearing from just last week.

Because there were so many opponents and so few supporters on line, a concern grew that many of the people who had followed the rules by coming early would not get a chance to speak, and that pipeline supporters would, in effect, get to skip ahead. Deeming this grossly unfair, many people on line decided that they had to make a small act of civil disobedience in order to actualize their right to speak. This hearing, after all, was the last chance to speak in public. The rumor turned out to be true, and however well intentioned the rule might have been, had we all complied by answering the questions correctly, the consequence would have been favorable to VGS by skewing the testimony. Only two speakers in the first hour came out in favor of the pipeline, which was, in fact, not a bad representation of all of the people who came to the hearing. Inarguably, it was a good representation of the people who diligently lined up to sign in to speak. If we had not flouted the un-warned rule the third speaker would have been a supporter of the pipeline skipping more than 12 opponents that had duly signed up, Bill included. There might have been more like 15 supporters speaking in that first hour, which is just about all of the people who spoke on their behalf anyway. The media left after about an hour, as they always do, and it would have grossly misrepresented the turnout, and the coverage would not have been as clear a slam-dunk victory for the opponents.

So some of us, determined to speak, marked the boxes in a way that would ensure we got the chance we deserved and according to all the published rules had the right to. We lied, yes. I'm not proud of that, myself, but I felt trapped and calculated that it was justified. Perhaps, if the PSB had properly warned this change, we could have had a more graceful response. Perhaps we could have talked them out of it. If not, perhaps each of us just might not have answered the question -- taken the fifth. But Bill, as he says, is a Boy Scout, and although he fully understood the sabotaging nature of the questions, he answered truthfully because he believed, perhaps, reason would prevail. In any case he just could not lie. He signed up as opposing the project, and as someone who spoke in March. They skipped his name and I, who was fourth, spoke third. Bill waited patiently all night to listen to the others and to see if they might come back around to his name. They did not.

Who should be ashamed? Bill, third in line, was tricked by the PSB out of speaking. Here is what he would have said.


---------------------------------------------------------------Vermont PSB Testimony - September 10, 2013


I’m Bill Fifield, a member of Rising Tide and a retired physician from Middlebury, and I’m speaking tonight because we have very little time left to prevent runaway climate change. Back when the three of you and when I was in elementary school, one of the guiding principles we heard over and over again, not only in school, but at home, at church and at cub scout meetings was that we should always strive to do the right thing. That principle seems to have been lost by many of our elected representatives in Washington; otherwise they would NOT have:

A- Voted down overwhelmingly a resolution simply stating that Congress accepts the EPA finding (supported by 97% of climate scientists) that “climate change is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for public health and welfare.”

B- Congress would not have passed legislation introduced by Vice President Cheney (the Halliburton Loophole) that exempted the fracking industry from Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act regulations. In my view, this was unconscionable. In my opinion, we in Vermont should be able to do better than that. So,

- Knowing that Vermont has banned fracking in the state because of environmental and health concerns

- Knowing that fracking fluid contains ingredients that are secret but is known to contain carcinogens such as formaldehyde, benzene and toluene

- Knowing that First American indigenous peoples in Alberta have an incredibly high incidence of biliary tract cancer due to contamination of their drinking water by fracking fluid

- Knowing that Vermont Gas claims that natural gas has 23% lower emissions than other fuels and quotes as a reference, the Energy Information Administration, which is part of the American Petroleum Institute, a trade association for the oil and gas industry

- Knowing that before being burned, methane can and does leak from wellheads, pipelines and storage tanks, and since, in the short-term, is up to 120 times as potent a greenhouse gas as CO2, natural gas is NOT cleaner than other fuels, as Vermont Gas would have us believe.

- Remembering that, several years ago, James Hansen, the world’s leading climatologist, said that 350 ppm of CO2 was the highest level of atmospheric CO2 that was compatible with the world as we know it, and that we just passed 400 ppm.

- Knowing that if we remain on our present course (burning fossil fuels, including methane) that within 15 (one-five) years, runaway, impossible to stop global warming will begin

- And knowing that Vermont Gas has said that, ultimately, 70% of the methane transported through its pipes will end up at IP, in New York State, and knowing that this will result in considerable short-term profits for a Canadian owned company, why would the VERMONT Public Service Board seriously consider approving this project for the public good of Vermont?

Gentlemen, I ask that when you consider the VGS application for a certificate of public good, that instead of focusing on short term savings and corporate profits, think about our grandchildren and remember what we learned all those years ago, DO THE RIGHT THING and vote against this project. Everyone in this room and indeed, in the state will bear witness to your decision. Thank you.

William K. Fifield, ,M.D. Middlebury