Amazing Driftwood Sculpture from Little Whale Cove..

“Pueblo” a treasure from the sea!

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“Pueblo ” before…
“Pueblo” before…
Magic! “Pueblo ” is a planter!

When Judy found this piece on the Little Whale Cove Beach awhile back, it looked like something no one would pay any attention to, no not at all…

“Let’s take home and see,” I said with a smile of curiosity and a look of mystery. “Who knows?” It might be from an old shipwreck off the coast, ” I imagined thinking and dreaming again about such things…

“Pueblo” was very heavy then with seaweed, creatures from the sea, and the cycle of life in motion, as it traveled the oceans from afar. I had no idea then what it was, or that we would see “Pueblo” at Mesa Verde Dwellings, or maybe a Sea Horse too…

What do you see?

https://www.nps.gov/meve/learn/historyculture/cliff_dwellings_home.htm

“Pueblo” Do you see it?
Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate,…and aspiring artisan.

“The Fogarty Beach Vortex” from Mindfulness Meditation Creations…

“The Fogarty Vortex” from Mindfulness Meditation Creations, Little Whale Cove, Oregon… https://survivethriveptsd.org/2012/06/the-vortex-experience-of-spirit-and-soul/
Forgaty Beach State Park https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=158

“Spirit and Soul”

http://www.ofspiritandsoul.com/earth%20vortices/vortices.html

“Vortices⁸ are high energy spots on the Earth. Earth energy is due to its electromagnetic field. NASA research has proved that the human energy field is tuned in to certain ‘Earth Waves’. (See section Energies) The joining on the surface of the Earth are ‘hot spots’ of energy focus which we know as the vortices of the Earth, these are linked by ley lines. A Ley line is an energy line, some being of more importance than others.”

The Fogarty Vortex

I felt overcome by the ‘spirits’ coming from the mountains to the sea last Friday when walking the trail to Fogarty Beach near Depoe Bay by the sea. This overwhelming feeling of God’s presence is a big part of my spiritual life on the coast, in the mountains, rivers, oceans, and by the sea…

I live in a Vortex by the sea. I see and feel God with nature as the seabirds fly above and the salty cool air fills my lungs. I breathe and breathe while my soul is filled with joy and peace by the sea…

Fogarty Beach pulls me closer to the shore where I can see life touch my my soul and God too. I start to see millions of years of nature’s imagination and the sculptures of stunning beauty and dream of things yet to be realized.

The Fogarty Beach Vortex. Do you feel it?

I dream again and again as I look across the ocean to west as the sun sets on the horizon. This is not of man. It is God that rules here by the sea…

The Fogarty Vortex brings earth’s energy into these magical places. These moments of heavenly feelings of love of my home by the sea, take me away to far off places, I can only imagine and dream…

I look and see tiny driftwood pieces. I look again and see the shapes and wonder where, when, how, and why. It can only be God, a higher power, I imagine again. This is not of man, I know now…

It is only nature and God’s presence that gives me peace and love by the sea. I see the sea birds fly, swim and roam the the beach close to me. They look at me with peace and love in their eyes…

I feel the spirits overwhelm my heart and soul. It is here, by the sea, where my body and mind feels whole. There can be no evil or hate here by the sea. There is only love here by the sea.

You can find your Fogarty Vortex anywhere you can see and feel love and not hate. It only love that makes me alive and whole by the sea…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate…and aspiring artisan.
“Fogarty” by the sea…

“Buddy ‘n Bailey” at The Yaquina Nursery with “Artemis ‘n Bonnie”

“Buddy” The Cockatoo!
https://www.parrots.org/encyclopedia/moluccan-cockatoo/
“Bonnie” ‘n “Bailey” https://api.nationalgeographic.com/distribution/public/amp/animals/birds/facts/african-gray-parrot
Interview with “Artemis” The Parrot Whisperer…

It was another gorgeous day for a drive down to Yachats. Finding a more beautiful spot just below Cape Perpetua is beyond my imagination…

“Let’s take a drive east on Yachats River Road,” Judy said, with a look of adventure in her eyes. You know, those beautiful blue eyes that would stop 10,000 soldiers.

https://www.softroadingthewest.com/yachats

We turned left on Yachats River Road, before the bridge to the Cape. It would take us to the Yaquina Nursery and Greenhouses 8 miles out in the valley east of Yachats. Succulant plants and cactus waited for our arrival. We talked of seeing the beauty of desert plants thriving in the valley, far from the sea…

We strolled into the nursery, and found Bonnie tending to 100s of succulant plants of so many varieties, my mind couldn’t grasp. She was so helpful and kind to me. I sat for awhile and we talked about lots of things of life and love, including her passion for farm life in the valley, far from the sea…

While Judy explored the nursery with an eye on feasting on the magic of these special plants never seen before. I knew we would not leave without taking a few of them home to add to our own gallery of nature’s gifts by the sea…

Bonnie took me to her home next to the nursery where Artemis ‘n Bailey met me at the door. I never got a welcoming greeting like that before. It was like an orchestra of yapping Parrots I remember hearing at a zoo before long ago now…

Bonnie introduced me to Bailey, the African Gray first. He looked at me, and started yapping, “get out of my face, dude!”

“Bailey’s like that,” Bonnie said, with a chuckle ‘n grin. I tried to get Bailey to say something else, but he kept saying, “get out of my face, dude!”

Bonnie told me Bailey doesn’t like men. I wondered why, then. But, I know now after Bonnie explained that he thinks women are kinder and more gentle than the men she meets. I think she is right, don’t you?

Artemis caught up with Bonnie and me while she was introducing Buddy, The Cockatoo from Morocco… I liked Artemis right away. I could his soul connect to mine right away…

Artemis was so excited about his rare birds from far away places we’ve never seen before. He agreed to do an interview with me. Listen to her enthusiasm and be amazed like me…

Yaquina Nursery and Greenhouses is a must see destination. Only 8 miles east of Yachats on a beautiful drive along the winding road. I loved meeting new friends and the succulants too.

Beautiful Cactus and Succulants from Yaquina Nursery and Greenhouses Inc. https://yachatsnews.com/yaquina-nursery-40-years-of-growing-cacti-succulents-and-love-up-yachats-river-road/

With a box or two of Judy’s favorites from the nursery, we headed back to Yachats and home to Little Whale Cove by the sea. We couldn’t stop talking about how much fun we had while visiting with new friends, especially Artemis, Bonnie, Bailey and Buddy too! And, yes! We’ll be back again soon, to be sure…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate…and aspiring artisan.
Judy Sparks, Children’s Advocate…
Cape Perpetua

“Scarlett” My Greatest Gift!

“Scarlett ” My Greatest Gift!
“Scarlett ” looks into my soul.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10215553875280491&id=1848131331 Laura’s favorite quote. I love it too!

Laura Burkett Sparks and “Annie” https://survivethriveptsd.org/2021/03/annie-goes-home-to-a-new-mom-and-loving-home/

Scarlett saved my life! The hungry black bear was on the steps of the porch of the old house looking for a snack or two…

The black bear with cubs in tow, stopped in her tracks when Scarlett looked at her with those eyes that looked into souls.

Scarlett blocked the door so I wouldn’t go out. She knew protecting me was her life’s duty to me…

When I got stuck on the trail, Scarlett pulled me up the steep and slippery slope, never in fear when she was at my side on the high mountain trails…

I was so very depressed in 2009 when she saved my life again…

I was suicidal, confused and frightened sometimes. Scarlett would howl with love in her heart while I cried in the night…

Scarlett would lay her head on my lap and look up at me with her beautiful blue eyes like she was telling me, “I have your back Mom, forever.”

Scarlett is Siberian Husky. She is a pure bred, the most intelligent and loving furry loved one I could imagine…

Scarlett’s love is unconditional with the purest of loyalty, kindness and love for me. I wouldn’t be here if not for her loving and watchful eyes that see my soul…

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Fire_(2018)

The big fire was the truest test of Scarlett’s love we could have ever imagined. She saved my life again, and my family’s too…

Scarlett is the greatest gift I ever received. My love for her is from deep in my soul…

Laura Burkett Sparks

                           About the Siberian Husky

The graceful, medium-sized Siberian Husky’s almond-shaped eyes can be either brown or blue—and sometimes one of each—and convey a keen but amiable and even mischievous expression. Quick and nimble-footed, Siberians are known for their powerful but seemingly effortless gait.

As born pack dogs, Siberians enjoy family life and get on well with other dogs; their innate friendliness render them indifferent watchdogs. This breed is also energetic and can’t resist chasing small animals, so secure running room is a must.”

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate…and aspiring artisan.

Seabirds Returning to Oregon Islands Refuge…

“Seabirds are already returning to Oregon Islands Refuge for the summer breeding season. Keep your eyes peeled for the lanky Cormorants atop nearby islands, rafts of Common Murres floating in the surf, and the feathery flapping footballs that are the Tufted Puffins. A number of Puffins have already been spotted around both Pacific City’s and Cannon Beach’s Haystack Rocks this year. Head to the Haystacks early in the morning to take a look at the earlybirds.”

Photos by Ram Papish

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/oregon_islands/

Spanning the Oregon coast, the wilderness islands and windswept headlands of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge are celebrated for their abundant wildlife and rugged grandeur. Rocky islands and sheer cliffs provide isolated breeding and resting habitat for diverse communities of birds, marine mammals, and plants along the wave-battered coastline. 

My days are most rewarded from learning more mystery, magic and stunning beauty of the Oregon Coast. I literally can’t get enough of this delicious and delightful soul food by the sea…

I learn new things each and every day. Living in the moment allows me to be completely captivated by this dreamy life by the sea…

Yeah! Breathing the fresh clean air from the sea is mindful and healing all day long, if my mind can dream, not fret. The seabirds bring new life to the coast in the spring, just in time…

Seabirds bring us more love and kindness too. After all, it’s springtime on the coast. We need more love and kindness than ever before…

Spring is here when the seabirds arrive at Oregon Islands National Refuge. It’s time once again to be thankful for our blessings in this beautiful land by the sea…

I see brighter days ahead! I see pink SeaThrift blooms and seabirds flying together, through the winds that heal us, by the sea…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate…and aspiring artisan.

“Naturally” from The Sea…

“Naturally” from The Sea survivethriveptsd.org/mindfulness-meditation-creations-gallery-by-steve-and-judy-sparks/
Judy Sparks, Executive Editor and Producer, SparksAssociates Media…

Judy named this latest masterpiece, “Naturally.” She has been asking me for awhile to find the perfect draftwood treasure on our special beach in the Cove by the sea…

This piece has a natural groove all the way across the middle on the top. It has a natural notch on the bottom that lifts it up an inch or so.

Judy loves Air Plants and other things found in the Cove and other places by the sea. She lays these treasures in the groove when the spirits tell her so… Then, changes them around when she is moved by her soul.

We do this labor of love together as kindred spirits in love with each other and the sea. The stunning beauty of Little Whale Cove and the sea keeps our spirits alive while our love endures…

It is always love that keeps us whole and alive with inspiration. It is only love that keeps our hearts and souls at peace in the Cove by the sea…

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tillandsia
Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate…and aspiring artisan.
At the Cove by the sea…

Cape Kiwanda on a Gorgeous Sunny Sunday on The Coast with My Pal…

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Neskowin Blooms…
Cape Kiwanda
Neskowin Shores

I got up this Sunday and looked out at the bright sun and clear skies. A Sunday drive north to Kiwanda was on my mind…

Judy was getting up at the same time, I noticed with some surprise. She likes to sleep in for awhile. I, on the other hand, “rise early to catch a worm,” like my mom used to say…

“Let’s head up to Pacific City and have lunch at the Pelican Pub,” she said to me, with that big pretty smile I adore… She already knew I wanted to go up north to one of our favorite places to hang out and explore…

It’s been over a year since we were there last. Covid kept us away, sadly… We love Pacific City and Kiwanda…

We love the drive north, especially when Neskowin and Proposal Rock fills our mind with adventure and romance…

The Central Oregon Coast is stunningly beautiful and God’s gift on a Sunday drive. The ‘church’ of forests, snow peak mountains and the sea in all of its glory is where we feel God’s presence, not just on Sunday, but each and everyday…

Driving to Pacific City is a left turn, not very far after crossing the Salmon River Bridge. The windy road is a treat no matter how many times we go. Heading west out to the coast to Kiwanda along the Nestucca River’s edge, is a never ending visual experience of nature’s imagination and stunning beauty…

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nestucca_River

Once over the Nestucca River Bridge heading into Pacific City, the high dunes rise up to greet. We make a right turn for the final mile or so before the magic of Kiwanda appears just off the coast…

Cape Kiwanda…

Pelican Pub is our first stop. But the wait was 90 minutes to long for hungry old folks. Judy ordered Fish ‘n Chips for take-out. They have a new take-out outside order window. Two windows to order at that. The wait was 15 minutes, none to soon for hungry folks…

I’m not walking so good right now. But, love the convenience of a “Disability Parking Permit,” and so does Judy…

We loved sitting in the comfort of our Subaru CrossTrek eating our delicious Cod and fries from the Pelican Pub. It was messy and fun. We laughed and brushed off all the crumbs like little kids about to get in trouble. But, being goofy kids is what we like to do…

On the drive back home we stopped at Neskowin. Proposal Rock is a thing to see. Click on my YouTube short clip to experience this day from us to you…

Yet another Sunday drive to Kiwanda Neskowin and other places to feel nature, breathe, and look at the wonders of Pacific City and Kiwanda by the sea..

With adventure and romance, no matter how young or old, go to Neskowin and Kiwanda whenever you can. You will want to go back more than once just like us…

Steve ‘n Judy Sparks 2018 in Stehekin, Washington
“Proposal Rock” with Judy Sparks

The Beauty of Yachats by The Sea…

https://www.facebook.com/pattie.hugginsdeitrick

Everytime we head south from Depoe Bay, Yachats is on our mind. But, it’s hard to get there sometimes, because their is so much to see ‘n do in between…

We love Newport and Waldport just as much if not more. Guess I love every inch of the Central Oregon Coast.

When we go east a little ways, Toledo, and Siletz, offer warm sun. art shows, jazz music, and more…

It’s always a treat to make it down to Yachats where the beaches, surf and Cape Perpetua fill my soul with spirits who meet me there…

It is Neptune Beach that moves my soul the most. It is not easy for me to get down there these days with cartilageless joints and all…

I meandered down the trail last time a few weeks back. I took off too fast, with my handy cane, while Judy was looking out to sea…

She found me looking over the bridge down to Neptune Beach. I wondered if I could get down there. Judy, said, “no you don’t!”

Getting down to Neptune Beach…

I asked her to help me down. I wanted to get down to the beach where I could see the enchanting falls and magical driftwood, waiting for me to dream of lands far away…

There is so much prestine beauty here in this secret Cove, where the agates, shells, and rocks of treasure hunters beachcomb… I wanted to get down there, even if it was hard and maybe the last time for awhile…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate,…and aspiring artisan.
Devils Churn
Neptune Beach

“Sneaker Waves Kill!” Beachcombing on The Central Coast by Linda Van Dyke…

Lynda D. Van Dyke, with the loving children in her life..

I’ve always been afraid of sneaker waves, tsunamis, and King Tides. Our ocean is not the ocean of the Caribbean. Ours is a cold, windy, usually bringing in fog, kind of ocean.

Man cannot survive over 15 minutes without wet suits. Almost every year the boats go out, and may not all come back.

We have a long walk of tears in our town down at the Bayfront. That is the downside.

The wonders and magic our ocean beaches pull in are sometimes due to the horrors of the past. But in of themselves, they have become the diamonds created from coal.

We have gorgeous agates, rocks with unique fossils in them, beautiful shells, treasures, buoys. And, of course, Magnificent specimens of driftwood, making dreams of lands far away, so long ago…

People take it and make all kinds of creative sculptures, kids make art projects from it. And that’s a wonderful thing.

But how many people think about where it originated after being cut down? How many miles has it seen, time it has spent floating around the ocean? This is the point where stories are made, unique stories, from beginning to end of a piece of wood.

With love, dreams of lands far away, and the sea…

Lynda Van Dyke

The Magic of Driftwood!
Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate

“When We Are Kind to Others, We are Happier” by Jill Suttle

Jill Suttie https://www.mindful.org/author/jill-suttie/

How Kindness Fits Into a Happy Life
A new analysis of decades of research shows that when we are kind to others, we are healthier and happier.
THE GREATER GOOD MAGAZINE

BY JILL SUTTIE | FEBRUARY 17, 2021

We all know that it’s good to be kind to others. Kindness is an important virtue for sustaining relationships, which helps to build a trusting and cooperative society.

You may have also heard that kindness makes you happier and healthier. But what does that mean for you? What acts of kindness will make us happiest, and who tends to benefit the most?
A newly published review of decades of kindness research provides some answers.

In this paper, researchers analyzed the results from 126 research articles looking at almost 200,000 participants from around the world. The studies they chose all had to meet certain criteria, such as including only adults and reporting good statistical data; some were experiments, where people did a kindness practice to observe its effects, while others just surveyed people about how kind and happy they were. The studies measured well-being in a variety of ways, including both mental and physical health.

As expected, people who were kind tended to have higher well-being. Lead researcher Bryant Hui was surprised the relationship was not stronger than it was, but he was still encouraged by the results.

“Although the overall relationship between prosocial (kind and helpful) behavior and well-being is weak, given that so many people around the world act prosocially, the modest effect can still have a significant impact at a societal level,” he says.
A small effect like this—an average of all the participants’ experiences—can sometimes hide other patterns going on below the surface. So, he and his colleagues considered when kindness might have a bigger impact on our well-being.

One thing they found was that people who performed random, informal acts of kindness, like bringing a meal to a grieving friend, tended to be happier than people who performed more formal acts of kindness, like volunteering in a soup kitchen. It’s possible that informal helping may fill our more basic psychological needs for autonomy and close relationships, which is why it could lead to greater happiness.

The researchers also found that people who were kind tended to be higher in “eudaimonic happiness” (a sense of meaning and purpose in life) more than “hedonic happiness” (a sense of pleasure and comfort). Perhaps this makes sense, given that being kind involves effort, which takes away from comfort but could make people feel better about themselves and their abilities, which would provide a sense of meaning.

Being kind came with greater eudaimonic happiness for women than for men, too. According to Hui, this could be because, in many cultures, women are expected to be kinder than men; so, they may have more to gain from it. And younger participants experienced more happiness when they were kind than older participants, perhaps for developmental reasons, he says. Younger adults are at a stage of life where they tend to be figuring out their identity and actively seeking the purpose and meaning in life that kindness can bring, less so than pleasure and comfort.

What other, specific benefits might kindness have? The researchers found that people who were kind tended to have higher self-esteem and a sense of self-efficacy. To a lesser degree, they also experienced less depression and anxiety and improved physical health—with the links to health being strongest in older adults.
Hui doesn’t know for sure why acting kind might have these different effects on different groups, but he points to theories put forth by researcher Elizabeth Midlarsky: Being kind may make us feel better about ourselves as a person or about the meaning of our lives, confirm our self-competence, distract us from our own troubles and stressors, give us a warm-glow feeling, or help us be more socially connected with others. All of these could potentially improve our well-being—reducing our stress, improving our mood, or providing community—and they could hold more importance at different stages of life, too.

By understanding the connection between kindness and well-being, Hui thinks researchers can design better studies that take into account all of the relevant factors, and innovators could create more effective kindness practices. In the future, he hopes there will be kindness apps or online programs that could reach more people, generating a larger impact around the world.

In the meantime, Hui says, the biggest take-home from his research is something he heard the Dalai Lama say long ago: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

“Helping others is a universal virtue and a very affordable and economic way to benefit others’ and our own well-being,” he says. “As the saying goes, helping others is helping yourself.”

“Mindfulness Meditation Moments” by Steve Sparks
Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Health Advocate…and aspiring artisan.