Paradise Near A Volcano

So many places on Earth have volcanoes, and so many volcanoes on Earth are awakening, and yet people still choose to live near them. Why?

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Paradise…. Some of the most beautiful, fertile places on this world are under volcanoes, or at least near enough to them to pose a risk if the volcano erupts. Hawaii, Alaska, Japan, Indonesia, Italy, Iceland, Greece, Mexico, Peru, and so many, many more, all are beautiful, all have people choosing to live near volcanoes.

Last January I predicted that 2014 would see an increase in the number of volcanic eruptions and an average increase in the severity of the eruptions. My forecast was correct. This past year has had volcanoes erupt that forced tens of thousands of people in a dozen countries to evacuate the areas under the volcanoes. Indonesia, especially, has been forced to evacuate people again and again because of a number of large volcanoes erupting. People were killed in September when a Japanese volcano erupted without warning. Tourists, visiting the beautiful forests to see the fall colors in the tree leaves, came to spend time in paradise… tragically they died. The people of Japan grieve the victims, but the people of Japan still choose to live in the paradise under the volcanoes. Why? Because most of the time living in paradise is worth the risks. Even when the people know that volcanoes are awakening, even when the ground shakes under the volcano, they choose to remain–at least until the last minute–most evacuations take place after the  eruption begins.

I lived in California’s Sierra Nevada for seventeen years. Using meditation, I slowly tuned my soul to the soul of Earth. I believe Earth is alive, a giant, single-cell, macro-organic life-form. Her strong magnetic field is no cosmic coincidence. It is there to protect the living world from the harmful cosmic radiation. Her living body includes millions of cubic kilometers of micro-organic life-forms living in water-saturated rock. This is not a cosmic coincidence; this is a living world. Earth lives to nurture life–all life–not just self-centered humans.  Of all the things in the vast Universe, nothing is more precious than a living world.

Like all living forms, Earth goes through cycles. Cycles of warming and cooling are normal. Geological history shows that cooling often happens quickly and warming is often slow. Ice quick, thaw slow. One quick way to cool the world is using volcanoes. Enough smoke and ash in the atmosphere can cause the temperature to drop quickly. I believe that is the trend for the next few years (at least); Earth is awakening volcanoes to cool the surface once again.

Our contributions to global warming accelerated the process from gradual warming to feverish outbreak. Mother Earth is responding to the fever now. Hopefully, and probably, she will bring the temperature down. She knows how to do it.

Mount Lassen in northern California is a volcano that last erupted about a hundred years ago. Here’s a quote from Wikipedia:  “In May 1907, Lassen Peak was declared a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt to protect the area for “future generations to study and enjoy”. Roosevelt had been told that the area was actually extinct in terms of eruptive activity. Despite assurance from Native Americans in the area that the mountain was indeed active, settlers continued to think that Lassen Peak was extinct and “dead” and so continued to settle nearby. The natives continued to declare that “one day the mountain would blow itself to pieces”.  In May 1914, almost exactly seven years later, the volcano began a large explosive eruption sequence. More than a hundred eruptions of varying size took place over the next seven years, attracting national interest and the designation of national park in 1916.”

 

So the Maidu people (Native Americans) that predicted the eruption were more in tune with the Earth than the scientists.

I have been predicting that Lassen will erupt again before the end of 2017. I stand by my prediction. Especially after seeing the trend patterns for volcanic eruptions this year. From Iceland to Antarctica, volcanoes are awakening. The Pacific Ring Of Fire is like a string of firecrackers popping.  This year Mount Hood in Oregon rumbled with a cluster of small quakes. A news article claimed “the magma is moving” under Mount Ranier in Washington. On November 11th, a series of small quakes occurred under Mount Lassen.

Am I worried? Not really. What happens, happens. As a matter of fact, I hope to be moving to Paradise, California in a few weeks. Paradise is about forty miles from Mt. Lassen, close enough to get good Facebook pictures if it pops. Heck, I was willing to live in a little town called Burney, right between Mt Shasta and Mt. Lassen.  I just happened to fall in love with the town of Paradise (and got a better deal on a home). If the deal goes through, I will be living in Paradise near a volcano–not just any volcano– the only volcano that I’m predicting to erupt in the next three years.

My general predictions for  earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in 2014 have come to pass. I predict the same for 2015: more earthquakes than the previous year, more serious quakes 5.5 magnitude and up, more volcanic eruptions than the previous year, more serious (atmosphere affecting) eruptions. Let me also point out that most scientists were predicting another poor rainy season (Fall, Winter, Spring) of drought for California. I predicted months ago that I believe we would get considerably more rain this season than the last few years. Why? Because volcanoes are cooling the world. So far, for September, October, and November, we have had rain. It’s raining now, it will rain tomorrow. It is already looking to be a colder wetter winter for the US. Perhaps all the volcanoes in Japan, Kamchatka (Russia), Alaska, and Iceland are helping cool the Arctic. Polar vortex again? And, again, and again?

Yes, I believe it will come to pass. As Keeper Scarlett Connely says in my next book, The Prize Of The Survivors:  “The Earth once asleep has awakened, from deep in her belly come cries. Her mountains and valleys are shaken, and seas rise up to the sky.”

As scary as it seems, I would still rather live in Paradise near Mount Lassen than live in a hectic big city. An old welcome sign outside of town says, “You are ascending to Paradise.”  I’m one of those people that believes it is worth the risk to live in paradise near a volcano.  🙂

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Coincidentally, while waiting for my hubby to proofread this blog, I saw a news story about Mt. Lassen. Here’s the link: http://news.yahoo.com/cook-volcano-heat-serve-200646094.html

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December 3, 2014 · 10:13 pm

Farewell to Dreams

Emily Bronte said: “I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.”

Our dreams define us and often give us purpose; such a thing happened to me. A dream caused me to become a writer, a storyteller. I believed it was given to me to share it with the world. I may be a foolish old woman to believe in dreams, especially since my devotion to them caused me to ignore the reality that we were running out of money and losing our home in the Sierra. I kept focused on my stories. Two books were written and the third half-finished when harsh reality forced me to awaken.

No more time to dream. Sell the house or the bank will sell it. We put it on the market. It sold in six days. Three weeks later we closed the deal and gave up the home… five days before the bank would have sold it at auction.

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It’s no palace, two bedrooms, 1100 square feet, but it’s on an acre of land just outside of Heaven.

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I named it Dragonwood for the many twisted manzanita trees that grow beneath the tall conifers and oaks. A little house in a quiet community was a perfect sanctuary for the dreamer, for the artist, for the poet in me. I named my plants after characters in my book: Jasriel, my jasmine vine, Toshiro my Japanese maple, Esmendara, my venerable wisteria, Beowing, the huge twin oak that stands in the center of my acre, and my lovely dragonwood tree, Dawn Ember, a manzanita that fell over in a snow storm and still holds tenaciously to life. Small house, little acre, not much to call precious, but it was mine and I loved it more than life.

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Sometimes, the elderly believe that no possession is as precious as the home that shelters it. Losing a home that one loves more than life can actually cause an elderly person to give up life.

As for me, I do not believe my loss will kill me. Heartbreaking? Yes, it is, and I have felt close to death in the last few weeks. I believe that my commitment to my dreams carried me through. I want to finish the third book and finish the dream. I still cry when I see pictures of my home. I still have my memories of moments shared with birds, deer, and all the gentle life that visited Dragonwood over the years. The clever Stellar Bluejay and ever-present Scrubjay would love to catch the peanuts I would toss into the air. I’ve handed peanuts to hungry squirrels when the world was covered with a blanket of snow. “Blessings of life, little one.” I have shared the apples I grew with the deer.

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The doe never fear to bring their fawns to Dragonwood. I have seen the magic of mushrooms growing in a fairy ring. I have sat on clear cool nights and watched the meteors streak silently across the starry sky.

Foolish old woman, believer in dreams, now awaken to the painful reality of losing the real world, the world you called home for so many years.

The Mistress of Life that I believe in has a flare for irony. She has transformed me into one the very refugees that I describe in my books, people forced from their homes by harsh realities. I have been given temporary sanctuary by friends of my daughter. I hope to find a new home where I can write again. For now, I’m in the middle of the vast supercity, called Sacramento. There are five locks on the front door, bars on the windows, a gun in the closet. Many city people live chaotic, despairing, fearful lives.

Another irony the Mistress served me was to take away my home on one of my favorite days of the year, the Fall Equinox (the time for old magic to begin). I want to believe she has a purpose for sending me away. I want to believe this is a test of my belief in magic and dreams.

As John Lennon told me, “In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”
I have been the happiest woman in the world at Dragonwood. I take all the joy and love with me, and I thank the Mistress, for seventeen years of life, love, magic and dreams.

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I thank all the readers that enjoyed my first two books. I hope, but cannot promise to finish the third book. The greatest irony of all is in the title: Tomorrow is “The Prize of the Survivors.” And, harsh reality, for the present, is the farewell to dreams.

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October 9, 2014 · 8:02 pm

Stronger Quakes and Bigger Volcanoes, Earth Awakens!

We are almost two thirds through 2014 and the world has experienced a substantial increase in the  average number of earthquakes per day and an increase in the number of strong quakes of 6.0 or larger. Likewise, there has been an increase in the average number of volcanic eruptions and an increase  in the number of serious eruptions, the type that blasts smoke and ash many kilometers up into the stratosphere. The living world is awakening.

Yes, I believe and have believed for many years that the entire planet is a macro-organic lifeform, a gigantic single-cell organism with a living-energy field surrounding it (not much different than the energy surrounding your own body). Earth is the only rocky world in this solar system with a strong energy field. Coincidence? I do not believe that cosmic coincidence takes priority over cosmic purpose.   In all the Universe, nothing is more precious than life. Of all the lifeforms in the Universe, none are more precious than the living worlds. With lifespans of billions of years, they were created to support and nurture life. They have strong electromagnetic fields to shield the planet from harmful radiation. They have abundant water–the most important ingredient in life.–where there is water there is life. Recent scientific articles claimed discovery of a vast underground ocean and abundant microscopic life living in the deep rock beneath us. Coincidence? No!

The living nature of this world strives to provide a clean, healthy environment for most of the species that inhabit the surface. Sure there are some nasty places, wastelands, deserts, but Earth provides and evolves to produce fertile areas. Imagine viewing the Earth from space 7000 years ago. The green forests would cover much greater areas of the continents even North Africa was greener and wetter.

Now imagine viewing Earth 4000 years ago. The plow is invented and people have learned to cut trees to build homes, but from space it would probably not look much different because tools (and people) were scarce in comparison to the vast forested areas.

Fast forward to 1000 years ago, the Earth is changing because mankind is changing it and because the Earth is gradually warming as it recovers from the last mini-ice-age. The breadbasket of Egypt is drying up. The deserts are growing. The deforestation of Europe and Asia is noticeable from space. North and South America are still abundant because the human population is relatively primitive and living with the land. Columbus hasn’t sailed there, yet.

Four hundred years ago, Europe, Asia, Africa, India, deforestation continues. North and South America, deforestation has begun in settlements near the coast and spreading inward. If only we could see Brazil from space a hundred years ago and compare it to pictures today.

I am sure some people will say that the forest was removed, but farms were planted. Sorry to inform you that is in fact a poor trade. A forest is many meters tall, holding billions of cubic meters of water in the roots, trunks, and leaves. They make the land cooler and attract more rain (water sublimates to water). Take away the forests, increase the deserts, the land   gets hotter. Thermal updrafts resist or block some of the precious rains from going across the land, (see California for proof). The Earth surface is over 70% water, but 90% of the rain falls on the ocean, and the droughts are getting worse.

Mankind treats the Earth like it’s a big dead rock that we can do anything we want to it. We can set off nuclear bombs underground, and pump wastewater into the ground to frak a little more oil. As far as intelligent species go, mankind is still living in the Dark Ages. The dominant intelligent species on the planet is supposed to be smart enough to take care of the living world. Humankind must evolve! The evolution of mind requires a diet of knowledge. Eat knowledge and grow big brains. Right?

Alas, Mother is tired of waiting for humans to evolve into caretakers of a living world. She is awakening now. I said at the beginning of this year that I believed 2014 would see an increase in the number of earthquakes and increase in the number of strong 6+ magnitude quakes. The year is two thirds over and that is proving true so far. I said the number of volcanic eruptions would  increase and the number of severe eruptions would increase and that is also true. Earth is awakening. Volcanoes are Earth’s way of cooling things down and spreading a little fertilizer on the land. Lots of volcanoes throwing lots of ash into the stratosphere are going to end global warming and begin global cooling. A mini-ice-age is coming.

I believe quakes will continue to increase in frequency and severity. Volcanic eruptions will continue to increase in frequency and severity.Mt. Lassen in California will erupt in the next three years, (Yeah, I betting on a longshot, but I believe it will happen). The San Andreas Fault and the Cascadia Fault will both see major quakes and volcanic eruptions. Yellowstone will probably erupt, but it may not be a super-eruption. Smoke and ash will cause temperatures to drop. More polar vortexes? Crops will fail. Populations will suffer from food shortages and plagues and violence. It will not be the end of the world, but it will be the beginning of a new one. Tomorrow is the prize of the survivors.

 

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The Teatime Author Interview…with Susan Waterwyk

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July 14, 2014 · 12:13 am

Inspiration for a Daydream

My friend and fellow author Rachael Mollison-Read wrote a blog on May 12th that I just got around to reading today (Granny’s slow, but she’s old). I had told myself repeatedly to take a few minutes and read it because it was about a favorite subject of mine: daydreams. Unfortunately, my life at present is hectic and stressed. I’ve not had much time time for daydreams, much less for reading blogs posted by my favorite fellow writers. It takes just a few days for a message in my inbox to be deeply buried in the daily avalanche of messages. Fortunately, I had marked it as important, and it avoided the deleting trashcan my janitorial husband uses to clean up my inbox.

The irony is that I needed to read the blog weeks ago. Here’s the link:
http://rsmollisonread.com/4-tips-for-better-daydreaming/

The first thing I saw was a picture from Alice in Wonderland and a quote by Lewis Carroll. It was one of my favorites, and I had not recalled it in years and years. Then one of the first things Rachael mentions is about how difficult it can be to find time in our hectic lives for daydreams (another bit of irony since I couldn’t find the time in three weeks to read her blog about daydreams). 🙂

Her blog is interesting, helpful, and certainly worth the time to read. It provided me with some useful tips to enhance creativity with better daydreams. And, it inspired me to comment, actually twice. The first was lengthy (I got carried away on my own magic carpet). The second comment was necessary to mention what I forgot in the first one. Oh, and if you read the comment, please overlook the editing slip near the end 😦

Anyway, this is the third time Rachael has posted a blog that inspired me to create. So please, take the time to visit her blog and share a moment of daydreaming.

I daydream especially when I work simple chores (dishwashing, sweeping, gardening, etc.). But I also love to sit at my desk and look out my window and down a forest path.  Dreams, dreams, dreams come easy through a “looking glass” that provides a nice view.  It does not have to be a spacious spectacular view;  a simple backyard garden can provide enough dreams and inspiration to create a story of magic. Imagine fairies tending your flowers or dancing around a birdbath with the moon reflected in the water. I’ll wager if you stared into the underwater world of an aquarium long enough, it could provide the daydream and inspiration to write a story like Finding Nemo.

Sometimes, my daydreaming from my window is interrupted by Nature. A bird will land on an oak branch and sing to me or a rabbit will hop down the path and stop and check his watch. 🙂  Last year a mama doe and newborn fawn came to visit and interrupted my daydream, but I didn’t mind. I grabbed my camera and clicked a picture through the semi-clean windowpane. 😦 So please forgive the hazy image.

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Sometimes poems rather than stories are inspired from daydreams. Here’s one example:

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With pensive eye, the mother doe

Awaits her fawn who moves so slow.

Those wobbly legs will soon be sound

Allowing him to leap and bound

Through meadows bright with daffodils

Then scamper up a grassy hill.

To wander and to wonder over

The fuzzy tops of blooming clover.

 

Beyond the hill, the other fawns

All leap and dance on nature’s lawn.

And he will join them in their play

Not now, but on another day.

These things she knows, but he will see

When stronger then his legs will be.

But now with patience, she will wait

For him with his ungainly gait.

 

It’s not Shakespeare, but it was fun to create. 🙂 However, sometimes Nature is scary.  For instance, last year my view was filled with black clouds from a nearby forest fire, and  my daydreaming led me to create this little poem:

Blessed Be The Rain

The wise old owl upon his bough

Kept watch all through the night,

And ‘tween the veils of smoke he saw

The wildfires burning bright.

“Oh save my tree, Dear Rain,” said he,

And soon to his delight

Some clouds appeared and blessed be,

They doused the raging blight.

 

So please, dear reader, don’t let the daily drudgery rob you of magic. Take time everyday to daydream, and just maybe, one will become reality. Every story and poem is a daydream come true.

As Rachael advises:

“Allow your mind to wander:
Letting your mind go about its business, can feel very strange. So often we are trying to do the opposite, by insisting our minds focus on the task at hand. Letting go, means giving your mind permission to think about whatever it wants, and often it can feel silly and inane, but once you do it, your mind will take off running!”

 

 

 

 

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June 6, 2014 · 12:29 am

The Writing Process (Blog Tour)

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I was invited to partcipate in The Writing Process Blog Tour by my friends Carol and Tom Phipps.

They are the authors of The Heart Of The Staff fantasy series and currently working on the sixth novel, DOOM, the final book in the series. With great characters, imaginative settings, and action-packed scenes, it promises be a fast-paced spellbinding conclusion to the epic story. As the title suggests, the evil descending on the world like a dark shroud of death could tragically destroy the kingdom of Niarg. There are no guarantees that the forces of good will triumph.

Carol and Tom started the series with GOOD SISTER, BAD SISTER, then THE COLLECTOR WITCH, then STONE HEART, followed by THE BURGEONING and THE REAPER WITCH.  Their novel THE ELF KILLERS is a prequel story set a thousand years before the series begins.

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Carol’s lifelong love for classic fantasies (Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, Sleeping Beauty, etc.) inspired her to begin writing her own fantasy. Inspiration shared is magic indeed, and Tom was soon helping her build the castle and kingdom of Niarg one word-block at a time. 🙂 Now with the sixth and final book due to be published this year, they have to be feeling a bit of sweet sadness knowing the end is near. So much life, love, magic, and hard work went into the series.

So please, dear reader, go to niarg.com and say hi to Carol and Tom; they’re good Heartland people in Illinois country. While you’re at Niarg, browse through their books. The Heart Of The Staff is pure magic.

Here is the WordPress link for my review of THE COLLECTOR WITCH http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/603025059

And, my review of GOOD SISTER, BAD SISTER http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/592211169

 

Now to answer a few questions directed to me about the writing process.

 What am I working on?

My third book, THE PRIZE OF THE SURVIVORS will be finished and published this fall (I hope).  It will be an action-packed dystopian sci-fi where natural disasters destroy cities and farmlands across the world, and a few human refugees are given sanctuary on the terraformed planet of Lantamyra.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I blend fantasy with sci-fi to create a realistic world (Lantamyra) and populate it with fantasy characters: dragons that are intelligent alien refugees, fairies that are alien insects bred to talk, look human, and tend the ancient gardens of the Keepers of Akosh. The Keepers are ancient alien caretakers of living worlds that took human form long ago and account for some of our mythological gods/goddesses legends. The crystal powers of my story have definable limits. Another point that makes my work different is that I avoid using contractions in the narrative whenever possible. Call me old fashioned, but I prefer the classical style of prose. I believe contractions belong in the dialog not the narrative. If a sentence sounds ‘stiff or stuffy’ because I say “do not” instead of “don’t” then I’ll  write four or five variables of the sentence until I find one that doesn’t sound so stiff.

 Why do I write what I write?

I have always had a deep love and respect for science, mathematics, and logic. I adored reading all the Sherlock Holmes books. I had the hots for a green-blooded Vulcan from the Star Trek series. The TV series was not enough so I read dozens of novels based on it. I never really believed in magic until my husband introduced me to Buddhism. I came to accept the ancient Eastern philosophies of life, Universal reality, and time.  So now I write stories to enlighten and remind the atom-splitting scientific thinkers that magic exists. Before the Universe nothing existed; something had to be created from nothing at least once. Pure magic.  Science will NEVER be able to define or explain the true infinite nature of the Universe. However, we absolutely MUST continue to scientifically explore all the frontiers of our Universe. Somewhere out there is a green-blooded Vulcan who would love to share tea and time with me. 🙂

 How does my writing process work?

First, I create the scene in my mind and that is the fun and easy part. Then, finding the appropriate words to describe the characters, setting, and action is the challenging part. I usually write the basic scene (character interplay and dialog) then later add embellishing details of setting and graphic descriptions of action. I edit, edit, edit, and most importantly– I read my story aloud, multiple times. It must sound like a story.

 

Here are the Amazon links for my two books:

Lantamyra A Tapestry of Fantasy http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009KWM4LW/

A Tale of Two Worlds http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FYYPKDO

 

 

Now I would like to introduce two authors that I have enjoyed reading.

Gerri Bowen is a talented lady who has written a number of works in the historical/romance/fantasy genre. Her book, Audrey’s Love, was the first book I read. Audrey is a 21st century woman that finds herself transported to medieval Engand where she finds adventure and romance with Sir Rolf. My husband and I read it aloud and enjoyed it immensely. Here is my GoodReads review. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/561265099

Her latest book, Love’s Blood was her best work. I loved the character transformation of the simple kind-hearted Adyna into the complex powerful Britta. Her lover Erik the Dane is a great example of royal manhood (noble one moment, then sexy). The characters of Dromo (the cheetah) and Koozie (the raven) add magic and fun throughout the story.  Once again, the story was read aloud by my husband and I, so much more enjoyable that way. Here is my GoodReads review.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/751588031

Visit Gerri’s blogsite and browse through her collection of work. http://gerribowen.wordpress.com

 

 

Rachael Mollinson-Read loves fantasy and it shows in her books. Written more for middle-grades to young adult readers, her books can also be enjoyed by older adults (like myself) who want to escape into a fantasy where magic abides and the world is as enchanting as the characters. In her first book Magician’s Mayhem, young Tobin and Darcie set out to find out who is terrorizing the kingdom with exploding orbs. We read the book aloud and enjoyed it. Here is my GoodReads review.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/592588110

Her second book in the Elden Forest series, Magician’s Mastery, was just published recently and continues the adventures of Tobin and Darcie. It is definitely on my To-be-read list.

http://www.amazon.com/Magicians-Mastery-Elden-Forest-Series-ebook/dp/B00K1D3WT2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398891148&sr=8-1&keywords=magician%27s+mastery

Visit Rachael’s blogsite for fun, fantasy, and good writing tips. http://rsmollisonread.com

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Another Interesting Month of May?

“And so it begins…” King Theoden said in the movie The Two Towers (based on the book by J.R.R.Tolkien). He was looking down from the fortress walls on thousands of ugly bad guys coming to kill him and everyone with him. Today we would say, “The s–t’s about to hit the fan!”

Now, two days into May 2014, I can’t help but wonder what big natural events Mother Earth has in store for us this month. I have a strong feeling that she is about to “soon shake your windows and rattle your walls…for the times they are a’changing,” as Mr. B. Dylan said long ago in the 1960’s.

I have noticed that Mother likes the month of May to throw something big at us. For example: the largest quake ever recorded (9.5 mag. Chile, 1960) happened in May; The largest recent volcanic eruption in the continental U.S. (Mt. St. Helens, 1980) happened in May. Tornadoes are also a problem. According to Wikipedia, since 1950 there have been fifty-nine F5 or EF5 tornadoes and more than half (31) occurred in the month of May. But the scary trend lately is that the last six F5 or EF5’s have occurred since 2011 and all six in the month of May.

My sister and her family live in Oklahoma; every year I hope and pray that the twisters don’t hit their home. When the weatherman says “Watch out tonight for tornadoes,” it could make sleeping a bit difficult. When it happens during the day, do you go to work? Send your kids to school? Yes actually, most of the time life just goes on as usual. Those brave people often say, “you can’t let the fear stop you from living.”

I live in California’s Sierra Nevada, mostly we worry about wildfires and May is usually safe. We can’t worry about earthquakes because we never know when, where or how strong they will be. When a strong one occurs, they are often finished before I can really get my panicking old fanny going. We don’t worry about volcanoes even though we have some good sized ones in the neighborhood. Most of the time they sleep peacefully with an occasional grumble and rumble. I never paid any attention to volcanoes (except to click a picture) until last year.

On the night of May 23, 2013, the strongest quake we ever felt in the Sierra, a 5.7 mag. occurred near Mt. Lassen. A series of unusual coincidences caused me to take particular notice of that quake. And I have been observing earthquake patterns and volcanic eruption patterns since that night. On June 7, 2013, I published my first blog about it, and I made a prediction that Mt. Lassen would erupt “in the near future.” I allowed for slow geological-time and gave myself until the end of 2017 for the eruption to occur. One year has passed and no popper. There have been more than a dozen quakes near Mt. Lassen, most have been small 2 or 3+ mag. and most have been shallow quakes above sea level. One occurred today, May 2, near the same spot the strong one happened a year ago. Today’s quake was small, 2.6, and shallow, 0.2 km. But, it makes me wonder if this is the month when Lassen pops. The last time Lassen erupted seriously was May 22, 1915. It sent ash 200 miles east. So this May marks the 99th year since the last serious eruption. Will it happen again this month? Could be, but probability favors the facts, and the scientists aren’t talking about Lassen.

Today I read a story, that said “magma is rising in Mt. St Helens” and “It will probably erupt in the next 20 to 200 years.” Hardly scary. Mt. Hood in Oregon recently had a series of over a hundred small quakes. That’s scary.

Last year, just hours before our Sierra quake an 8.2 quake occurred near Russia on the Ring of Fire. So you see, it seems to me that Mother Earth likes to shake things up in May. Or just maybe, you could call it Spring Fever.

One more thing, two years ago in May, dear Mother Earth got my serious attention with a solar eclipse. I named it “Susan’s Eclipse” because of a number of incredible coincidences about the eclipse that connected it with my book, Lantamyra and connected it with me personally. To sum up the high points. The annular eclipse occurred on May 20, 2012. It was described as a “ring of fire eclipse” because it would not completely block the sun. It began near the lands of the dragons, China & Japan. The path of totality followed the Pacific Ring of Fire up to the volcanic Aleutian Islands of Alaska then down the American side of the Ring of Fire, into Northern California, directly over Mt. Lassen then directly over my house, then onward over Susanville, California. That’s when I decided to name it Susan’s Eclipse.

Almost exactly a year later and the strong quake near Lassen occurred. Yes, Mother Earth got my attention. In my book, A Tale of Two Worlds, I scripted Mt. Lassen erupting. I can’t help it, but I feel that Mother Earth wants me to tell you that she is about to wake and shake the world. This month may be extraordinary for quakes, volcanoes, and tornadoes.

However, we pessimists love to be wrong. It usually means we survived.

Blessings of life,
Susan Waterwyk

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May 3, 2014 · 7:32 am