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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?


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:



December 3, 2014 · 10:13 pm

The Teatime Author Interview…with Susan Waterwyk

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:

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:


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

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


May 3, 2014 · 7:32 am

“Hold to Life”

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December 19, 2013 · 1:37 am

Etymological Constipation (Writer’s Block) Causes and Cures

Hemmingway said, “Write drunk, edit sober.” Although, I do not agree with his source of inspiration the concept of “edit sober” is so true that it’s like a sentence from a sober judge (pun intended). “Edit sober” is the time-consuming disciplined writing that is far less enjoyable than the freely inspired writing that makes us want to run to the keyboard and ticky-tacky our way through a half a dozen pages of potential-Pulitzer writing.

Forced writing is the primary cause of etymological constipation (writer’s block). In its worst stages, the afflicted writer sits and stares at the blank page. “I don’t understand!” They want to scream. “I know I’m full of it–why won’t the words come out?” Do not despair! There are treatments that can help. Personally, I do not recommend the mental laxative that Hemmingway used because all laxatives can become habit forming. I have discovered an all-natural, high-fiber mental diet that is guaranteed to prevent etymological constipation as long as you don’t cheat on the diet.

Writers need to write regularly. Everyday is great! Every other day is good. Every other week means your day job, mental exhaustion, and trivial distractions are dominating the time in your life. By the time all of your other priorities are done and you sit down at the computer, you stare at the flashing cursor. It seems to say, “Well…I…am…wait…ing….”

You continue to stare at the blank page. “Gimme a minute, dammit! I know what I need to do–I mean–I know what I want to say! I’m trying to think–but nothing is happening!”

The voice of the cursor taunts, “Sorry, can’t use that last line, Curly of The Three Stooges said that. Can’t think of something original? What’s the matter, J.K.? Hold your wand backwards and ‘Stupefy’ yourself?”

DO NOT SMASH YOUR COMPUTER! Etymological constipation is a treatable disease.

First step, determine your current state of mind. If you are mentally exhausted from the day’s work then you should limit yourself to editing/improving your previous writings. Editing is one of the few tasks you can do mentally tired. I know because my editor told me that he gets so tired editing my long chapters, but he still manages to do it (or I’ll divorce him 😉

If you walked the dog in the park, ate a nice favorite meal, soaked in a hot tub to relax, sat down at the computer and find yourself staring at the blank page, what you need is a good dose of high-fiber inspiration. Yes, that’s right the pulp of paper inscribed with inspiring words is what you need. Just a page or two of high-fiber writing will break through the blockage and have those words “flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup” (John Lennon/Paul McCarney).

Need help with characters, try a little Dickens: “Mankind is my business!”

Need help with poetry, try a little Poe, “Hear the sledges with the bells, silver bells, what a world of merriment their melody foretells…”

For horror/suspense, read Stephen King. For satirical inspiration, read Mark Twain. For heart and soul, Emily Bronte. For fantasy, Susan Waterwyk (she’s my favorite!)

For extreme cases of etymological constipation, I recommend ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, by L.M. Montgomery. If you ask “why?” then you haven’t read it and/or you have “no scope for imagination!” as Anne would say. Mark Twain said that the book was “the sweetest creation of child life yet written.”

Just a few pages of high-fiber, classic word pulp can break through most writer’s blocks and keep you writing regularly. Regularity is very important in writing.

Sit by the fire, drink some tea, and remember, “Words that march in rhythm…pull the mind along.”


November 19, 2013 · 12:24 am

Two Poems for All Hallow’s Eve–Trick-or-treat


Her talons clutch the parapet of crenelated towers.
Her eyes peruse the deeping gloom of mead and forest bowers.
A growl…a leap…a-loft she flies
On fervent wings in moonlit skies.
Her shadow glides along the earth to veil the spires and shallows.
Her joyous song of change is heard on this the Eve of Hallows.

Hallow’s Eve and Falling Leaves

In every falling autumn leaf
I see a memory,
A young girl singing, jumping rope,
Or swinging from a tree.

A girl in school with books and rule,
And echoes in the hall,
My locker lost among the rest
That line the endless wall.

A magic night to my delight,
A boy that likes to dance.
He holds me close…we drift and dream
Of sharing more romance.

In time we wed and share love’s bed,
And children, one, two, three
That love to sing and jump a rope,
Or climb into a tree.

So many, many memories
We shared on Hallows Eve,
But children grow and have to go
Like falling autumn leaves.

And now alone, a withered crone,
I pause my rake to see
Another falling autumn leaf…
Another memory….

Susan Waterwyk

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November 1, 2013 · 12:55 am