Not Meant to Last – Blink and You’ll Miss It

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White variation of a Red Trillium – Trillium erectum var. Alba – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA

City silence is relative… Sound is a product of heat…
When the streets get hot people take to their feet…
Thunderstorm rumble can’t cover up the past…
A neighborhood is temporary… It’s not meant to last…

Endless parade of status… Gawking single file…
White and well dressed… Dollar sign smile…
Marching against the poor to finally repent..
Divided class rising… Dead presidents represent…

We all stand up and march against the violence…
Yet the problem is the cause… The cause is silence…
The poor are nothing more than the con of the rich…
Living on minimum wage… Being a corporate bitch…

Breezy evening dreaming… Life is always in the air…
Feet on the sidewalk and clean without a care…
Classifieds because of the church… Meeting of commons…
The rich get a bill… The poor get a summons…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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Spring Beauty and Abandoned Blight

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Red branches reaching… The sky is sleeping… Gray skies and thunder rolling… The clouds are weeping… Saturday evening darkness leads to sunny Sunday mornings… Float away to greener lands away from city warnings… The trees reach out to me… Waving tiny branches… Always be alert to step away from shady glances… Understand empathy… Practice individuality… […]

Ginseng Laws by State

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This may see a bit out of place… Ginseng laws and regulations by state… If a state is not listed it falls under federal guidelines…

U.S. Fish and Wildlife – http://www.fws.gov/international/permits/by-species/american-ginseng.html

Michigan – http://www.michiganlegislature.org/mileg.asp?page=getObject&objName=mcl-Act-184-of-1994&queryid=1120411&highlight=

Maine – https://www1.maine.gov/dacf/php/ginseng/index.shtml

New York – http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7130.html

Pennsylvania – http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/plants/vulnerableplants/ginseng/

Ohio – http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/1501%3A31-40

New Hampshire – http://www.agriculture.nh.gov/divisions/plant-industry/faq-ginseng.htm#harvest

Vermont – http://agriculture.vermont.gov/plant_pest/ginseng_certification

Indiana – http://www.in.gov/dnr/naturepreserve/files/ginseng99.pdf

Illinois – http://dnr.state.il.us/law3/ginseng%20regulations.htm

Virginia – http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/forms-pdf/cp/plantpest/vaginsengmngmt.pdf

West Virginia – http://www.wvforestry.com/ginseng.cfm?menucall=ginseng

Tennessee – http://www.tn.gov/environment/natural-areas/tennessee-ginseng.shtml

Missouri – http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/outdoor-regulations/american-ginseng-harvest-regulations

North Carolina – http://www.ncagr.gov/plantindustry/plant/plantconserve/sangno.htm

South Carolina – http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess110_1993-1994/bills/3177.htm

Georgia – http://georgiawildlife.com/GinsengProgram

Wisconsin – http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/EndangeredResources/Ginseng.html

Iowa – http://www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/AboutDNR/IowaDNRFormsPermits/GinsengInformation.aspx

Kentucky – http://www.kyagr.com/marketing/ginseng-harvesters.html

Alabama – http://agi.alabama.gov/divisions/plant-protection/alabama-ginseng-laws

Minnesota – http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/natural_resources/ets/ginseng.pdf

Mississippi – federal laws apply

Arkansas – http://plantboard.arkansas.gov/PlantIndustry/Documents/ginsengReg.pdf

Maryland – http://mda.maryland.gov/plants-pests/Pages/ginseng_mgmt_program.aspx

Rhode Island – http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/bpoladm/stratpp/forprod/pdfs/ginbr.pdf

North Dakota – http://www.nd.gov/ndda/program/ginseng

South Dakota – http://gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/threatened-endangered/rare-plant.aspx

Massachusetts – http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dfg/nhesp/species-and-conservation/nhfacts/panax-quinquefolius.pdf

Nebraska – http://www.nfs.unl.edu/documents/SpecialtyForest/Hankins.pdf

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Sunshine and Moonshine

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“Autumn Splendor” – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA

Moonshine… Evening rising… Sunshine falling…
Cold wind blows away the morning sun calling…
Alone with you… Together with a meadow lark…
Seasons slide away into the never ending dark…

Sunshine fleeting… Fog rising off the calm water…
Flashbacks to carefree days… Bud and sunshine blotter…
Steadfast we glide across mountains made of lime…
Aging is just the way we come to terms with time…

We will shine… Our reflections dance on the still lake…
Confidence is nurtured… Bread is what we break…
In the morning spiritual energy tends to rise and fall…
When the weather breaks we will answer natures call…

Nightfall resigns… Yet our spirits continue to rise…
We are limited to the earth… Birds rule the sky…
Our souls fly above the clouds and into outer space…
Some folks pray for peace… Others pray for grace…

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Contemplation

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“Aster on Goldenrod” – Soergel Orchards – Wexford, PA

Everyday I contemplate suicide…

Genocide… Elimination of a people…
Elimination of those born under the church and steeple…
I was born a lamb… Meaning born under god…
Our entire culture is nothing more than a fraud…

Belief is a product of the depths of imagination…
Evolution is natures response to societal regeneration…
Population booms will guarantee catastrophic loss…
Nothing can save us… Not even the cross…

I have faith… My faith is rooted in nature…
The herbs will heal me… The trees are my savior…
Ashes become ashes… Dust becomes dust…
Nature is the only god I can openly trust…

Follow the moon to the earths distant edge…
Sail the rivers through the channels we dredge…
At the end of the sky sits a savior numbered one…
Sing praises to the stars and worship the sun…

Today is my 2 year anniversary of blogging on wordpress… I wanted to take a second to thank all of the readers that give me the inspiration to continue writing… So… Thank you… Just knowing that a few people enjoy my blog has been mind-blowing… Your comments regularly make me digitally blush… Even the occasional negative comment inspires me to keep on going… So as I celebrate 2 years… I thank you… You are the reason I am still here…

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“Butterfly on Aster” – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

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Urban Gardens to Urban Forests

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In the Dark – Stay Outside and Play

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“In the Dark” – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

I am but a tiny being on this massive rock… I am a rock…
I am but an observant soul… Lost… Looking for a way to be found…
Looking for a way to ask for something I can’t define…
Looking for that elusive sign… Looking for myself…
Searching through the darkness…
Realizing I am of the darkness…

All is well… Everything is just peachy…
My lie of a smile denies you the real me…
Blue skies combined with yellow clouds in gray…
Evenings approach ushers in another orange day…
Another day of labor… Another day in the heat…
Another day I didn’t wave the white flag of defeat…

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“Ninebark at Night” – Whitney Avenue – Wilkinsburg, PA

I am a fighter… I am on the outside one-percent…
And I have no desire to come inside…
I have no desires because my addictions took them away…
Fingerprint ID and the mug shot to display…
That is why I garden… That is why I plant seeds…
That is why I consider you when figuring for my needs…

I am not equal to anyone… I am six-feet below you…
I am staring up at the ground looking for a new view…
Looking for a way to erase these horrid memories…
Looking for a way to find peace with my enemies…
Looking for a way to find peace with myself…
With my memories… With my past… With you…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

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