Round the Fire – John Chuchman


Remember the time

when the sun went down

and the only source of light we had

other than the changing moon

and firmament of stars




For millions of years,

we sat around fires,

gazing into the flames and embers

with cold and darkness at our backs,

as if in silent meditation.

The Fire

was a comfort to us,

a source of heat,

a source of light,

a source of protection;


but with care,


The Fire

gave us relaxation

at the end of the day;

in its warm flickering light,

we could tell stories,

talk about the day,

or just sit Silently

seeing the reflection of our minds

in the ever-changing flames

and magical glowing embers.

The Fire

made the darkness bearable,

and helped us feel secure and safe,

calming, reliable, restoring,

meditative and necessary.


this ritual of Fire

has disappeared

from our everyday lives

and with it

almost all opportunities

to be still.


So, join me,

Up North on Torch Lake

sitting around the Fire,

or wherever you are,

Being Present in the Moment,

not trying to get anywhere,

simply dwelling in our thoughts and feelings,

that in a simpler time,

people found in

Sitting Around the Fire.

John Chuchman received 2nd March 2018

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Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park flourishes after a fire that consumed 28% of its area



On November 4, 2017

On November 4, 2017, a red heart-shaped carpet was opened in the moonlight in a square in Cavalcante, Chapada Dos Veadeiros, by brigadistas, volunteers and community residents, honored with the help of the recent rains , helped fight the largest fire in the region’s history.

Representing those who were not there, a group of members of Ibama Prevfogo and volunteers were invited to meet in the great heart, to hear words of comfort and gratitude, in a tribute that began in the morning and extended to the night. The community, in a climate of fraternization, joined to offer music, yoga classes, acupuncture and other activities for those who fought to cease fire.

“We are celebrating the end of the drought, the beginning of the rains and the great work that was done here in Cavalcante, the first party honoring the Fire Brigade in the Chapada,” said Dr …

Source: Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park flourishes after a fire that consumed 28% of its area

Weaponry. – ‘V’ as in Vixen


You don’t know me but I know your fire.

You don’t know me but I’ve had the same desire.

We are cut from the same chunk of sky. An inferno melted us, hardened us, stoked us into multi-colored eyes. [ ]

Source: Weaponry. – ‘V’ as in Vixen