Is Sprung

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur.  

My body feels at ease amongst wild Spring grasses and budding fruit trees.  The gentle scents of plants coming back to life lure me outside, more often.  Perfectly soothing breezes make daily rests on the rooftop deck a must-do.  Insects and birds fill the skies with their extraordinary colors, sounds, and songs.

Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott
Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

Last March, I arrived to Arizona for about a month; coming back from two years in the SF Bay Area, on my way to Albuquerque, NM.  I enjoyed the poppies and the mysterious Desert Tortoise.  This year, Spring begins on March 20.  Only, here in the Sedona area, Spring seems to have already began.  BUT, REALLY.  The Farmer’s Almanac says that it’s not Spring; that it’s Winter.

Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott
Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

What I have learned about signs of early Spring from others, my own observations and research:

  • There is a higher likelihood of seasonal frosts that kill budding fruit and all manner of trees.
  • The insects hatch early.  This complicates the food chain when, for instance, the birds hatch and their insect food is not available to them.  Fewer creatures live, which complicates the availability of food for the entire food chain.
  • Butterflies suffer.  They needed to have reserved more energy to make it through the summer.
  • There is less water available for all living things, since rising temperatures melt available snow sooner; ceasing the cycle. This includes detriment to crops such as wine grapes.
  • Grazing land animals eat grasses before the plants are at their proper stage of growth.  This kills the grasses that are supposed to grow all year long, and feeding grazing animals becomes a costly challenge.

I am mindful of the many reasons that are considered causes of climate change.  I see fossil fuels remaining on the stage of USA commerce.  I see airplanes criss-crossing over the skies of northern Arizona, nearly each day; dumping loads of unknown “fog” onto the high-altitude valleys below.  I see strangely beautiful sunsets in deep hues, surrounded by cloud formations that are unnaturally otherworldly.

Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott
Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

And now, I see wild Spring grasses and budding fruit trees.  The gentle scents of plants coming back to life lure me outside more often.  Perfectly soothing breezes make laying on the rooftop in the early afternoon a must.  Insects and birds are filling the skies with their extraordinary colors, sounds, and songs…

Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott
Cornville AZ © 2014 Alisha Forrester Scott

My heart can still trust the willows that are already leafy green, but does not trust the force behind its conjured growth.  My eagerness to walk amongst Springtime does not outweigh my concern and disdain of the eagerness of this alien season.  I can see now that this is to be a terribly destructive, albeit, beautiful cycle.  It was less than four months ago that I wrote a poem in honor of Fall, and its falling leaves.  Feeling a deep concern in my body, I long for gobs of natural nature.  Now, where can I go to find it?  It appears that it has all been taken, or hidden, or ruined.  I hear that it may no longer exist in the places that are accessible to me.

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Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur. 

I am happy to be using much of my energy to develop an online retail fundraising shop called Alisha Bee.com. This online shop will house products which I find have obvious benefits to consumers. The purpose of launching this type of online shop is to raise the necessary funds to finance the many vital Pollinator Support Movement projects that will continue to benefit the restoration of the bees while educating our local communities on how to sustain them.

Very recently, I have added two new products to the “Affiliates Section” at Alisha Bee.com.  One of the two products currently available is a highly-rated dental hygiene product called GumChucks.  I have personally used this flossing product since December 2012, and can report that I have no objections to using the product… it seems perfect.

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The other product available for sale is a USDA organic e-cigarette “juice” from a company called “Virgin Vapor”.  I found this product last summer 2013, after researching what was in the corner store e-cigarette liquids.  (Read: Toxic chemicals.)  Personally, I am not a cigarette smoker.  But, the reason for my research was that a loved one was purchasing the corner store liquid, and I tried it… and it even tasted toxic.

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Please benefit from my research and personal reports on these products.  And, when you click on the banners listed in the “Affiliate Section” at Alisha Bee.com, you’ll be purchasing directly from the companies that sell the products while simultaneously benefitting Pollinator Support Movement.  I have made agreements with both GumChucks and Virgin Vapor so that any time you click on the banners and purchase the products from their respective websites, PSM will get a small amount of money back.  Over time, I believe that this small amount of money will pay-off BIG, and PSM will be able to fund the vital projects.

For now, I am still working on the actual shop.alishabee.com.  This “other” section of my shop will feature items that I have in inventory… like the upcoming release of the Wedding Flashcards product.  Thank You for your ongoing support.  You are invited to reach and enjoy my daily production of Alisha’s Blog.

The mission of Pollinator Support Movement is to save and restore bees and the food supply chain. 

Pollinator Support Movement logo by Alisha © 2013 Alisha Forrester Scott

Pollinator Support Movement logo by Alisha © 2013 Alisha Forrester Scott