Reminders From Mother Nature

Hi Friends,

It’s been an exciting week with two major earthquakes and the Fourth of July — all within two days!

I was in the kitchen on the morning of the Fourth when I heard loud cracking noises. Fireworks? So early in the morning? I was suddenly very dizzy, and then I noticed that everything was swinging and swaying. Earthquake! It turns out that the noise was my house creaking and cracking — not a comforting thought.

I grabbed Luci, who was trembling, and rushed to the back bathroom, which is part of an addition that was built like a rock. I live over 100 miles from the epicenter of the quake, but it was still felt strongly here.

The evening of July 5th, it started all over again, only worse. I was watching a live play-by-play broadcast on the Katmai bearcam, and once again felt dizzy, saw the blinds swinging, grabbed Luci, and headed for the bathroom. This one was stronger and seemed to last forever. It was a magnitude 7.1 and the earthquake on the Fourth was magitude 6.4 — that’s 11 times stronger.

Everything is OK here, but I was shaken up. Earthquakes are terrifying. I suppose we need these sorts of reminders every now and then about who’s really in charge — Mother Nature.

I spent some time in the studio to soothe my shattered nerves, and created the painting below. I had been thinking about the native sage plants in my yard, the beautiful purples and gray-greens, and the wisdom of sage. Click on the image for more information about this painting.

Cassandra Tondro, "Sage Speaks," abstract art

“Sage Speaks,” 36 x 18 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas with UV protective varnish

How has your week been? Did you feel the earthquakes? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. Wow, what an experience; glad you are all safe. We did not feel anything here in Sierra Vista, Az., but I guess folks up in Phoenix felt it. I am so sad for the folks who had so much damage to their homes. It must be terrifying for them. I hope for no more quakes, although I am reading that this is not the likely thing to happen living on faults. We get quakes here too, but they are very rare. But with the climate changing, who knows what will happen. Stay safe. Sending love. Susan

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