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Sh'mal Ellenberg
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Our Soul Sheds Tears

May 8, 2012  Bob Sh’mal Ellenberg  OUR SOUL SHEDS TEARS  In my meditation this morning I began to concentrate on my soul; sort of looking for where it is in my body. I know though that my total body is my soul. It is not a place: It is all of who I am. As I sat and quietly and I watched my breathe, the term “soul force” came to mind, which was the term Gandhi used when he led millions of people in India to defy the rule of Britain over their country. He won a war with little violence and the…See More
May 7, 2012
Sh'mal Ellenberg commented on Michael Levin's blog post Sivaratri - The Darkest New Moon of the Year ~ via Lopa Brunjes
"Interesting because my calander and my moon chart say that the new moon in on the 21st of Feb. "
Feb 19, 2012
Cynthia Klopfenstein commented on Sh'mal Ellenberg's blog post Oceans Choice
"I was fortunate to be able to hear the real story that inspired this beautiful poem.  Sh'mal's words have really captured that moment, however painful it was for the people involved, like you are there, observing.  This poem…"
Feb 1, 2012
Sh'mal Ellenberg posted a blog post

Oceans Choice

  OCEAN’S CHOISE Really! Flager Beach Ocean, what were you up to that day?How do you choose? It all seemed pleasant.Enjoying our selves.As we sat on warm sand; watching people play.In waves not too rough for a brave few. Then down the beach a bit, voices of alarm. Oh, come now, it’s a beautiful, sunny, fall, day. A few begin to run.Why run? What’s there to know…or see? Or be with. The quiet beach energy shifts. Demands attention.What’s that there by the ocean’s edge? By lapping waves-lets; a…See More
Jan 24, 2012
Saroj Earl commented on Sh'mal Ellenberg's blog post Some more on the Ganja Boogie Band in Nogo Arkansas
"Enjoyed the read, Coach Ellenboogie .... except for the misery of the cold winter, wished I had been there, back in simpler times - or wish it was possible to go back there.   Watched a video last night about building a simple little house on…"
Jan 22, 2012
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Dec 30, 2011
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Nov 24, 2011
Michael Levin commented on Sh'mal Ellenberg's blog post Back in Gainesville after three years in Seattle
"We're glad you're back, Sh'mal. Your writing keeps us thinking. Here's a photo from the day we met: And, here are a few folks from back then: Ron Chandler Yours truly Frank and Irena Some greenery, and daikons Bruce's patch…"
Jul 31, 2011

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Our Soul Sheds Tears

Posted on May 7, 2012 at 9:45am 0 Comments

May 8, 2012



Bob Sh’mal Ellenberg






In my meditation this morning I began to concentrate on my soul; sort of looking for where it is in my body. I know though that my total body is my soul. It is not a place: It is all of who I am. As I sat and quietly and I watched my breathe, the term “soul force” came to…


Oceans Choice

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 8:12pm 1 Comment




Really! Flager Beach Ocean, what were you up to that day?

How do you choose?


It all seemed pleasant.

Enjoying our selves.

As we sat on warm sand; watching people play.

In waves not too rough for a brave few.


Then down the beach a bit, voices of alarm.


Oh, come now, it’s a beautiful, sunny, fall, day.


A few begin to run.



The essence of gardening

Posted on December 30, 2011 at 10:32am 0 Comments

One of my thrills being back in Gainesville after three years is my return to the McRorie Community Garden on SW 4th Ave. I planted it early this fall with the help of a friend who maintained it while I was away. I’m so impressed about how productive it quickly became with very large broccoli heads, prolific and large collard leaves, salad greens galore and other veggies.

            Something came to mind about gardening that I hadn’t quite felt before: How gardening is a…


Breathing in Mt. Rainier

Posted on October 7, 2011 at 4:01pm 2 Comments

Bob Sh’mal Ellenberg

11319 8th Ave. NE Apt. 106

Seattle, Wa. 98125



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Harry was sitting on a bench near Puget Sound with a fixated stare 50-miles away at mammoth Mt. Rainer. He was feeling a connection, inwardly laughing, musing to himself: “we’re both part of the earth; she just happened to grow a bit larger than me.” He wondered if there was a way to make a tangible,… Continue

Back in Gainesville after three years in Seattle

Posted on July 31, 2011 at 12:59pm 1 Comment


After living in Seattle for the past three years, I moved back to Gainesville a month ago. My first impression, a feeling really, was that Gainesville felt as close to me as my skin. Lying in bed on one of those first nights I easily thought of all the things I love about this city. The first week I walked out on Bolens Bluff to the lookout platform on Paynes Prairie. I find that place as sacred and peaceful as any place I’ve meditated. A few days later I was on the wooded paths of…


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At 12:19pm on July 9, 2011, Michael Levin said…
At 11:56pm on January 23, 2011, Lars Andersen said…
Thanks Sh'mal. I always enjoy your posts. Take care, Lars
At 9:30am on August 12, 2009, Michael Levin said…
Hi Sh'mal,

Could you please post your reading list? I've enjoyed the books and magazines you gave me so much. Sojourners, The Sun, etc... It's a new world to me, these deep, moving, thoughtful publications oriented toward spirituality, helping others and creative writing. Activism, too - and social work. I love it, and I've finally worked my way through the magazines and books. I think everyone here at Zoobird would like to read a Reading List from Sh'mal - maybe here on your home page.

In fact, I think I'll include a new profile question for everyone asking what their Reading List is.

Chow for now, Mike
At 2:56pm on April 25, 2009, Lois Hudson said…
Dear Sh'mal,
Have you seen The Soloist, or read it? I saw the movie yesterday, and had to get the book. I think we both can relate to Steve and his friend, Nathanial. Julliard and music hold strongly in my heart, but even stronger the needs of the mentally ill and neglected.
Sh'mal, I've enjoyed reading about your experiences as a Social Worker.
I relate......Lois Hudson
At 9:17pm on December 30, 2008, Ron Chandler said…
Dear Sh'mal:
Thank you for writing, and I am glad that you have enjoyed the posts from Thailand and India. I will post more images when I get to another location. I hope that this email finds you well, and enjoying the beautiful Northwest. Seattle is lucky to have you!
Best to you,
At 7:08pm on December 21, 2008, Ellen Bush said…
Hi again, You'll need to go to page two of the groups and click on Environmental Zoo to join. I'll check, I think there's a place for me to invite you which might make it easier for you. Blessings.
At 7:03pm on December 21, 2008, Ellen Bush said…
Hi, Good for you! I'm glad your main interest with the elders and perhaps others is spirituality. Life is all about that! Thanks for coming on board.
At 3:21pm on December 21, 2008, Ellen Bush said…
Hi Sh'mal, You sound like a very interesting person to get to know. I'd like to invite you to be my friend on this site and also to join my new group, Environmental Zoo, where you may share your concerns, solutions, ideas, or anything else you'd like to share. There is also a discussion going. See you there?
At 4:49am on October 5, 2008, Michael Levin said…
Did I read correctly (in your comment on Dave Beasley's page) that you landed an organic garden patch in Seattle?

I went to the Fall Harvest Fest at Indigo, led by Abundant Edible Landscapes, yesterday. It was very informative. I took lots of pictures and plan to write it up in my blog and Elephant Journal later today. Meanwhile, I took lots of pictures and put them in an album called "Fall Harvest Fest".

I want to hear all about your Seattle gardening adventures!

Talk to you soon,

At 7:59pm on August 25, 2008, Lois Hudson said…
Hi Sh'mal,
Nice hearing from you and such nice things about my son. He just recently became interested and excited about community gardening. I've been outside, in humid ,sizzling Houston, watching from a distance the birds and squirrels eating the food I put down for them. They seem grateful. Lois

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