Rivenrock Gardens Cactus Blog

Nopal cactus can help to detoxify soil

I like it when good news comes out on the beneficial effects of cactus. Most people just think about the health effects, or the pretty flowers… but cactus can also help revitalize soils… building them up by capturing blowing dust and organic debris, and now a study  shows they can even absorb excess sodium from soils.

On Learning How to Live

Life is such an awesome experience. I’m humbled by the opportunities I’ve been given, and the trust that’s been shown to us by the people who trust us to provide them with good cactus.
In my life I’ve had the benefit to be raised by loving, caring and disciplined parents and good family. Just like a seedling, there’s nothing like getting off to a good start when small.
Appreciation and accountability is important in life. So too is an examination of life. The fellow who wrote this post speaks eloquently, succinctly, with heart and the ageless wisdom found in depth.
It touched me greatly…. and I wish to pass it on.

Blck Gold Library System E-accounts

This is a link to the local library system. If you have a ‘Black Gold’ library card you can enter and open an e-account, then you can download e-books for free. These can be used in Kindle, i-pads and probably phones and stuff too. Since before the Library of Alexandria people have tried to get more learning…. avoid extinction, read!

“Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day” ~Zen Saying

“There are three kinds of men. One learns by reading, a few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves” ~W Rogers


California has its share of ‘issues’… high taxation and tight regulation stifles business… yet these same prohibitors tend to force a work-around solution…. and the end result is that our environment is relatively clean for the tens of millions living in this space, and we have a thriving ‘Underground’ economy.

Red-Hot Chili Peppers sang a couple of good songs mentioning California, one is about California, another is about a girl named Dani California….
Good songs both… enjoy!


Psychic spies from China
Try to steal your mind’s elation
Little girls from Sweden
Dream of silver screen quotations
And if you want these kind of dreams
It’s Californication

It’s the edge of the world
And all of western civilization
The sun may rise in the East
At least it settled in the final location
It’s understood that Hollywood
sells Californication

Pay your surgeon very well
To break the spell of aging
Celebrity skin, is this your chin
Or is that war your waging

First born unicorn
Hard core soft porn
Dream of Californication
Dream of Californication

Marry me girl be my fairy to the world
Be my very own constellation
A teenage bride with a baby inside
Getting high on information
And buy me a star on the boulevard
It’s Californication

Space may be the final frontier
But it’s made in a Hollywood basement
Cobain can you hear the spheres
Singing songs off station to station
And Alderon’s not far away
It’s Californication

Born and raised by those who praise
Control of population
everybody’s been there
and I don’t mean on vacation


Destruction leads to a very rough road
But it also breeds creation
And earthquakes are to a girl’s guitar
They’re just another good vibration
And tidal waves couldn’t save the world
From Californication

Pay your surgeon very well
To break the spell of aging
Sicker than the rest
There is no test
But this is what you’re craving

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/

Los Angeles Fine Arts Show

Los Angeles Fine Arts Show…. yes, California does have culture outside of San Francisco.
This weekend is the Los Angeles Fine Arts Show…..

You are probably not condemned to diabetes if you don’t have it yet

MSN.Health has a great article on Diabetes…


This study says “direct medical costs average about $6,649 a year for people with diabetes.” and that 25 million people in the US have diabetes. Diabetics may make $160,000 less in their lifetime due to work and opportunities missed. But some say “You get the sugar because it’s in your family, my granny,… aunt and sister all got it, and I suspect I will also.” But NO…. you are NOT condemned to diabetes if you do not have it yet. You may well have a susceptibility to it, just as some do with alcoholism and drug abuse… if this is the case, come to grips with it and modify your behaviors so you are not condemned to a life of medications, illness and amputation….
This will become a bigger issue as the price of medical care is passed on more to the government… it is said that 1/3 of the US population will be diabetic in another 20 years…. that’s a lot of costs to be borne by the people, and they will petition the government to regulate our food choices to ‘save’ ourselves. Look for taxes on sugary, fatty, high-calorie, starchy, and fast-foods….. and corresponding food credits for the poor so they can buy healthier foods.

Live your life!

Have you ever filled out a form, and as soon as you turned it in you wished you’d added another line?
Ever spoken to someone, and when they drove off, you recalled something else you’d wanted to tell them?
LIFE is like that also….. when people are on their deathbed they think of their life and the people they loved….

It is said that no-one lays on their deathbed and complains that they should have put more hours in at work…. and striven harder for success..

Instead it seems the common wish expressed is one of sadness, that the dying did not fully live life, spend more time with family…. material posessions don’t really matter to people at the end…. and no matter how much money you made, you’ll never be able to fully stave off the end….


Here’s a good article, written by a hospice nurse…. she details some of the thoughts of the dying that she met during decades of this work…..

They break down to five concerns…

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never
became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical
details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end.
That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again. When you are on your deathbed, what  others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.



Moonrise January 08, 2012

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth”

The Central Coast is relatively unspoiled….
Although it’s been travelled and lived in for thousands of years…. it still seems very rural
But you can count on the fact that you’re not likely to go anywhere that no one else has ever been….
Unless you’re an extreme climber or diver.

‘Second Hand’
~Bachman-Turner Overdrive~

No reason to get excited
But I feel a change blowin’ in the wind
Everythin’s filled with confusion
So let’s start the world over again
And get it second hand, slightly used, soiled
Get it second hand, carelessly abused, spoiled

I see you’re looking to find new horizons
But there are footsteps everywhere you go
And somebody else has been asunder
The sunshine has wilted and crawls?

I’ll get it second hand, I’m dazed and confused
Turn back the second hand, I pay all my dues
I got rid of my dues and I’m all fixed up
Watch me talk about it,

Second hand, yeah used, second hand
I got it second hand, all used up

Life is for living

Don’t waste your life… live it
Don’t be a human ‘doing’…. be a human ‘being’!

“The real question is not whether life exists after death.
The real question is whether you are alive before death”

Slow Dance
by David L. Weatherford

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,
or listened to rain slapping the ground?
… Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,
or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly,
when you ask “How are you?”, do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow,
and in your haste, not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,
’cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
you miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
it’s like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn’t a race, so take it slower,
hear the music before your song is over.