Different Woods Have Different Tones

You may have heard some folks talk about flutes made of softwood having a different sound than those made of hardwood. Softwood is a type of wood that comes from a coniferous tree, such as cedar, redwood, or pine. Hardwoods come from a deciduous tree, such as an oak or maple. The softwoods are less dense than the hardwoods. You may have also heard that a  medium-toned flute made of a softwood, such as cedar pine or redwood, will have a softer more mellow tone than a hardwood flute.The placement of the sound hole, the location of the finger holes, and the wall thickness will probably have more influence on the tone than the type of wood used. 

An additional factor is whether the flute is tuned to 440 Hz or 432 Hz. A flute tuned in a 432 Hz will have a softer and more relaxing sound than a flute tuned in a 440 Hz. The 432 Hz flute will make the “Sound of Nature.” Even flutes made with the same specifications and the same wood can have a  significant variation in tone. There may be subtle differences between different woods in respect to their tones, but the biggest influence is in how the flute is made. There are a number of natural stocks that have hollow centers, that are used to make flutes. Bamboo, sawgrass, elderberry, sunflower stalks, corn stocks are used to make beautiful natural flutes. Many of the past flutes were made of these materials. These flutes vary in texture and hardness.

If you want to play your flute with another instrument, the flute tuned in 440 Hz would probably be the flute of choice. If you want a flute that will play with the sounds of nature then the 432 Hz-tuned flute would be your best choice. All of the animals and birds seem to gravitate to the 432 Hz flute. 

My Thoughts: And a Cherokee Prayer for Wisdom and Self-Control

Great Spirit,
Help me always to speak the truth quietly,
to listen with an open mind
when others speak,
and to remember the peace
that may be found in silence.
~Cherokee Prayer

When I am walking the trail, which I do almost daily, I know that Gods spirit is guiding me, and I realize that I am never alone. This gives me the strength to walk my life-path with confidence and the assurance that whatever decision I make in my life, God is leading me to a good place. I believe that each day, every step I make is part of my dance. I believe that I will always be known by the tracks I have made. If every day is a new dance, I am giving thanks daily for my new direction.

I know that others can never walk my path for me, and only I can walk in these shoes. Some may walk with me, but never walk it for me. For those who walk with me, I am grateful.

Praying in Seven Directions

Facing the east as the sun comes up.
Thanking You for a good new day.
Drinking from Your sacred cup.
Understanding what you say.

As I turn my attention to the south.
I ask You to bless the folks I love.
Both those that live away and within my house.
To give them Your peace from above.

My attention goes to the west.
And I pray for those who protect us all.
Help them through every test.
Give them strength when they fall.

Facing north it’s the end of the day.
Protect those that are heading home,
protect them as they go their way.
Give them rest that You have shown.

I then look down and thank you for our earth.
For everything that lives here and feeds us all.
Everything that grows and gives birth,
all living things both large and small.

Then I look to the sky.
The sun, the moon, and all the stars
And I have to ask You, why?
All this beauty is it really ours?

The seventh direction is in my heart.
Where Your Holy Spirit lives.
For giving me a new star,
with all help your Spirit gives

Thank You, Jesus!

My Morning Prayer: Prayer for a New Day

Prayer For a New Day
By Howard Ball

Thank you great spirit for walking with me
Thank you for what you teach me from day to day
All of the beauty in nature that I see
Help me to walk a good path, I pray

I need your strength to face tomorrow
To do my best in what I do
I really don’t have much sorrow
When I concentrate on You

When I come to a fork in the road
Help me know which way to go
Teach me to pay back what is owed
What I reap is what I sow

You are always within my heart
Helping me to find my way
Guiding my footsteps from the start
As I move through every day

Thank You, Father

My Thoughts: God Bless America

Heavenly Father, I pray for our country and that our leaders will make wise decisions with Your direction. “In God we trust” I pray for peace and understanding without judgement for all of America and the world. I pray for all of those who are suffering with loss of loved ones, homes, and property in America, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and more due to storms, earth quakes, and wild fires. I pray for those who are grieving the horrors of the recent mass shootings. Father, we live in scary times and never have we needed Your guidance more. I pray for Your will to be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. ~Amen

I am thankful to live in the land of the free.

I have always loved this American favorite patriotic song, God Bless America, written by Irving Berlin during World War I.

I Guess That I Shall Never See a Poem Lovely as a Tree

I discovered this unusual pine tree years ago while hiking in the wooded hills near my home, here in Eastern Washington.  It is one of my very favorite spots to hike to. I often take friends and family to see this very special tree. It has sparked many conversations and questions as to how it came to be bent in this loop. I love being in nature and discovering interesting and beautiful things, all made by the hand of God.

This unusual tree recently sparked a memory of the old, simple poem by Joyce Kilmer, titled, Trees.

By Joyce Kilmer

I guess that I shall never see
a poem lovely as a tree;

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
and lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear,
a nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain,
who intimately lives with rain;

Poems are made by fools like me,
but only God can make a tree.