Archive for June, 2009

carefully testing the waters …

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

well, that was quite a break from blogging, and if you think I was just goofing off let me tell you I really truly wasn’t. Things got in the way, mostly work, and though I was tempted many times to talk about things that might be of interest these thoughts never made it to the virtual paper. Procrastination I guess, combined with a need to just step back for a while.

But first I have to tell you that I am thrilled/amazed/blown away by the fact that some of you actually missed my posts! If that is not encouragement I don’t know what is ;) So my sencere thanks to you for giving me that extra push that I apparently needed.

Many things have happened, and focussing on the positive, one of the first things that comes to mind is the Clean Energy bill that passed the House of Representatives just a few days ago, sadly with not as much support as one could wish for and not nearly enough for what we would need, but maybe we have to count our blessings that it even made it this far. The combination of industry and money is such a powerful force that what happens to the environment seems inconsequential. And we must not forget the coal plants that are still spewing dirt and poisons into the air. There is still a lot to be corrected.

On the other hand people are getting together to take up the slack where governments fail.  Ocean Grove is a small and fabulously pictureque town on the New Jersey shore, just south of Asbury Park (yep, that is the place where Bruce Springstein with the E Street Band played at the Stone Pony  – I had to throw that in just because ;)  where cars used to be banned on Sundays. Ocean Grove bills itself as ‘God’s square mile at the Jersey shore’ and the no-car rule was until a few years ago enforced for purely religious reasons. Now there are towns springing up, I read about one of them recently in Germany, where people ban motorized vehicles from the streets. You want to live there you better know you have to park on the outskirts.  Isn’t that a great idea though, cleaner air, no traffic noise, a safe place for kids to play, it is something one could get used to.

JG supplied the picture of one of the yellow daisies that will take over the world if I don’t get out there soon ;)