Good morning to you. It’s Wednesday, 9:52 am as I start to write to you. Hard to believe it’s already the middle of the week! Hard to believe we are almost to the end of March already too! If the next four years can go this fast that might be a good thing lol!
So yesterday I spent a little time outside but not too much. The air quality here has been very poor for us allergy sufferers lately. We live in an area with cement plants, methane from the many natural gas wells we have around and in town, other industrial operations, lots of traffic, surrounded by states on fire and on top of that Nature is trying to do their thing and that means lots of pollen. Some days I actually wear a mask but it’s probably not strong enough to strain out everything! This morning I walked out and nearly got sick it smelled so bad; I actually felt nauseous. Either a herd of skunks came through the area or something else. I can remember when they fracked the natural gas well in the fields behind our house it smelled like that too. I’m hoping it was just a skunk! I waited later than normal to walk Spot and Link, but even then my lungs burned and I was coughing when I came in. We are supposed to get some “weather” towards the end of the week, some of it possibly severe, so may be that will help clear the air for a bit. Clean air is not something to take for granted. I feel bad for the people around here who have kids with asthma, older folks with COPD, lung cancer and other respiratory problems.
“How is air pollution linked to climate change?
While climate change is a global process, it has very local impacts that can profoundly affect communities, not the least of which is air pollution.
Increasing temperatures are directly linked to poor air quality which, in turn, can affect the heart and exacerbate cardiovascular disease. Examples of this may include a rise in pollen, due to increased plant growth, or a rise in molds, due to severe storms — both of which can worsen allergies and other lung diseases, such as asthma.
Scientists say an increasing rise in ozone levels are also a concern.”
Anyhew. I hope it doesn’t seem like I’m whining or complaining. I just like to spend a lot of my time outside and when this kind of stuff is going on I don’t want to be out there. To me it’s the same sort of feeling someone might have if they couldn’t go to their church building for whatever reason. Nature is my church; it’s where I talk to the God of my understanding. It frustrates me that we have people in our country, people who are positions that involve oversight and or preservation of our air, water, soil and natural resources that don’t seem to appreciate the gift that is this planet like so many of us do. Because we actually spend time in Nature, we see that there is a plan for every single life on this planet….they are interconnected. When you remove even a single part of the connection the entire component starts to fall apart. We are each designed to play a part and this holds true for all lifeforms we share this planet with.
“I will not lose my hope in us and our ability to do not what’s easy, but what is right. Doing the right thing is seldom easy but it is lasting. It is the stuff of visionaries. “
Kyle’s new word for today as he describes the two of us, we are “reasonaries.” People who can see through bullshit lol.
Some quotes that resonated:
Compassion is our deepest nature. It arises from our interconnection with all things.
Music is an immediate art; it’s always happening right now
One Touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
William Shakespeare – Troilus and Cressida
We’re all just walking each other home.
Mar 22, 2017— When Cesar Chavez died, 30,000 people showed up to march in his honor. He was the visionary force behind the United Farm Workers union and had led the Farm Workers Movement fighting for civil rights while promoting nonviolence. Anthony Chavez, seven-years-old at the time, knew him simply as –Grandpa. Today Anthony is a leader in his own right, he travels the country speaking on behalf of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, keeping his grandfather’s legacy alive, while advocating for service learning initiatives in the field of education. “I remind students what my grandfather said, ‘We don’t need perfect political systems, what we need is more perfect participation,'” Anthony says. His vibrant journey includes many years serving as travel assistant to Brother David Steindl-Rast, the world-renowned Benedictine monk, author and inter-religious pioneer.