What blessings have we!

O, sometimes they fall by the wayside, as they did 54 years ago.. There was precious little mercy shown a friend of ours in that motorcade, though we were the kindest of the kind while we were broken; but listen, I safely saw a deer across his/her road Monday night, and I saw another majestically watching me from the side of the road last night, and tonight my newest grandson showed Grandma what he learned somewhere along the way — he WALKS!

There are so many more blessings to relate… about 600. Did you want to go change your shoes and get a coffee?  🙂  Nah, I wouldn’t do that to you.

I just want to wish you a safe, happy, healthy and maybe even holy Thanksgiving Day. May we feel exactly what Lincoln did, as he inked (or approved) every American proclamation.







Casava starch/other edible packaging, too? Why not?

Jeremy Williams eats bugs. Well, he’s tried them — prepared as (unlimited!, high protein!) food.  He’s far more brave (as opposed to crazypants) than I, but otherwise, he’s a stunningly savvy young man who has his finger on the greener (conservation/ecology/sustainability) pulse of the world, and he provides so many feasible possibilities and initiatives already going on.

I was dismayed but not entirely shocked to read his first few lines in today’s post at his Make Wealth History ‘blog telling us that according to official reports, only about 2% of the world’s plastic is actually recycled. Guess where the rest goes.

As the meme says, we have to start caring about the kind of world we’re leaving to Keith Richards! Give Jeremy’s post a read and click around (I followed the plastic/packaging trail again today — I keep thinking there must be something we can do) for some great ideas to get behind.


A Re-blog: Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Climate Breakdown Is Happening Before Our Eyes

Vox Populi

Climate breakdown, as George Monbiot calls it, is happening before our eyes at the same time the science on climate change grows stronger and has wider acceptance. Hurricane Harvey, which struck at the center of the petroleum industry – the heart of climate denialism – provided a glimpse of the new normal of climate crisis-induced events. In Asia, this week the climate message was even stronger where at least 1,200 people died and 41 million were impacted. By 2050, one billion people could be displaced by climate crises.

Climate disasters demonstrate the immense failure of government at all levels. The world has known about the likely disastrous impacts of climate change for decades. Next year will be the thirtieth anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which  operates under the auspices of the United Nations and was founded in 1988. The IPCC published the first of five reports in…

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Wars, and rumors of wars..

The Lord has put many here in every generation to educate and remind us that the earth — all its natural resources and fish and beasts and birds — is not ours to use/abuse at will. It, too, is finite and must be protected for coming generations from the terrible threats we battle from earlier generations and which we presently pose — not only cataclysms of extinctions, pollutions, deforestations, erosions, forced climate changes (and tectonic plate shifts), but from bombs and the second death they bring — earth/water/air poisoning. Death is death, whether immediate or slow.

The Pope says it better in Laudato Si’, but I’ve said it in the short version, and even the link above this line is an abbreviated view of the document (we might jump in deeper on its whole Chapter 6).

Not many listen to the Pope on such matters. It is easy enough to dismiss scientists, not to even mention native inhabitants who were true, respectful, responsible kin with the earth; indeed, then, it is even easier to dismiss warnings from religious figures and to suggest they stick to their own matters. Francis’ agenda (for the first time ever in papal history, he is patron saint-named for the Seraphic Father, peacemaker, and, along with our own St. Kateri, a patron saint of ecology) in this document, though, is not Francis’ own/alone. It is part of his Mater et Magistra job in this world, to awaken, advise, counsel asap in this accelerated lessening time about something dear to God, dear to us, dear to all inhabitants present and to come. In a papal document, there’s something for everyone — hence, 42,000 words — but they are universally important words. I sincerely wish KJ-U and DJT would be the next two to read some of them.



A re-blog: Paul Watson: The Whale Wars Continue

[Relax note: In light of poor Texas, threats of world violence coming closer, dying refugees, abortion, and even the sad facts of homelessness and soup kitchens locally, this essay may not seem timely, but it is indeed food for thought. We are forever warring against nature for profit. The average Joe or Jane can hardly fight it, it seems. However, this article clearly says, “Try.” The subject is about illegal whaling — and those who wink at it, but we can see beyond it to the greater issue that will impact all of us: conservation. Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd et al remind us so well that it’s not up to someone else; it’s up to all of us to help restore reason.]

Vox Populi

Sea Shepherd has accomplished something absolutely remarkable over the last 12 years.

In 2005 we set out to tackle the world’s largest and most destructive whaling fleet. We were told it was impossible by some governments and a few NGO’s.

Hardly anyone even knew about Japan’s illegal slaughter in the Southern Ocean. It was out of sight and out of mind. They were targeting 1,035 whales a year including a yearly quota of 50 endangered Humpbacks and 50 endangered Fin whales.

We had few resources but we took our one battered and slow vessel, the Farley Mowat and we chased the whalers across the Southern Ocean, catching them only for a few hours at a time until they sped away from us.

In 2006 we were able to purchase the Steve Irwin and the tables began to turn as each year we became stronger and more effective. We brought in…

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A re-blog: “Compassionate Contemplatives”

I recently read these thoughts, quoted below, of Mother Theresa of Calcutta about the meaning of contemplation. Although controversial in some eyes, she was loved by most of the planet because of her passionate care for the poorest and most derelict and abandoned members of society. Members of her still thriving order are recognisable […]

via Compassionate Contemplatives — Laurence Freeman OSB

(Relax note [As IF a Relax note were warranted!]: For this poor woman, it was to be a matter of suffering blind faith for the last 50 years of her life! This magnitude of trust in Love Himself and Love’s sometimes painfully mysterious ways and means, understands that God the Son, in the power of God the Holy Spirit, even took death away from Satan and made it God the Father’s own holy tent flap, which leads in to many mansions indeed. In little Agnes, here, reNamed — as He was wont to do with some of His cherisheds and perhaps all of us — we see all the Marys reflected, including much of that First and Forever Mother for whom all Marys are named. It is a beautiful, breadful essay.)