Photo by Beth Patterson of Mirror Pond, Bend OR
Finding Home: I’ve written much lately about my search to find where I belong, where my home is. I believe it is in wilderness, in a warm climate, with people I love. I’m spending a lot of time wandering between the three, hoping that somewhere I will find, or can draw, all three together. Chris Corrigan says finding home is discovering people who hold part of your story. So perhaps the search begins with understanding what your story is. This comes, auspiciously, as I return from trips to England, where I was born, and Winnipeg, where I grew up. Neither place is wild, or warm, but…
Give Presence: Design consultant Garr Reynolds (thanks Viv for the link) points us to a video on the religious Advent Conspiracy website that lampoons the commercialism of Christmas and urges viewers, instead of giving presents, to give presence. Not just your time, your presence. There is a difference, but many of us are so time constrained and attention deficit bound we don’t see it.
Be Here, Now: Colleen Wainwright* has another of her wonderful, funny rants about the meaning of life. This is brilliant writing. Teaser:
Because while you are cold and wet and cursing yourself for the lack of foresight in having the appropriate clothes handy with which to greet changed circumstances, you are also noting yourself having learned this lesson, and figuring out how you will do it better next time. While you are being pulled around the course by your wet, wet dog, one frozen claw of a hand clutching an umbrella, the other the lead, switching the bag of poop between them and hoping you do not all slip and fall into god-knows-what kind of dank, nasty mess of a slime-filled pothole, you are also noticing with great, great love in your heart how your poor, wet terrier-dog is walking so valiantly, is so unhappy with the cold and wet while at the same time so grateful to be out in it, and you are glad, too.
The Man in the Corner: Pete McGregor writes about one of the invisible people in our society. If you don’t recognize yourself in the picture he paints, you haven’t been paying attention.
ABCs: The Newest Environmental Threat: The massive burning of dirty fossil fuels and biomass is not only pushing greenhouse gases past the tipping point. It is also creating huge areas of atmospheric brown clouds, which are making the air toxic in much of China and India, masking global temperature rise by roughly half, destroying crops, causing millions of deaths annually, dimming major cities in struggling nations, and contributing to large increases in glacial melting, extreme rains, runoff and flooding. And if authorities attempt to reduce it, they risk accelerating the rise in global temperature and related extreme climate change. This is yet another self-reinforcing problem connected to human activity and overpopulation. Thanks to Graham Clark in Oz for the link.
What’s in a Name?: Thanks to all those who pointed out that my name was the word of the day last Thursday. To “pollard” means to lop the top off trees so that they can continue to grow. My ancestors, I suppose, were the first sustainable foresters. *Colleen’s last name (orig. wægn-wyrhta) means “maker of wheeled vehicles”.
Thought for the Week: From PS Pirro:
On the Longest Night
The world needs you to go where you want to go and be who you are meant to be.
The world needs you to shine as you were born to shine.
The world needs you as you stumble and fall, it needs you as you rise up, it needs your hands to hold on tight, it needs you to let go.
The world needs your laughter and your power and your grief.
On the longest night of the year, the world needs you to be the light.