Friday, June 23, 2006

Global Warming Field Trip

Forget the neutrality of "climate change." In a report to Congress, the National Academy of Sciences says global warming is the real deal. After two millennia of relatively stable temperatures, our planet is the hottest it has been in 400 years.

So what are we going to do about it?? Al Gore says in his movie "An Inconvenient Truth," that there are some concrete things that we as individuals and as a nation can do to reverse this pattern.

I decided to ask my good friend, and the president of his college Science Club and Chess team president, Happy Feller. I asked Happy about his personal plan to fight global warming, since he is The Happy Man on Campus and a Science and Environmental Brain Award recipient as well.

He invited me to hang out with him. So we started walking down the street to the bus stop together. We stopped briefly and talked to
our good friends WeezieLou and Earl, who was spreading mulch on his wife's flower beds. (Be sure and click on Earl's link, as he has some handy tips for you as well on his Friday night blog.)

Neither Happy nor I smoke, but he saw another neighbor smoking and talked to him about cigarette smoke polluting the atmosphere. I was unimpressed. How can that make a difference, I wondered?

Next we went to the library where he looked up the addresses of his state and national congress varmints and wrote letters to all of them imploring them to act quickly on this issue.

He also caught up on the back issues of Mother Jones while we were there and read a few revolutionary links that Celticfire and Ladycelticfire had sent him. He also said hi to Stella, who was using the computer in the library, checking out the poetry section.
Happy got on the computer and read a few sites that had good information.

An article written by Elizabeth Brandon at The Blue Republic caught his eye. He read that and smiled as he scribbled a picture of a small lily.

Then he went out and we got some lunch. We ran into LeftofCenter, who was there with his family and he gave me some great photography tips.
We sat down and ate hurriedly.

How much energy had gone into making the food we ate, I wondered, and in air-conditioning the restaurant? Energy that was heating up the planet.

We got to the copy shop and Happy made Xerox copies of the list he had created with ideas that we as individuals can do to lower the pollution in the air. He was going to post them on his neighbors' front doors, especially his close friend Rex, who had good intentions, but thought it was his patriotic duty to buy a new gas-guzzling SUV.

His list wasn't very long, but gosh, darn, he tried. And he made extra copies of the letters to his congressvarmints, too, while we were there, a few even had his buttcheck prints on them.
Then it was time to mail the letters. We took the bus. It was a hot Texas day and it made me wonder how much the buses were polluting the atmosphere. I happened to look up on one of the overpasses and noticed some anti-war posters. I figured they were the work of PTCruiser! Oh, how we both giggled over that.

We finally arrived at the Post Office just before it was closing time. We bought the stamps and the letters to Congress were mailed! Mission Accomplished. What else could we do? It was still light out, barely. Soon it would be time for me to go home. As we were coming out the soor, we saw Sumo heading in to check her peace mail. And Peacechick Mary was right behind her with Pissed Off Patricia, who was still drinking her morning martini.

We got to the corner and saw Graeme, who was heading off to a union rally. By the end of the day, I was really tired of fighting global warming and decided to take a break.

We headed toward 6th Street and engaged in a friendly game of pool with the poetryman. I was ready for that warm glass of beer while I sharpened my poolstick and called corner left pocket in a game of stripes and solids.

But I was still not satisfied. Weren't there more things we sould be doing to help reduce the effects of global warming?

Since Happy Feller wore me out, I decided to ask my readers if they could help fill in the blanks on this weighty global warming question and help come up with some suggestions for people, things they can do in their own lives to help out. Please tell me, what do you do, or what would you like to start doing?

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

What is Happiness?

What is happiness? The Dalai Lama says: "The meaning of life is happiness." And many would respond, "YES! But how to find the illusive happiness map?" We used to have mood rings that clued us in by changing color. It's remarkable that no one has come up with a comparable tool that could tell us whether one has reached a state of happiness.

Could it be that happiness does not actually exist as a complete state? It's intangible and comes closest in its nature to pulsing butterfly wings amongst flower petals or the whirring of a hummingbird's wings as it delves for nectar.

Happiness comes in particles-in-motion known as moments.

Each moment is a bead with its own shape, color, and texture. No bead is like any other. Only when there are enough to string together into a rosary, do your nerve endings register happiness.

As I was walking into the sunrise this morning, the birds riotously gossiping, I felt one of those perfect heart-stopping moments when sky and birdsong fused, the world was perfect and within reach and anything was possible.

So, dear readers, please tell Glenda, what makes you happy?

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Murtha vs. Rove

Murtha vs. Rove: Stepping up the recent disagreement on the Iraq war, Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha ridiculed Karl Rove on Meet the Press Sunday.

Rove criticized Murtha's call for a quick withdrawal. He rebuked the Democrats' "old pattern of cutting and running."

In response, Murtha said, "You can't sit there in the air-conditioned office and tell troops carrying 70 pounds on their backs, inside these armored vessels hit with IED's every day, seeing their friends blown up-their buddies blown up -- and he says stay the course? Easy to say that from Washington, D.C."

How did America come to trust those who have never been to war to run one?

Murtha is a patriotic American who obviously loves his country and understands the horrors that the troops are facing in Iraq. Horrors that many on the so-called left oppose. Iraq is in tatters, nothing has worked the way it was envisioned by the Bush group, we now have more enemies than ever in my lifetime, and this country feels less safe than it ever has in my lifetime.

The home needs of our country have been left to flounder while we turned our eye to the oilfields of the middle-east: schools, our community infrastructures, health care, social security, to name a few.

The Bush obsession with Iran and Iraq reminds me of the eye of Mordor focused on finding the Ring of Power while the lands allied to Mordor wither and grow bleak. There is a darkness, a desperation, a hunger to his seeking control in the middle-east, beyond any desire to create democracy there, and there is an old-fashioned value called honor that has been lost in the process.

Murtha is a true patriot who has put his money where his mouth is. He has fought to defend and uphold the liberty of this country and the principles upon which it was founded. Rove, on the other hand, is focused on increasing his own power and the power base of the Republican Party at the expense of the soldiers who are bravely willing to put their lives on the line for us.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

New Toys For the Kids!

Our culture is in a lot of flux. There is change coming so quickly to our SOCIETY, some good, some not so good.

I decided to design some new TOYS to help parents prepare their kids for the coming "Big Brother" society, as a way to help them learn the ropes and fit in with others.