Dear River, I cannot tell from your name if you are a boy or girl so I will write to you like you are a human being. The above comes from a book I’ve been reading for middle grade children, called Same Sun Here, by Silas House and Neela Vaswani. My wife, a middle school teacher, brought the book home several weeks ago for me … Continue reading Same Sun Here
Every month our local power cooperstive, Blue Grass Energy, sends us its superbly put together magazine, Kentucky Living, filled with helpful tips on home maintenance, gardening, recipes, recommended books, regional activities, events, etc. With all its feel good staples, it’s easy to lose sight of its primary purpose as a public relations gimmick to elicit the public’s support. Your power company is on your side, … Continue reading Expanding the energy portfolio: Utilities awaken
If you’ve been keeping up with news about the environment, you’re perhaps aware of this week’s biggest news event, not the elusive search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, or the status quo of Ukraine, or the achieved pinnacle of 7 million enrollees under the Affordable Health Care Act, but the dismal impact studies just completed of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. At … Continue reading The UN Panel Report on Global Warming: Is anyone Listening?
Autumn carries more gold in its pockets than all the other seasons. (Jim Bishop) Of all the seasons in Kentucky, I like fall best with its myriad days bathed in soft light, keeping company with tepid warmth and gentle breezes following summer’s humid heaviness. I like the way it lingers, sometimes right up to Thanksgiving, a seductress stubbornly clinging to her teasing ways. Fall helps … Continue reading Fall Fever in Kentucky
I like to work out daily on our elliptical machine, or at least 5 times weekly for 30 minutes a session. It beats taking a vigorous walk in often hot and humid Kentucky for up to an hour. In contrast, I can turn on the fan in the exercise room, plug in my iPod, and be serenated. Lo and behold, exercise done! One of the … Continue reading Cajun Music: Addictive!
Saw a sign yesterday that read, “Spring is coming soon.” That’s something we’re all wondering about, even in Kentucky, where we’ve been having an unusually cold March, which makes it hard to believe the Kentucky Derby is merely six weeks away. They say it may be related to melting glaciers changing our wind patterns. But the real sign nature is about to turn generous was … Continue reading Where are the songs of Spring?
We owe our existence to it, yet we give it little heed, since it’s always there for us. In my science classes we called it natural law, the material rules of nature that lie behind the structure and behavior of our universe. Our earth, for example, rotates on its axis, allowing for alternations of light and dark. It circles the sun with a mathematical precision … Continue reading A new rhythm that imperils: reflections on global warming