Eric Robertson's blog
I just returned from Occupy Oakland in downtown. What can I say? It is not immediately inspiring. Not clean. A bit muddy. Lots of straggly dressed youth mixed with older street people, radicals, liberals, anarchist kids with black rags covering their faces flying black flags. But there is order in the chaos. There is an excitement in the people there who are building community. (Remember that thing that we used to think we were a part of and then gave up on it when everything didn’t go the way we wanted.)
About a year ago I joined this group called the Laundry List. Laundry List advocates for people hanging out their laundry. I dig it big time. There are some amazing stats on what would happen if everyone stopped using their drying machines. There would be some serious immediate reductions of greenhouse emissions if everyone took up this habit…along with the personal sense of well-being that comes with spending quality time with your laundry and the great outdoors (indoor hanging and using racks can be satisfying too).
I watched network news last night on TV. I do this fairly often to keep my finger on the “pulse of America”. I bet most people in the U.S.A. get their national news from ABC, NBC, or CBS. It is fun stuff, but, unfortunately, closer to a glossy celebrity magazine than a real news program. There is very little news in network news. We hear stories but we don’t get many facts.
I’ve been trying to look into people’s faces lately while remembering that everyone has a history. Everyone is in this same huge ship called humanity. I’m an elementary school teacher, and the blessed summer has given me time to reflect, something I often neglect in the rush and pressure of the school year. Tomorrow I return to school with the kids and I want to remember this reflection when I look at them and their parents. I want to take the time to hear them and let them be heard by others in my class. I
March 1, 2009
Calla Lilies line one side of our house. They came out all at once in the last couple of weeks. The rain we didn't get in January has come in February. Though we seem to have gotten a lot of rain lately, reservoirs are not back to "normal", and we are still considered in a drought. Not a bad state to be in, if it gets people to conserve water. Seems like a good practice at all times.
February 28, 2009
The orange tree in our back yard is heavy with fruit. It seems to give two big crops a year, now, in late February and again at the end of May. (Strange that they aren't evenly spaced.) The fruit is delicious. When fully ripe the oranges are more sweet than acidic. The segments are thin skinned and don't hold together well, so if I eat one I usually peel part of it and eat it like an apple. Otherwise, I juice them. The fruits have looked ripe since mid-January, but they are just now ready.
Christmas day was spent at Leah's parent's house in Castro Valley. This has become a tradition along with a walk down the hill behind their house. There is an open area there surrounded by woods. A flock of turkeys can often be seen strolling by in a long, slow line or foraging in the dirt and leaves. If disturbed they trot away or fly into the trees. There are deer, including a large antlered buck, that live back there too.