Like everyone else, my attention has been on current events: unrest in the Middle East, and Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, with the resulting difficulties at their nuclear power facility. And there have been so many large earthquakes over the past year, that one would be forgiven for thinking that something apocalypic is in motion.
I know this dates me, but I remember having the rather traumatic revelation that "the world is ending", back in 1966, when I was in high school – I'd gotten into the habit of watching the Huntley/Brinkley newscast at night, and this was the time of the cold war between the US and the former USSR. I couldn't help wondering if the product of man's stupidity and excess testosterone would be some big messy nuclear war. I wasn't so much concerned with the obliteration of humanity, but that all the incredible things on this planet would be destroyed at the same time. (Sorry, folks.)
I have since come to accept that, whatever the course of human action, the planet will survive and carry on. It may take thousands, even millions of years for the recovery to take place, and some things will be gone forever – pandas and tigers, the Sequoias, the coral reefs – but other species will take their place. Whether or not we'll be around is a different question.
Long rant short – human nature is what it is, and I don't think moaning about it will change the way we behave. I believe I have more productive things to do than direct what remains of my time and energy at what seems to be the endless capacity of humans to do damage. Could be the result of age, I guess. ☺
So do something fun – go check out the full moon tonight, which will be closer to us than it's been in nearly 20 years, so it will be big and beautiful!!!
Seems clear to me - if we don't learn to love our home, we're going to lose it—or at least access to it, as IT will most likely survive us, if not entirely intact. So the primary goal of this website is to engender curiosity about something in nature—anything, whether it's an amoeba or the oceans. Whatever does it for you —get active, if you can, or get interested and support, if you're like me and are not able or inclined to tromp around in the woods.
I am an artist and writer, living off grid, in a strawbale house on the high mesa near Taos, New Mexico. I have four cats, and live amongst a variety of wildlife including, but not limited to: coyote, pronghorn antelope, elk, endless bunnies and jackrabbits (and myriad other rodents), ravens, mountain bluebirds, rattlesnakes, and tarantula.
The cats stay in, everything else stays out.