Just waiting around to see what happens next, both for the world and myself. Maybe that's just the way it has to be at the moment!
Late, late, late. Computer issues. Geez, I had to go out and rent videos to replace my Netflix! And of course, some important emails came in while the thing was away—Murphy's Law.
Anyway, the layout is proceding, and I am looking forward to seeing the new appearance of the book. I've also been given the paper requirements, and will be seeking estimates next.
We've finally gotten some rain here, which is great, but now they're predicting another dry winter for most of the state, which means more fires and more flooding when the rains come again.
A family-owned apple orchard which has been in Dixon, NM since 1944 suffered major losses in the fires this summer. Over the past few days, almost everything that survived the fires has been almost completely washed away.
The Santa Clara Pueblo tribal lands were severely impacted by the Los Conchas fire, losing over sixteen thousand acres, nearly 80%, of their forests, of the forest, and 45% of their watershed. I haven't heard yet about flooding there, but I won't be surprised when I do. For more on their situation: http://greenfiretimes.com/2011/08/santa-clara-pueblo-fire-impacts/
Oops, wrong about the flooding: http://www.krqe.com/dpp/weather/pueblo-bracing-for-more-floods
Yesterday marked the delivery of my manuscript for layout. So, big day. For the time being, there's nothing more for me to do, except research printing costs and what other things I'll need to know to self-publish. This is such an incredibly long process, and is interesting, but I have to admit, stressful! Any author who thinks their book can just rush into print is due for a big surprise.
This has been a terrible year for a lot of the country, because of lack of rain. Here in New Mexico many areas still have not received much, even though it is the time of year we call "monsoon."
I have seen several of these El Niño/La Niña events since I've lived here: a wet year, followed by a drought year, but this one has been the worst. Is it a one-off, or is this an indication of a future direction? Do we need to be thinking about world famine, war, water-shortages, increasing government regulation in our daily lives? I hate to think so, but it would be foolish not to consider the possibilities.
Being that we humans have a relatively short life-span, we may not see the true direction indicated by slight changes in weather patterns over a long period of time—even though records have been kept for a hundred years or so. We may find it hard to conceive that conditions will not be as we have always known them.
I just finished watching an older British mini-series called "Edge of Darkness." I won't go into the story at all, but the question you are left with is: does mankind have the capacity to destroy the Earth, or does the planet have the capacity to recover from whatever damage we do, perhaps eliminating an overly destructive species in the process?
Perhaps what we are seeing is the planet making "corrections" (as the stock brokers like to call a particularly volatile market drop, like the one we've just seen this last week.)
Who knows. It comforts me to think that Earth will survive us. If larger forces, such as comets or asteroids or solar windsdo cause the end of the planet, it will have had nothing to do with us.
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.