A vacation and growing involvement in climate change efforts, while enjoyable and fulfilling, have sadly lessened my blog reading and also reduced my writing during these summer months.
Recently I traveled North to Wisconsin for a family re-union. In addition to escaping another round of excessive heat and humidity, here in the Ozarks, I relished being able to swim, play, soak in the sun, star gaze, hike, and rest on the earth unencumbered by chiggers and snakes and the demands of employment and other everyday responsibilities.
Sure, I had to give some thought to strategies for the next round of Capture the Flag (kids vs adults), but other than that, I was free to enjoy the good company and let my mind and feelings move where they would. What a blessing.
Upon returning home I happened to read two op-eds in the weekly local paper, The Independent. One discussed the hard won power to vote; the other urged a dawning of compassion as essential for precipitating climate change action.
Fresh from my relaxing Nature immersion, I responded with a Letter to the Editor emphasizing that every moment, every thought, every action is an opportunity to vote. A chance to cast a ballot for the health of the Earth and, thus, for the health of ourselves and future generations. A chance to say I am with Her, our Planet. This kind of voting and Earth loving is a simple connection in theory and in heart, but not necessarily easy to put into practice, given our consumerist, fossil fuel past and present. Still, I like to try.