December 12th, 2008

Jenner land trust

In the early morning hours -

Even through the clouds, the moon is brightening the night.  I am awake.

I see that the Senate has voted down rescuing the car companies.  I never was able to formulate an opinion on this one.   We all want to rescue and yet when is it enough.  When are the people involved responsible?

Where I live the freeway exit and entrance are by the bay.   Cal Trans has its trucks and equipment right there but for some reason, they never raise the area, so now again it is December with the full moon high tides and yesterday, as every year, it was flooded and parked cars were sitting in water, most likely with their engine ruined.   If it had been raining, it would have been worst.  As it was, some drivers of cars were slowly driving through the brackish water, full of salt, spraying water everywhere and doing their cars no good.

This happens every year.   Why don't we demand that the problem is fixed?

I don't have an answer for that.  It is an incredibly well-used exit and entrance, with vehicles always in motion, and yet, we leave the problem unresolved year after year.  It is the exit to highway 1 that goes out to the beach and if it had been raining yesterday it would have been closed for sure and really should have been closed yesterday with more than a sad little sign saying "Flooded," for those unable to make that determination on their own. 

I shake my head, wondering when it is okay to relax and ignore, and when some mobilization of resources and intelligent decision should take place.

Panhala sends beautiful poems to my email box each day though Joe Riley is now taking a winter break.  

This offering reminds me of the pink glow of sunset.   Remember the light returns.

Written on Christmas Eve, 1513

I salute you.  I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep. 
There is nothing I can give you which you have not.  But there is much,
very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take.  No heaven can
come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today.  Take heaven!
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant.
Take peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow.  Behind it, yet within
our reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in darkness, could we but see. 
And to see, we have only to look.  I beseech you to look!

Life is so generous a giver.  But we, judging its gifts by their covering,
cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard.  Remove the covering, and you
will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love by wisdom, with power.
Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel's hand that brings it to you.
Everything we call a trial, a sorrow or a duty, believe me, that angel's hand is there.
The gift is there and the wonder of an overshadowing presence.  Your joys, too,
be not content with them as joys.  They, too, conceal diviner gifts.

Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering,
that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven.  Courage then to claim it; that is all!
But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are pilgrims together,
wending through unknown country home.

And so, at this time, I greet you, not quite as the world sends greetings,
but with profound esteem and with the prayer that for you, now and
forever, the day breaks and shadows flee away.

~ Fra Giovanni ~

Zach on a swing!!

The Editorial Opinion of the NY Times -

Again, I place this in the category of our inability to have an accessible freeway exit 365 days a year and we don't and we live ten minutes away from a major city in the world.  Last year we were without power for five days.   When the wind blows, the power goes out.  It usually doesn't take five days for them to fix it, but every few years it does, and so the food in the refrigerator spoils and we camp a bit, live by candle and firelight and come to further appreciate the dark, as we also enjoy hanging out with our neighbors at the local Starbucks which almost always has power.  It must share a circuit with the fire station.  

Of course, this year, until the rain comes, we cannot have a fire.  Fires are banned right now because of the air quality.  If you don't pay attention to the news and know that, and you light a fire, you get a warning, and the next time, a fine, a fine of $2000.00, so it is best to stay aware.   I wait for the rain, which is predicted to arrive this weekend and possibly even bring snow to our local peaks.  

Again, I wonder why the people who work for the car companies didn't say we want to make cars that are fuel efficient, and I wonder why we locals don't demand a full moon high tide solution, but we don't.   The tides go down, just as gas prices go down,  and we forget.


What’s Plan B?

Published: December 11, 2008

Senate Republicans determined to block the $14 billion rescue package for Chrysler and General Motors have trotted out predictable rhetoric about the dangers of Big Government. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, warned on Thursday that “a government big enough to give us everything we want is a government big enough to take everything we have.”

As the American economy sinks into the deepest recession in a generation — caused in large part by this sort of anti-government and anti-regulatory dogma — it would be folly to allow the ideologues to undermine efforts to pull the country out.


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alan - morning glory center

In case you missed the comment -

Don't miss the full moon tonight - it will be the biggest since 1993!

This also explains the extremely high tides. Perhaps it is unreasonable to expect the roads to accommodate unusual times of year.

Certainly it is unrealistic if one lives here. I am used to checking the tides before I attempt to walk on the bike path which was well under water yesterday with birds happily afloat on winter cheer.