Lots of very cool things have happened over the last three years. I fell in love, number one, with a chemist from Canada... who grew up on a dairy farm with six brothers and sisters. Our lives as children were different in many ways, yet we certainly share the blessings and lessons of being part of a large family. Larry and I have been able to travel - Spain, Thailand, Mexico, many trips to Canada and Kentucky. We share a love of the outdoors, of learning, and of our recently retired Jon Stewart (sad face).
Daughter Julie got married to Greg in 2014 - I couldn't have asked for a better son-in-law. Son Michael and his wife, lovely Leah, just had baby Nolan Myles a couple of months ago - I am loving watching them become a family. Nolan is already a person! Needless to say, I will be spending more time in New York City and will share photos and experiences.
Wild fires are raging along the west coast and mountains of North America, much stronger and fiercer than those in the past. In drought-ridden California, the fires are so bad that extra human power has been needed to fight them - and prison inmates have been tapped to serve (I am sure there is a great story there - will let you know when I know). What we have to lose when we don't protect our natural world is so vast that it almost defies comprehension. I know that I need to know more about how our magnificent and immensely complex environment works, and I also know, understand, that knowledge is not enough. What drives me toward speaking about the climate crisis and its damage to our world is affection - for all of my brothers and sisters - human and other animals, for our resource rich mountains and forests, for our vast life-sustaining rivers and oceans. It is affection for all of these - a wondrous and awesome love - that drives me. We will protect, with our lives, what we love.
"Knowledge without affection leads us astray every time. Affection leads, by way of good work, to authentic hope. The factual knowledge, in which we seem more and more to be placing our trust, leads only to hope of the discovery, endlessly deferrable, of an ultimate fact or smallest particle that at last will explain everything.… It all turns on affection… Don’t you see?"