Cool Grey Beats Hot Pavement

We Are The World Blogfest

So hey, hi, and hello.  Ready for some positivity?  Then come along to this month’s installment of #WATWB.  The rules are simple:

Keep the post to below 500 words.  Link to a human news story that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood, and paste it in an excerpt. No story is too big or small, as long as it Goes Beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.

My story, as are many of my stories, is a little bit eco because what could be better than showing Mama some love?

Cool Pavement

California is completely ahead of the curve when it comes to trying out new cool ways to help the environment.  During the summer, temps can easily get into the mid-triple digits down in SoCal, not only making it hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement, but increasing ambient air temperatures, warming up the nearby buildings and contributing to degrading air quality. In an age where climate is on everyone’s mind and a change of a few degrees can mean more severe drought conditions and food insecurity for some, this low-tech fix might be just what some LA neighborhoods need.  Read more here.  Grey is the new black.  Just sayin’.

Here is the link for the #WATWB FB page.  Like the page; invite your friends to join; spread the word; cause it’s cool to be positive.  Hashtag is #WATWB so look for us on Twitter.

And while you’re at it, leave your link here to join if you want to add to the magic and spread the positive word!

Thanks to our awesome hosts this month:  Emerald Barnes; Eric Lahti; Inderpreet Uppal; Lynn Hallbrooks; Peter Nena; Rosha Radhakrishnan.   Why not go visit and show them some sugar. :0)  Until next month, #WATWB.

pjlazos 5.26.17

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Shadow of the Wind

Shadow of the Wind

“This is a place of mystery, Daniel, a sanctuary. Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón – Shadow of the Wind

I don’t really like subjecting books to a rating system as I think it seeks to make banal and categorical that which is confounding and elusive. Life is a participatory endeavor, not something that can be put on a shelf with a descriptive label, and literature, especially exceptional literature, not only mimics the truisms in life, but often shows us the way of it, helping us to sort out our feelings in a manner that the heat of the moment, any moment, does not always allow. Shadow of the Wind is one of those profound books that entertains and enlightens, soothes and stirs, explains and cloaks, all the while giving you a glimpse into eternity. I can’t remember the last time I was so wrapped up in a novel that I’d bound out of bed in the morning and race off to the gym (I do my reading on the elliptical) as if they were giving away a dream vacation. If I could give Carlos Ruiz Zafón six stars for his book, I wouldn’t stop there. The story is long and languid, sprawling enough to allow time for you to sink into it, trying on the characters like your favorite coat — the one you walk the dog in and everyone but you thinks should go into the Goodwill bin – but also heady and demanding, calling you back to its pages with urgency while the mystery unfurls slowly, cresting and bellying out, both sating and gutting you in its pursuit of the more indecipherable of life’s questions.

Set in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War, Shadow of the Wind tells the story of Daniel Sempere, a boy of ten whose mother died and left him and his father to grieve for her in perpetuity. Daniel is a clever boy, a reader and would-be writer. He and his father live above his father’s bookstore which specializes in estate books and rare collections. They are not rich, but they are comfortable enough, and father and son share a love of books that results in the older Sempere bringing Daniel to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books on his tenth birthday. As a life-long lover of books myself, such a place intrigues me — the idea that books have a soul, conjoining the writer and its readers, and that the book’s spirit grows with each reading — and reading Shadow of the Wind, I wished more than once that such a place actually existed.

The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is a singular place given over to the preservation of rare books, some lost to the collective memory, some out of print, some down to only one of their kind. The caretaker, Isaac, guards the books like royalty. For those who know this place, they are invited to walk its labyrinthian halls and choose a book to their liking. Once chosen, that book becomes the responsibility of the chooser who must ensure it remains in print and free from harm, and that the thoughts and ideas therein live on for future generations despite war or politics or climactic changes. Shadow of the Wind is Zafón’s answer to the book burnings of wartime occupiers throughout history. Arguably a crime against humanity, the ravages of book burnings have deprived both present and future readers. The longtime rub between those who love the deep and independent thinking that books engender in a reader versus those who prefer a spoon-fed populace with nary a thought of stepping outside societal lines, carefully drawn by those in power, is alive and thriving, even in today’s modern world. As a reader and writer, I am rooted in the first camp, convinced that the only way to transcend society’s little foibles and grand faux pas is through understanding, and one of the best ways to understand each other is to read what each has written. Books absolutely move humanity forward and no matter how many lifetimes I live, you will never convince me otherwise.

Back at the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Daniel chooses his: Shadow of the Wind, a story written by Julian Carax, an enigma in and of himself. Daniel’s choice, he later discovers, is extremely rare, possibly the only copy left because someone has been burning all of Julian Carax’s books. Daniel’s sleuthing to uncover the mystery surrounding Carax’s life and the systematic eradication of Carax’s life’s work becomes the crux of both stories for Zafón has created a mystery within a mystery. You find yourself fearing and rooting for these people whose lives have overlapped and doubled-back from the story of the novel to the story within it. Daniel’s persistence in removing the veil of secrecy surrounding Carax’s life and death bring him closer to the truth, but his discoveries also align him, ever closer, with the danger.

Shadow of the Wind spans more than a decade of Daniel Sempere’s life and vividly paints the poignant ascension from boy to man during a period in history when life after wartime was difficult at best, and being different, in any sense, was met with swift and brutal retribution. Maybe it’s the magic realism that is woven into the work of the Spanish writer, maybe it’s Zafón’s lyricism, or his long and philosophical view of life that makes this book so exceptional. If you want to be transported, if you want to read a book that feels like talking to an old friend, read Shadow of the Wind. Your soul will grow, and glow, and sing.

pjlazos 5.21.17

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Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas?

So remember Mystery Thriller Week?  Well, Sojourner McConnell, a/k/a Vicki Goodwin, was the co-founder of that little party which is how I got to know here.  She’s also the author of a WordPress blog, “The Page Turner” and has a slew of writing projects in the works.  So sit back and I’ll let her tell you a bit about herself and her newest creation, a children’s chapter book called, Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas.

BIO for Sojourner McConnell:

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Sojourner McConnell lives in Winchester, Kentucky with one of her daughters and three of her thirteen grandchildren. She has six grandchildren in Alabama and four that live in Michigan.

Sojourner’s new book is a children’s chapter book, Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas which will release June 2, 2017.

Her next book, Blip, is a sci-fi book with humor and intrigue and is due out by December 2017. The Path of the Child, The Power of Forgiveness, and 31 Days of October are available in paperback and in eBook format on Amazon and other retailers. Sojourner brings a taste of strong personalities with a healthy dose of southern charm to her characters.

As co-founder and part of the organizing team of Mystery Thriller Week, she has become fascinated with writing a mystery of her own. In fact, there might be a little mystery woven into one of the two books she is writing at present.

When not writing, she is busy entertaining her Australian Shepherd, Beau. Unfortunately, Beau tends to get jealous when she spends too much time working on the computer.

 

Synopsis for Who’s That in Cat Pajamas

When the wind brings the cries of children to her ears, Dolcey is spurred into action. Comforting and aiding children in need are her main focus. Welcome to Dolcey’s world. Welcome to a world of magic and endless possibilities. When Emily has a big problem, her family tries to help, but some problems need something special to make things right. In Emily’s case, the special treatment is a visitor named Dolcey.

Book one in the Dolcey series is, Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas?  Follow along as Dolcey helps children all over the world as they struggle with real-life dilemmas.

 

And now for the interview:

What’s your writing background (schooling), backdrop (where you work at writing), and backstory (what you will tell the world when you become famous)?

I have only the basic conventional education. I was accepted into the Alabama School of Fine Arts, but was unable to attend due to family commitments. I have always been self taught and I continue to learn everything that interests me today. I believe there is an unending process of education in life. In other words, you are never too old to learn and excel in something new.

I write in the computer room where I can see the family and interact with them as I write. I enjoy being a part of the household even when I am writing. Doing this has allowed the grandchildren to see me in the writing process. Three of the thirteen aspire to be a writer like Grandma. That is huge to me.

When I become famous, I will tell the world, if you love something like writing, reading, art or music, push yourself to do it on a daily basis; it frees the mind and opens the heart. The more you do it, the more ideas come to you. You are never too old to try.

Why mysteries?

I believe I love mysteries so much because of Perry Mason books, Nancy Drew mysteries, and Agatha Christie classics. I wish I were able to solve them, but I am one of those people that are always shocked at the outcome.  I was so thrilled to work with Mystery Thriller Week. I hoped to help authors, bloggers, and fans find each other.

From where do your ideas come?  What inspires you?  How do you keep the creative spark going?

Characters come to me and present their story. They tell me what they have to offer and promise to hold my hand as we write it together. So far, none have bailed on me and they have given me beautiful stories of hope and potential for happiness.  I am inspired by the survival of people. Everyone has a moment in their life where it could have broken them, I want to share the moments after, when they move past and thrive. That is what inspires me to write.

That’s beautiful, Vicki.  So what’s your routine?  Do you work out while writing, take breaks, or simply gut it out?  

I write from the time I wake up until I go to bed. I am constantly working on something. I blog on 3 blogs, write several books at a time and I research for historical articles that I have published in several locations. I make sure I write every day, so that there is always something on the back burner. Even with the release of Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas?, I have several other projects in various stages of completion on my desk.  

Do you think writing is a form of therapy and, if so, has it helped you work through anything in particular?

Writing is very therapeutic for me. With all the characters wandering about in my brain writing allows them to work out their story and move on. It also helps me process hurts and happiness from my own past. Although I write fiction, bits and pieces of my own life have come to light and allowed me to give them a better and healthier outcome.

Do you work outside of writing, i.e., do you have day job?

At this time I am not working outside the home. I am focusing on my writing and working on getting healthy. One step at a time, I am making positive and healthy changes in my life. Writing is definitely one of those positive changes.

Pantser or perfectionist who meticulously plots out their stories?

I am by nature a pantser, I was compelled to outline a sequel to The Path of the Child and I found that very liberating and exciting. I have not outlined anything else thus far.

Your perfect day – go.

I wake up about 4 am when the house is quiet and even the dog is not ready to face the day. I go to the computer after putting on a pot of coffee and the images begin to flow, the characters begin to share, and the typos are few and far between. Everyone wakes up in a good mood a few hours later and the dog has breakfast. The rest of the day is relaxing with only the sound of clacking keys and the stirring of my coffee to break the silence. At the end of the day I can say both the word count and inspiration was strong today.

Favorite book? Author? Individual?

Charles Dickens is my absolute favorite author. He is my inspiration and he reminds me that to every life a little happiness should fall. As a writer, I have to find that happiness for my characters and bring them to life for others.  With that first response  in mind, my favorite book is Great Expectations.  My favorite individual happens to be my immediate family. They are supportive, loving, and forgiving.  They are my favorite 16 people on the planet. When I go outside the family, I have to say Helen Keller touched me with her desire to overcome, willingness to achieve beyond what was expected, and survive with grace and strength.  

What has been your greatest writing lesson?  How about life lesson?

Even a woman that did not expect to publish a book can publish a book and have people love her story as much as she did. With that lesson, I can go forward and do it again; even better the second time around. My greatest life lesson has been, no matter what stage you are in life, you can make it your greatest time. Keep opening doors and seeing what is behind them. Expand your horizons.

If you could be a character in any novel, what character would you be?

I would be Mary Lennox, from The Secret Garden. I would find a secret place and allow it to make me into a more loving and kind person. Then I would share that place with another, just as Mary did with Colin.

How many books do you have out?  

As of June 2, 2017, I will have two published books and two  published anthologies. The Path of the Child, and Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas?; are my two published novels. One is a coming of age book that shows the resilience and strength of one teenage girl and one is a children’s chapter book, which happens to be the first book in the Dolcey Series. The two anthologies are, 31 days of October and The Power of Forgiveness.

Indie or traditional publishing?  

I am Indie published. I love the freedom it gives me.

Country of origin? 

USA

Relationship status?

Single

Kids?

Three grown children and 13 grandchildren.

Pets?

One Australian Shepherd,  Beau. I also lay claim to the one family cat, Mufasa, that has decided to adopt me as his own.

Travel and if so, favorite place?  

I love to travel, I love seeing new places, and old familiar ones as well. My Alaskan Cruise with my sister was a dream come true. I hope to see more of the world soon.  I draw from the remoteness and beauty of the area when I need to find a quiet place inside my head.

Favorite childhood memory? 

Going to the Smokie Mountains with my grandparents. Swimming and fishing in Deep Creek and having my Grandfather tell my siblings to hold me down so that the clouds did not whisk me away. I will never forget my little brother being chased by wasps as we crossed a mountain top swinging bridge. I have so many memories from when I was only five years old.   

Wow, those are great, Vicki.  And the final question, do you think writing can save the world and if so, why?

Writing can allow opinions to change. It can open the lines of communication and it can certainly change the world. Thank you for asking me such a powerful question.  

pjlazos 5.17.17

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A Drop of Life

A Drop of Life

The woman behind the podium said: “Who controls water controls life.”

We were at the International House on Chestnut Street on the University of Penn’s campus in Philadelphia.  We had just watched a short film, part documentary, part drama, “A Drop of Life,” about a small town in India with a big water problem. The award-winning film about the global water crisis was directed by the woman, Shalini Kantayya, a director and an environmental activist with a big heart and even bigger desire to alleviate some of the more intractable issues of our time through movie making. This was her second film, but I got the sense, listening to her rattle off statistics as if they were the names of beloved family members that Ms. Kantayya had been thinking about this long before beginning her film career.  

A self-described sci-fi fan who is perpetually inspired by a good story, Kantayya’s film had the sci-fi paradigm with its small group of rebels pitted against the monster conglomerate water company. The town’s citizens were literally dying for clean water while the corporation sold it to them a few cups at a time for more rupees than anyone could spare. And because of the new water supply, the old water supply had been turned over to the cows and was no longer safe to drink from. The people appeared to be doomed. More than that I don’t want to tell you because I want you to see this lovely film and experience its takeaways first hand — who controls water controls life, not just in developing nations, but everywhere — and if you don’t believe that, just consider what’s happened in the United States within the last few years:

Flint Michigan children have elevated levels of lead in their blood today because of the City’s cost-saving measure in 2014 to switch their water draw from the Detroit River to the Flint River which was 19x’s more corrosive;

Charleston, West Virginia where Freedom Chemical spilled crude 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) into the Elk River, contaminating the drinking water of about 300,000 residents in nine counties; and

The entire state of California which was required by Governor Jerry Brown to reduce their water usage by 20% to combat a severe, decade-long drought.

Those are just a few examples. The world is littered with more. Kantayya’s message is simple: “We’re on the edge of a storm,” and need to act now. It’s time to “think outside the bottle,” and remember that water is “a shared right that we are not just owners of, but stewards of.” Kantayya believes that a good place to start would be to end water privatization. Since 2010, the cost of water has risen 48% in 30 major cities, yet corporations continue to extract water for pennies on the dollar and soon supply will be unable to keep up with demand. Pushing the responsibility off to the states is, in fact, irresponsible because the states simply can’t afford it. Kantayya says it’s time to hold both the government and corporations accountable if we are to keep up with trends and changes in consumerism and an ever greater demand for water based on a growing population. For example, while it’s great that EPA protects us against 91 chemicals, there are over 60,000 chemicals on the market which means we’ve got some work to do.

So how do we make the leap? First we need innovation — like the water purifier created by the inventor of the Segway, or the poop straw that instantly purifies contaminated water, or an aquaponic fish farm. Next, we need to invest in our aging infrastructure, hundreds of billions of dollars worth to repair and replace broken pipes across the country. Third, we need a women’s movement because women are always at the heart of any movement on sustainability and history shows that when women get involved, change happens. Finally, we need to realize that sustainability doesn’t come at the expense of jobs, rather the opposite — $188 billion in water infrastructure will create 1.3 million jobs.

How will we change-averse humans deal with such sweeping changes in such a short span of time? It will be an enormous undertaking, but Kantayya has faith, hope, and tenacity, and encourages others to have the same. She described a scene from one of her favorite sci-fi movies, “The Empire Strikes Back.” Pursued by enemy fighters, Hans Solo flies into an asteroid field to lose them:

C-3PO: Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately three thousand, seven hundred twenty to one!
Han Solo: Never tell me the odds!
— Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Defying the odds — it’s where Shalini Kantayya lives.

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pjlazos 5.7.17

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Spellweaver

It’s time for an interview with my friend, Ann Crawford, author of her newly released book SPELLWEAVER, now available on Amazon.

 

Synopsis for SPELLWEAVER

Even in the darkest of times, a bright light can illuminate what’s real and awaken the hearts of those still sleeping. This is the story of Catriona, a woman of mastery in an age ravaged by fear.  During the Burning Times, the spellweavers – those who knew the mysteries of the healing arts – were killed by confused people who mistrusted, because they didn’t understand, our true nature. Inevitably, though, this false power dies while genuine power lives on.  Travel on a magical, mystical journey with this amazing spellweaver…who lived the radiance of life that many only dream of. We all have the potential for living such a life, yet so few dare.

Now is the time.

 

This is Crawford’s fourth book.  She’s also written Mary’s Message:  The Story of Mary Magdalene and Yeshua Ben Josef, (reviewed on the “reading” page of this blog) which offers an alternative explanation to what the life of Mary Magdalene was like — not the woman of ill-repute as she’s been portrayed in the Bible, but something the world has yet to understand —  and explores the metaphysical ideas of positivity, being present and working in the Light, always a theme in Crawford’s work.

 

 

BUT WHY should I tell you about her when she can tell you about herself.

Here’s Ann:

I am an award-winning documentary filmmaker and the author of four books, all on Amazon. I’ve lived in every continental time zone — from the oceans white with foam to the prairie to the mountains! Right now I live with my husband in Colorado with my two adult step-children nearby. I’ve traveled the world extensively (65 countries and all 50 states), including two complete circumnavigations of the globe. Our show tune-belting parrot (who would’ve taught him those?!) keeps us smiling. For more info please visit www.anncrawford.net.

So while we had the time, I got Ann to answer a few questions about writing and life.  Here’s what she had to say:

Writing background:

I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil, but really writing—as in books—since my mid-twenties, so that’s been 30 years. My mother was very sick and wanted to be writer; soon after she died I went off to college, and in my grief I tried to shut that part of me down. I ended up studying business, trying to go in another direction. But writing patiently waited until I could return to it.

I wrote my first book, VISIONING, in twelve days (!). I wrote my book about Mary Magdalene pretty much over a summer, and my third book took a year of Sundays (literally — I was editing a magazine from Monday to Thursday, took two days off, and wrote on Sundays.) Spellweaver has taken about 10 years. It has been so hard to write because I remember those days, those mountains, those people like it was yesterday. I even tried to not write it but it wouldn’t leave me alone.  The characters spoke to me in the night, demanding (lovingly, but still demanding) to have their story written. Finally I wrote the really challenging part, to get it over with, and I chunked it down and wrote for about an hour each morning until it was done.

Where I write:

I’ve lived in so many different places and usually had an office to myself to write in. The walls would be covered with fabrics and artwork and statues of Tara and Kuan Yin sitting on the shelves. I had the Rocky Mountains and herds of elk outside one office; the Pacific Ocean was outside another. For the time being, my husband and I have downsized to a small townhouse, and we made a cozy book nook in a corner upstairs. A sofa faces out the window, which overlooks a park with a sweet grove of trees that looks like Arthur and Guinevere were just there. From what feels like a nest in the trees, it’s fun watching the seasons change in front of me. This one is actually my favorite writing place.

What would I tell the world? That each person is so much more magnificent and powerful than s/he probably realizes. Oh, what would I tell the world about me? That I truly love you.

Book ideas just come to me and don’t leave me alone until I write them down. The characters knock on my door, visit me in the shower, sit with me in the car as I’m driving, wake me up in the middle of the night because they want to talk, and basically hang out until their story is in print.
I just start where the book wants me to start it and fill in the story – forward, backward, beginning, end – as it comes.

My perfect day is waking up at a natural pace (which I get to do most days), eat a leisurely breakfast with my amazing husband and – after he leaves the kitchen (because we have a no-phone agreement when we’re together at meals, whether home or out – turn to my phone, where I read the New York Times app and hang out with some Facebook buddies. Then I write, then have lunch with my amazing husband, then work out, then do volunteer work. Then have dinner with my (you know what I’m going to say now) husband. Then read or watch a movie or go to a show. Most of that is how my days are now. 😊

In response to my question about a favorite childhood memory:

I don’t have just one favorite memory that stands out from my childhood……one of my favorite things about my life is being part of a large family—I’m the youngest of five kids. I have many warm, fuzzy memories of Christmases, birthdays, and summer vacations where we’d all get together and laugh and laugh and laugh—this despite the illness and alcoholism and other sadness that pervaded those years. Perhaps even more because of all that, we could laugh with the best of them.

In response to my question about whether writing can save the world:

I think all of the arts can save the world—writing, singing, gardening, filmmaking, acting, creating in general. Being a parent or a civil engineer or mechanic or masseuse or whatever calls to us can be an artform. I think we’re happiest when we’re creating and doing what we love, doing our passion, fulfilling our purpose. When we’re happy and fulfilled, we’re of greater service to all. What a wonderful world we’d have if we all could serve from our happy, fulfilled overflow!

Amen to that! Thanks for the interview, Ann, and good luck with your book.

pjlazos 5.5.17

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#IWSG

#IWSG

Welcome to the May edition of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group or IWSG.  The whole point of the IWSG is to share, encourage, express doubts and hopes and fears all while ditching the negativity an angst cause that’s no fun for anyone. You can also sit around the virtual campfire and hear the good, the bad, and the ugly stories of those who have gone before you so jump on in on first Wednesday of every month.  All you have to do is post to your blog an answer to that month’s question and let the conversation begin. Encourage, listen, meet new people, and link to this page.   In addition, a cool display of the IWSG badge in your post and on your sidebar would be most tasteful.

Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

In addition to ninja creator, Alex Cavanaugh the awesome co-hosts for the May 3 posting of the IWSG are Nancy Gideon, Tamara Narayan, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Michelle Wallace, and Feather Stone!

Every month, there is a new question to ponder and answer in your IWSG post.  Answer however you’d like.  Lie, even, if you feel you have to, but answer.  Or not.  You could do something completely different and no one would care because?  You know why.  It’s the insecure writer’s support group.  Nothing but love living here!

May 3 Question: What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?

Wellllll, that’s actually easy.  I was writing Oil and Water, my eco thriller novel, and I wanted an exciting diving scene to include that would put the protagonist, a diver and engineer who recently lost his wife and was himself lost to inertia and grief in a position where he’d have to act.  My husband had been a commercial diver for almost 20 years so I asked him a series of hypotheticals and he gave me a few possibilities and I asked a few more questions and we went back and forth about it for a while and before long we’d together created this elaborate underwater rescue that absolutely takes your breath away.  True confession:  it’s almost like an add-on to the book, not that I thought of it later, I really wanted it in there, but it doesn’t advance the story all that much other than to allow the ailing protagonist a victory that helps to improve his state of mind and move on through his grief.  And since this is IWSG posting day, I can say all that with impunity!

I will also say it was one of the most breathtaking (literally) scenes I’ve ever written and being able to collaborate with my husband on it was quite fun.

Happy IWSG day.  What’s your weird/cool research story?

pjlazos 5.3.17

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We Need Humor — and Goats!

We Need Humor and Goats
Earth Day 2017
March for Science

#WATWB

On Saturday, April 22, 2017, I stood in the rain with about 200 other people in the town square of sleepy little Lancaster  PA to promote science.

 

 

People all over the world marched, in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., in New York and Australia.  They showed up for science, they showed up for clean air and clean water, they showed up for answers in the realm of climate change, they just showed up because science is cool, and just about everything you have in your modern life you have because of science.  Vaccines, plastic, catalytic converters, umbrellas, the list is long.  So why do we no longer celebrate our scientists like rock stars the way we did with Albert Einstein and Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize and the first one to win it twice!  Curie was so popular that people would flock to the airport to greet her upon arrival.

Relying on junk science is like mimicking a flamingo with its head in the sand. Yet, too often, science gets a bad rap.  Science doesn’t live solely within the purview of liberals — remember conserve is the root word of conservatism and Teddy Roosevelt, a conservative Republican, started the National Parks Service.  Political affiliations should not get in the way of real science. and to fight over dollars, passing the responsibility to our children who will have to fight for survival shows lack of foresight and stewardship.

But back to my little town of Lancaster.  The signs were great, but the camaraderie even better.  The world should be this way always, coming together to make things better.  And humor always wins the day.

 

My personal favorite:

I was at the back of the crowd and since it was raining and umbrellas were blocking the sound I couldn’t always here clearly.  One speaker said, “We need humor and votes,” but my friends and I heard: “We need humor and goats.”

“Did he just say goats?”  It sounded reasonable to us.  Know why?  Because one hour of using a lawn mower creates as much air pollution as a 100-mile car trip. And goats?  They’ll come cut your lawn (with their teeth) for free without the air pollution!

If we knew our children were going to suffer from decisions we were making today we would change our behavior, right?

We can do this, people.  What are we waiting for?

#WATWB

Thanks to our great hosts:

Belinda Witzenhausen, Simon Falk, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal, Mary J. Giese, Peter Nena

Blessings, all.

pjlazos 4.28.17

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