Archive | May 22, 2014

Morning Orientation

I live in the city. Thankfully Los Angeles is a city that values trees and green things. So at least in the San Fernando Valley where I live there are always trees visible even if they are a much hated palm tree. (Palm trees are not trees, they are large stalks of overgrown grass.)

Anyway this may make being a practicing druid easier, that and the fact that our townhouse/apt has a large garden.

I work in a large office building out in Woodland Hills and either take the bus or I drive but I do one thing every morning to orient myself. I go out the front door and stop just for about 30 seconds and breathe. I look at my garden. I look at the sky. I listen for whatever bird or animal is making sounds. I feel the air on my skin and I just let all my senses reach out for a bit. Then if I’m walking to the bus stop I can stay in that frame of existence until I get there. If I’m driving I divert my attention to what I am supposed to be doing.

I find if I don’t do this every day before work I get a little crazy from being inside.

Is the climate change fight better off without Joe Q. Public?

Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

If climate change was shifted to the backburner, fighting it might generate less opposition.

Global warmingIn an opinion piece at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Dawn Stover recently wrote:

Apparently most Americans have not only lost interest in learning about what’s happening to our world, but are actively repelled by the very mention of this world.

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