This is not an unfamiliar void since first experimenting with blogger.com in March of 2002. And something eventually crystallizes out of the things I’ve been reading and ruminating about overnight, or over days, or miles in the car.
And what I often do to rescue the empty page from starvation is look at what I’ve saved to my clipboard (PTH Pasteboard app) and to my “current events” page (in Notational Velocity) and I’ll find more than enough stuff that was interesting to me. That not so often translates into conversation, links or other kinds of blogger feedback these days. I have adjusted to the new normal, and blog anyway.
So here’s a short list of personal bullets I find in the odds-and-ends box on an early Monday morning:
â–¶ I’m finally going to plant Jerusalem Artichokes this year (a sunflower relative), thanks to Jayn who linked me with Bob who has some I can dig on Friday. If you’ve never heard of this plant, it has many benefits (including tasting like water chestnuts) and should grow very well in our sandy soil along Goose Creek in front of the barn.
â–¶ Our church patriarch, pushing 90, pulled out of his pocket yesterday a clip he’d taken from the Roanoke Times. It reports the planting of 560 American Chestnut saplings in the commonwealth (Amherst County). He remembers family members gathering chestnuts to sell to make money to buy each other simple gifts for Christmas. I appreciated him knowing I’d be interested in the newspaper story, and his.
â–¶ Good Chemicals: Eastern Red Cedar in most places is a trash tree, an invader of old fields over limestone soils across the country. A new discovery has found a substance in this tree that succeeds where antibiotics increasingly fail: in conquering MRSA: a hospital (and now community) superbug.
â–¶ Bad Chemicals: What in the World Are They Spraying? is the title of a video that spreads various conspiracy theories about contrails–er, excuse me–chemtrails. Choose your poison. Contrail Science, OTOH, prefers to be grounded in–what do you call those things?–facts. You decide which is true and which is more entertaining.
â–¶ Chamber of Horrors: Bill McKibben takes on the C of C’s affliction by “money pollution” in this HuffPo article. But take note: as I was informed after a Fragments tirade last year (against the national Chamber’s stand opposing action on global warming initiatives) that local chambers can chose to NOT support the national policies. Floyd’s, apparently, is one of those. How about your Chamber of Chaos?
â–¶ Coal’s True Cost What the Chamber does not do, as is typical of myopic “commerce-as-god” entities, is leave certain debits out of the balance sheet. Externalized costs–like disease, displacement, habitat loss and biological extinction are generally invisible. Let’s start making the Emperor’s bare butt apparent, and at the same time, assign true value to the “environmental services” that go in the credits column when air, water, soil and forests do their invisible work for our benefit. If our vision doesn’t clear soon, there are cliffs aplenty that we won’t acknowledge until we’re half way down to the rocks below.