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How appropriate to write this on a 60-degree weekend which will become a low of 10 by mid next week. I guess the real question is: if mankind REALLY ccepts the "lesser degree of control" that is the truth in this matter, where exactly does that acceptance take us? And can it be to a happier place?

01/11/13 @ 09:15
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A fantastic question, Joe, one that is the subject of the my next post. Stay tuned.

As for the irony of the 60-degree day, such instances seem to have haunted this entire series!

01/11/13 @ 09:19
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Sidebar comment: As I walked from my car to a building last Wednesday I noted the thin sunlight, smelled the dampness in the air, noted the greening grasses between the brown leaves and felt the cool tempture, I realized I didn't know if it was Spring or Fall. Then an aha! It's Winter.

The next thought was it doesn't matter if it's Spring, or Fall, or Winter. It's enough to have a seasonless day.

01/11/13 @ 10:19

Ruth, this is a brilliantly written exposé of the absurdity of modern industrial society's perceived control over nature and superiority over "less developed" peoples, past and present. There were many lines that tickled me with joy, but this one really summed it up for me:

"We retreat to a man-made world defined by a man-made system of economics, where the only people who know what time it is are the ones who can afford to buy a watch."

Knowing western civilization's great ability to come up with mechanical solutions for spiritual misalignment, I'm wondering if there will soon be new, digitally interactive calendars that can track and anticipate disrupted weather and seasonal patterns in different regions due to the effects of climate change.

01/11/13 @ 11:08
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Leslie: I know a woman who has been spearheading a citizen science Phenology project (http://lgnc.org/research/phenology). The intention is to understand how the local timing of things (migrations, blooming, etc.) is changing in response to climate change. I too am curious about how other lives are responding, because with or without the label, "normal" is in flux. Good for you to notice, both in appreciation for sights/smells/sounds/feelings as well as understanding the need for flexibility. The grass has; so can we (I was actually wondering if I was going to have to cut the lawn soon!)

Sven: I was watching a PBS program about scientists who were working on predicting volcanic eruptions. It described the challenge where villages were near: call for an evacuation and then lose credibility if wrong --or-- hold off the call and risk the lost of life. Science fascinates me, and it seems to be our role to perpetually invent and know things. But have we come to use this as an excuse to go on living at the base of an active volcano?

01/11/13 @ 11:33