I’m back from Courtenay, BC, after a good visit with Marian. Happy to be able to support her as she faces multiple challenges.
And now, as frequently, the climate is stage center again.
- I talked to my brother, Sandy, in Lara, south of Melbourne, Australia yesterday. Victoria (the provincial state) is burning up. Extended drought, high winds, and unbearable heat (117°F) have turned some communities into gigantic bonfires. Meanwhile, the north of the country is in monsoon time – one area in Queensland reported almost a metre of rain in a 24-hour period.
- An avalanche just south of Juneau yesterday closed the (only) road to the adjacent settlement of Thane, marooning some 30 households. 18′ of snow blocked 300′ of roadway. Gladly, it seems all are safe.
- I was a lone observer at Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the Juneau Sustainability Commission. (See recent blog posting on Community Resilience.) While there, I listened to an interesting presentation by the Commission’s Committee on Energy/Greenhouse Gas Emissions and read its draft report.
- Just 6 weeks after solstice, we already have 2 hours more of daylight. In February, each day is 5 minutes longer than the last. The change is so noticeable you can practically taste it.
Thursday, I drove 26 miles “out the road” to Eagle Beach to do the monthly COASST survey. Took Sparky and Major along for company. The road was pretty clear, but the snow barrier to the beach got the better of us. Sparky and Major turned into snowballs, and I spent too much time struggling to stay vertical – so we gave up.
And so, I conclude that we humans are fools to believe we can either ignore or control mother nature. We have done so to our obvious peril. The fearful state of the economy is further clear evidence that, collectively, we don’t have a clue about what we’re doing.
On happier and more close-to-home notes, this week:
- Jasper bought a guitar with his Christmas money;
- I signed up to do an online course The Soul of Nature: A Journey Into the Poetry of Mary Oliver;
- We watched the Juneau Symphony performed a “Revolutionary Russian” composer selection;
- We had fun playing bridge with our dear ones next door a couple of times.