"What do you plan to do with your one, wild, precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Questions and Conundrums

Midsummer thoughts: When the shift in daylight hours is gradual, why do you suddenly notice the shorter days as a drastic change? We could power this country on solar even on the darkest days. Where is the political will to stand up to the fossil fuel industry? I want a solar panel on the top of my car and one on my roof. I don't need one like the farm has. But I sure am proud of the farm and brother John and father Bob who made it all happen.





Midsummer grumbling: When Hilary Clinton is on television, why do people comment on her hair and her age and her clothes when no such questions are asked of male diplomats and politicians? Why has Barack  Obama turned gray in 3 1/2 years while George Bush never changed a whit in 8? Why don't people talk about the real cause of this summer's record heat and drought conditions? Why aren't weather reports serious instead of focusing on picnic plans and baseball games? Why don't they teach geography in school? Why do weeds grow faster when you go away for a weekend? Why do zucchini turn into small canoes overnight?

I like my leaders to show wear and tear and sleepless nights. When the weight of the world has been upon them, I like to know they have known it. I like women in power who are smart and articulate and know their geography. I don't care about their hair, anymore than I care about Mitt's doo or Mitch O'Connell's forehead (Republican leader in the Senate) and the frown lines he's developed from the nastygrams he composes in his sleep. I want earth to remain blue with an unbroken ozone shield and thick ice caps. I like normal weather where the highs and lows balance each other out, instead of the 10-1 recorded in the last year. I like snowstorms and thunderstorms with the reporting of the same above a 4th grade level. I like gardens free of Monsanto poison and my zucchini voracious. When they grow into canoes, we hollow them out and set them out to sea.



Lake Huron, our big shining sea, the middle child in the Great Lakes family, the national treasure that belongs to all.

12 comments:

Frances Garrood said...

What a lot of questions! But I love the idea of home grown canoes. You could make a killing in the aftermath of the Olympics.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Hi Frances,
You think? They really do float. Thanks for commenting!

Jemi Fraser said...

I love the way your brain works!

I don't understand why people believe it's okay/important/relevant to comment on female politicians' clothing, hair etc either. It's really the brains & decisions I'm worried about.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

None of them look that good anyway. As you said, I don't care what they look like, only what they will really do.

Anthony Duce said...

The questions all have answers. They can all be explained, and for most if not all a change in behavior would provide for positive responses. But of course, most just want to live in the fairy tales, what is reported, as you say: at a fourth grade level.
The views of Lake Huron are great. I am hoping to get to the shore soon and sail, now that I’m up and about again.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Jemi,
Thanks! The real corker for me was when Rush Limbaugh called Michelle Obama fat.

Alex,
Agreed. And what some of them are doing makes them trolls. Too bad they won't stay under the bridge out of sight. Thanks for commenting!

Tony,
Thank you. You'd better get out on the water before the gales of November. Sorry to hear you've not been up and about.

Anne Gallagher said...

Late to the game, but I love this post. I ask myself these same questions. And I, for one, love Hilary's hair. (Well, the last time I saw it it was long.) Solar energy has always been the way to go, when Jimmy Carter put up the panels on the White House, Regan took them down. That wasn't very nice. Weeds, I think, are like cockroaches, they just populate. I got so sick of watching the political race I stopped. I'll wait until after the conventions to see if they get down to business instead of going off with negative ads. I love your pics of the lake.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Anne,
Thank you!! I'd forgotten about the solar panel fiasco at the Whitehouse. One more reason to despise that man and admire Carter for being ahead of the times. I agree with everything you said. Thanks for adding to the discussion.

Al said...

Thank you for a very insightful post.

Talli Roland said...

I'm so with you on Hilary Clinton. Things like that annoy me to NO END!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Al,
thanks! Glad you liked it.

Talli,
Thanks for commenting. I'm glad I'm not the only annoyed by that.

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