Monday, June 05, 2017

These Times We're Living In

We've been out taking walks to divert our attention from the unfolding nightmare that is our country at the moment. There are simply no words to describe our utter shock and dismay about the times we are living in.

So, here's what we've been looking at. Ah, we always say thank you to the earth for providing us with this awesome beauty.

This is Arcata Bay at a low-ish tide. Not even the lowest tide of the day. The algae is definitely in full bloom here. The colors are so vivid against that blue blue sky.
The tidal channel flowing back out to the ocean.
A wonderful illusion of a bay in the distance. This reminded us so much of Monterey Bay, but it is all only sky and cloud beyond the green pastures.

When I think about the times we are living in, I am always reminded of this song by Kate Wolf. She sings, "We've only got these times we're living in..." At the moment, that's a bit of a bummer.

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  1. Indeed, these are trying times. I suppose that in just about every part of the world, every generation has had at least one or two depressing, distressing messes to deal with. Perhaps it is just the connectedness of the world that makes it seem so immediate and overwhelming these days. I don't know. For myself, I've definitely withdrawn from the news of the world. I'm not being a total ostrich about it, but have pretty much stopped following the daily events. I have enough to deal with on a personal level right now and don't need any outside stimuli to crank up the stress level. Better to focus on what is good in the world and leave the battles to those who have the time, energy and desire to duke it out with those who seek to destroy all that is good. Those of us on the sidelines can still lend our support in whatever way we can. There's a passage about this - can't remember who wrote or said it - about there being a time to step back and rest and let others carry on. I have quite a bit of faith that the up and coming generations will be able to sort out a lot of the current disasters. In the meantime, we should celebrate out world - try to preserve and protect what we can - and pass on whatever wisdom we can.

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  2. Oh, such beauty! How perfect to have Kate Wolf's golden voice paired with your photos of the exquisite part of Earth where you live. The last photo really does look like a bay is in the background!
    Kate Wolf: She was perhaps the most charismatic performer I ever saw perform live. Such a gentle soul, such a great songwriter, a stellar singer, and gone so very young.
    Re: Bev's comment, simply picking up your phone and calling your state or federal reps to say, "Do everything in your power to protect undocumented immigrants" or "support a carbon fee (tax)" makes a difference. Even if your pols already support those things, call and tell them "thank you" for doing so. Out on the east coast, TWO Republican governors have felt compelled to join the Climate Alliance. You know they wouldn't if they hadn't been hearing from constituents in droves. It takes a minute of your time and then you can return to your real life on the nurturing land.

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  3. bev, rain, and CCorax-- I thank you for your kind, thoughtful, heartfelt comments. What you write is utterly true and helpful. I think what has me truly bummed out is that I am just blown away by the direction that things are going. I came of age during the 60s, I marched for Civil Rights and against the war in VietNam. I attended Earth Day rallies. I thought we could make difference. That was over 40 years ago. Many good things have happened since then, but so have many things that have pushed our world and the planet in a direction I didn't think was possible. Back in the "good ol' days" in 1970 there were HALF as many people on the planet. HALF!!! There's no answer for our over-population, our depletion of the earth's resources, our destruction of habitat. Every now and then, like when Donald Trump opens his stupid mouth, I am reminded of what has happened in my lifetime. Maybe the next generations will figure it all out, I'm just blown away by where we are right now. I love you guys for your good hearts and thoughtful words. Thank you.

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  4. These times we are living in are a real head shaking challenge. I wonder what Kate would have thought about our times today. We lost her too young. Such a lovely voice.
    We have to badger our law makers and hope they can keep the tweet in chief as harmless as possible. I love how much of the business world has decided to keep going green in spite of him. We can win here or at least--not lose.

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    1. Patti- I love your question about what Kate would be singing about now. She really did leave us much too soon. I'm hoping that you are right, that at the very least we won't lose. Really, really hoping.

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  5. Thanks for the video, a very pretty song. That line really does apply to these days. So sad and scary. Very nice photos Robin.

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    1. Pat-- It is a sad and scary time. Glad you liked the photos!

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  6. We live in some bad times again & I dread what will happen next

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    1. Bill-- I also dread what will happen next. So sad in every way.

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  7. I keep watching, dumbfounded at how this stuff just keeps on happening. I can't believe how quickly this person has toppled the US from its former position of world leadership and threatened social and political norms. I have to consciously turn my mind away from this when I take the dogs for a walk so I can appreciate the real world.

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    1. Mark-- We try to appreciate the real world everyday to balance the utter insanity that has befallen us and our country. I am blown away by all of it.

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  8. Such a lovely song. It is hard to believe the times we are living in. But these are the times we must live in. And we will get through these days somehow.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- I never realized how much of a dreamer I was until Trump took office. He is the opposite of everything I have ever hoped for. So glad you like this song.

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  9. And yet....a Kate song always makes things right in my world. #medicinewheel

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    1. mary-- Yes, a Kate song always makes thing right for us too. That voice...

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