Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Life These Days


I took a screen-grab of this image from the San Francisco Chronicle. California has over 625 fires burning, more than a million acres. The thing that really caught my eye on this map tracking system was the "Select A Fire" drop down menu. These are the times we are living in, a menu of fires. We're lucky, all is okay here. We didn't get the thunder and dry lightning storm that was predicted for us and the rest of northern California on Sunday, and that made us very relieved and happy. We're waiting to see what happens next.

The fires have replaced the Coronavirus headlines. The cases are still surging here. The local university has let some students come to campus for in-classroom courses. So far after one week, five students have tested positive. Not sure what the impact will be on our community, but it does make us that much more vigilant about hand-washing and mask-wearing.

I'm sure you know we are not watching the Republican Convention. There's no way we could let those words and intentions enter our already challenged psyches. We are very worried about the future of our country. It keeps getting worse and worse, and it's hard not to be totally bummed out about all of it.

We've been walking three miles a day, but there hasn't been much opportunity for photos. The skies have been pretty overcast as the summer begins to fade into fall.

That's life these days. Fires, virus, political insanity, and gray skies. As one article called it When Crises Collide.

PS-- As if this all wasn't already too much, I created this post in the new Blogger format. It's interesting to figure this stuff out, but I think it looks pretty much the same. Could we just get back to something normal soon? Wouldn't that be lovely? 

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  1. A menu for fires? Mercy. So glad you have been spared the fires and the smoke. Keep it going.
    I don't have the stomach for the RNC either. Even the news clips make me queasy.
    Covid, fires, politics and hurricanes--yes crises are colliding.

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    1. Patti-- We're hoping that the fires will be contained everywhere in the state so that people can return home, and life can be a bit more normal. I can't even look at the headlines about the RNC. Ugh.

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  2. How stressful it all is. Makes me want to go back to bed and pull the covers over my head. Good you are walking and blogging. I have got to get motivated to pick my spirits up.

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    1. Ellen-- These are truly challenging times in every way. We're always looking for ways to get motivated and lift our spirits too. Take care.

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  3. This feels very much like a time of war. It is a time of war. A time of waiting to see what happens next.

    This time of year, when I wake up, The Pleiades are rising, then Orion rises and moves up into the night sky, and then the first signs of morning appear. There is a scene in War and Peace where a man dying on a battlefield looks up and is astounded by the beauty of the blue sky. At least that how I remember what I read so long ago. I remember the horror of two previous summers here where the sun and sky were red for days and I remember the relief we all felt when we saw blue sky again.

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    1. am-- It does feel like a time of war. I'm pretty scared these days. With all the racism and anti-semitism, it worries me to my Ashkenazi bones.
      Oh yes, when the air clears after a smoky time, it's so so very beautiful.

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  4. Well now, what is or was normal? Maybe our normal was/is the wrong normal in the first case?
    Seriously, we have to strive for a new normal, our lives and that of our children depends on it.

    Take heart, there are so many good people on this planet and so much wonder to discover.
    Stay safe!

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    1. Sabine-- Yes, we need a new normal, one that is environmentally sound and humane in every way. Is it possible? I don't know.
      Yes, there are good people on our very beautiful planet. It's one of the reasons I keep on blogging, so I can read the comments left by such good hearts. Thank you!

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  5. I think I'll take hurricanes over wildfires.

    I haven't watched any of either convention but especially not the RNC. Nothing but lies and gaslighting. theythreaten all kinds of doom and gloom under Biden but everything they say will happen under a democratic administration is actually happening now under Trump and then they say that only Trump can fix it even though he hasn't and can't and still they don't see.

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    1. ellen-- Yes, hurricanes over wildfires. I think I would take that too.
      I don't know what's happened to our country in these past four years, but it's become an unrecognizable nation that seems to exist without a constitution or a system of checks and balances anymore. Ugh.

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  6. I like your plea at the end of your post. So put new in front of normal. I think some of the changes with covid will stay with us. I think much more will be done on line like buying groceries.

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    1. Red-- I fear that you are right. My only hope is for a vaccine that will help to alleviate the fear and the progression of this pandemic.

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  7. I've been thinking about you and Roger and hoping that you dodge all of the mayhem all around. It's true. The fires eclipsed the Covid-19 headlines. And Covid-19 eclipsed the climate disaster headlines. Remember the climate crisis? It's still here and part of all of this, of course. Here in Powell River we are safe and sound. And we are grateful even as we watch the madness of the humans near and far.

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    1. John-- I've been thinking of you too. Yes, your assessment is right on. How much more of this crisis after crisis after crisis can we take? I don't know. Someday I hope we can truly work to save our planet in the most thoughtful and realistic way. Take care there in Powell River, dear friend.

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  8. Yes, many crisis are coming at once...each change is much bigger than they used to be. It's as if there's storm surges behind each one, and if we're able to float for a while in some kind of sanity, perhaps we'll be left stranded on whatever is left behind. That's what I'm hoping for anyway...surviving in order to someday thrive again.

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    1. Barbara-- I love the idea of floating for a while in a kind of sanity. Oh how I long for such a moment! Surviving to thrive, yes!!

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  9. You Know, If You Would Have Racked The Forest Floor - Couldn't Believe My Eyes When I Read Over 500 Fires As I Have Family All Over CA - Now, 600+, Unreal - Stay Strong Out There And Be Brave

    Cheers

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    1. Padre-- Ha ha! You made me laugh out loud. Thank you for that. Yes, we should have raked the forest floor. Damn, we are such lazy bums!

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  10. I would never be able to watch the RNC. I can barely look at the headlines regarding it. I'm back to trying to limit how often I look at news. It's just too depressing. I've been trying to read, and I've been watching a lot of documentaries on Hulu. I really, really wish we could get back to normal too.

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    1. Sharon-- I'll be glad when this RNC week is over, and we can get back to regular crappy news instead of this onslaught of insanity.

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  11. Walking daily and not watching the RNC is the height of sanity and stability. You’re wise.

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    1. 37paddington-- It's a survival instinct. LOL!

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  12. When was normal? In the womb or before that? Do you know I've quite forgotten

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    1. Roderick-- I'm a twin, so I'm not sure I even knew "normal" in the womb. There were two of us in there!

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  13. Down here, the RNC has been dominating the news, and it's a depressing topic. We have NOT watched. Does this make us uninformed? Or just spared more lies, exaggerations, sickening sycophancy? Looking forward to getting out of town next week for some refreshing sea air--if it cools down.

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    1. Peter-- We haven't watched any of it. The only news we watch is PBS Newshour, and we don't watch it when it's live streaming any of it. Yes, the cool sea air truly does make a bit of difference.

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  14. We are due for a cool down this weekend which will be readily accepted. Now if only the heated temperature of the country could cool down but I don't expect to happen until November, perhaps longer. I, too, am boycotting the Republican convention. My solution: the many cooking shows on Netflix.

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    1. Catalyst-- I'm so worried about the upcoming election I feel like running away. Enjoy those cooking shows. Now that you mention it, I think we may have to tune in to those shows as well. Yummy diversions.

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  15. Yes, it's hard to find something positive these days Robin. And I agree - will Facebook and Blogger please stop changing things? Constant 'upgrades' to systems are a ridiculous obsession in a world where the shallow and inane has gained way too much importance.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- It's so weird that blogger and Facebook chose the same time to change things. It's true about the shallow and inane. I'm not sure there's any way out of this insanity with a positive outcome.

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  16. I find it very sad that so many pay attention to only one news source; it only feeds the extremes on both sides of the aisle iti seems. But then, for the most part our minds are already made up, aren't they? And so we seek out only like minds. That and the lack of civil discussion abotu differing views conerns me. Kim in PA

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    1. Kim S-- You know nothing about me. Thank you for stopping by.

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