The season for enjoying the fullness of life — partaking of the harvest, sharing the harvest with others, and reinvesting and saving portions of the harvest for yet another season of growth.
~ Denis Waitley
Happy Thanksgiving to my friends and visitors from Canada!
How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting, or not exciting but worth a mention?
M and I traveled north of the Mason-Dixon Line to visit with family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. We spent time with his sister, one of his brothers (and sister-in-law), and his father. It was good to see them all again.
I thought we might see more color on the foliage up that way, and we did. Just not as much as I was expecting. It’s been a warm autumn for them, too.
It rained during the wee hours of Saturday morning, and into the later hours of the morning as well. By afternoon it had stopped and we went for a hike to get some exercise while we spent time together getting caught up with each other. I missed out on some of the conversations while hobbling along on a stiff and sore knee, but the knee eventually loosened up and I was able to keep up with the group. We walked 3 miles which is more than I’ve done in a while because of my knees. It was a good hike.
The trail we picked is a new rail trail so it was easy hiking. We picked it, in part, because M and I were interested in checking out the wind turbines near the trail. The opponents of the industrial wind turbine development being proposed here in our county on the Eastern Shore are having a community meeting on Thursday. I wanted a chance to hear what the turbines sound like, and this hike was a good opportunity.
The turbines we saw on our hike are baby turbines compared to what the developers want to put in here. In fact, the turbines they want to put in here are three times taller, and, I’m told but haven’t been able to verify, bigger than any other turbines on land here in the U.S. What surprised me about the baby turbines was the noise. It seems innocuous at first, but after a few minutes it was not difficult to imagine how the low-level hum and whoosh would keep me awake at night if a turbine was located near my home.
I don’t think there are any locals reading my blog, but just in case there might be one or two, you can find out more about this week’s meeting here.
I still wonder if wind energy is the answer to climate change. It’s hard to trust the wind energy folks who are applying the same tactics as the gas and oil companies, driving wedges between neighbors through misinformation, greed, and secrecy. One thing that bothers me most is the secrecy, especially when it comes to the lease agreements the farmers sign. There is a confidentiality clause that forbids the signers to talk about their agreements with the developers. If our tax dollars, both state and federal, are subsidizing the turbines, shouldn’t the tax payers be entitled to transparency and full disclosure? I think so. What are they hiding, anyhow?
I also question the removal of an opponent of the wind turbines from our Planning and Zoning Commission. There are obvious proponents (and people who appear to have conflicts of interest when it comes to benefiting from the turbines) on the commission. If they are allowed to stay, why kick off an opponent?
One other thought on this and I’ll change the subject because I know most of you are not here to read about wind turbines and local politics. In all the talk about climate change, I hear very little about other changes that could be made that will make a difference. Conservation, for one. Think about all those lights that are on at night, guarding empty buildings. The food we consume has an impact as well. There are some interesting factoids at the ChooseVeg website about how our food choices could help the environment. I realize switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet is not for everyone. Perhaps we should also consider where our food comes from. Eating local, when possible, cuts down on the use of fossil fuels simply because the food doesn’t need to travel as far to get to you. There are a variety of ways to reduce our carbon footprint. You can find some of them at Carbonfund.org.
I reckon that’s enough from me on this cloudy Monday. Probably more than enough. Don’t worry. I’m not this preachy all the time. I try not to get my soap box out too often, or stay on it too long when I do.
Thank you so much for visiting, and taking a short hike with me as I look for fall colors and work out my thoughts on life, the universe, and wind turbines.
I don’t think we’ll see much of a sunset this evening. The clouds are expected to stick around for most of the day. There is no rain in the forecast, but I noticed there is rain on the radar so we may see and feel a few drops here and there. You never know with the clouds around here, though, so let’s plan on going out to the dock if the sky should clear or start to clear. See you there around 6:00 PM. Sunset is at 6:28 PM, and that will give us time to catch up with each other before the show, if there is one, begins. I don’t think you’ll need a jacket. It’s warm and humid, a little sauna-like today.
Walktober News. I see some of you have done or are working on your Walktober walks and posts. I’m looking forward to joining you on your walks soon if I haven’t been by already. Reminder: The Walktober badge over in the sidebar links to the Walktober Dates post where pingbacks and links should go, and you can pick up and use the badge for your post if you like.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: A calm and cloudy day, perfect for getting caught up on indoor work; all of you, for your visits, your likes, and your comments; small changes in the foliage here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch; tea time in the afternoon; being home again after a weekend away.