Spring-FloodSpring has arrived. Well, sort of. The weather continues chilly and damp, and decidedly gray.

This morning we listened, as we usually do, to Harmonia via our local Public Radio station. Today’s program explored the music of composers killed or affected by the Plague.

This set me to thinking about Polio. Polio was a plague – or rather remains a plague, as it is making a comeback. For those of you who came of age after the mid-fifties, missing the plague years, it may come as a surprise to learn that Polio terrified North Americans for decades. Continue reading

Rain, Rain

Bridge over the Winooski, Richmond, VTThe rain continues. We live high on a bluff above the lake, so major flooding is very unusual for our street. It used to be we rarely had water in the basement, but more recently the climate has become much wetter and we now get water occasionally. It’s been worse for our neighbors. Continue reading

Despair and Climate Change

Crow Addresses the DcksToday is a warm, humid day in Chennai. Back home in Vermont, the last couple of weeks, very much like the winter to date, have been on the warm side. It seems clear from recent climate data that global climate change is proceeding much more rapidly than scientists predicted or we imagined. Continue reading

On the Road: Cape Breton Island

These last few days we have been traveling through Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. This morning we are in Baddeck, N.S., in a bed and breakfast fast by the water.

During our trip climate change has been a consistent topic of conversation with the people we have met along the way. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are very dry. Many of the rivers are running low, some much lower than at any time in recent memory. This follows a non-winter. Locals report lakes that consistently froze over in the past now remain open all winter. Ways of life that have been consistent for many generations are changing with the climate. Continue reading

Great Art and Hypocrisy at Frog Hollow

Air Conditioning Church Street

We went downtown to see the Sabra Field retrospective at Frog Hollow. The show, which included other Vermont artists, is luscious. Pleasantly, the air conditioning was on. Unfortunately, the door to Church Street was propped open. There is a deep irony here: Sabra has spent her life making remarkable art about the Vermont landscape, yet that very landscape is imperiled by fossil fuel driven climate change. Air conditioning Church Street contributes to said climate change. I imagine the folks at Frog Hollow is a community treasure, showing some of Vermont’s very best artists and crafts persons. Why they act in such a destructive manner is a mystery. They also represent our State government which is supposedly addressing climate change. Those responsible for policy at Frog Hollow should know better.

Snow or No Snow?

The cold has finally arrived, and a skiff of snow lays on the ground.

That said, the forecast for Wednesday is for rain, then a turn toward cold again. We are keeping a collective eye on possible Christmas weekend storm. Will it occur? Will it run too far south of us? Keep your fingers crossed.

The warmth has everyone thinking about climate change. Continue reading

Water Is Rising

Water Is Rising

Last night I went to the Flynn Center to see a performance of Water Is Rising. The performance featured 36 performers from the islands of Karibati, Tuvalu, Tokelau, small islands in the far Pacific that scientists forecast will be among the first to disappear due to global climate change. The show included several deeply moving appeals for aid in stopping climate change. Although the science of climate change was mentioned, the focus was on the Islanders’ hope the population of the Industrialized countries will see the humanity of the performers, and act decisively to protect the Islanders’ cultures, islands, and lives. They repeatedly asserted their right to be loved and assisted in their quest to save their homelands. There was an immediacy to their appeals; the water that surrounds their islands is rising rapidly. Continue reading

Today Indigenous People Will Occupy Buildings In Washington

OccupyDC last night announced a coalition of First Nations leaders, Holy People, and Elders would be occupying buildings in Washington, D.C., to insist the views of Native people be taken into account as the government considers the Tar Sands.