John Prine, 1971 One of my favorite musical artists is John Prine. We lost him earlier this year, another Covid victim. The first song on his first album is titled Illegal Smile. It describes the plight of a fellow who is down on his luck and what he does to compensate. In one lyric, he … Continue reading Climate Insurance?
I am surprised that so many people I know do not seem to take climate change seriously. When I read about the devastation our planet will likely suffer over the next few decades, and then consider our collective reluctance to make substantive changes to avoid these events, I don’t understand it. But recently I found … Continue reading But Will It Affect ME?
Sir David Attenborough Netflix has released a new documentary featuring Sir David Attenborough, a well-known BBC broadcaster and historian, who has extensively studied and documented the history of animal and plant life on earth. He is responsible for the series, Life on Earth, beginning in 1979, which created a body of work that became a … Continue reading A Life On Our Planet
Judges play a crucial role in protecting our rights as citizens. That’s their job and often when deciding cases, judges must strike a balance between competing interests of different citizens and groups using our constitution as the roadmap. Choosing judges that will fairly execute these responsibilities is therefore extremely important because otherwise, justice will not … Continue reading Climate Court
Sierra Club's Endorsement The presidential candidates will debate for the first time on September 29, 2020. Two other debates will follow soon thereafter. Citizens will be watching to better understand where the candidates are on current issues and their plans. There are many criteria which can be considered when deciding whether to vote for the … Continue reading Vote To Save Our Planet
We recently visited a beautiful national park, Yellowstone. We had planned this trip early in the year. When the pandemic hit us all, the park was closed and we thought our trip would be cancelled. But a few weeks before our scheduled departure, the park reopened on a very limited basis. The hotels remained closed … Continue reading Chillax from the Rat Race
Recently, I was asked the question: When choosing a beer, which is better for the environment - a locally brewed beer, or one from a brewery that employs sustainable practices? Good question! And a complex one! The environmental benefit of buying local is pretty straight forward. As discussed in Local Sourcing, buying a beer that … Continue reading The Beer of Choice
One of my new years’ resolutions was to review the “ABCs of Life” every day. This list, created by Byron Garret, is a wonderful collection of worthy actions important to our happiness and well-being. For example, “Be Kind”. It recently occurred to me we need a list of things we can do to save our … Continue reading ABCs To Save Our Planet
Last year I announced I wanted to buy an electric car. After a little research, I concluded a plug-in hybrid, rather than all-electric, was needed because we frequently take trips that are further than the range of electric cars. If my needs were limited to in-town commuting, an all-electric car would be perfect. Since that … Continue reading Quite A Charge
I’ll never forget the first time I realized the power of the internet. My son was attending school in St. Louis, we were living in Texas, and I received a call from him one afternoon. He was running errands in his car and was having an issue with one of his tires. He asked me … Continue reading That Should Fix It