As the decline of family farms, ethics,the environment, and a moral rudder goes so goes a nation and it’s people.
One in a sort of series I posted a while back I’ve referred to as communion.
Why communion? Because that I believe is what takes place between pollinators and plants – an ancient and great clarity of purpose.
A dance if you will that was already aged, the steps so well known as to become instinctive long before the first footprint of man or woman appeared upon this planet or the cry of the first human infant was heard, and in this singular clarity of purpose a way was being made for that very infant and all who would follow.
I post it anew by request after viewing it and sharing these words with another.
I’ve known a few scrappers over time – people who collect recyclable items out of personal need or to augment their income.
They provide a worthy service in a society where disposable has come to be seen as an asset.
I believe everyone understands the Earth’s resources aren’t infinite, with that in mind salvage material when it comes to construction can pay dividends in a number of ways from reducing waste and the impact on the environment and saving money, to adding a distinctive rustic look if desired.
Might involve a little more work than just running to the lumberyard for new materials but worth the effort where and when warranted.
The photo of the above sheet of plywood is beyond salvaging, basically useless for anything other than drying out and using as firewood.
Wood remains wood but I believe it can be said in much of today’s retail offerings “they don’t make it like they used to” – a 2X4 measures anything but 2×4, indicative of an across the board shaving of points so to speak and quality hardwood requires deep pockets and not as plentiful as it once was.
I do work for people at times who have little or no money, and that’s where salvage can be of a real benefit – not just some boards or material to toss up but salvage that has been tuned so to speak.
Something that when finished can generate a little pride and sense of well being.
It’s a rare day when credit can be given to the current administration for telling the truth – one might even go so far as to liken such an occurrence to a miracle of biblical proportions.
An event on an epic scale like the parting the of the Red Sea or a man by the name of Noah building an ark and then gathering two of every living thing to ride out a global flood along with his family.
And yet a miracle has occurred, and since it is among a demographic that seeks to couch all things in a god fearing code of family values to avoid the comparisons is impossible.
The nature of this miracle? The administration and it’s minions have long declared the XL Keystone Pipeline to be a jobs creator – not only a national boon but a state by state boon for each it passes through.
Lo and behold such has become the case as oil spills become routine and jobs in the form of cleanup crews are created.
Now how good is that? And surely evidence as deranged evangelicals proclaim that not only the president but his elected and appointed cronies have been raised up by the lord himself to carry out his will.
The god fearing no longer need to read their bibles for inspiration or guidance, they need only heed the words of the ever growing number of those insisting they have been “anointed” and speak for the lord.
Evidence of this anointing can be founding in every drop of crude spilled upon the land as oil has historically been portrayed as the vehicle of anointing, not to mention the unctuous nature of these self styled prophets and messengers whose god is none other than Mammon spoken of in the book of Luke contained within the bible.
The bible is riddled with rogues, scoundrels, thieves, liars, and your all around neer do wells, and that has become the provenance for coddling the like in theses times.
Don’t believe that? Then name a time when when all of the above including sexual predators were held in the same high esteem by a political demographic among Christians as they are now – when they would have been allowed to run for an elected office or occupy one.
Yeah, I know – it would require nothing short of a miracle to be able do so.
The nature of environmental degradation is far from a local or national issue, it is global in scope – what happens anywhere impacts the environment everywhere, there is a cumulative effect that cannot be escaped.
But then maybe it’s just me – maybe I haven’t been “saved”, maybe I don’t understand “the lord’s will” in the same way I don’t understand why anyone would litter where they’ve been with beer bottles or anything else.
I’m not into cutting down trees without a good reason, if it’s poses a threat, is diseased, or already down that’s a different story as there is a lot that can be done with the wood from turning into mulch to using as firewood for heat and cooking or any number of construction projects.
I’m of the opinion that if you cut one down you should plant another.
VERTICAL FARMS are a viable approach to addressing multiple issues related to agriculture, quality, dwindling resources, and demand.
Local governments should make an effort to entice such companies to locate in their communities.
I suspect corporate owned farms and entities like Monsanto will attempt to mount some kind of legal offensive.