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Corn Field in Snow

Corn Field in the Prospect Hill Conservation Land, first week in December 2007

I raise my pelvis to God
so that it may know the truth of how
flowers smash through the long winter.
(Anne Sexton (1928-1974), U.S. poet. “The Fierceness of Female.”)


Over and over, year after year, the flowers need to smash through. This spring it might be a little more difficult. We have had and are still having an old-fashioned New England winter. It snowed last night on March 28th, a week into spring, and then turned to rain. I went out to take photos to record the event before the precipitation stopped. But now low and behold, it’s snowing again, coming down pretty good.
Cider Mill In snow
The Trail to Cider Mill Conservation Land on March 28th, 2008
Of course before we had spring and winter snow we had fall snow in early December. Anyone thinking of moving south?
Along the Trail 12-4-08
Boulders Along the Trail – First Week of December, 2007

Down Town Manhattan

(Downtown photograph copyright Frank Winters)

Could a small New England town grow to look like this? No? Then what will stop it?

Comments welcomed.

Springtime is Buddha time. Time to be awake! If not now — when?


Aurora and I have attended a few Sunday services at The First Parish Church in Westford this month. We’ve enjoyed the fellowship and Reverend Cindy’s sermons very much.

On Sunday May 13th the program for the service included this quotation:

Believe nothing because you have been told it, or it has been traditional, or because you yourselves have imagined it. Believe whatsoever you find to be conductive to the good, to benefit the welfare of all things Buddha

This is a good sign for us because we dislike dogma and this advice about what to believe seems like the opposite of dogma.

But how to determine what is good and beneficial? Meditate on the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path? Not a bad place to start. Listening to the small quite voice the Quakers teach about will also help. Praying is a good start too. But after the meditation, prayer and quiet listening — we must act.

Does peace of mind come from constructive action or do we need to have peace of mind before we can act? Don’t know — but I guess its a circle — just get on and go. Think about what Buddha said and take action; then think some more, then more action and so on…

The human race is rapidly approaching a time when sustainability will be the only test of any action by individuals or groups. We will need to be awake all the time to figure out and act on ‘whatsoever you find to be conductive to the good, to benefit the welfare of all things.’ This is good — a call to be in a kind of year round springtime!

Let’s be awake!

Step It Up — April 14th 2007

Step It Up Group Photo

Group photo taken from the church steeple.

My wife Aurora and I were involved in Step It Up yesterday. I designed and created a tri-fold flyer entitled “Global Warming – What Can I do?” Its attractive — lots of photos — is printed on recycled paper and includes twelve things individuals can do to start to turn the tide. I got the information for the flyer from a few web sites including Al Gore’s. Aurora handed them out to a crowd of about 200 people — pretty good sized crowd considering the organizers got a late start on this.

But what I enjoyed most was that I was the photographer for the event and had the privilege of climbing up the old First Parish Church steeple (watch out for the bat guano!) and taking photos from there. The Step It Up organization requested that local events report to them about our activities including photos — organizer Marcia Stokes is doing that as I write this post.

Me In The Steeple

That’s me getting blown away.

In case you are unaware, Step It Up’s goal is to create a ground swell of public outcry to encourage Congress to decrease carbon emissions 80% by 2050. The Step It Up web site is here –

Many believe that nothing short of such an initiative with what may seem like a drastic goal will work. In other words while using the right light bulbs and driving Hybrids is a step in the right direction, if we, for example, keep building coal fired electricity generation plants, none of that will help. We need fundamental change in our civilization in order to have the impact on green house gas emissions and climate change that is required.
During our one hour rally yesterday we had several activities including the all important signatures to indicate that we were there and behind the Step It Up initiative.


Here’s Marian Harman, President of the Westford Conservation Trust, signing her commitment.

The Minister of the First Parish Church was the key note speaker. She told the crowd that Congress needs to STEP IT UP!!

Cindy says Step It Up!!

Minister Cindy Worthington-Berry

Marcia Stokes — Our Organizer

Marcia Stokes

Marcia organized the rally and I think she did an excellent job. I’m sure she had help but she was certainly the go to person yesterday.

There was music (I missed the singing because it took a little while to get down from the steeple) and Bill Harmen played the Trombone. Story telling went on for a while and the kids seemed to enjoy that very much .

Peter Severance, a local ground water expert and conservationist, was there to teach the kids of all ages about critters that live in our local waters and the importance of good quality water. The Westford Conservation Trust was represented by Diane Duane and her husband Bill as well as several other members. Bonnie Tincknell had information about Healthy Lawns for Healthy families. There was information about composting as well.

But the primary message was — Congress Step It Up! From what I can tell the rallies around the country added up to a much larger first event in the short life of this effort. We have lots more to do but from here the road looks exciting and rewarding, like the best grass roots movements and revolutions.

Cindy quoted Gandi during her speech, saying “Be the change you want to see in the world.” A great quote — but much more than a quote now that change — one way or another — is inevitable.

See you at next year’s Step It Up rally!

Tom Paul Trail, Winter

Photo: Tom Paul Trail, Westford Massachusetts

In a comment re an earlier post, inel wrote:

“I agree with the President of the Royal Society when he said:

“We need both to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases and to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Those who would claim otherwise can no longer use science as a basis for their argument.”

I am busy doing what I can to combat climate change. Are you?”

The quote by the President above is brilliant.

Also, at the risk of sounding smug, inel asks a challenging question. But is it the right one?

I think not. I believe anything as sweeping as climate change is like a tsunami, not something that can be fought but something that as the President quoted above says, must be prepared for.

But isn’t this s a silly debate? We need to ‘both to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases and prepare for climate change’ no matter who is right. Yes the evidence is strong that mankind is causing at least some of the change and particularly the rate of said change. But change is the one constant on earth so the cause of this one can be debated for as long as people want to waste time.

Let’s stop debating and wasting time – let’s do as the esteemed President of the Royal Society recommends – with all reasonable speed.

Salt Box Farm

Photo: Salt Box Farm, Westford Massachusetts

Bill Morton’s comment on my last blog is gratefully received because it re-introduced me to Wendell Berry, who in Bill’s words might be a “modern-day Thoreau.”

Wendell is a poet and farmer who believes:

“There is no time in history, since white occupation began in America, that any sane and thoughtful person would want to go back to, because that history so far has been unsatisfactory. It has been unsatisfactory for the simple reason that we haven’t produced stable communities well adapted to their places.”

This is a sweeping, unmitigated statement, but it also has the ring of truth to it. Global warming, world hunger and war start at home.

Berry is issuing a challenge to all the towns and cities of America. Can we come together and plan our destiny or will we continue to have it thrust upon us?

We tell each other that business is war, and business is so important — it produces the life blood of the family and community after all — money. So business must come first. Business and death come first. Death to our enemies, business for our money.

If our community includes Christians and Jews, Muslims and Hindus, rich and not so, how can we come together and plan a stable community?

Yet we must. At some point we must do this.

What would a stable community include? Lots of things I guess and among these would be a farm.

Here’s a link to an interview with Wendell Berry that Bill posted in his comment.

Here’s a Berry poem that pin points one of our most vexing problems:

In this World

The hill pasture, an open place among the trees,

tilts into the valley. The clovers and tall grasses

are in bloom. Along the foot of the hill

dark floodwater moves down the river.

The sun sets. Ahead of nightfall the birds sing.

I have climbed up to water the horses

and now sit and rest, high on the hillside,

letting the day gather and pass. Below me

cattle graze out across the wide fields of the bottomlands,

slow and preoccupied as stars. In this world

men are making plans, wearing themselves out,

spending their lives, in order to kill each other.”

Featured comment: hgebeaux writes: “I read this post and I feel so sad. The question – “can we come together” – in my view is answered “NO.” Man so such a selfish and self-centered and basically evil creature that no amount of coming together is possible.” See his comments for more…

I suggest that we tend to our own backyard. Gandhi taught, “be the change we wish to see in the world.”

Cape Cod Bay Sunset 2005

Climatologist Calls Global Warming Fears ‘Greatest Deception in the History of Science’ This headline caught caught my eye. Its on a blog called Everything and Anything.

I’ve been thinking about the ‘science’ behind the global warming/climate change discussion. I use quotes because I don’t understand where science ends and hysteria begins. Now I’m pretty sure greenhouse gases have something to do with climate change but I’m also sure that climate change is a constant thing. And I am very sure I don’t understand the science.

I believe we need not debate or know for sure about where the line between Nature and our pollution is — we simply need to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollution because we are screwing up the planet. Making it less livable everyday — without factoring in global warming. If GW is even a tenth as bad as Al Gore says that’s just another reason to improve the way our industries and civilization work. There is no need for this debate imo — its a red herring.

(The photo above is meant to convey heat — and to remind eveyone that it will not be -5 degrees or whatever forever.)

Take a look at the story at the end of the link below. I don’t have any idea if this guy or Al is right — but I do know that most people will not be able to tell intellectually. Global warming/climate change is an emotional issue — — that is masking the simple fact that we are screwing up the planet with polution of all kinds — air, water, earth, noise, what have you. So whether the guy I linked to below is right or Al Gore is, we need to change our ways as rapidly as economically feasible.

What do you think?

The other side of the story?

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