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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Still here!

I'm still here and still enjoy peeking at your blogs now and then. With a heavy work schedule, volunteer commitments and the real stuff of life.... kids growing up into young adults, working through a marital separation and moving to another house - I'm tired.

Some random thoughts...

Only the real doubters, deeply dumb or true believers in scriptural mythology don't accept that climate change is upon us (and that humans have contributed to it). In Canada, this issue has shot from about 7th to number one this year. Even Conservative politicians are trying to out-green each other (or pretend to).

Here's what I find interesting (aside from weather my children will have a decent planet to grow old on). We are finally at the point where many humans experience and perceive a global reality. We have accepted (even if we oppose its form) that there is a global economy. Just check the labels on your clothes or ask who the U.S. is indebted the most to (same answer as most of the labels).

Now we are experiencing and perceiving a global environment - clouds of smoke and gasses into the atmosephere end up in all human lungs. Or as my son used to say, "A non-smoking section in a restaurant is like a non-pissing section in a swimming pool." (Finally I get to use that.)

My hope for the next universal shift? That we will begin to experience and perceive all human beings as one group or to be corny, one family. Then perhaps I'll feel the suffering of my brother in Darfur, my sister in Kirkuk or Kandahar, the child who doesn't eat...and really feel it as if it were my family.

One economy. One planet. One humanity.

(Photo from my trip to La Manzanilla in February)

Friday, April 06, 2007

Poetry soothes the techno beast...

I've been away from my blog, but not away from my life. I hope my blogger friends are all well and enjoying spring (fall for you Lindsay).

My friend Larry tells me that the haiku-like poems below are Japanese Microsoft error messages (replacing the annoying ones that I seem to get here). I have my doubts that Microsoft anywhere is so cool, but I love the verse anyhow...

The Web site you seek
Cannot be located, but

Countless more exist.

Chaos reigns within.

Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.


Program aborting

Close all that you have worked on.

You ask far too much.

Windows NT crashed.

I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.

Yesterday it worked.

Today it is not working.

Windows is like that.


Your file was so big.

It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.


Stay the patient course.

Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.

A crash reduces

Your expensive computer

To a simple stone.


You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.

This page is not here.

Out of memory.

We wish to hold the whole sky,

But we never will.

Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

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