Happy New Year 2011!

I’m a bit behind w. my blog work. All that Christmas revelry… or, well, mostly just visiting with friends & family. & it’s been good. No complaints! (or, well, you know. Family life. It’s… challenging. The Christmas season is, let’s face it, a time of considerable … ambivalence. Isn’t it a darn good thing it only comes along once a year??)

Here is some of what I plan (& hope) to write about & post soon:

  • Courses I’d Like to See in 2011
  • Alphabet Essays
  • Bus Trips: Learning to Love 'Em!!
  • Eaarth: Book Review
  • Thinking like a grandmother
  • Nukes: Climate Solution? Not
  • Cell phones – Devra Davis book Disconnected review
  • Getting the Lead Out: STILL an issue, folks; What YOU can do…
  • Additions to the ‘Quotation Central!’ section

We’ll see how the year plays out, hmmm? Things so seldom go according to plan…

I do wish us all a very happy new year. At the same time, I bear no grand illusions about how great or happy it will be. Our species faces an awfully daunting number & variety of seriously mind-boggling, stubborn challenges. I was once asked what I considered the biggest environmental problem in Durham Region (the municipality east of Toronto, Ontario), where I was then living. I could have said air pollution (very high rates of asthma in Durham Region). I could have said climate change (not too many people were talking about climate change at that time, though). I could have said nuclear issues (2 huge nuke plants in Durham Region, right beside Lake Ontario, & Lake Ontario a dumping ground for tritium, although I was not tuned in on that at the time…). Or pesticides, an issue on which I did considerable work back then.

What I actually replied was, Apathy.

Sometimes, plus ça change, plus c’est la mème chose……n’est-ce pas????

In any case, happy new year to us all, & please DO get off your butt in the days, weeks & months to come!

Janet

‘Quote of the day’ w. this post: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King