Good News (for a change!)

Of course there’s lots of bad news, too, always, but Hey! I feel like doing an upbeat post, so...that’s what I’m doin.’ (It’s my blog, after all - I get to do/say whatever I want. Fun, eh??)

Here goes!

German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs! (Got this item from a Rob Brezsny weekly horoscope mailing. Even if you don’t “believe in” astrology, I bet you’d enjoy his weekly messages!! They’re witty, upbeat & very well-written.)

Montreal entrepreneur casts his vote for renewables - Financial Post story about a rich Montreal, Quebec dude who's investing in renewables. Woo-hoo!!!

Occupy Toledo weighs in on NRC plans for Fermi 3 Reactor (I always say we need a diversity of tactics in our world-changing work. Hurray for the Occupy movement!!)

2 feel great (never mind just good) & very seasonal (Halleluia) musical YouTubes helped make my day, not once but twice!

Finally, as a Christmas present to me, my housemates have committed themselves to turning off lights in rooms no one is in & not leaving lights a-blazing in general, & using a clothesline or clotheshorse(s) to dry their clothes (so our consumption of fossil fuel-based energy can go way down & lead to fewer climate change-induced weather impacts & other climate-change-related disasters & also, of course, lessen our reliance on disaster-prone nuclear power) & drive their cars less (so we can kill tar sands development) & use simple cleaning agents such as vinegar & baking soda instead of toxic cleaners that smell fancy but contain carcinogens that damage the workers who make them, our water supplies, & ourselves. Hooey! (Okay, I made this last one up. But a girl can dream, eh?? A little blue-sky-ing once in a while can be kind of fun.)

Janet

Quotation for Today: “I’d rather dance with possibility than wrestle with despair.” – Janet McNeill (am I really allowed to quote myself?? Oh well, looks like I just did...)

Runners-up:

“This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, argue, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek. To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.” – Terry Tempest Williams, naturalist and author (1955- )

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, & it never will.” – Frederick Douglass

“I cannot be an optimist, but I am a prisoner of hope.” – Cornel West

“You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents.” – Abbie Hoffman

(these last 5 found on the Occupy Toledo site masthead)