Monday, September 15, 2008

Wake Me Up When September Ends

The marvelous Noella Choi of Canada

Evacuees of the recent hurricanes know true exhaustion. I can't imagine being in their shoes, except to think that they must wish they could sleep for the duration of this month and, waking refreshed, find their homes, neighborhoods, and cities reset to pre-storm conditions.

Many people have concerns that keep them up some nights, worrying. When concerns pile up one on the other and the load seems too much to bear we cope in our own ways: prayer, meditation, exercise, denial, etc. My sleep pattern is usually affected, with swings from excessive nightowlitis to crashing into deep, long sleep. That's why this song is personal for me.

Here are some of my worries (horrors, actually) that I'd love to sleep away for the rest of September then, waking refreshed, discover a new world of peace, ecological balance, tolerance,
compromise, and high expectation - instead of justification - for our leaders:

The ice shelves in Canada's High Arctic have lost a colossal area this year, scientists report. The floating tongues of ice attached to Ellesmere Island, which have lasted for thousands of years, have seen almost a quarter of their cover break away. One of them, the 50 sq km (20 sq miles) Markham shelf, has completely broken off to become floating sea-ice.

Gov. Palin's Worldview (...additionally, a point that I've heard asked twice in the last two days: ask her about the dinosaurs, i.e., does she believe that they went extinct around 4000 years ago?)

Obama and McCain are Going Neck and Neck Nationally (9-15-08) Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain appear to be going neck and neck, in the presidential race, nationally – that’s what say, the Obama McCain pre-election opinion polls conducted by Diageo/Hotline Daily Tracking, InsiderAdvantage/Poll Position, FOX News, and Newsweek. Obama and McCain are statistically tied in three out of four polls, and one poll favors McCain. Check out what these latest McCain Obama polls say.

Stop the Slaughter of Wild Horses and Burros. Over the past few weeks, countless news articles have circulated around the world regarding the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) announcement that the agency might begin euthanizing many of the 32,000 horses in holding centers in order to "balance the budget." Killing horses is not the answer to the BLM’s financial woes. America’s wild horses are an icon of the west. Click on the link above to help to keep wild horses and burros on our public lands safe.

Homelessness in America. The number of homeless families with children has increased significantly over the past decade. Families with children are among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. In its 2007 survey of 23 American cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors found that families with children comprised 23% of the homeless population (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2007). These proportions are likely to be higher in rural areas.

Mountaintop removal coal mining More than 470 Appalachian Mountains have already been destroyed by mountaintop removal mining (how outrageous is that?), but there are hundreds more that can still be saved. America's Most Endangered Mountains is a video series and interactive map designed to inspire people like you to help protect the mountains that truly belong to all of us, and to help support the communities that are standing up for their mountains and their rights.

Right now, there just isn't any time to waste in Rip Van Winkle-type dreaming. I am going to commit to equalizing my schedule in order to have at least seven hours sleep during normal sleeping hours so I have the energy to do my part in changing what I can, starting with becoming an Obama-Biden volunteer.

{Postscript after original posting: I was only vaguely aware of the Mountaintop Removal issue until Wayfaring Wanderer focused on it as an all-out campaign at her blog. The widget at my blog's right column is connected to the campaign, as a result of my new awareness. Sorry, WW, for not mentioning this....more proof that I might not be at my best when at the computer at 2:30 a.m. :) }


Adam said...

your posts continue to move me as ever, and now that Im back Im gonna read them all ^_^


Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I can't help but feel responsible for the mountain top removal portion.....but I'm glad that you know, and are aiding in raising awareness for others. I have been meaning to close out that campaign, but haven't had the proper time to get it done.

I didn't know about the wild horses!?!?! I am going to read more about it......

I think that I have more of an inclination to help things that can't help themselves.......animals, trees, mountaintops.

francessa said...

Wonderful singing, Lydia, thanks for the link!

Do not worry too much, these are mammoth-size wishes! I strongly support your sleeping plans! :-) Firstly, build up personal strength by living healthy and sleeping well, then, secondly, change what you can, systematically, but always with a smile on your lips.

Anothe quote by Shakespeare, this time from Julius Caesar: Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber...

Honour said...

Dear Lydia:

will be in touch soon, but just wanted you to know I switched my domain name ... if you click on my name in the comments it should bring you to my new site.

Thanks :)

Lydia said...

Hi Adam!
Glad you have returned from your summer activities! Hope you have time for your blog during school.

You absolutely are fully responsible for the mountaintop removal portion. I created an addendum to make that clear :) The horses and burros need you, too, and I'm glad your inclination runs toward helping their kind.

Were you able to see/hear the full video of Noella Choi? Both from my blog site and then in trying directly at YouTube, the thing is buffering almost constantly, whereas when I first loaded the vid into my drafts a month or so ago it was a smooth perfect recording....
I love that Shakespeare quote and am taking it to heart!

Thanks for letting me know about the change. I successfully edited it in my blogroll.

francessa said...

Lydia, the video of Noella Choi was perfectly alright! I just listened to it again to make sure :-)

Lydia said...

Wow, that is interesting. I'm cleared files today to see if dumping some extras might help loading speed, but her video buffers for about ten minutes off and one. Very bad.
I'm glad it's just my problem :)

Benji Burrell said...

I just stopped by to say thanks for spreading the word about mountaintop removal and linking to You're making a huge difference... there are 31,000+ supporters of right now!

Oh, and you're also spreading the word as a member of the Bloggers Challenge. Thanks so much!!!

If you need any more resources, dont hesitate to contact me.

By the way HUGE hat tip to WayFaring Wanderer for telling you about it!

Benji Burrell

Lydia said...

31,000 + supporters so far! That is so great. Yes, I am grateful to Wayfaring Wanderer for alerting me to the cause. I will stay involved. Thanks for all you do for mountains, Benji



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