Too important to miss…

Please take a moment to read and reflect on the importance of our southern borderlands. Krista Schlyer’s photography is spectacular. The story is stunning in its implications regarding the environmental and social impact of building a massive border wall along our southern border with Mexico. Embattled Borderlands Will the border wall strike a fatal blow to one of the most imperiled wild regions in North America? Essay and photos by Krista Schlyer.   Shared, with permission ©KristaSchlyer.com   I’ve had the pleasure of virtually meeting Krista, today. Wishing you all the best. Lora    

Good news, plus a reminder

In challenging times like these, we need daily reminders of the good in people. Here are a few stories that gave me a lift this morning.  Delhi, India has banned ALL plastic! “Trailing after China and the United States, India is the largest polluter in the world and is home to 13 out of the top 20 most polluted cities. Thus, the city of Delhi has decided to take a strong and bold action by banning all disposable plastic including a ban on disposable plastic cutlery, cups, and bags, this piece of legislation was passed by India’s National Green Tribunal in December….

Carrying On

“How do we do it?” is a question on the minds of many, these days. I’ve heard from people who are feeling true despair over the outcome of the election. I get it. Despair is appropriate when we’re facing the possible dismantling of hard-won political and social progress. Despair, however, gets us nowhere. It is a downward spiral that generally takes an act of will to reverse. Isolation is the ally of despair. Don’t let it be. Find friends who support you. Be an ally to those whose struggle may be different from yours. Support a cause greater than yourself. Practice bravery. Be a friend….

The Accident…

I once won a Blue Ribbon at the Polk County Fair. At first thought, not a particularly noteworthy accomplishment, but there is a back-story that I believe is worth telling. I grew up in a small town in Western Oregon. Built on the industry of ranchers, farmers, loggers, and those who provide services to them, Oregon was, and still is, primarily a rural economy. Each summer, county fairs from Multnomah in the north to Klamath in the south blanket the state. The town of Independence in Polk County where I attended Middle and High School holds a classic county fair: dusty, noisy, smelly, and filled with…