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Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. It’s been an interesting week, has it not? Maybe you guys can tell me something? After Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday, do they really expect us to have money left over for Hanukah and Christmas?
Oh, and in response to several of you who tried to donate and were unable to do so, we’ve fixed the link so it is just one click now and you can contribute anything from a dime on up. This holiday season especially, we’d like to limit those to $10.00 US and see any more than that spent closer to your hearth and home. Again, to do so, please go here. And thank you very much.
Like millions of us, I was surprised and dismayed to learn that American television journalist and news anchor Matt Lauer was terminated following detailed allegations from a co-worked of sexual harassment. We are, of course, totally against such behavior but I am also not real happy with an entire culture that makes idols out of celebrities and has, for centuries, relegated women to basic biological functions and then elevated one of them to an art form which rewarded sex symbols lushly, uses them and then tosses them out with the trash and recyclables when age at last betrays them.
I’ve spoken in the past about headlines which promote ignorance or ‘attitude’. The Alps Are Melting. Climate Change Is To Blame So what are we going to do to chastise Climate Change for that? “How about Climate Change Responsible For Melting Alps”
Finally, at least for now, it appears things are starting to unravel rather quickly for America’s current presidential administration. It has been a long time since the fabric of the red, white and blue has been so severely tested. In balance, on the regional, state and community level, we are returning to a truly American style of self-sufficiency which, at least for those of us in the Pacific Northwest, has been far better for us than edicts issued from a white house built by slaves on reclaimed Potomac River swamp land.
Have a great week, gang. Rusty
AND YES, HELLO DECEMBER
30 NOVEMBER, SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF UKRAINE, TRAIN RIDE LVIV-DNIPRO: Hi Rusty. As I write, I’m listening to a train lullaby I remembered. It has nice verses by Thomas Hood
No sun–no moon! No morn–no noon! No dawn–no dusk–no proper time of day No sky–no earthly view
No distance looking blue No road–no street No “t’other side the way” No end to any Row No indications where the Crescents go No top to any steeple No recognitions of familiar people
No courtesies for showing ’em No knowing ’em! No mail–no post No news from any foreign coast No park–no ring–no afternoon gentility
No company–no nobility No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, No comfortable feel in any member No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds
This time, my train compartment co-inhabitant was a beekeeper who manages about twelve hundred beehives. A village man about 65-70 years old and the type of person you know is like Atlas, who on his shoulders keeps family, community and country.
Sadly, he has concluded that there is not much future for Ukrainian villages as young people don’t have opportunities there. Also schools and hospitals are moved to district centers. Perhaps, like many people of his age, he is a bit nostalgic for “the good old days.” Sometimes it seems like young times are always better. He said he also missed the cultural club that each village once had.
His worries that if Ukraine adopts a land reform, that all its treasured black soil will be owned by private business and corporations and even less will belong to local people.
Seems like his mood totally reflected to aforementioned verse.
I agree with him on this note that land belongs to the people. In our Constitution, it is still stated that Ukraine is a social country. But with the current level of corruption, land laws are often misinterpreted for private or political gain.
Despite my train companion’s pessimistic view, there are good things happening here. One of them, ironically, is that our honey has created an economic export boom for us. Because of its high quality, it is sought all over Europe. Simply put, it is super tasty.
Also good news is that we still have our villagers like the bee keeper, who continue to sell high quality organic produce to local markets. And if the saying is true that you support organics with every hryvna you spend, then my total support to them. Supermarkets are good, but for food choices, markets are much better from every perspective.
Also people who have some money tend to build rural estates that network with one another. So it would appear that country living is emerging and it too has an organic perspective.
And from when Ukraine was still a land of small farms, those little white one floor houses with carved wooden windows of traditionally green or blue colours with cherry trees in the gardens still please eyes when gazed upon from a train on the everchanging landscape. So the hope is still there.
And yes hello December Olya
Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments on this please go here.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
OUR SCIENCE SECTION, ABRIDGED
Yet another step in a good direction. Japan’s Horinouchi House Makes 600 Square Feet Seem Like A Bona Fide Mansion
Here’s an interesting question. What Makes A Genius? The World’s Greatest Minds Have One Thing In Common
Since I live here, this is not incredibly good news. Live In Washington State And Concerned About North Korea? Read This
From Our Friends At Earth/Sky News: Watch For This Weekend’s Supermoon – The December 3 Full Moon Will Be 2017’s 1st, Last And Only Full Supermoon. What That Means. How To View It Online.
We need a lot more like him. For This Doctor, A Son’s Death By Overdose Inspires His Mission To Rescue Others
Her name was never a joke and no one can make her one. ‘It’s Sad That Her Name Has Become A Joke.’ What To Know About The Real Pocahontas
This is true leadership. $100 Million For Gay Purge Victims As Canadian Prime Minister Apologizes For LGBTQ Discrimination
One factor that could contribute to making the 21st century an era of peace would be a wider appreciation of the failure to resolve problems by force. The use of force may control people physically, but it won’t change their hearts and minds. You can only do that on the basis of trust and friendship.
I’m sorry he’s from a land I love so much. Yahoo ‘Hacker-For-Hire’ Pleads Guilty: A Canadian Citizen Admits Accessing Web-Mail Accounts M On Behalf Of The Russian Federal Security Service.
We need to understand how this happens. How A Russian Neo-Nazi Became A Role Model For German Hooligans
I’m real sorry to hear that, Al. Now maybe he will have a small taste of what those women you victimized felt. ‘I’m Embarrassed and Ashamed.’ Al Franken Speaks Publicly About Sexual Harassment Allegations
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This is good to know. Most Blue Whales Are ‘Right-Handed’
By observation, I am convinced they do. Do Songbirds Share ‘Universal Grammar’?
Cute. Creepy but cute. Commuters Find 2-Foot-Long Python Sitting On Bus Seat And Name Him Rumplesnakeskin
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