I lost almost all of my stuff in that Camp Fire including most of my landscape maintenance tools; but needed to change the part-time work I do to supplement my Social Security income because of worsening arthritis. I'm going to view that event as an opportunity to make a better life.
cedarrrrock: Democrats are providing leadership to restore hope for our black brothers and sisters in America, with common-sense policies which are long overdue. Read https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/08/us/politics/democrats-police-misconduct-bill-protests.html
cedarrrrock: Listen to this radio broadcast, specifically to the speaker starting at about minute 34, about the horrible amount of money the U.S. is spending on making new first-strike nuclear weapons (about $2 million per day), at http://kzfr.org/broadcasts/21656
cedarrrrock: “We make ourselves miserable by first closing ourselves off from reality and then collecting this and that in an attempt to make ourselves happy by possessing happiness. But happiness is not something I have, it is something I myself want to be. Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over my body.”–Roger J. Corless, Vision of Buddhism: The Space Under the Tree
cedarrrrock: There's Mourning In America, says this political hit piece by The Lincoln Project, a group dedicated to Trump's defeat that is led by several well-known GOP strategists, lawyers and ad-makers. See it at
cedarrrrock: Intellectually I know it is potentially deadly (in an especially gruesome way) to go to markets even wearing a mask, since many other people passing by could be infected and spreading this virus without yet showing symptoms, and the virus can live 72 hours on plastic. So, I wipe down frequently-touched surfaces using the disinfecting wipes the store provides at its entrance. But in stores not providing even a dab of hand sanitizer, I could lose big time. I have not yet found even one package of decent-size wipes available for sale in stores, only a package of 2"-squares barely large enough to sterilize ones fingertips!. The lack of new cases locally leaves me perhaps much too hopeful that this pandemic has already blown over.
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kittybobo34 in reply to Nicotina: Good question, I am saying my convenience isn't costing any lives. I know of no one I have infected or been infected by them, even though I go to the grocery and support a food pantry on a regular basis.. If we maintain proper personal behavior we do not need Big Brother telling us what we can or cannot do.
cedarrrrock: I think Governor Newsom should not have closed the public beaches. If some people aren't concerned enough to practice social distancing at the beach, where there is plenty of outside space and clean air and a humongous ocean (so mostly a safe place to be), then they are probably the same people who are still shopping without wearing a mask and not wiping down all surfaces they touch. Indoors is a much more dangerous environment; so keeping the shutdown of many businesses is wise. We will probably need to stay home and avoid public gatherings for at least another month. But being outdoors is healthy and provides extra Vitamin D from sunlight on bare skin, which helps our immune systems. And how are the police supposed to enforce the quarantine? Hand out tickets that impose steep fines on families most likely already financially stressed? Take them to jail where they would be more likely to contract and or share the deadly virus? I suspect part of his rationale is the Governor doesn't want to try to get funding to get more properly trained staff hired by the State to more frequently and thoroughly clean & sanitize the public bathrooms.
cedarrrrock: Apparently there has been a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment such as masks, gloves & gowns for even just the essential nurses, doctors, other care-givers & first-responders; so finding enough of that for a new army of sanitation workers seemed impossible.
cedarrrrock: Hey shadowslacker, and other Aussies I thought you'd like to read about this "Green-haired turtle that breathes through its genitals added to endangered list". See https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/11/green-haired-turtle-that-breathes-through-its-genitals-added-to-endangered-list
cedarrrrock: ccording to a 3.25.20 article in DailyKos, "Donald Trump is angry. The Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA assembled an ad that features the sound bites of Trump and Trump only, and guess what? Turns out he’s an unhinged maniacal liar who’s gotten everything about the coronavirus wrong. That may not be news to you, but it is apparently news to Trump. And his dangerously factless musings on the coronavirus over the past several weeks have not worn well. So on Wednesday, a Trump campaign attorney released a cease and desist letter demanding that TV stations across the nation pull the ad immediately." Here's the ad: YouTube Just 2 months ago Trump called the coronavirus pandemic a hoax.
E s s e n c e: Thank you for being the loud voice in the importance to take care Nature, you are an amazing chatter who gives an example of a positive and pleasurable chat experience. Thank you for showing one doesn't need to be caught up in the chat drama
Happy holidays dear friend
cedarrrrock: It is wise to seek guidance and learn from others, but always remember, the path to peace and purpose can only be found within. www.facebook.com/TheMindUnleashed/photos/a.434569209933563/2669892056401256/?type=3&theater
cedarrrrock: I'm listening to a podcast about combating climate deniers, at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/clean-air/id1466449786?ign-mpt=uo%3D4&utm_medium=email&utm_source=naughton&utm_content=7&utm_campaign=314_EM_EN_190806_Podcast_U1_X1&source=314_EM_EN_190806_Podcast_U1_X1
cedarrrrock: "We are slowed down sound and light waves, a walking bundle of frequencies tuned into the cosmos. We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music." Albert Einstein
cedarrrrock: Integrity is wholeness, the greatest beauty is organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty of the universe. Love that, not man apart from that, or else you will share man's pitiful confusions, or drown in despair when his days darken.
Such Counsels You Gave to Me (1935-'38)
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cedarrrrock: Cool. I just read that the Big Sur area has had a long history of wildfires much like most of the Sierra foothills have had, such that most of the area has burned and burned again, except for, I guess, the deeper coastal canyons where the redwood trees live. Or perhaps the redwoods are resistant enough to have survived the burning around them.
cedarrrrock: I think this is great! New York widow leaves $300G to her cats - New York Post, August 22, 2017 - A Bronx widow left $300,000 to her two cats in her will, along with instructions that the funds be used to make sure the felines, Troy and Tiger, would “never be caged” and always be lovingly cared for. Tiger especially hit the jackpot. The former alley cat is now living the good life in sunny Ocala, Fla., dining on filet- mignon-flavored Fancy Feast and bedding down in a plush faux-fur bed with silk lining. “He deserves it,” said Dahlia Grizzle, the former home health aide to the late Ellen Frey-Wouters, and now Tiger’s caretaker. “He’s a wonderful cat.” Frey-Wouters, a Netherlands native who worked for the United Nations, died in 2015 at age 88. Her husband, a Brooklyn College professor, passed away in 1989, and the couple’s only child died in infancy. “The cats were like her babies,” Grizzle said. Lawyer Irwin Fingerit was a little surprised when Frey-Wouters suggested that she leave the large sum to her kitties, court papers show. “I said I didn’t think, you know, $300,000 was necessary, and I pointed out the case of the Queen of Mean, Leona Helmsley, who left $65,000 to a dog and became sort of a laughingstock,’’ Fingerit said during a 2016 hearing about the gift. (Helmsley actually left $12 million to her Maltese, Trouble.) “But no, no, [Frey-Wouters] insisted,” Fingerit said. “She wanted to make sure they were taken care of.” "That’s a lot of Meow Mix" wrote Julia Marsh and Reuven Fenton, authors of this story.
cedarrrrock: This photo, from the National Geographic Photograph of the Year 2016 contest, seems bleakness personified: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/photographer-of-the-year-2016/wallpapers/winners-all/2
cedarrrrock to tularcitas: Sara, are you able to visit your home by the ocean? A news article about the big slide that closed Hwy 1 just south of Gorda, states "Gafill said repairing damage from the this landslide is not as critical for business as replacing Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, a span on Highway 1 that had to be demolished earlier this year after it was badly damaged by storms in in January and February. The new bridge is scheduled to open in September" ( See http://bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/landslide-on-california-highway-part-of-1-billion-in-damage ). Yet the Monterey Salinas Transit website today states it's only a 6 minute bus ride from Pfeiffer Big Sur southeast along the highway to Nepenthe, with 4 stops ( https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Pfeiffer+Big+Sur+State+Park,+CA-1,+Big+Sur,+CA+93920/Nepenthe,+48510+CA-1,+Big+Sur,+CAfirstname.lastname@example.org,-121.7833233,14z/am=t/data=!4m18!4m17!1m5!1m1!1s0x808e079d0263ff2f:0xb5bdeb91d46e5318!2m2!1d-121.7812662!2d36.2479341!1m5!1m1!1s0x808d845a0aedfc43:0xbbc17dd003d94244!2m2!1d-121.759323!2d36.221813!2m3!6e4!7e2!8j1496230080!3e3 ), instead of having to hike the long Pine Ridge Trail up into the mountains then hitching a ride down the Coast Ridge Road. So how safe do residents feel that Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge is to cross? Don't worry, I'm just looking at Google Maps today, not planning any stalking at all.
tularcitas: Hi Cedar,
We're going to stay in Carmel indefinitely. The main reason being I'm due around July 20. We can't get to the Big Sur home from the north because of the removal of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1, which is just a little ways uphill from Big Sur State Park ( which I think is now open for camping....perhaps on a limited basis?) I'm not sure why Monterey Salinas Transit hasn't updated their summer bus schedule. At the moment we can get to the Big Sur home, but it is an arduous, very long drive from Carmel to Salinas on Highway 68, then to Highway 101 south to Jolon Rd. Then through Fort Hunter Liggett to Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. over the Santa Lucia Mountains to Highway 1. From 1, we can go north to Paul's Slide, which, at this point is allowing one-way directed traffic for locals (us). I think one has to be there at scheduled times to get through, a few days a week. And this could change at any time depending on the condition of the slide. And from there up to our place. We have friends/neighbors who check on the house when they go there. So far everything is good. Anyway, Cedar...thanks for asking...How are you doing? Keeping busy with all the tall grass from the winter rains?
cedarrrrock: Thanks for posting the route you use. I'll have to look it up on Google Maps; which BTW also still falsely shows Hwy 1 open over the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. I think that article I posted the link to also states that the Mud Creek slide (Paul's Slide?) is continuing to move and considered unstable; so I'm surprised they're letting even locals through, since you might get stranded north of that slide at any moment. The Big Sur Area south of that now non-existent bridge must be having a very peaceful spring & summer with few tourists this year. At least one can still get to Pfeiffer Beach from the Big Sur SP campground north of that bridge, though; so I guess they'll get a few out-of-town visitors. When I visit the coast it's not just to see redwood trees; I want to get in the ocean!
Yes, I've been very busy doing large weed-whacking projects for regular clients and not much else; though I should probably find a different way to make a living since that's affecting my old body much more adversely in new ways nowadays. I may have to finally get around to doing a lot more writing, which I've postponed too long anyway. I'd like to leave some kind of legacy before I exit this material realm; and my landscape transformations seldom seem to last much longer than one year, though I think I have seen a gradual evolution in which species dominate my work places (the ones not repeatedly cut down). Thanks for asking.