Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Big Picture


(I like to keep up with posting while we're moving but it has been hard. The whole house is in a turmoil and I'm definitely thinking that this is my last move. I can make this new place permanent. I think! Time will tell.)
 I'm going to go out on a limb and say what I think is a once and for all solution to all (or the vast majority) of human unpleasantness. We have to find common ground. We have to find what makes us respect each other and forget and at least tolerate the differences. I used to joke that we needed an aggressive alien invasion for us to band together to defeat the common enemy. I think that would work but is extremely risky because the outcome may not be as predictable as what the movies would have you believe. Did I mention that it most assuredly is not going to happen?
So don't wait for me to tell you how to go about it. I have utter faith in your intelligence to figure out how to have respect for other human beings (and all earth creatures while we're at it) and then slide right into figuring out how to tolerate differences.
Furthermore...

I started thinking that I needed to fly an Earth Flag at my new house. I started thinking that if we thought of ourselves as Earthlings instead of sovereign nation states that we might find something in common that would unite us.

Whatever change might take place to make us stop the foolishness - and I believe Big Foolishness exists on all sides, Americans aren't the 100% good guys we'd like to believe we are - is going to take a long time because our dang brains have deep grooves for foolishness. We have deep grooves for beauty, too, so there's hope.


Our impossibly thin atmosphere.
A beautiful blue marble.









9 comments:

  1. Bonjour/soir Cher Renee Lucie, et aussi Marty
    I truly enjoy all your blogs. Good luck moving in and getting settled.

    Taake a deep breath and get through it at a comfortable pace as I am sure, it will all come together. within the time it needs for you both to call it HOME.

    T'embrasse

    Robert

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    1. Merci, mon ami. Je suis tres content. We are all packed now. We pick up the Budget truck on Thursday to pack to the gills and head out forever. So we are taking tomorrow as a vacation day to walk the dogs along Grindstone Creek in the beautiful weather tomorrow one last time. Toujours, Renee

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  2. Oh my! How on earth did you get it all packed up? I have that looming in the near future. We are moving to SW Michigan! My family is all there and it is time to go home. We close on our new home on April 30! Did you take everything or toss a bunch? I also have a dog, 5 cats and 13 rabbits to move!! Yikes!

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    1. We gave 2 months notice at our caretaker job which gave us plenty of time to pack. However, we both got sick with the flu half way through and that put a major kink in our progress. To compensate we had to rent a truck for the last push. Prior to that we were doing it one horse trailer load at a time. We had to leave behind and then go back and get our three horses. Fortunately we had a trustworthy neighbor to help out. However, we were not going the distance you are going. Holey smoley! Are you hiring a moving van? This is my last move. I don't have another one in me except under dire circumstances. It's just grueling. And I always pare way back on stuff. We still have too much stuff. My husband is not on board with jettisoning stuff he thinks might be useful down the line. Stuff stuff stuff!

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    2. What's it like living in Alabama? I have never even been to the Deep South and I'd like to go. My mind imagines it to be sleepy like a little Iowa town but hotter and more humid.

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  3. ALOT hotter and ALOT more humid than you can even imagine...and the bugs! Oh my!

    I really love it here, except for the humidity. It makes everything moldy and smelly. (The ONE reason my DH wants to move, he says). If you don't use the A/C every day, it just builds up. But...it is like living in a jungle; everything just grows and grows. He's from North TX and used to dry and arid. Not Alabama. We're right on the coast, bordering the marsh and the Bay. The no-seeums are deadly this time of year; they crawl down your hairs and bite. But...from early to mid March to early April, OH MY! the blossoms and flowers and flowering trees! If you ever get the chance to visit, come then. It is just beautiful this time of year. Everything greens up and the air warms and it is wonderful (except for the bugs).

    Not sure what living in MI is going to be like; I haven't lived there for 36 years! An adventure for sure. Not sure how we'll move it all but it will get done eventually!

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  4. Truth be told if I had the means I would live on the California coast near Santa Barbara. Perfect weather. I know a little bit about humidity and bugs having grown up in Iowa but winter keeps the bugs down to a dull roar. I'm not a fan of bugs. Dry CA keeps them in check for the most part. I'll take your advice about march and april if we ever go. Don't you remember winters in Michigan? The summers will seem blissful after what you've experienced. But the winter? Time will tell.

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  5. I DO remember winters in Michigan, but my DH Texan has never experienced them! He keeps asking "we won't die in the cold and dark will we?" We'll make due, seems lots of folks get by during winter. He said today, after hearing we are inheriting many boxes of books, "well, I figure we'll have lots of long, dark, cold winter nights to read". My kind of guy!

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    1. That makes me smile. I don't mind winter. I have the exact same outlook.

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