Saturday, September 22, 2012

On The Color of Words:

Well it is the first day of Autumn.  It has been feeling and looking a bit like autumn for a few weeks now, but only in a preparation type of way.

The trees are turning now in full, all their bright fury of color.  Loose leaves fly and dance across the grass on the wind.  The woods are opening up and you can see further into them.  Showing their secret places.

I fancy that fairies are having leaf flying races and making the best of it all before winter quiets things down for its season of sleep.

I’ve been busy.  I’m learning a new language.  Well not totally new to me, but I haven’t practiced it in many years.  I am not a multi-language type of person.  I find it very hard.  My mind doesn’t want to change direction in its way of thinking.  Putting subject first, finding a new way to say the same old things, words I know to mean one thing now meaning another.

Autumn is simple.  The preparation of plants transitioning, dieing off or going dormant until the warmth and waters of springtime can start the renewal process once again.  Cycles and circles of life.

I love words in the language I am a custom to.  I like to play with them.  Feel them tripping over me tongue.  Listening to the sounds that they make.  Finding an old word little used.  Discovering new words to add to my vocabulary.

Maybe it is feeling so limited at the start of a new language that makes me so frustrated.  Leaving me unable to get my point across.

No, that is only a part of it.  My brain has enough trouble finding the words I want in the language I’ve been using daily all my life.  I stop and stumble over them by the hour, even thought I love them so.

But love has prompted me to learn this new language.  A fairly new family member should have communication available to them too.  And since I do love how words connect us I am totally committed to learn this new language for her.  I want to talk to her about the colors and my feelings about Autumn.

My new grandbaby is deaf.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

On Not Without Good Reason:

Yes, I am sorry that I haven’t been around.

But life is like that.  You get to a place that you feel comfortable and then BANG!

Back in May I learned that a company was trying to put up a gas compressor station within a mile of my house.

The sneaky buggers were trying to get a variance for a “cell tower for a storage shed.”  When asked by the neighbors ‘Why do you need a cell tower for a storage shed in the woods?’  We found out that is was really a highly toxic compressor station that they planed to build and release the same toxins that you may remember from the Erin Brockavich movie into the air 24-7.  But this was in my real life.  Right over my organic garden, my house, my lungs.

This was big, bad, high industry trying to sneak into a agricultural area and poison us.

There is a video on YouTube about one just like it that the same company was trying to put up just outside our local school complex.  All school ages right through high school having toxins dumped on them day in and day out. 

Well anyway we fought hard to get the word out about it in every one of our available waking moments.  And we won a battle.  The zoning board voted ‘No’ to their back door plans to sneak a compressor station on us.

I can breath a bit easier for the moment.  We will still have to be on our guard.  They can appeal and also go through proper channels to try to place that monster anyway.  But the local community leaders know were we stand and that in a short time we can and did become a force to be reckoned with.  

So, I am sorry that I haven’t been around to read your blogs, commenting, and or just plain entertaining you.

For now I’m going back to my old life of blogging and knitting toys for the grandkids.  And leaning new and interesting things to do with my hands.  But I’m also keeping an eye out for real monsters.  They do exist.