Touched by Fire

 

News flash….California is on fire…again. It happens so often now that it isn’t really a news flash. So much devastation. So much loss.  Animals and people fleeing, homes and property burning, not to mention the acres and acres of very dry land and brush.  When will it stop??? Or is this only the beginning. This time it was a perfect storm, a perfect firestorm. While we still do not know how it started, the gale force winds have ensured its feeding frenzy, and it’s rampant.  I was at lunch yesterday with a good friend away from home when it happened and I didn’t even know until my wife texted me and said to be sure to use waze on my way home in case I needed to be re-routed due the to fire. For a second I was incredulous, it’s November…cooler weather…fire season is supposed to be over.  The thing is we no longer really have a fire season.  What we have is fire year round.  It’s been getting worse and worse with no end in sight. Every year it’s warmer…we no longer have what I call a winter. I used to look forward to winter and a break from the damn heat, but now winter seems like a milder summer.  It’s been so warm the last few years we haven’t even used the heater.  In the wake of all this tragedy I cannot even fathom how people can be in denial about global warming and the consequences.  Yet there are many who say that it’s cyclical or deny it’s even happening. I’m here to tell you mother nature is pissed, and she and the earth are fighting back against what we’re doing to her.  We live in a valley surrounded by hills, so the fire hasn’t ever gotten to us, it just surrounds us and chokes us out. It has come pretty near and there have been many times we have watched in horror as the hills around us burn.  Last night my wife’s entire apartment community where she works was evacuated at 3 am. It doesn’t matter how much money anyone has if we destroy the planet we all die, we all burn, and it’s only a matter of time before we are all touched by fire.  

 

Pie for Breakfast

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The toxic torrent of hatred, bigotry, misogyny, racism, class-ism, sexism, and all around buffoonery that dominates our news cycles is nearly more than I can bear.

A president (not my president) that makes a mockery of our nation, our democracy, and assaulting women makes me fear for my safety and consider options of flight.

The onslaught of long overdue allegations of sexual misconduct and assaults, criminal prosecutions, and the crash and burn career endings of predatory men in power give me hope for our future.

Rays of sun sparkle on small and large bouts of activism and resistance…

Alabama organized and exercised their constitutional right to vote to keep a known pedophile out of office. Some even voted against their own party because they knew it was the right thing to do.

The tide is turning…

Red to Blue…perhaps…

But I prefer a nice shade of Purple…

Compromising, loving and caring for the whole not just a few.

We are one race HUMAN and we need to

start acting like it!

Until then we must do what we can do,

And there’s always…Pie for Breakfast.

 

©12/31/17

Dani Heart