Sunday, November 2, 2014

Seasons change, Climate changes, Change the NFL Washington Team's Name!

Today's weather is great for protests against racial slur nicknames. Not bad for a football game either.

Local farmers look like they have all the soy beans harvested and most, but not all, of the corn is in. I think all of the Autumn leaves that are coming down this season are down. Some of the rest will slowly drop between now and next year's snow melt, when the final fifteen or twenty percent will come down as the leaf buds on the oaks start to grow.

branches after leaf fall
branches emerge as leaves fall
Photo by J. Harrington

So, the branches and the fields are about equally bare. The nicer than average Fall weather has the waterfowl migration slower than usual. I wouldn't complain at all about a warmer and dryer than normal Winter. Do you suppose there's anywhere that has four season weather that averages between St. Paul and San Diego? Maybe, with climate change coming, all we have to do is stay where we are, where we have great seats for the protest.

"Remember" by Joy Harjo
Webtext prepared by Kellie Cruz,          Virginia Commonwealth University

Remember the sky that you were born under,
know each of the star's stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is. I met her
in a bar once in Iowa City.
Remember the sun's birth at dawn, that is the
strongest point of time. Remember sundown
and the giving away to night.
Remember your birth, how your mother struggled
to give you form and breath. You are evidence of
her life, and her mother's, and hers.
Remember your father. He is your life also.
Remember the earth whose skin you are:
red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth
brown earth, we are earth.
Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their
tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them,
listen to them. They are alive poems.
Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the
origin of this universe.
I heard her singing Kiowa war
dance songs at the corner of Fourth and Central once.
Remember that you are all people and that all people are you.
Remember that you are this universe and that this universe is you.
Remember that all is in motion, is growing, is you.
Remember that language comes from this.
Remember the dance that language is, that life is.
Remember.



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