Congressman Jim McGovern and colleagues did a nice job of nurturing hope and resistance at today’s March for Science held in Elm Park, Worcester, Massachusetts. I have studiously tried to avoid launching into rants on this blog in recent years, largely on doctor’s orders. But, as McGovern said, and I have to paraphrase rather than quote, if you asked me twenty years ago if I would have to help stage a march in favor of science some day, I’d say, ‘what are you, nuts?’ But here we are.It is worth reminding ourselves that the E.P.A. was created during the Nixon Presidency. You remember Nixon, the well loved republican. Oh, wait…. Even that guy, expletive deleted that he was, couldn’t hold a candle to our current expletive deleted. Trump’s efforts to lower the collective IQ and fire up the coal industry have left me feeling a sense of deja vu and I have finally figured out why. He’s building up an industry for which there is little or no market. It reminds me of the golden days of the U.S.S.R., which is probably no coincidence. In that centrally planned economy, they would crank out concrete that wasn’t ever going to be shipped anywhere. No customers. So we mine coal and further screw up an already vulnerable planet while the UK celebrates their first day of using no coal, anywhere, for anything. I would not call the UK a bastion of liberal thought. Perhaps they just know how to do business. But, here we are.
It was encouraging to join the assembly today. The weather was dreadful. There is a far bigger march taking place in Boston. No matter. Sometimes you just need to rant. Sorry doc.
The Congressional Budget Office reports that 24 Million Americans will lose health care insurance over the next decade.
It isn’t over yet.
Let us hope that spring arrives soon, when it is supposed to arrive.
“I miss you most of all.” Sad times.
(Lyrics by Joseph Kosmo)
It’s been a challenging year, largely health wise. I’m very glad it’s passing for the most part, though many good things have happened. You realize who you can count on when times are tough and I’m blessed with some folks who were there for me. My, wife, daughter and son-in-law are at the top of the list, along with a crucially important poodle, a couple of very good doctors and some friends. Things are looking up so perhaps more productivity will be visible very shortly. To all who have faced tough times, and there are so many in our world, I hope your 2016 offers some hope.
I must confess, then that in spite of their efforts to assist me, I hate going to the doctor. It’s not the doctor, it’s going for the visit. This is my problem, not their problem, but I hate it regardless. I don’t know what the issue is, but it has always been with me even though I grew up around doctors. Yesterday, we had the last visit for 2015 (but, ah, it ain’t over yet…..I know, I know, I’m knocking on wood as fast as I can!). I was relieved, to say the least. We’re heading home and looking for a creative thing to do for lunch. Of course, it is spring time in New England (I know, I’m really tempting fate here for the second time in the same blog posting. I’m sure I will be sorry I said that in a few days or weeks at most). The temperature is unseasonably warm. We decided to stop off at the South Natick Dam, a very contemplative spot along the Charles River in the town of Natick, Massachusetts. Got a couple of chicken caesar wraps and went to sit on one of the benches along the river. It was very dark and still cool, but getting warmer. Actually, the air was becoming warmer than the very still water. The show began.
Fog started to come drift down the river, which was so still it offered perfect reflections. Always have a camera with you, and I don’t mean an iPhone. I’ll let the images tell the rest of the story.
A nice Christmas gift, the left us almost as quickly as it arrived. Happy Holidays to you and yours.