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Kids Against Fracking Take it to the Colorado Capitol

May 25, 2013

Polidoc Productions

“Kids Against Fracking” held a Day of Lobbying at Colorado’s State Capitol in Denver. Armed with frightening facts about fracking in their communities and concerns for their future, their state and their planet, these young activists, ages 10-17, met with their State Senators and Representatives to ask for a moratorium or a ban on fracking in Colorado.

Senators Morgan Carroll (D) and Irene Aguilar (D) as well as State Representatives Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D) and Jonathan Singer(D) received the young lobbyists and provided them with some insight into the legislative path and obstacles to tackle in the process of enacting a ban. Passing a moratorium or a ban will be a challenge for Colorado’s politicians, who are pressured to permit fracking by the Oil and Gas Industry and a pro-fracking Governor.

Sam Schabacker of Colorado Food and Water Watch was impressed with the efforts of the young lobbyists. Noting that…

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Extraordinary Fog One Day, Extraordinary Clarity the Next

February 8, 2011

Morning Fog Veils the City

Then the next day, the cold air and wind produced strikingly opposite clarity around the Bay.

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March 19, 2010

BBC Life – Plants (On Location) in HD

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February 3, 2010

San Francisco NOPNA Farmers’ Market

Each Sunday, we go to our local farmers’ market and buy a few things. On this day, a man was playing a barrel organ and I was so taken by the instrument that I had to come back and watch it being played. The barrel organ is a 19th century instrument and one of the earliest forms of computer programming.

It was a cold day and late for the market, so not the customary crowd that swarms the street.

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A Winter’s Solstice Moment

December 20, 2009

A Winter Solstice Moment

Happy Solstice All.

Winter is a time of reflection for me. December slows me down and the poetic details become important. While on a trip to Shasta, CA, my family and I came upon this snow goddess, happily greeting us. I knew I wanted to share her with othersr. The stanza I recite is from a poem by Lisa Lindsey’s “Bare Trees,” which aptly describes the stark and revealing nature of winter as it has stripped the leaves from the trees and the hopefulness of the sun’s return.

The music excerpt is from Yo-Yo Ma’s and James Taylor’s rendering of Lennon’s “Xmas”.

Thanks to the anonymous snow goddess maker.

Here is the complete version of Lisa Lindsey’s poem, “Bare Trees”.

“Through bare trees
I can see all the rickety lean-tos
and sheds, and the outhouse
with the half-moon on the door,
once modestly covered in
summer’s greenery.

Through bare trees
I can watch the hawk
perched on a distant branch,
black silhouetted wings
shaking feathers and snow,
and so can its prey.

Through bare trees
I can be winter’s innocence,
unashamed needfulness,
the thin and reaching limbs of a beggar,
longing to touch
but the hem of the sun.