August 23, 2011
As goes the creek...
There are any number of ways to assess the state of the world. One measure I use that is entirely personal and arbitrary is the state of the creek that runs through the yard. As goes, the creek, so goes the world. More or less.
When it is flowing continuously and full of minnows and crawdads and such, all is well or at least more tolerable. When it is dry and lifeless, as often happens in late summer, the world at large seems the same way.
It's not that things are all that great when it's healthy; it's just that things seem all that much worse when it isn't.
Sometimes when the creek goes dry, it can be months before minnows show up again, even after the water comes back. When that happens, I check each day and usually celebrate the first arrival of fish. (Search this blog for "fish day" and you'll see what I mean).
I am pleased to announce that although it ran dry recently, heavy rains earlier this week restored it for now anyhow and somehow minnows have reappeared from whatever isolated holes they were surviving in.
All of which is to say that there may be hope for the world after all.
MAKE THEM. Here's a proposal for reviving the progressive agenda.
OH REALLY? Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry recently suggested that there was no broad scientific agreement on climate change. Here's a bit of fact checking.
ABOUT THAT WAR ON COAL. It doesn't seem to be going well, since mining employment has actually gone up.
URGENT THINKING ELEPHANT UPDATE here.
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS. I really screwed up and reversed the key words in a metaphor about gold and silver in yesterday's post. My bad.
GOAT ROPE ADVISORY LEVEL: ELEVATED