Reflections – August 25, 2021


A misty morning view of the front yard gardens – 8/12/2021, 5:59 am.


How we treat the world around us

expresses profound differences

in what we learned to value

by forces outside of our control


august 25 2021

A sunny midday view from the back yard – 8/25/2021, 12:23 pm.


The challenge remains how to peacefully

and patiently coexist with others

whose values are not the same

for reasons outside of their control

13 thoughts on “Reflections – August 25, 2021

    1. It’s so good to hear from you, Rosaliene! Thank you so much for your kind words. The gardens have been incredibly bountiful despite the drought this summer. Fortunately, we live by a huge lake and are able to water plants, bushes, and trees to keep them alive. Communities just to the north of us, though, are affected by forest fires and the smoke here sometimes makes the air unbreathable. I can only imagine what it’s like in the west and northwest U.S. I hope you are safe and far away from fires. 💜

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      1. Carol, so far there are no major fires near us, though our air quality does fluctuate depending upon the winds. My garden is suffering from our latest two-year drought. I’ve cut back on watering as our governor have asked us to reduce our water usage.

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        1. I have read some of the alarming news about water issues in the western states. Areas of Minnesota are affected, too, as are so are many other parts of the country, while other locations are flooding from serious storms and too much rain. These are challenging times. It’s so hard to figure out how to prepare the next generation for future times when so much is uncertain…

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  1. Carol, I don’t know if you heard this weaher prediction last year about where to live with some stability in climate? It said Duluth, MN and Buffalo, NY. Both of course on Great Lakes waterways. I miss you and miss Duluth!

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    1. It’s always good to hear from you, Trace! Actually, one of my students in the research class I taught a couple years ago looked at climate migration as an issue that Duluth needed to consider because of an article she read in “The New York Times.” This year, we have continued to focus the research and community practice classes on the connection between access to “safe” water and community health. In the past, students questioned the focus. This year, no one questioned the relevance.

      Interestingly, the housing market in Duluth has been crazy this year, with houses selling within a week with cash offers often many thousands of dollars over the asking price. I am not sure what sparked the market, but decided not to sell my house and have focused on fixing up what I can one piece at a time this summer.

      I hope you are doing well and send love, dear friend. 💜

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    1. It’s always a gift to hear from you, Diana. Prepping for the research class I teach always helps me remember to pay more attention to things and contemplate “why” questions. It helps me focus and detach from judgmental emotional reactions. I wish it wasn’t such a difficult thing to remember and do. Writing about it sometimes helps… Sending gentle hugs and gratitude to you. 💜

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  2. I admire your Zen-like point of view. It reminds me that being calm and empathetic is a choice too. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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