© Linda Hogan
GOOD SOLSTICE TO ALL FROM VERMONT
CORONA NUMBERS UPDATED
WORLD: OVER 179.3
DEATHS - OVER 3,883,171.
U.S.: 34.40 MILLION.
DEATHS - 617,166.
CANADA: CASES - OVER 1.4 MILLION.
GOOD SOLSTICE TO ALL
In honor of
Sunday, the summer solstice, and Father’s Day, we took the day off and
did a ten-mile kayak trip along the coast.
I did not look at the news, or my email, or my messages, or Twitter, or
anything. I don’t remember the last time I did that. Maybe 2014?
I did, though, think of my father while we were on the water, not
because of Father’s Day, but because of the ospreys.
Dad was profoundly affected by Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring/i>, published
in 1962, showing the devastating effects of people on nature by
documenting the effect of pesticides on the natural world. A marine
biologist, Carson explained how the popular pesticide DDT, developed in
1939, used to clear islands in the South Pacific of malaria-carrying
mosquitoes during World War II, and deployed as an insect killer in the
U.S. after the war, was poisoning the natural food chain in American
DDT sprayed on vegetation washed into the oceans. It concentrated in
fish, which were then eaten by birds of prey: in Maine, that meant
ospreys. The DDT caused the birds to lay eggs with abnormally thin
eggshells, so thin the eggs cracked in the nest when the parent birds
tried to incubate them. And so the osprey began to die off.
When The New Yorker began to serialize Carson’s book in June 1962 --- likely
where Dad first read it -- officers of chemical companies were scathing.
“If man were to faithfully follow the teachings of Miss Carson," an
executive of the American Cyanamid Company said, "we would return to the
Dark Ages, and the insects and diseases and vermin would once again
inherit the earth." Officers of Monsanto questioned Carson's sanity.
But other Americans were willing to listen. Silent Spring inspired the
fledgling environmental movement. In 1967, the Environmental Defense
Fund organized to protect the environment; in 1970, President Richard M.
Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency. In 1972, the U.S.
banned the use of DDT.
And the ospreys began to come back.
In 1981, Dad’s last summer, if he spent the entire day in the boat, he
knew where to find 13 nests.
Today, forty years later, the osprey were over us all day long. And,
unthinkable in Dad’s day, there were plenty of bald eagles, too.
Happy solstice, everyone, and happy Father’s Day to dads and to those
who fill the role.
©Heather Cox Richardson
Letter from an American
SHAWVILLE, QC | We are
learning more than expected from the pandemic -- from scientific
insights to generalizations about well-being and good mental health. As
we slog through levels of lockdown, mental health problems seem only to
grow. Our kids, for example, feel isolated and stressed, struggling to
focus on their on-line lessons.
THE TROUBLE WITH
SHAWVILLE, QC | Lend me
your attention for a moment. This is not about local -- only issues, not
about Covid, hockey, nor low moisture in our crops. This is about money,
and money is the Trouble with Democracy.FRED'S
LOOSE TONGUES ENDANGER
SHAWVILLE, QC | The two
world wars past gave us plenty of public messaging about "idle talk"
which might reveal secrets to under-cover enemy agents. Every subject,
from call-up notices to departure times -- anything which might give our
enemies an edge -- was included. "Loose tongues endanger lives" was a
common public message.
THE FRENCH HAVE FIGURED
OUT A BETTER MED WAY
As one gets older, it seems like we spend more time at the doctor's
offices. Even when there is nothing specifically wrong, there are
visits, periodic general practitioner checkups, lab visits for blood
extraction, dental cleanings, dermatologist examinations, and more.
FRANK'S COMPLETE ARCHIVES
MEMORIAL FOR THE VICTIMS
OF . . . WHAT?FRED'S COMPLETE
SHAWVILLE, QC |
Among the surprises of this month's federal budget was a doubling of
funds for Harper's "victims of communism" 2010 memorial in Ottawa. With
a total of near $7 million, this should be one heck of a memorial.
LCC WRITER: HI-5! TO
COVID VAX TEAM IN VIRGINIA
This morning Kathy and I received our second dose of the Pfizer
COVID-19 vaccine. Hooray!
PROTEST ... WHERE IT COUNTS!FRED'S COMPLETE
SHAWVILLE, QC | Two street protests against pandemic restrictions in Quebec, in Fort Coulonge and
Shawville, have stimulated public comment. And criticism -- many
participants, generally, were not following the health rules (masks and
a two-metre distance). The SQ were careful to warn protestors of the
rules, without aggravating emotions and stimulating further disturbance.
STOPPING COVID-19 ~ WITH
SHAWVILLE, QC | One of the
lesser-noted effects of Covid-19 and its lockdown is the sudden and
widespread proliferation of scientific expertise. There's a touch of
Zakaria celebrates America's resilience, which he says gains
strength through chaos and crises. He also downplays the idea that
despots like China's Xi Jinping do better than democratic leaders
pointing out covid-19's leap around the world was due to China's
suppression of lifesaving data. Also, that authoritarian regimes
including Khamenei's Iran, Erdogan's Turkey, and Bolsonaro's Brazil,
ruled did badly.FRANK'S COMPLETE ARCHIVES
I'm writing this on the day of our 30th
wedding anniversary. Deb and I were married on December 15, 1990 in
Sherbrooke. That wasn't the original plan.
ON KEEPING WITS ABOUT
SHAWVILLE, QC | Lesson
number one: The pandemic's lockdown may be teaching us a thing or two,
despite it's costs. One lesson is obvious: how deeply we all depend upon
contact and communication with others. The opposite side of that coin
may be that we also are learning to live with our own selves, without
the contact we took for granted in the past.
WHY ENVIRONMENTAL REGS
As many as 12,000 children were exposed to drinking water with
high levels of lead, which cause long-term health problems. The water
supply change also caused an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that
killed 12 people.FRANK'S COMPLETE ARCHIVES
WHAT'S WRONG WITH
SHAWVILLE, QC |
American friends are certainly now on the road to a healing presidential
term. The Republicans may rant about individual counts, but we can also
be certain that they are busy studying their playbook, "How to Sabotage
a Democrat President."
JANE DOES THE
This is one of 30 short
poems in the chapbook Placing No Markers by Jason Krpan. You can
download the book for free at Bookfellows.