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Battlelines Shift, the War Goes On

I learned from a local reporter that there would be big news for Floyd yesterday afternoon. My hope was to hear that the Mountain Valley pipeline had been cancelled.Instead the news was that the pipeline would be routed north of our county. I did not immediately do a happy dance.My first impulse was caution. Could this even be believed, considering the duplicitous games the big utilities have played with communities all across the nation?And if true, how happy, how relieved could I allow myself to be?Another community was doomed to suffer what--presumably--had now passed over Floyd, by a matter of sheer corporate … Continue Reading ››

The Parts We Don’t See

As it turns out, this very Amanita mushroom (about two weeks more mature this morning than it appears in this peak-of-life image) will be the subject of the children's sermonette this morning because Ann last week said she'd do it. And this is how that works out, predictably delegated away. Nuff said.I'll talk briefly about simile and metaphor. These are some of the ways the Bible tells stories to help us understand. I'll give a few examples.Jesus said "I am the bread, the vine, the good shepherd." Parables often used simile:  The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in … Continue Reading ››

Another Million or Two

That's how many additional shale gas drilling wells are predicted to be included in the "all of the above" energy menu of our President and the Virginia Governor.Add up what that means to your children's future. Do the accounting of debits and credits with regard to another 30 years or carbon fuels from "unconventional" sources, now that we've blown our way through all the easy carbon.Calculate the number of hundreds of millions of gallons of potable water that will be sucked out of our groundwater, lakes and rivers--water and turned to fracking fluid--water that can never be used again for human consumption or … Continue Reading ››

Friday Nature Unknown

So what do we have here? Anyone? Have you seen this being before in your busy life?Yes, yes, another curiosity placed for your observational pleasure in the Goose Creek Roadside Museum and Medicine Show by the Foolish Farmer of Erewhon----a character who first appeared in July 2002, and who,  even more than a decade ago had come to think of himself  as invisible, so nearly alone and operating in a vacuum of fellow-feeling. Somehow, somewhy, he has persevered, nevertheless, more or less, all these years.And here one more time , with no explanation why he feels compelled to do so, in faithful … Continue Reading ››

Thirty Thousand Foot View

Yesterday I desperately needed to get away. Away from the phone, from the computer, from the house, away from all the things that would fill  my time and my mind if I didn't leave home.So I went with a few other souls to the top of Buffalo Mountain.I hike to arrive and then to tarry contentedly somewhere else. The others I was with hike to walk. So we did not wander there the couple of hours I've spent every other walk up onto the back of this wild place.  I would have not rushed back to everything I  had left behind, but that's what I … Continue Reading ››
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