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9/26/2011

Monday Meanders 9-26


Cubs ... pffft. Bears ... bigger pffft.

I have predicted the Bears to be 12 and 4 at the end of the regular season. I would feel more confident of that prediction if the Detroit Lions didn't seem bound and determined to make all predictors look like fools. Of course, the Bears could look better, too.

Most of you know I live just outside Chicago. I know. BFD. BUT. Chicago news and events are things we, who live in the 'Burbs, follow closely. And lately, there seems to be a rash of hit and run accidents all over the City. So. If you live in the City? The satellite is down, you don't have to look UP anymore - so look OUT, and around, and be careful crossing the street!! Please.

I took inventory and I have enough oil paints and associated supplies to last about a year. I think. I hope. And I have enough watercolor paints and paper for another couple of serious shots at that medium, too. Stay tuned.

I live in an area which has, over the 22 years we've lived here, gone from exurban rural to suburban parking lot. As I drive through what's left of the farms and open spaces that USED to exist to our west, I find half completed housing developments, strip malls that never have seen a tenant, and For Sale, Foreclosure and For Rent signs everywhere. Maybe it's time for us to start looking at a different way to do some of this stuff. In a world where the population is growing larger by the second, it doesn't make sense to keep turning productive farmland into asphalt. Asphalt and concrete won't grow corn, wheat and beans, and the time is coming when it's going to start getting hard to feed all the people on Earth. Actually, this whole subject deserves a post all of its own because the whole subject is large and complex - and a few sentences in a short paragraph ain't gonna hack it. Maybe this coming weekend.

Have a pleasant last week of September.

Ndinombethe.

3 comments:

Grandmother said...

I've been thinking/reading about this food for people issue, too, and would be interested in your take. Seems like it's time to go back to farming but on a more sustainable level.

PattiKen said...

We tend to look at those partially developed sub-divisions and shopping centers, and think OMG, it's all going to hell in a hand basket. But I remember practicing driving and learning to parallel park (and you know how long ago that must have been) in a fully paved neighborhood, with stop signs, a traffic light, driveways, the whole nine yards, but not one building. Perfect place to learn to drive. What goes around comes around. It's all cyclical.

Regarding the food/farm issue, farmers today struggle so much. if we could teach people to eat local (and healthy) food and stop relying on cans and boxes of chemicals, farming could become a vibrant part of our culture again.

And how about this? Imagine an international "food co-op" with all nations and their farmers contributing to solving hunger world wide.

Wait, where's my soapbox?

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Actually, nowadays? It's a good thing to be a farmer. A BIG farmer, no doubt, but still. Food is in high demand.

I just want more vineyards. Why aren't there more vineyards around here?