What I Remember - 1

By: EarlB , 11:14 PM GMT on July 13, 2014

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I remember the polished-top silver-steel
rails
that carried the coal: hard, "blue", coal
from the mines that scarred earth's
breast;
The same coal that burned hot and
blue-flamed
through the long winter nights
in fires "banked" to outlast ,untended, the
night;
Cold mornings after nights trapped under
comforters
that made the toes cramp from their weight;
Hurrying down the cold hall to the bathroom where
electricity
warmed only that room, too far away from the
stove;
Hearing the rattling of stove grates telling of a renewed
fire to come, to burn all-day-hot, to burn blue-flamed again.

All the while, steel on steel, those miles of rails were
polished.


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7. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
11:24 PM GMT on August 02, 2014
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6. YelloworangeRose
2:33 PM GMT on July 26, 2014
Quoting EarlB:
Yor,
Yep, all different and yet the same. It was the hard earth (and still is), now it's
The atmosphere that we are focusing on.

I'd like it to be different, the scars are still there, maybe we're smarter, maybe
We'll fix the climate! What do you think?

Eb
sorry for the late reply.. I was away for 5 days and just got home. I think we just have to do what we think we can do to help. In my own little way, I plant something to make the small yard green and since we do not have much space, I make use of empty containers rather than throw them away by planting something. In fact my lovely orange rose ( the plant not the blogger LOL) is planted on a 5 liter mineral water container and it gives me some blooms once in a while. I have orchids planted on 2.5 liter soft drink container. There is one TV show here called "Eat Bulaga" they collect plastic containers~ 14 thousand kilos makes 300 pieces of school chairs. Imagine if those were thrown away to garbage.
Look what TS posted up there, Men did something good and it is good. We are not Gods, yes - but we can do something to help. Start from within our home and educate our young.

TS ~ thanks for your post. I learned something new today ^_^

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5. Thoughtsteader
11:56 AM GMT on July 21, 2014
Oh, isn't that true -- getting into vs. getting out of trouble. Point taken, there.
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4. EarlB
11:43 AM GMT on July 21, 2014
TS,

yes, you're right about control i think...but,
someone controlled the situation in Pasadena (TX),
right? someone turned around the water quality in
the bays, no?

i think of those 2 as finite problems that WERE
solved, created and solved in a relatively short
time span, like turning off the water to an over-
flowing tub: a short and local problem.

globally we've added extra CO2 to the atmosphere
and we've done it for 160+ years. i'd think that
it'd take at least that long to fix the problem,
so that in my lifetime, it'll be one of those
"out of our hands" problems. and, believe me, i
appreciate the benefits of all the extra CO2, but
we've written that check, it's time to replenish
the account: you have to pay to play.

think about the smog problem that LA has, that London
(GB) had...they WERE problems like your bays.
someone started to do something, and things
are better. someone has to have the will/courage
to start on the bigger problems now, While
keeping on with the "little" local ones, too.
it's a lot easier getting into trouble than it
is getting out of it.

eb

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3. Thoughtsteader
3:22 PM GMT on July 20, 2014
I'll say this very, very quietly, so as to avoid notice... We aren't God. For that matter, we aren't even gods, although some among us apparently would like to be.

Now, let it be said: I moved to Houston in 1973, when the environmental conditions were terrible, both water and air. We had a little verse I recently remembered. "The air is always greener in downtown Pasadener." Pasadena is just south of Houston, and the heart of the petro-chem industry. And the air was green.

By the time I moved back in 1981, things were changing. Today? You can fish in the bay, and breathe without care almost everywhere, except on certain days when an inversion turns us into a hazy old place. But everyone's pretty much on the bandwagon now, when it comes to living responsibly. And yes, even the industries.

But... I collect fossils of sea creatures in the Texas hill country. Farmers I know have turned up Spanish sea anchors in their fields, where bays have receded miles to the Gulf, leaving only farmland. The earth is alive, and active, and changing. Species come and species go. Temperatures rise and fall. Volcanoes explode. And the forces are larger than the reach of human control.

That doesn't mean I don't think we should be careful of the environment, or pro-active where we can be. But our view of things often is fore-shortened, and our estimate of our own capabilities overblown. Sometimes, I think a degree of climate "hype" is born out of a fearful suspicion that we're not as much in control as we'd like to think.

After all, if we caused it all, we should be able to fix it all. If there are things we didn't cause, then what? And there's the rub -- what's in our control, and what isn't?

Phew. I must be over-caffienated this morning.

Let me add that I love the poem. I grew up in a house with coal heat. We had a coal room in the basement, and every fall the coal truck would deliver a big load that Daddy always hoped would last through the winter. And yes - the bathroom was a long ways away on those winter mornings!
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2. EarlB
12:05 AM GMT on July 15, 2014
Yor,
Yep, all different and yet the same. It was the hard earth (and still is), now it's
The atmosphere that we are focusing on.

I'd like it to be different, the scars are still there, maybe we're smarter, maybe
We'll fix the climate! What do you think?

Eb
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1. YelloworangeRose
9:58 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
it was different then right? all the comfort in life is at hand but then mother earth gets the side effects.
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