WeBLOG adobe las golondrinas

Window with bars, Las Golondrinas, New Mexico (2011)

A few notes from las golondrinas behind the bars:

Private business in cahoots with governmental agencies build solar arrays and oil pipelines that crisscross the American West.  Is this really necessary?  Tortoises are relocated — or at least a great many of them were — and wildlife corridors “will” be constructed to allow wild game to browse in the Great American West.  By all means let’s  power our cell phones, televisions and gaming equipment so that we can “see” nature on television, iPhones and earn all the levels of virtual combat games that we can boast about to our chums by e-mail on yahoo, gmail and msn.com.  Why, who needs “real” critters when we have “virtual” critters?

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An old Native American narrative:  Grandfather takes grandson to see a river that runs between two mountains.  The river has cut a deep gorge between the mountains.

Grandfather:  Grandson, which is stronger, the river or the mountains?

Grandson:  (trying hard, puzzled)  The river, Grandfather?

Grandfather says nothing, looks at Grandson.

Grandson:  (trying harder to figure it out, changing answer)  The mountains, Grandfather?

Grandfather says nothing for a minute or two.

Grandfather:  Grandson, it doesn’t matter!

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Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walden that a telegraph line was being built to connect Maine with Texas.  He said, in effect, That’s nice, but will they have anything to say to each other?

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On the topic of a lot things:  It doesn’t matter.


Notes, corrections and additions:

“Los Golondrinas” is Spanish for swallows.

There is a huge solar array system being built out on the Mojave Desert between California and Nevada.  Chris of Coyote Crossing has tried to impede the construction of the array because of the tortoise issue.  See his blog on my bloglist below for further news of these “necessary” and stupendous power grids in the making.

The narrative about Grandfather-Grandson is courtesy of Blu Cooksey.

Of course everyman has his Walden, so the quote is in there!  Please go look it up.

The origin of “blog” is from the two words, Web and log.  I don’t know if the OED has caught up with “blog” yet.  “In hindsight, it seems amazing that I did finish [her translation] — and, indeed, that anyone working the British university system ever finishes anything…,” writes translator Susanna Morton Braund in her preface of Juvenal and Persius, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004.  Now, in my opinion, finishing the translation of Juvenal’s writing from Latin to English does matter.  Well, maybe not.


Filed under Life in Balance, Life Out of Balance

10 responses to “WeBLOG adobe las golondrinas

  1. The Thoreau quotation recalls Abraham Kaplan’s introduction of the term “duologue” some decades back. In his words, a duologue is nothing more than a monologue carried out before “a glazed and exquisitely indifferent audience”. I’ve never forgotten his definition of the perfect duologue – two television sets turned on, facing one another.

  2. Glad you shared this musing, Jack!! — the sacrifices we make for technology and its necessary reliance on electricity need to be in our face all the time. Yes, we definitely want alternative energy, but does it need to be on the grand scale that will make a business a profit? Can’t all the lessons learned about importance of safeguarding the web of life be incorporated into decisions? Someone who would speak to combining these values is VB Price, author of City at the End of the World. http://www.unmpress.com/books.php?ID=1262&Page=book

  3. I am again reminded of my response to the deification of Steve Jobs. who created a world full of gadgets and contraptions all of which reduce time spent in the great outdoors. I have my own love-hate affair going with this thing I’m now typing on. I’m in need of more outside time. It’s time to step away and step into the world with greater frequency.

    Life in balance. It all comes back to that . It feels like we are terribly out of balance and I feel an emotional vertigo from it.

    Thank you for your descriptions of those things that matter to you. They are things that should matter to all of us.

  4. William G.

    Ray Lum said that you live and learn, then die and forget it all. Far from nihilism, it grounds us in living for the joy of today and thinking about all that “doesn’t matter.”

  5. We have gotten so lost in alternative energy that we forgotten two things. The first is energy conservation. Some estimate we could use up to 40% less energy if all businesses, private individuals, and government agencies were mandated to use the most energy efficient tools and utilities all day and night every day and night.

    The second thing we have forgotten is “alternative”. Once bib business got their hands on the alternative energy business there was hardly anything alternative about it except that it was not dependent on fossil fuels. Of the many ways alternative energy is alternative is the appropriate siting of these facilities. Displacing desert tortoises and ruining one of most precious ecosystems is hardly necessary. There are hundreds of already paved areas near any big city (former strip malls, etc) where the earth has already been compromised, and these areas are already close to existing utility infrastructure. Why not use these?

  6. It’s all about money, isn’t it; for once money has been plentifully obtained it creates extravagance and waste, both of which demand still more money.

    “Only when the last tree has been cut down,
Only when the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.” ~ Cree Prophecy

  7. Pingback: Chris Clarke leaving the desert: las golondrinas chronicles | Sage to Meadow

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