Granny in the Information Age

TRUE STORY

Yesterday while chatting with my six year old granddaughter, answering questions about the nearby West Mims fire and how the various animals would be cared for if and when an evacuation of our home was required. Then she asked when I, and the critters  and Grandpa, were going to live in her backyard in a camper.  I replied that depended on the the fire activity and vagaries of wind and weather.

So this precocious little girl asked me what the fire was doing right then, May ten.  Having spent the day away from the computer and away from home and away from the fire area I couldn’t tell her.

That is when my age showed.

My six year old Granddaughter looked at my phone, what I call a telephone, but is really a mini-commputer, and said “Don’t you have Google?”  I replied I sort of did,  but that a box kept appearing telling me I had to do some rigamarole and download applications and buy things and so I didn’t use it. 

As I was telling her this, she reached across, mashed some icons on the touchscreen, to fast for me to see while I was watching her lovely face, then looked at me and said “There you go.”

Ha!  I started to say, “See  what I mean … ”  BUT there was an available search page for Google.  I had been struggling with this for months.  In less than two seconds she solved that problem.

I did the search, and found the information available, at that time, about the fire.  I did know where to look, but not how to use my device. 

This same child figured out how to advance through the photo library in my first digital camera when she was three.  I had no idea how to do it.  I was afraid I would delete what was not saved elsewhere.  She had no such ego fears.

This is a different world from the one in which I grew up.

Agawela May 11, 2017
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Half-Moon

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Poised between,
We live in
Tension,
Balanced
In a moment.
All breath
Is a choice.
Every choice,
A decision.
Every decision,
Forever,
Irrevocable.
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Agawela … 03.21.2017
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Նրանք վերցրել եմ սիրում

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Նրանք վերցրել եմ սիրում — Lévon Minassian

They Have Taken The One I  Love

Amen Hayr Sourp

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Lévon Minassian – Armand Amar – Amen Hayr Sourp – Ամեն Հայր Սուրբ – Songs From A World Apart – Photos by Steve McCurry

Withlacoochee River and Suwanee River

Withlacoochee River and Suwanee River

Withlacoochee River and Suwanee River ⓒBearspawprint2017

Withlacoochee River and Suwanee River ⓒBearspawprint2017

As I photographed this view of the merging rivers, January 14, 2017, I could hear the drills restart, just out of sight on the Suwanee River, on the right, to the North.

The fracked gas pipeline, known as the Sabal Trail Pipeline, has already been tunneled beneath the Withlacoochee River, which is on the left in this photo.

Drilling was held up for ONLY most of one day by Water Protectors in a peaceful direct action.

It is interesting to note that the number of law enforcement vehicles, which approached in a practiced formation, seemed to outnumber the Protectors.  The intimidating gesture was meant to instill hopelessness.  If there were four officers per vehicle, the Protectors were greatly outnumbered.  Though law enforcement and security did have visible sidearms they did not brandish  rifles or assault weapons.  They mostly stayed out of sight in the vehicles, only getting out in small groups, and kept weapons discreet.  However, the threat was there.

There were no overt confrontations that I observed, nor any arrests, though arrests have been made in previous encounters.  Procedural discrepancies and irregularities are being researched by Protectors hoping to find some way to stay the digging.

Bedrock here is porous karst and the whole area is subject to sinkholes.  The gorgeous interconnected underground rivers, caves, aquifer, glorious springs greeting the sunlight, and water systems is threatened in its entirety by any damage anywhere.

100% of all pipelines leak, sooner or later.

Agawela 01.16.2017
ⓒBearspawprint2017

UPDATE:  Sacred Stone Camp 4:30 PM  — MLK Day

Update on #StopSabalTrail lockdown this morning: 8 have been confirmed arrested. Join them for a rally 8am tomorrow at the Suwannee County courthouse.

http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2017/01/16/breaking-news-sabal-trail-pipeline-construction-blockaded-on-mlk-day/

January 16, 2017

January 17, 2017 … sorry for the big size — they won’t edit down smaller

 

THANKSGIVING 2016

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MY DEAREST ONES, WHOM I HOLD IN MY HEART,
I AM GRATEFUL THAT YOU ARE.
 
THIS THANKSGIVING WE MAY GIVE THANKS.
 
WE MAY GIVE THANKS THAT WE DO NOT HAVE TO MAKE THE SAME IRRESPONSIBLE AND DESTRUCTIVE MISTAKES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE.
 
WE MAY GIVE THANKS THAT WE ARE YET REQUIRED TO BE WILLFULLY IGNORANT OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF GREED AND LAZINESS AND UNCARING HEARTLESS EXPLOITATION AND DECEIT.
 
WE MAY GIVE THANKS THAT IT IS STILL POSSIBLE TO DO BETTER.
 
WE MAY GIVE THANKS THAT WE HAVE TIME TO AVOID A THIRD WORLD WAR.
 
WE MAY GIVE THANKS THAT WE HAVE NOT YET DESTROYED ALL POTABLE WATER.
 
WE MAY GIVE THANKS THAT WE HAVE NOT YET ANNIHILATED ALL SENTIENT BEINGS.
 
WE MAY GIVE THANKS THAT THERE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE RISKED, ARE RISKING EV EN NOW, AND HAVE GIVEN ALL TO ALLOW US TO HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE THE DIRECTION OF OUR FUTURE.
 
WE MAY GIVE THANKS THAT WE STILL HAVE THE OPTION OF CHOOSING A BEAUTIFUL FUTURE FOR ALL OF HUMANITY AND ALL SENTIENT BEINGS.
 
WE MAY GIVE THANKS THAT THERE IS STILL TIME.
 
WE MAY GIVE THANKS.
 
I AM GRATEFUL.