Summer Stress

Nature’s art

Thursday, July 29, 2021 —(In 24 days, August’s full “Sturgeon” moon will rise nearest to earth.)

I’m running outside and back in, rotating hoses and allowing each section of my garden twenty minutes of water. Today will be blisteringly hot, yet again in the nineties. Daily, I’ve pushed around more and more routines, doing them much earlier or later.

It isn’t as if “very early” and “very late” are the same as a few weeks ago. Here in the PNW, mornings have begun turning light later, and darkness overcomes lightness earlier, around nine o’clock. Only weeks ago, daylights lingered until around nine-thirty. That I know as a “daylight tracker” who must feed horses several times through daytime hours. As daylights increase or wane I’m adjusting feeding schedules, and all else routine, too.

Time adjusting is ongoing, but this year we’ve different weather. PNW was freezing into mid-May, and then sweltering through a stretch of intense one-hundred-plus degrees heat. Typical PNW summers, pleasant although somewhat hot, no longer are predictable.

The worst part of intense heat, wildfires, mostly are spontaneous. They’re now heating up the West Coast. We’ve learned that a vehicle parked on dry grass could ignite fire. We’ve learned that old wildfires might not completely burn out, but can reignite.

Watering lawns and gardens assists against spreading wildfires, but another problem emerges these days. Water has become very scarce. Winters are bringing too little new snow, and summers are over-melting old snow. Ancient glaciers are collapsing. We need more water.

Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan steps in the right direction, for America desperately needs repairs. More is needed, too, and globally. Among nations must be a climate plan, agreed to and implemented soon. Nations holding joint climate discussions must cut their mumbling and adopt meaningful goals.

Our Earth needs worldwide agreed-on plans with clear key goals that can be met, in other words, a carefully planned structure that’s workable. Meaningful planning must include effective leadership toward achieving goals and communications designed to keep us all apprised.

Dear Friends: Our world grows ever smaller, making rains, fires, earthquakes, all very personal. Diana

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