Some of my celestial buddies are back, and Earth is telling it like it is. I swear she's always giving mankind the side-eye but this time it's with a laser focus on the US of A. In the states, don't do what we're told because we live in a "free" county, we have our rights, yada, yada, yada. So when we're required to wear masks AND practice social distancing in order to decrease the number of COVID-19 infections (that are astronomical at this point), many of us are pitching little baby fits about it.
Honestly, just wear the dang mask so we can all stop the spread of this virus. It's not all about you and it's not about politics. For once can we stop acting like the Divided States of America and do this one thing? It feels like we've wasted four months because no one is thinking about the greater good, let's not waste four more.
Like most of you I'm climbing the walls right now to the point that even making art is a chore. Imagine that! I'm eager to get back to volunteering, socializing, and attending different events, however, since the stay at home order was issued for the county and most recently the state, I've been enjoying this peace and quiet. There's hardly any traffic on the roads let alone in the air. I live off of what was once a busy street but I kid you not, between the near silence and chirping birds I feel like I'm out in the country.
Yes, humans are grounded and because they are grounded, earth is healing. It's a heckuva trade off but I notice that the air seems cleaner and skies seem brighter. We should always remember that when we go back to our bustling lives. What kind of best practices can we apply in order to make the environment better?
Unless you were living in a cave these past two weeks, and that might have been the safest place to be, parts of the globe were ripped a new one by two Category 5 hurricanes.
At first I wanted to post "Earthly Ills" around the time that Irma came through but decided against it. For starters, I was away from home in Michigan for both business and leisure so it was hard to do anyway without my home computer. Secondly, I felt especially sensitive to the victims who were already devastated by Harvey after it hit parts of Texas. It just didn't seem appropriate to post at the time, especially when people were and are still out there fighting for their lives.
Climate change is happening people and we are starting to pay a terrible price. What else has to happen on this earth in order for us to really do something about it? What proactive measures do we need to take besides screwing in a bunch of LED light bulbs?
My prayers go out to those who have been devastated by Harvey and Irma.
We're quickly approaching one of the most rare and anticipated events of the year, the solar eclipse. If you're going to be doing any celestial gazing on August 21, please be sure that you have your eye protection, else just watch it on the news! Here's hoping for a clear day.
Ani Todd, Visual Artist and Do-er of Stuff