|Views from the train.|
|Back to the Bay...|
Although I had been feeling 'beaten' in some ways, there are certainly many ‘up-sides’ to being at home for the present; things I am appreciating right now include: hanging out with family and friends (both the two and four-legged ones); messing about in a kitchen, and of course - California produce!
...San Francisco’s open-minded culture; parks; close proximity of art and music. Some of my favorite panoramas.
|J.M.W. Turner exhibit at the deYoung Museum|
I was invited back to my weekly job(s) at the Farmers' Market, which is a great gift. Working with so many local and area farmers, it is easy to forget that, for most of the US, the production and sale of food is just business...
Soon after resuming walking in the spring, I will cross into Nebraska. Traveling in the agri-business belt of the US (as I have been for a number of days already, and which will be the theme for miles ahead), leads me to frame my questions about it in some obvious ways. To wit, is this (mono-culture) the best/only model for feeding and otherwise providing for our planet’s population in the 2000’s? Why are certain corporate practices even legal? (Monsanto comes to mind.) Why is the merging of business and government any less objectionable than the ‘church and state’ alliances that our forebears were fleeing a couple of centuries ago? And, ps - why is population no longer mentioned (along with disproportionate exploitation of resources by wealthy nations) when we’re talking about the carrying capacity of a finite planet? (A sticky one, that question, and maybe not so politically correct these day.) It has been interesting to see how much diversity there is in people’s views on environment and politics, more than I would have guessed, and much more than is reflected through media sources. Maybe Fox News has not yet achieved total control of public opinion. I am curious about the political ‘comfort zone’ of the Midwest, generally speaking, as seen/heard face to face.
In the meantime, let me (as best I can) take care of my relationships and my sense of humor! Updates as they occur...