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Harford County Climate Expo!

Truly amazing that we could make this happen in Harford County.  Hats off to Tracey & George, Bill, Brooke and so many who have been working intensely behind the scenes, making it possible for the rest of us to show up and take part.  I am also glad that we did some of the door-to-door and phone outreach, the good old-fashioned way.

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The Importance of Being Black … in a White Novel

The Importance of Being Black

… in a White Novel

To some readers what I have to say will be so painfully obvious that they would not even justify it with a “duh!”   Others will need evidence.  It is for them – and I was once one of them- that I write the details of my rude awakening to the role of whiteness in contemporary fiction.

What awakened me?  An talk by Damali Ayo?  A rap heard at a poetry slam?  No.  Nothing so glamourous. Just a couple of books I read in my book club at the public library.

Look, it’s not as though I haven’t ever before read books with only white characters.  But, to quote Justin Trudeau, “it’s 2015.”  

What I am reading in the books is more segregating than mere absence of black (or brown or any other colored) characters.   Read more…

Local Groups Release Vegan Dining Guide for Harford County

From a message from DineKind Harford:

Hi. Lets do our part to spread the word that October 1 is World Vegetarian Day and encourage everyone to eat vegan foods for the day. Of course more days is better (You could suggest Meatless Mondays).

http://www.worldvegetarianday.org/

Just in time for this World Vegetarian Day DineKind Harford and Harford County Climate Action created a Vegan Dining Guide for Harford County. Read more…

Onomatopoeia

In a title such as “Tap Tap, Boom Boom” the word in the title sound like the sounds that they make.  What is the word for the kind of word that mimics a sound?

“Oh no!”  I exclaimed.  I knew what word Bob, the librarian wanted, but instead I spelled:  “Tap T-A-P Tap.”  The judges, including library Director Mary Hastler, understood that I was kidding and allowed me another chance, though they could as well have passed to the next person.

“Onomatopoeia.”

Answering the question correctly was only the beginning.  The key was to spell it.  Read more…

Marching with the Library on Main Street

There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library

So said Andrew Carnegie and so we celebrate the freedom to read and march with the library down Main Street on the 4th of July, as we do every year.
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Tubing down Rock Run

We love Junior Ranger Camp with the Department of Natural Resources.  This year they finished off the 5-day camp with a morning of floating down the Rock Run in a tube.

 

ఆవకాయి made in the USA!

Who needs to import ఆవకాయి from India when you can make it yourself?

Time to Say NO to Walmart again.

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:52 AM, “communityinfo@bascf.org” <communityinfo@bascf.org> wrote:

Message from Bel Air South – Walmart is still trying to build a store in Bel Air over public opposition.
Tell Wal-Mart that enough is enough.

This e-mail goes out to 1300 citizens against a Bel Air Wal-Mart.

Folks,

If you saw last Wednesday’s Aegis about Wal-Mart crying “unfair” it was a desperate and feeble attempt to feed the community misinformation about the benefits of a new store.

Here is the link if you have not seen it.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/belair/ph-ag-walmart-officials-talk-0318-20150316-story.html#page=1

We need to respond to Wal-Mart and let them know that we are as resolute as ever, “NO BEL AIR WALMART!”
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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 530 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people.

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Harford County Calls for Action on Clean Energy

A small but dedicated group of people gathered in solidarity with the People’s Climate March in downtown Bel Air near the Courthouse and rallied support among people of Harford County for sustainable energy and policies that promote clean energy and reduced carbon footprint.  Carrying signs and shouting “Climate Justice Now!”  and   “Clean Green Energy for All!” the group marched down Main Street, to Pennsylvania Avenue and into Shamrock Park where they paused near a shady tree and collected signatures from passersby.

Many people thanked the group for coming out and giving them a chance to show their support for clean energy.   The letter, addressed to Maryland legislators read:

Scientists warn us that climate change could accelerate beyond our control, threatening our survival and everything we love. We call on you to keep global temperature rise under the unacceptably dangerous level of 2 degrees C, by phasing out carbon pollution to zero. To achieve this, you must urgently forge realistic global, national and local agreements, to rapidly shift our societies and economies to 100% clean energy by 2050.

We stand united for clean energy and social and environmental justice for all.

Some of the comments people made while signing:

“I am a grandmother and I want to see that we leave a livable world for our grandchildren.” (NASA’s site on Climate Change)

“I can’t afford a Prius.  What can the government do to make clean energy affordable for someone like me?”  (More on government policy and electric and hybrid vehicles.)

“Other communities have already faced the disasters resulting from climate change.   We have to do something about it.”   (More on climate refugees.)

“We can reduce our carbon footprint by changing our diet.”  (More on the carbon footprint of food.)

“We need a revenue-neutral carbon tax.”  (More on revenue-neutral carbon tax.)

“Our minister is riding a bicycle from New York to Washington DC.”  (More on the People’s Climate Bike Ride.)

“Mom!  This is the march I was going to in New York!”  (More on the New York People’s Climate March and 2808 Solidarity events in 166 countries)

It was an uplifting day standing up and speaking out in support of sustainable development and climate justice and finding so much support in Harford County to take action to make clean energy a reality.

NEXT STEP:  Deliver the petition in person.  Congressperson Any Harris has an office in Bel Air.  If you would like to be there when we go to speak to him, please leave a comment and I will write back to you.

Here are some scenes from the Courthouse on Main Street and Shamrock Park:

The Harford County People’s Climate March brought together ordinary people to raise a collective voice in favor of sensible policies for a better world.  Some of the people who took part came from local organizations including Dine Kind and the Sierra Club Maryland chapter.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Maragaret Mead