Thinking about buying local
Drinking locally roasted coffee with local dairy milk in my hand-thrown local mug I look out on my snow day landscape with no one in sight. So I ponder the people, the artists, crafters and farmers that put their heart and artistic talents into creating things of beauty I enjoy daily. I think of the years of evolution that made them who they are. They share their lives with these gifts.
When we buy local we connect with our community, the heart and soul of real people and all their connections — a family web. With this mug, this coffee, this milk, I am not alone. I am connected to the people, the land and animals who fill my inner landscape. Homegrown gifts are the most thoughtful. This holiday season and year round please support Maine-made local crafts people and artists.
Technology and ‘abuses of our peace’
As a writer I lead a generally uncomplicated life. However, my phone gets its daily dose of messages from area codes all over the U.S. and while I marvel at my newly-found popularity, such acclaim has its downside. The intrusions of those hawking products and services can be quite annoying.
At least three of the messages I’ve received informed me that warrants had been issued for my arrest in jurisdictions across the country. As a former instructor of international law and political science, my life, until now, has been satisfying, productive and, might I say, sedentary, i.e. what most of us hope for in our declining years.
The rush of technology and notable advances of modern telephonic systems have benefitted us all. However, there is a discernible dent in the quality of my life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that I note in our expanding ability to communicate with one another. It is my hope that such abuses of our peace and state of mind might be curtailed by a rigorous searching out and cessation of the heinous practices that have become far too commonplace in the expansion of today’s global communication system.
Jury still out on Kavanaugh and Roe v. Wade
Sen. Susan Collins says she feels “ vindicated” by Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s procedural vote against hearing a case about Planned Parenthood. However, Kavanaugh’s vote is not an affirmation of the right of Planned Parenthood to continue. The court may decide to refuse to hear a case for a lot of reasons including the court’s schedule or desire to wait for a case with a better fact pattern. It may also be that the court decided not to take the case at this time for political reasons given the recent rancorous hearings over Kavanaugh’s appointed to the court.
We will have to wait to see how Kavanuagh will eventually rule on Roe v. Wade. Collins’ declaration of vindication may be just as premature as the Patriots claiming victory with 7 seconds left to go in the game they played with the Miami Dolphins; a game they lost by one point on the final play.
What is more disturbing than Collins’ misinterpretation of Kavanaugh’s vote is the fact that she felt the need to comment on it at all. There was a time when we expected Collins to go about the business of representing the state of Maine without hyperbole or spin. In 2020, the people of Maine will get to validate or disapprove her Kavanaugh vote without the help of her self-serving commentary.