Sunday is Earth Day. I remember the first Earth Day and every Earth Day since. Earth has changed and I’m pretty sure we’re the ones who have changed it.
This isn’t a trick . It’s a genuine question based on a few premises with which you have to agree before we can begin:
1 – Climate change is real, based on science and facts. It isn’t a glitch in nature and if we ignore it, it won’t go away.
2 – We used to call it “global warming” – but obviously there’s quite a bit more to it.
3 – You are sure it is going to affect you … but exactly how?
4 – You are not a conspiracy theorist. You do not believe that climate change comes from an angry God or some weird technology.
5 – You’d like to know what you should be doing about climate change — and you are pretty sure that recycling bottles is probably not the ultimate answer.
These are questions for which I don’t have an answer. I have always believed that we were doing serious damage to the earth, even before it was officially proven. I thought it was pretty obvious. We still have pollution resulting from things we did in European river valleys a thousand years ago and these days, we simply make it worse. Even when we are trying to make it better.
The thing is, I know I had no idea what all of this meant on a personal level. I understood about rising sea levels. I got that part of the equation. I understood the increasing and probably endless loss of species — such as all of our large land mammals and probably all or most of our carnivores.
There will be no wolves, no tigers, lions, elephants, rhinoceros, giraffe. Whales will be gone. Slowly but surely because we are polluting the oceans and I don’t know if there is a way back from the mess we have made.
The air will become more polluted and we will never figure out what to do with our radioactive wastes. We haven’t even figured out what to do with the filthy, polluted soil in this valley or for that matter, the Rhine valley or along the Yangtze or Ganges.
Storms will be bigger, encompassing the size of entire oceans eventually. Right now, we have storms in North America so big they go literally from coast to coast. Super storms. Super tornadoes. We will have droughts and floods in sequence. Fires and mud slides in between and let’s not forget the occasional earthquake, just for fun.
It rained 30 inches in Hawaii over the past 24 hours and another monster storm is on the way. The concept of “monster storms” never crossed my mind.
Slowly rising sea water is pretty much what I saw in my head. I never imagined it would all be happening at the same time — and so fast. I thought it would take a lot longer for the water to rise. That the oceans would slowly edge up over the coasts. The rivers would rise and we’d have flooding.
Snow? Maybe we’d have less with rising temperatures … but I didn’t think we’d have storm after storm with warm weather in between so it would fall, then melt, then fall again, and melt again. I didn’t expect the bizarre alterations of seasons, either.
What did you imagine would happen? Did you imagine the mudslides in California? Or the fires? Or the floods in Puerto Rico and Texas? And now in Kauai?
Did we realize that the melting glaciers would mean that inland nations like Switzerland would have no viable water sources?
What did we think was going to happen? What do we think is going to happen next year and the year after? It won’t be nothing, that’s for sure. Something will happen and we will be in the middle of it. In the end, there will be few places left to hide.
I don’t think my imagination moved me much past a flooded basement. I never considered we might have an entirely flooded valley … or maybe a state under water. Or even finding myself turning up the thermostat in the middle of April.
Since the season is almost here, I implore you to not kill your early blooming dandelions. This is the food the bees need to keep alive until the rest of the flowers and plants bloom. Remember the bees because without them, we are dead, so skip that lovely Scott’s lawn for now. Let’s try and preserve life on earth rather than the nicest lawn in the suburbs.
When I read this, I smiled. I remember when I was living in Israel and friends visited and they kept murmuring “But it’s so brown …” because it is. Sometimes. Deserts are brown in the summer, but in the winter with a bit of rain, they turn green and lovely. It’s amazing what a bit of water can do for the dry earth.
Summer is in full swing, just like your dance moves. The nights are hot and the days are sweltering. We can tell by the sweat running down your flushed face that you are not just a Hot Child in the City, but that you have the Dance Fever. It happens to many so do not be five alarmed. In The Heat of the Night, you just have to get up and move. We are not handing you a Hot Line, just our top ten HOT dance tunes.
If our lasttop ten list of Dance Songs did not get you out of your chair, we think these will do it. They are hot, really hot. In fact, they are so hot all the titles tell you so. Yes, they all have heat (or fire) in the title. Since you have heat in your shoes, get up and bust a move to these dance tunes. Click on any song title for the song and video, or get the entire playlist at the end.
10. Hot Blooded, Foreigner. Sometimes dancing is not enough in the 1978 hit. “Well, I’m hot-blooded, check it and see / I got a fever of a hundred and three / Come on baby, do you do more than dance?” The single sold more than a million copies and also appeared on the Double Vision album.
09.Heat Wave, Martha and the Vandellas. There are many hot versions of this song, especially this one by Linda Ronstadt, but we thought it was best to go with this Classic version by Martha Reeves. The 1963 release went to number one. Yes, it was a hot hit.
08. Just Like Fire, Pink. “Just like fire, burning out the way / If I can light the world up for just one day / Watch this madness, colorful charade / No one can be just like me any way.” And no one can be just like you on the dance floor. Get up and groove to this 2016 pop hit.
07. Heat of the Moment, Asia. This was a 1982 hit for the alternative rock group. “It was the heat of the moment /Telling me what your heart meant /The heat of the moment shone in your eyes.”
06.Hot Fun In The Summertime, Sly and the Family Stone. We can see that you are starting to pant, so it is time to slow the playlist down for a couple of songs before we have a scorching hot finish. This 1969 hit added a bit of funk and a bit of soul to the hot tune.
05. Too Hot, Kool and the Gang. The smooth 1979 R&B hit should add some soul to your step. “Oh it’s too hot, too hot, lady / Gotta run for shelter / Gotta run for shade.”
04. Hot Stuff, Donna Summer. By 1979 the disco queen was rocking up the tempo with this single from her seventh studio album, Bad Girls. “How’s ’bout some hot stuff, baby this evenin’ / I need some hot stuff baby tonight.”
03. Hot, Hot, Hot, Buster Poindexter. This infectious dance tune got an over-the-top performance in 1987 by singer David Johansen as Poindexter. It will add a bit of calypso to your dancing feet.
02. The Heat Is On, Glenn Frey. This tune was recorded for the 1984 movie Beverly Hills Cop. It received a Grammy nomination for Frey and a lot of air play. The music video was very popular in the early days of MTV. “The heat is on (flames are burning higher) / The heat is on (baby can’t you feel it) .”
01. Hotter Than Fire, Eric Saade. The Swedish pop star scored so big with the 2011 dance tune that there were actually two official videos. The first one featured pictures and graphics, while the second onehad Saade dancing through many sets. You might be cooler than ice, but your dance moves are Hotter Than Fire.
A bunch of us gathered at Sandy’s house. She was an excellent cook. Aspiring to be a professional. When she invited us for a meal, it was a treat, always a good feeding and delicious. We were her test subjects, never knowing what great idea she’d come up with. Whatever, we were happy to eat it.
On this day, Sandy was dressed — as always — in a floaty Indian blouse and long skirt. The blouse had angel-wing sleeves. Very pretty, if a bit inconvenient in the kitchen. All of us had been smoking a little appetizer, building up hearty appetites.
“Hey,” I said. “Sandy! You are on fire.” Sure enough, the wings of her blouse passed smoldering — I’d missed that — and were now in flames.
“Oh,” said Sandy, flustered.
All the friends stood there frozen, staring at the pretty fire. So, I put out the fire. Sandy thanked me profusely for something I’d have done for anyone. What was more interesting was how the rest of the gang just stood there with their mouths open. Not good in a crisis, I surmised.
“No one else tried to put out the fire,” said Sandy.
“Not a big deal,” I said, and it wasn’t. I still don’t understand why I was the only one who realized that “Sandy is on fire” should be followed by putting out the fire.
Sandy stopped wearing loose clothing in the kitchen and stopped inviting those friends for dinner. Shortly thereafter, she moved to San Francisco and opened a chain of take-out restaurants. I visited her there. She’s doing better than fine. All’s well that ends well.
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