Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Rain Saltarello: Variations On A Theme In A Time of Fire and Flood

Today I would like to share a video that offers a number of multicultural interpretations of a piece called Rain Saltarello. (1)

This is dedicated to our friends in California. In the midst of difficult drought, the area is now dealing with a massive number of fires, most of them caused by lightning strikes. Much of the state is also suffering under record breaking temperatures. (The American West could someday have heat waves like those felt in Europe a few years before that killed so many people.) A friend in Southern California told me yesterday that the temperature in her city was at 113 and rising.

Temperatures like these are especially hard on the poor, the sick and very young and the elderly. Here is a list of California Cooling Center Locations for those who might need them

Who Ya Gonna Call?

My thoughts today are with those families who have lost their homes through fire and floods, and the many farmers who have been hit by these disasters.

Please keep thought for the many rescue workers and volunteers who are working to help the humans and animals caught in the fires and floods. If you have some money to spare, groups like the American Red Cross (who's disaster fund is depleted), the Humane Society Red Star Emergency Response Teams, and United Animal Nations could use your help as they help others in need.

Nonprofits like these are badly hurting for funding right now. Give a little, folks. This could be you someday.

Scientists tell us that these weather patterns and frequent fires are consistent with climate change. (2). Lovely. That means more of the same is in our future.

Planet Ark notes that China has a national plan for climate change. We need one, too. Who influences our representatives on this issue? Inquring minds want to know.

Go well, stay well,



(1) My favorite version of this piece is by a group called Dead Can Dance, and I recommend their CD's to anyone who enjoys medieval music.

(2) Those of us in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest have had far too much rain this year and the unusually cold weather has hurt the berry crop in Oregon, Washington and part of Canada. As of this writing, U.S. crop damage from weather looks to top 8 billion.

If you and your family are returned to areas hit by the flood, please take note of these saftey cautions

In the aftermath of June’s devastating floods in the Midwest, world renowned microbiologist Dr. Rajiv Sahay, Director of EDLab, a division of Pure Air Control Services reminds residents to be wary of what floodwaters leave behind—specifically, toxic mold growing on walls, behind walls, in the ceilings, under the carpets, or in their ductwork.. Also, he warns of what unqualified disaster restoration firms leave behind…trouble.

We are being told that the economic fallout is uncertain. I think it can best be summed up as "going from bad to worse".

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