All Is Good

I think it was last weekend that I felt all warm and fuzzy. No, not just from the summer weather. It had to do with what I found in the Houston Chronicle on my table that morning.

First of all, the Parade featured “It Takes A Garden”, a wonderful story about how community gardens are popping up to help communities hit with economic depression. The gardens bring all ages together and offer fresh, locally grown produce by teaching self-sustainability that offers hope, determination and love.

In the same magazine, “Man on a Mission” gave us an update on Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer, and his work to bring attention to the grave unemployment rate among veterans who served since 9/11. Without hesitation, he says the wants to make a difference.

The Fine Arts Guide included a 28-page thick edition replete with music, theater, opera, art, dance, readings and film events across town.

There was also a special 52-page Fall Bazaars & Festivals guide that truly represents our cosmopolitan community with everything from the Huntsville Antique Show, to the Brazilian Festival, the Korean Festival, and the all-time favorite Renaissance Festival. And let’s not forget state-wide Octoberfest celebrations, the ArtOberfest in Galveston, and Gatorfest in Anahuac!

As Kim Stinebaker points out in her article, from birds to bikes, this coastal region sure has a tremendous array of things to do and places to see all within a day-trip or a fun weekend.

With all this news, I felt that we are indeed going in the right direction and that all is good.

Paintings at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts

The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts hosts “My Journey, My Story – Mi Viaje, Mi Historia: Mexican Art and Culture” as their fall exhibition featuring three oil paintings from Lilibeth André’s Mexico Series. The Exhibition will hold a preview reception on Friday, August 24, 2012, from 6 to 8 pm.

Lilibeth André, "La Costurera", Oil on canvas, 48" x 36"

Lilibeth André, “La Costurera”, Oil on canvas, 48″ x 36″

Besides “La Costurera” (shown here), other pieces featured are “Pintando Artesanias” and “Artesanas”, paintings on canvas using water-soluble oils (to avoid the use of solvents), highlighting artisan market scenes.

The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, August 25 and runs through December 23, 2012.

Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts

6815 Cypresswood Drive

Spring, Texas 77379

(281) 376-6322

Energy & Mobility

Not exactly what you think when you read “energy” and “mobility”. I heard about the black outs in India. Unmeasured growth and the resources to support it. Let’s look at ourselves in this mirror and see what our future looks like. In the next breath I heard that the economy needs to provide mobility. Let me explain both the way I see them.

Yes, there has been unmeasured growth. The increase in population has generated greater demand on services but in addition to growth, the demand for more electricity has increased per person so what one person used to require to function on a daily basis has now mushroomed because there are greater needs for power (I use this term intentionally). More air conditioning, more gadgets, more cars, greater distance. All need more power. If power keeps coming from the same sources, of the same types and in the same quantities well, there you have it. You will be short during high demand and suffer a black out or other power shortages (fuel, food, gas, etc.).

So black outs are not uncommon in some countries. They say the blackouts also last longer. And if the population is increasing along with demand in all countries of the world then our hunger for power will go unsatisfied. We need to look at other sources of power and the best way to distribute it (off the grid to save infrastructure costs?).

Now let’s look at mobility. Mobility, in this case was not regarding transportation. This mobility referred to economics. The point was that the economy needs to provide mobility. Mobility so that people have the opportunity to move up.

Move up? In other words consume more? Use more energy?

I am all for increasing the quality of life of more people. I don’t see this as necessarily consuming more. I see it as having a nice place to live, a nice community to live in, a job that is rewarding, and time to enjoy all three. Factors that enter in achieving this are sustainability of materials and place, good and affordable education, health care options, community and cultural enrichment, and good stewardship of the earth.

I don’t see this mobility as a vertical ladder up to higher levels of acquisition to prove what wrung has been reached. I see it more as a circle where each element supports and enriches the others and provides the opportunities to give back enriching our sense of community and humanity.

Both of these issues: energy and mobility, seem to prove that we are heading down the wrong path. They are a window into the future and it doesn’t look fruitful. Perhaps it is time we start looking at deeper solutions that are broader and not blind to consequential impacts. If we step back and take a look we can see that everything is part of the same fabric and when we snag one thread, then two, then three, it all begins to unravel quite rapidly.

Let’s find new ways to power our life and a greater satisfying quality of life for more people.

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