GO CU BUFFS ZW!!!
I am so glad I've been on the mailing list for the University of Colorado Environmental Center newsletter for several years. Sarah Dawn and the folks working there do so many AMAZING things. I feel inspiration every time I see what they are up to. Last fall, I read about the CU Buffs being the first university in the country to go zero waste! I was so excited that I wrote to Sarah Dawn to say we need to have this spread to all the other colleges and to the NFL! She wrote back to let me know that it's already happening and sent two links to prove it.
The Green Sports Alliance, http://greensportsalliance.org
has been around since 2010. According to its website, "...Since February of 2010, the Alliance has brought together venue operators, sports team executives and environmental scientists to exchange information about better practices and develop solutions to their environmental challenges that are cost-competitive and innovative." The Alliance has not yet achieved zero waste, but it's on the way. Meanwhile, the Alliance focuses on sustainability and recycling.
In 2011, the Pac-12 Conference, https://pac-12.com, joined the Green Sports Alliance and then organized a competition. I have always said in my "Spaceship Earth: What Can I Do?" presentation that Americans love competition, and why not have competitions between schools, cities, or states as to who can most reduce their amount of trash the most!? Well, the Pac-12 is doing it!
I am so excited about this because so many Americans go to sport events. This will educate and raise awareness in people who otherwise have not been exposed to terms such as "zero waste" and "single-use plastics." Please remember that Eco-Cycle states that 42% of our greenhouse gases come from the way products are extracted, produced, transported, and gotten rid of-and that striving for zero waste is the quickest and easiest way to fight climate change!
So, back to more of the beautiful words in Pope Francis's encyclical. It's interesting that he talks about atmospheric pollutants here, since I wrote a letter to the editor of the Daily Camera a few weeks ago about how climate change is affecting us locally with our health being adversely affected for months now from the smoke from all the wildfires. Also the irrigation ditch that Diaz Farm uses (at 28
Street and Jay Road here in Boulder) was turned off the first week of August, which is much earlier than I have ever remembered. I was trying to see if anyone had any great ideas on how to get some water to Diaz Farm, as their crops are now dying; this means I won't be picking up much more produce now. (I had a community-supported agriculture agreement with them for the last two years which I have just loved being able to pick up fresh, organic produce every week.) I also wrote to our local Eldorado Springs Water Company to see if they might donate a truck load of water. They wrote back saying they are unable to do that but I sure appreciated them writing back.
I hate to break it to you, but our situation is only going to get worse. It's never been clearer to me-what if eventually we can't even grow food? Sorry, I started on a positive note and ended on one not so happy. I guess I'm just being realistic.
From Pope Francis's Praise Be to You Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home:
I. POLLUTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Pollution, waste and the throwaway culture
20. Some forms of pollution are part of people's daily experience. Exposure to atmospheric pollutants produces a broad spectrum of health hazards, especially for the poor, and causes millions of premature deaths. People take sick, for example, from breathing high levels of smoke from fuels used in cooking or heating. There is also pollution that affects everyone, caused by transport, industrial fumes, substances which contribute to the acidification of soil and water, fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and agrotoxins in general. Technology, which, linked to business interests, is presented as the only way of solving these problems, in fact proves incapable of seeing the mysterious network of relations between things and so sometimes solves one problem only to create others.
21. Account must also be taken of the pollution produced by residue, including dangerous waste present in different areas. Each year hundreds of millions of tons of waste are generated, much of it non-biodegradable, highly toxic and radioactive, from homes and businesses, from construction and demolition sites, from clinical, electronic and industrial sources. The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish. Industrial waste and chemical products utilized in cities and agricultural areas can lead to bioaccumulation in the organisms of the local population, even when levels of toxins in those places are low. Frequently no measures are taken until after people's health has been irreversibly affected.
READ THE ENTIRE ENCYCLICLE HERE:
Bill McKibben's words echo in my mind: "We're under attack from climate change-and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII."
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AMERICA'S GOT TALENT
Laurie passes first round!
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|Even Croaky my cat was excited!!!
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RECENT PRESS BELOW
2017 BPW Trailblazer Woman of the Year Award for Environmental work
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See article in the 2016 summer edition of Boulder Magazine
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MUSIC IN OCTOBER!!!
Have a C
The end of summer and the passing on of leaves and other living things. Another cycle and a time to let things go. Winter and a kind of hibernation on it's way but with hope that the spring will bring new growth - something new.
I hope you enjoy this magical time of year!
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So often we take music for granted...but it always seems to be in the background; it sets the mood of a movie, it's with us in the car on the radio and can make that drive pleasant, perhaps at work it helps us get through the day and of course at home. Often, on my lunch break, I put on music while I prepare my lunch and eat and it revives me!
Lately I am listening to songs about love and suddenly realized how many incredible songs of sweet love, romance, are out there. Even the heartbreak songs help us get through and heal us. I find my heart clinging to every word, note and sound. There are THOUSANDS out there!!!
"Autumn Leaves" comes to mind - I always sing it a lot this time of year!
The autumn leaves drift by my window
the autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips the tender kisses
The sunburned hands I use to know
Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter's song
But I miss you most my darling
When autumn leaves begin to fall.
Composer: Josheph Kosma
How very fitting that my friend knows the French language.
My heart overflows with gratitude for the healing power of music!
Song of the month
An instrumental of mine off of "Looking Through the Blue"
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Sat Oct 13th 6 - 8:30 pm
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A special night
2nd Annual Colorado's Outstanding Women of Jazz
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Clare Church, Laurie D, MaryLynn Gillaspie, Holly De Hoog, Brandy Herbert, Terri Jo Jenkins, Bonnie Lowdermilk just to name a few!
Sat Oct 20th 3:30 - 5 pm
Joann's mom's 100th birthday!!!
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For a first album a nice mix of folk, blues, country,rock and jazz, all original compositions.
"Utah Dream" is "a CD consisting of classic folk, jazz and blues underlined by the lilt of a voice so distinct that only one word could describe it: beautiful." -- Laurence Washington, Boulder Daily Camera music critic
|Looking Through the Blue
Looking Through the Blue
Laurie's second album of all original jazz compositions.
"Based in Colorado, Dameron has an echoey acoustic sound on her guitar that is slightly reminiscent of Pat Metheny at times. Her music is soothing, danceable (but with subtle rhythms) and pleasing."
--Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene
|I Can't Wait to See You Again
I Can't Wait to See You Again
One original, the title cut, which won awards from Billboard Magazine and then 12 of Laurie's favorite jazz standards.
"Dameron's playing is a nice blend of old school Jazz Guitar, Rock n' Roll double stops and swing blues. Her Guitar tone is crisp and smooth, giving her just enough bite for when she does her Bluesy Jazz thang..."
--Lyle Robinson, Jazz Guitar Life Magazine
Some featured folks that inspire me!!!
now XO Earth Man
Tryn Rose Seley, musical colleague & caregiver extraordinaire
has written a book called "15 Minutes of Fame" that empowers caregivers
of those with Alzheimer's. Find it here:
on Amazon for Kindle
Barnes & Noble for Nook
Check out Valerie Szarek
local writer and poet
Signs of Life
purchase at Amazon!!!
NEW FACEBOOK PAGE
September 26 - 30
in beautiful Bellingham, WA
(as in "old wise Crones"!!!)
Dates and registration open for Crones Counsel 2017!!!