What I’m reading…

The top book, “jam it, pickle it, cure it” was a Christmas gift from my mom.  It has been inspiring in many ways – the directions are clear and the pictures are beautiful.  It inspired me to make some lovely berry jam from frozen berries this weekend.  There is also a recipe for home-made crackers I can’t wait to try.

“Again to Carthage” is just for fun – all learning and no fun is definitely dull.

I’m still learning about photography, so I look for books with simple instructions and many inspiring pictures.

Earth: The Sequel by Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn.  I can’t believe I have never read this book before.  It may be slightly dated now, but I still recognize many companies and the ideas are sound.

The last book has been on my bedside table for a while.  I follow it sporadically only, but it hope to get better about it.  The book is full of exercises to help you find the reasons you are disorganized, and some exercises to make you less so.  My favorite part of this is the methodical way you work through your whole house week by week.

Delicious Spring

The little boy had his first strawberries today – luscious spring strawberries (no, not local yet… few more weeks for that.)

He loved it – ate almost the whole plate!  He is definitely my child – I could live on strawberries in spring.

Japan

We had a wonderful weekend of celebrations here at home, but in the back of my mind, I kept thinking of Japan.  I have visited Tokyo (pictures are from a 2008 trip) and found it to be at once vibrant and serene.  Japan is full of contradictions like that – at once ancient and modern, loud and quiet.  My prayers are with the people there.

There is a replica of the liberty bell in the Hibiya Park (where some of these pictures where taken.)  The inscription on the plaque reads “Dedicated to you, a free citizen, in a free land…”

As a renewable energy proponent, I spend a lot of time thinking about nuclear power.  My thoughts on this are complex, and far from clear-cut.  The safety risks seem insurmountable, but so do the long-term effects of breathing the pollutions from other types of power.  I am aware of the issues surrounding the long term storage of spent fuel, just as I am aware of the mountain top removal techniques used to mine coal.

As I said, complex issues, that I do not feel qualified to judge.  I have read some interesting articles about these issues in the past few days, and thought I’d link to a few.  More knowledge is always helpful.

Why I Am Not Worried About Japan’s Nuclear Reactors

Explanations of several terms used on the news

The Case For and Against Nuclear Power (Wall Street Journal 2008) While this is a little older, the analysis is still good.

Is Nuclear Power The Solution To Our Energy Needs? (Huffington Post 2010)

I’ll update this post with more links as the debate continues.  In the meantime, here’s a much more immediately important link.  Please join me in blessing others in their time of need.

Red Cross

Yellow Crocuses

This is what I love for this time of year – every few weeks, and later in the season every few days, there is something new to make my spring loving heart rejoice!  March is my new favorite month.