Sunday, March 25, 2007

Signs of Spring at the Village Green

Spring is officially here in the Village Green gardens. Out front, the crocus spreads its petals in the first day of spring sunshine. The past week gave us warmer temps and lots of rain, but no sunshine. I watched the green shoots pushing through the leaf and straw bed covers, happily greeting old friends. Hello Columbines! Looking good, Dafs and Tulips, shooting green spikes up toward the sun. A cluster of Hyacinth spikes bear blue buds and should be sending forth their blooms and perfumes very soon.

Inside, the need for spring cleaning is apparent. The companion animals are in full shed and the litter of the current big deadline project is begging to be sorted through and put away. Unfortunately, there are a few more days to go before I can give blog, house and garden the focus each deserves.

So much is going on in the world beyond, my head would be spinning if I were paying full attention. For Village Green regulars, I encourage you to visit the following sites to keep up on current events from local to international:

Pho's Akron Pages is THE best place to look for commentary on local Akron as well as state of Ohio politics and of course, state education policies.

Buckeye State Blog is a good place to go to get views of Ohio from beyond NE Ohio.

My favorite all round place to view breaking news and up to the minute commentary remains the Huffington Post.

For environmental issues, try Treehugger, a great collection of environmental news and ideas.

Speaking of global warming and human activities that contribute to it, check out this article (The Year Without Toilet Paper) in the NYT and then visit No Impact Man's blog for the day to day challenges of one family trying to make no environmental impact on the planet for one year. And I thought I was doing something special by saying NO to plastic bags!

And finally, check out my friend Kevin's blog, Daily BBG. Kevin lives in San Diego and is a comic book colorist and graphic artist. His blog features tips on Mac aps, along with commentary on politics, religion and popular culture. Kevin and I have been part of an informal atheist discussion email group for over ten years, having banded together during the purge of freethinkers from AOL's old Philosophy and Religion boards in the mid 90s. It's been an intensely interesting experience. One day, with the group's permission, I may write more about it, but for now all I can say is that we have spent years having many an argument over matters great and trivial, thus proving that there is no typical atheist response to anything other than we choose to live our lives without religion.

Meanwhile, the crocus are blooming and the sun is shining. Enjoy your rest of the day.


KevinBBG said...

Thanks for the mention! Always appreciated. One correction, though, I live in Orange County, not San Diego.

Village Green said...

Southern California living is paradise, right? No snow, the gorgeous Pacific coastline, and economic boom times?

KevinBBG said...