"The fact that I want you to observe what I do for your possible
pleasure and to give you knowledge of things that I feel I may know
better than you, because my world is different from yours, as
different as every man's world is from the world of others, is not
enough excuse for a personal lyricism that has not yet mastered its
necessary trick of rising above the singular to the plural concern,
from personal to general import. But for years and years now, which
may have passed like a dream because of this obsession, I have been
trying to learn how to perform this trick and make it truthful, and
sometimes I feel that I am able to do it." -- Preface, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
A Country Rag Word Preserve ~ Volume 2
"Candle in the Wind"
Chain Carved High
Who's crying in darkness,
her head a pillow for the dawn
of wooden souls,
glowing and grisly
in a universe so warm?
Here I rest
in the light,
a bulb so small,
In the fur of days
false gilt gleams
on a round of friends
sewing patchwork together
for a moon-hanger
in the midnight sky.
-- Jeannette Harris [ed. Gwen Fortunee]]
A recent Associated Press (AP) poll indicates the majority of Americans oppose
development in the Arctic Refuge; 53% of those polled oppose development, only 33% favor. The Arctic Refuge Wilderness Act (S.411), sponsored by Senator Joseph Lieberman, has strong bipartisan
support in Congress and will preserve a
pristine Arctic Refuge for future generations.
With support from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy,
Alaska Coalition of Tennessee has launched a statewide campaign to ensure the ANWR is never industrialized for short-term profit.
Contact TN's Jeff Barrie or the SACE for activist details.
"...it's also true that the one point of contention -- the key part of the bill -- happens to be the poster child of radical environmentalism: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge...." -- Hard, Cold Facts, Wall Street Journal, 3/29
"...The Kaktovik village of Native Americans (firmly behind drilling) had been taming Mother Nature here long before ANWR was a glint in environmentalist eyes...."
Hard, Cold Facts, Wall Street Journal, 3/29
graphic: Holston River flowing 140 miles southwest through eastern Tennessee to unite with the French Broad and form the Tennessee River. That waterway flows 652 miles through Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama to its confluence with the Ohio. From its source at the convergence of Pennsylvania's Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, the Ohio after 981 miles joins the Mississippi, flowing 2,470 miles from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, all part of our planetary cycle from sky to rain to river to sea to sky. Photo by Charles Dyer.
Where the heck am I?
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