Outlook: Less Stuff
It dawned on me yesterday, shuttling odds & ends back and forth between our apartment-size storage unit, that we have entirely too much stuff. Some of that was a result of moving to a smaller home, but we too were seduced by the siren call of consumerism.
"Buy this and you'll be happy!"
Sustainable growth; access to clean water & food for a swelling global population, without trashing the air, oceans and underground aquifers, will require technological innovations and behavioral changes. Scientists tell me we all need to buy local and consume less. I know, easier said than done.
The forecast calls for The Mother Of All Garage Sales next spring. The best part, the more we give away and toss out the better we feel.
No, the timing wasn't great, but our 1-2 inch weekend dousing was very welcome. Up to 6" soaked southeastern Minnesota, sparking mudslides near Winona. All or nothing.
Now that it's Monday the sun makes a cameo appearance; highs in the 70s Tuesday into Friday, when the next cold front whips up late-day showers. It cools off next weekend, a small frost risk in 7 days, but more 60s later in October. Meanwhile Typhoon Danas is surging toward Japan.
It puts our weather-stuff into perspective.
* image above: The Blue Room Blog.
Photo credit above: "The Stuart Creek wildfire plume as seen from Scott Rupp’s yard on a midsummer day." PHOTO BY SCOTT RUPP.
The Dating Scene? Hip, With A Bit of "Minnesota Nice". On Sunday The New York Times had an article about dating and the bar scene, focused on Uptown.
* photo above courtesy of Steve Burns.