May 12, 2006

I am brainstorming this blog idea.
What is the focus to be – the question is mirrored in my current day-to-day life?

A little history to get me started:
I am the 40-year-old mother of two. My thirteen-year-old son, Ben, 5-month-old daughter, Lucy, husband, Chris, and I live in Great Barrington Massachusetts.
Chris and I grew up here in the Berkshires and have both made businesses here. (He is a plumbing and heating contractor and I run a recycling business that manufactures blankets, rugs, pillows and clothing from used clothing and clothing manufacturers waste.)
We have only been married since October 2004 but have known each other at a distance since childhood and as pretty good, non-intimate friends for about 10 years. Not sure what struck our fancy in each other but the sparks flew and we have been connected at the hip ever since our first date in June 2004.

We are both concerned.
Concerned about our biosphere in general. It seems so overwhelmingly daunting to start there.
We are concerned about water and air quality, and the volume of waste in our culture. We are concerned about fossil fuel consumption and ‘disposable’ plastics.
We worry about food quality and genetic engineering and what affects our health.
I am devoted to daily exercise and personal awareness and yoga.

We are focused on our kids and providing them with the best care, education, environment, and beginning in life we can offer.
We find ourselves consumed with our jobs giving them an inordinate weight of our precious time.

All the wonderful people and interesting things I have the magical fortune to connect to my life and reminds me that if everyday was 72 hours long I would remain interested and engaged and only might then have enough time to experience all the wondorus happenings that peek my interest.

I am hoping that focusing energy on this blog will help me focus my energy outside cyberspace.

Community seems like a healthy, less daunting, goal. I will use this blog to create community around the concerns Chris and I share. these concerns seep into every aspect of our life and with community we can live the changes that seem huge individually. May this soon-to-come, community be built of strong people sharing contribution to the general good.


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