The Paris Climate Accord, U.S. Job, and the 2018 Governor's Races

Dayton Ohio Mayor, Nan Whaley, who is running for Governor of Ohio is going to test drive a Chevy Volt. Normally, I'd probably have some sort of snarky comment about this. Test driving a volt now? I've been driving a volt for years. The town of Woodbridge, CT, where I live has a changing station at the town hall and a charging station at the public library. The city of Middletown, CT where I work, which by the way, also has a mayor running for Governor has a fleet of electric vehicles and a bunch of charging stations.

But Connecticut is a different state than Ohio. Nonetheless, right now, as the current President damages job outlooks in the United States by withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, it is good to see gubernatorial candidates seeking to bring jobs to their state by pursuing a promising future instead of trying to prop up a dying past.

The Daily Examen - June 1, 2017

There is nothing better
than walking out of church
on a warm summer evening
one of the altos said
after the last rehearsal
before Pentecost
and no one disagreed.

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Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit: Moons and Junes

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit. It has been a few months since I’ve written my first of the month reflections. It has been a busy time with a lot of thinking and writing, although much of my personal writing has been too private journal entries instead of more public writing.

I have recently taken to writing a Daily Examen in free verse, which I hope to write more about the underlying ideas soon. This month sees Pentecost and ember days, and I am thinking about writing about some of this as well. We are seeing the start of the 2018 state races in Connecticut. Several of my friends are running, so I’m hesitating to write about that.

The summer solstice is almost upon us and before we know it, the list of emerging artists for this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival will be announced. Then there will be the plays at the New York Fringe Festival, and there will be the eclipse. There will be “moons and Junes and ferris wheels”.

So, invoking the old childhood chant, Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit, let’s hope for a great June and a great summer.

The Daily Examen – May 31, 2017

The sun,
outlasting the rain clouds,
breaks through to illumine
newly bloomed
foxglove and iris.

Celebrating
the visitation
penitents recite
the Magnificat
as they wait
expectantly
for a miraculous birth
in their lives.

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The Daily Examen – May 30, 2017

Preparing for the visitation
enduring a long day at work
as important tasks fall into place.

Then finally,
while searching a seemingly
endless hall of locked doors,
one is ajar
leading to a fascinating looking
hallway
with many more doors.

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