#1 What if we change - Hope in a Changing Climate by John D. Liu

So many things change in our daily lives, an increase in unpredictable weather, mass exstinction of flora and fauna, the adjustment of the USDA growing zones, a failed economy, those over the top crazy politics, insane conflicted religious beliefs that cause wars, an acceptance of Eastern religions, the rise of non-belief, legal changes of the definition of marriage, the growing acceptance of different sexual patterns and others events that I forgot. 

Change implies increased stress along with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, which leads to depression and anxiety.

Not an easy life I hand off to my great-grandchildren. 

However, not all is doom and gloom. There are things we can do to be as self-sufficient as we can be. We have a huge garden area that we will fence off to keep deer out, and we have a wood burning stove if we need it. The greenhouse starts to flourish into a green-room as I write. We are vulnerable to a lack of water; to overcome that problem we created hugelkulturs at the top of the slope on which we have the raised beds and dug more of them in the forest. We made swales on the downslope. We have a forest that badly needs thinning giving us lots of wood for building and burning.  Our youngest generation, my great-grandchildren have training in all kinds of skills so that they will know how to carry on when the older generations pass.

We have many celebrations throughout the year that mostly occur with birthdays, anniversaries, memory days to keep the kids aware of our heritage, and we also follow the solar days of Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and Autumn Equinox. 

So, bring on the chaos, confusion, and conflict we are ready! 

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