Talking till midnight and then not being able to go to sleep because you want to keep on talking but have to get up at 5:30am is a pretty good indicator that you live alone. Talking becomes precious. Having company is such a joy. Its hard when they leave though, so I’m trying to concentrate on this moment, this joy, this blessing to be grateful for.

The hospital called to tell me how much my surgery is going to cost. You don’t have to ask me what I’m getting for Christmas this year. Actually having the surgery over with will mean Happy Holidays so I’m taking that for my silver lining.

I cannot begin to voice my frustration level over the present threat to our National Parks and Monuments. Those protected lands need to be preserved for our future generations. Our land made our country great. It fueled the greatest expansion and development in history, but these parks are the last vestiges of inspiring, precious beauty left that are untouched by that development. We must preserve the land and the history for our future children to see. We must make the powers that be understand that once it is gone, it can never, ever be brought back.

The argument on the other side of the coin is jobs and energy independence. Don’t be fooled for a moment. What is really the motivation is greed, money, and power. We can achieve energy independence by conservation and development of alternative energy sources. We have come such an incredible way in developing wind and solar resources. Look at how battery technology has changed. I now use a battery powered lawn mower, weed whipper, and leaf blower. No gas, no oil, and they work wonderfully, are so light weight and user friendly, I will never go back to gas powered. Americans are smart enough to figure this out. If they rape the land now, when we don’t really need it, what do we have in reserve fifty years from now?

Call, write, go on-line to your Congressional and Senator’s web pages and voice your opinion. They need to hear from us.


About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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