Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Los Alamos Wildfire and Fort Calhoun

Los Alamos Wildfire and Fort Calhoun

We are living in a precarious age,
particularly these days in the U.S.A.
As hot particles float mischievously
In the plump, warm air
Planting themselves squarely
Where no one dares
To breed their destructive
Nature into the bare bones
Of our naive society -
And when they succeed
In reducing humanity
Then will God give a great shout
Filled with Anguish,
And there will be no one
To hear him.

by Patty Apostolides, June 29 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

See the Beauty

No matter how hard it seems to find beauty in our every day life these days, there's always room for the good feelings.

See the Beauty

Of each day and night
Unfold like silky petals of a cherry blossom
Or twinkle like a starlit speckled black canvass
Opposite attractions everywhere you turn.

Spring into positive action and
Persist, for the love of life
Feeling that will push you forward
Like a "jack-in-the-box"
To seek higher ideals.

Search the goodness, wholeness of life -
Reveal the bright colors, red and orange,
Organic yellow, sweet and sour,
Sparkling and vivid, like champagne
And share them with your loved ones.

Thus, we can ensure that life will last forever
As we remember it, even for this moment
Of timeless beauty -
All lit up and priceless for you to enjoy
Even now.

by Patty Apostolides, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Nuclear Nightmare

I feel like I'm living in a Nuclear Nightmare and that one day I'll wake up and everything will be back to normal. But that's not going to happen.

Not only are we being bombarded by radiation coming from Japan through plumes and rain, we now have an incident in Nebraska, where a nuclear power plant in Fort Calhoun just about a week ago, had a fire that caused the cooling to the spent fuel rods to shut down. It was downplayed by the industry, but we know better. Please see this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHZdub3n0mI

We see this happening over and over again by the nuclear industry. This coverup has got to stop. Being an intuitive person, my sense of balance has been skewed recently and I fear that something terrible is about to happen, and the catalyst will be the solar storm - earthquake - possible emp - causing shutdown of nuclear power plants - radiation nightmare because these nuclear plants will not be cooled and the radiation will be dispersed into the atmosphere.

More later.,,




Due to the history of the nuclear industry being continuously secret about "incidents" that occur in nuclear power plants (according to an interview on youtube by former GE nuclear engineer Jack Shannon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf1ur9aBiS8
, and the Three GE engineers that came out to talk about this in 1976 ) I am skeptical about our future.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Green Expo in Frederick, MD

Today we attended the Green Expo Fair in Frederick, MD. It was hosted by Congressman Roscoe Bartlett and was an exciting event. Over 125 booths were set up and after the Congressman spoke, several speakers also gave fantastic talks on energy efficiency, building green, etc. We walked around in the Eventplex of the fairgrounds and talked to several of the exhibitors. We learned about energy efficient blinds, and robotic GPS guided carriers. We also got to learn more about geothermal heating, which was a fascinating concept, although somewhat expensive for the regular homeowner. There was even an exhibitor showing CPR and gives courses on emergency preparedness. We learned how landscaping can help make a home more energy efficient, and the different types of insulation used in homes.

I wish there were more people attending this fantastic event. Potomac Edison was also there, giving away bags filled with fluorescent light bulbs. A home energy audit is the beginning of making an energy efficient home. Energy efficiency means not only helping to make a greener environment, but it also means saving money in the long run by paying less on utility bills, and ultimately not requiring the use of oil from international sources.

I also had the privilege of speaking with Congressman Bartlett afterwards, and we talked a bit about nuclear energy. I specifically told him about my concern about the spent fuel rods that were piling up sitting next to the nuclear power plants. I also told him that we need to do something about them. I mentioned Ray Kurzweil's claim that in 16 years we would be using 100% solar because of the exponential growth in technology. As I was relaying my concerns about nuclear, a reporter from Frederick Post was jotting down notes and afterwards asked to put my name in his article. I was delighted. I hope more people voice their concerns about nuclear. It's a shame to let such a great nation go under, like Japan, because of negligent long-term planning for safety.

Until next time!