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A Green Stream of Consciousness

Ashton Farm Stream in woods

Green is the color of my true love’s hair.

Well, really it’s silvery-grey. That’s the color of my human true love’s hair. But my other true love, the earth, has green hair. Flowing tendrils, spiky  cactus, bushy oak leaves…. all are Gaia’s crowning glory of green, except there are lovely patches of gold, red, yellow, and orange in the fall.

But now is the greening.

Green was my favorite color in my senior year of high school during the height of the Ecology Movement. You might have seen my Ecology T shirt in this post. But I’m not sure if you’ve seen my green Sagittarius bag from the 70s.

Green Sagittarius Bag from the 70s

I still have this bag!

In 1973-74 green was my color. It’s practically the only color I would wear, except for blue jeans. But blue is the color of the ocean and sky, so that’s fitting.

Here’s a little lighthearted song from Sesame Street about being green. It all starts out nice and mellow, until…..

 

Here are some more green photos that make me think of the earth’s hair:

 

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dogwood in front of pine

(All of today’s photos were taken by yours truly.)

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

 

The Saturday Stream of Consciousness has been brought to you by the prompt, “green”

provided promptly by Linda G. Hill. You can find more green streams at:

https://lindaghill.com/2018/03/16/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-march-17-18/

SOC winner 2017

Here are the SOCS rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

 


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Sustainable Rest

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Back in January, while driving to the Appalachian Mountains to see my son, I stopped at a rest area that was extraordinary. I say extraordinary because I’m used to the simply functional rest areas, well-landscaped but not particularly restful. I’d made a quick stop at this particular rest area the year before, just long enough to use the necessary facilities, and didn’t think much of it.

Having more time on my January trip, and being tired of driving, I decided to ventured down the covered walkway beyond the restrooms. Through glass doors, I saw an inviting fireplace and entered what turned out to be an information center lobby with a comfy sofa across from the fireplace and large windows looking out at gentle slopes.

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I think the fire place might have run on gas, but it was still cozy. I took a moment just to sit and admire the fire.  I noticed a room off to the side with a display of a local artifacts. The dulcimer caught my attention.

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On the other side of the lobby was an information counter staffed by a friendly older couple (older than me).  I complimented them on the coziness of their rest area, and they happily told me it was a sustainable rest area. They told me about their LEED Gold certification,  passive solar heat, and solar hot water collectors. The facility also has a  rain water cistern tank and a bio retention basin with a chemical spill basin, along with  a nature trail and bio-swales. I had to look up bio-swales: landscape elements designed to concentrate or remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water.

I was impressed by this green rest area on top of a hill just east of the town of Wilkesboro, NC. Maybe it’s not such a big deal to some, but I am thankful that there was a moment in time when this good idea was agreed on and allowed to materialize in this place.

It gives me hope.

If you’re ever headed that way on Hwy 421, stop in and rest a while.

http://wilkeschamber.wixsite.com/nwncvisitorcenter