I’ve been hearing and reading a lot recently about this 1,661 mile pipeline that may stretch from Canada to Texas. It will carry tar sand from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico where I assume it will be refined into oil.
Proponents for the pipeline say that it will create jobs and help reduce our dependence on oil from the Middle East. Both very valid points. Opponents of the pipeline say that it is a serious threat to the ecosystems the pipeline passes through and poses the threat of polluting the Ogallala Aquifer, which supplies irrigation and drinking water for 8 states, including Oklahoma (see Norman Transcript for full article).
The environmentalist in me is hearing warning bells going off. I don’t pretend to know all the details into exactly how this is going to be built or exactly what the environmental threat is or how it could take place. I’ve heard interviews on the radio about the process and listened to both sides of the argument. I have read that refining tar sand into oil is a much more complicated, expensive and risky process than the traditional crude oil refining process. I’m sure that the company who will build this pipeline has all sorts of safety measures in place and will guarantee that our drinking water will be safe but I can’t help but think about what happened in the Gulf last year. I’m sure that BP and Halliburton had all sorts of safety measures and assurances that their oil extraction was up to code and right on par with environmental regulations. Well, that didn’t exactly turn out the way they thought now did it.
We need oil, there’s no doubt about it. Is oil refined from tar sand our best and only option? At what cost are we willing to supply our need/addiction for the black gold? I have a great fear that those with the most power and money regarding this matter will get their way.
We have been placed in a position of stewardship of this planet and her resources. To be quite frank I don’t think we are being very good stewards. To be even more frank I don’t think that the One who gave it to us in the first place is very happy with how we are taking care of “his creation”.
Creating jobs is important, there’s no doubt about it. Here’s a thought. How about instead of spending the millions (possibly billions) of dollars on the pipeline, spend it on developing alternative fuel sources. Sounds like a lot of jobs could be found and created there.
Sometimes I feel like as a culture we can’t see the forest for the trees. Pretty soon there may not be any trees to see.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on September 30, 2011
For some reason I feel the need to organize one tiny corner of my house that is in a constant state of clutter. The desk in my kitchen only has one purpose; for me to pile magazine and magazine clippings that I find inspiring. The pile gets bigger and bigger and eventually I put the clippings in a binder or scrapbook but only when the pile of paper has reached a level of critical mass. Today at Wal-Mart I found a desktop organizer box in the office section and knew it would be solution to the cluttered desk.
Before (and this is on a good day) (more…)
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on September 29, 2011
Recently I was in Nordstrom and saw these black, suede boots by Tory Burch.
There were beautiful, simple, sexy. Everything I look for in a boot. Price tag: $495 (more…)
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on September 27, 2011
Addison and I just finished reading The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. I remember loving this book when I was little so when I saw it at a used book sale I knew I had to get it for him. It is the story of 4 siblings whose parents are dead and for some reason they think their grandfather hates them so they are on the lamb. Hey, $h!t happens, deal with it and that is exactly what these kids do. They find an abandoned box car and decide that this is their life from now on.
(photo from The Petite Bookshelf) (more…)
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on September 25, 2011
I’m not going to pretend that I vigilantly limit how much tv my kids watch (video games is another beast altogether). The tv is on a lot at our house but we also do a lot of story time, outside time and creative/craft time so I’m not too worried about it.
That being said their are a few shows that are really starting to get on my nerves.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on September 22, 2011
Relationships take tender love and care for them to grow and mature. If you ignore a relationship with a loved one, never giving them attention, time and your heart then how can you expect that relationship to flourish. I would expect it to grow cold and die off. A spiritual relationship has similar qualities. A spiritual relationship with God has it’s ups and downs like our earthly ones but the difference is that God is always ready and waiting to make that relationship work regardless of our lack of interest or selfishness. (more…)
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on September 19, 2011
After watching The Running Man I felt compelled to read the book. Off to the library I went. What a wonderful place, they let you take any book you want…for free…as long as you return it.
This is the only book by Stephen King I’ve ever read. It does not fit into the horror genre but there is some violence and graphic gore at the end. Over all I really liked it. The similarities between the book and the movie are the title and two of the main characters names and that’s it. However, I couldn’t help but picture Arnold and hear his accent in my head as I was reading. (more…)
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on September 16, 2011
I just learned about DIY Ministry. It offers online support and workshops for bloggers who are trying to make the most out of their blog. Have you heard of it, used it, benefited from it? I’m curious.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on September 14, 2011
Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN. Photo credit: Michael Lamont
Tuesday night Addison and I had a double date with a mommy friend of mine and her son. We went to the Civic Center in OKC to see Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan. I don’t know what I was expecting but this performance far exceeded my expectations. Cathy Rigby has still got it going on. During the first scene set in the nursery she was bouncing and tumbling around the stage, balancing on top of things, showing off how flexible she is all the while being a perfect Peter Pan. I kept thinking to myself, “When is she going to get hooked up to cables. She is going to have to go off stage or have some discrete stage hand hook her up.” When out of nowhere she took flight and what a flight it was! Cathy’s acrobatic skills combined with the Flight Director who controlled the cables made for one very impressive flight sequence. Addison sat in rapt silence while his friend nearly hit the roof with excitement. (more…)
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on September 14, 2011
Psalm 27, 1-6
The Lord is my light and my salvation -
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life -
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident.
One thing I ask of the Lord,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Posted by Hugs, Kisses and Snot on September 11, 2011