Conserving for whom?

Written by Harv Teitelbaum

The west is in a drought. Along with other measures being recommended or required, we’ve been asked to conserve water. Great. It’s good to conserve. After all, being frugal, dependent on less, and keeping one’s environment uncluttered and unpolluted do far more to enhance quality of life than do frantic consumption andrepparttar over accumulation of stuff.

But I have two questions.

First, for what and for whom are we conserving?

The drought has forced many communities to issue mandatory water restrictions. Some have even had to truck in bottled water to meet basic needs. But not everyone is truckin’ inrepparttar 110135 same direction.

Take Douglas County, Colorado, development capital ofrepparttar 110136 nation, where recently there was some exciting news. Mammoth bones were unearthed at an excavation site. But what was also uncovered wasrepparttar 110137 fact thatrepparttar 110138 frenzied addition of water taps continues unabated. People were encouraged inrepparttar 110139 reports to contemplaterepparttar 110140 extinction ofrepparttar 110141 woolly mammals. My guess is that it was early DougCo hominids’ plundering ofrepparttar 110142 mammoths’ water supply to green up acres of proto-bluegrass that causedrepparttar 110143 beasts’ extinction, not climate change or overhunting.

While we’re dealing with a near-empty glass, developers want to sell more straws. One thing is certain. As water shortages become a way of life, we will be forced to find new water sources. Politicians will wait forrepparttar 110144 right time to propose it waiting, perhaps, until drinkable water becomes scarce. Then they’ll throw up their hands and “reluctantly” offer a solution: more dams and reservoirs. They know that public sentiment can waffle, butrepparttar 110145 profit and pressure to continue growth, as well asrepparttar 110146 need to finance elections, remain constant.

Question number two: “Then what?” After we build more containments, build more houses to suck up any additional water, and confrontrepparttar 110147 inevitable next drought, then what?

We’re driving around on a tire with a slow leak. We could stop and put some air inrepparttar 110148 tire, but then what? Do we continually refillrepparttar 110149 tire whilerepparttar 110150 leak gets bigger and bigger? Or do we stoprepparttar 110151 continuous drain? At least we can find air to fillrepparttar 110152 tire. Additional containments of little or no water provide little or no long-term solutions. No matter. They represent more major development projects, greased with a little campaign support.

How Can We Build Enchantment Into Our Lives? - Part 2

Written by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

Thank you for staying with me for this two part article about how our environments add enchantment to every day living. This week I invite you to read about how my Virtual Assistant, Rebecca, put beauty, meaning and form into her home. Her story is different from mine, as each of ours are, but it isrepparttar same inrepparttar 110134 sense that it is her way of building enchantment into her life.

Building Enchantment By Rebecca Trelfa

I wanted to share a little note about creating enchantment in your home. I recently moved into an old Victorian house that needs serious redecorating. A previous owner loved dark woods and shag carpets. (Not my style!)

Since I work at home, I found it necessary to temporarily add some enchantment to 'this old house' because I spend so much time here. I took down dark drapes and replaced them with sheers to letrepparttar 110135 light in and, and sanded down and refinished some ofrepparttar 110136 dark wood to give it a lighter appearance.

What a difference! Now I love my new home and am even happier to spend my days here. We have a nice back yard that I plan to plant some flowers and shrubs in oncerepparttar 110137 weather is nice. I have even developed a new interest in Feng Shui and sit glued most nights torepparttar 110138 Home & Garden channel watching dreary homes get enchanting face lifts.

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