I love these photos because they show utterly normal people fully engaged. Trying their best to understand the issues and make decisions.
Call me an optimist, but democracy might still be alive and well. In our small town (just over 300 registered voters) about 70 of them showed up to spend the morning together.
It wasn't because they like each other's company - some do, some don't.
It's because they believe it's important to show up at Town Meeting. It's a roomful of neighbors taking time to go through the issues facing their town. This year the most contentious was the the fire truck. Do we replace the pumper truck - a 1960 truck with a ‘68 milk tank on the back. It would mean a cost of $200,000. That may not seem like much until you realize the cost will be divided between such a small tax base. It's an important decision, and right or wrong it's discussed and decided by a vote. Democracy.
PART 1. Nature has a critical role to play in our lives, we've gotten too far from it as a society. Time in nature brings us balance, calm and even helps us to realize our own purpose. You've probably not heard of Steve Lulek, but he's made a career out of helping people access the power of the outdoors (for 11 years as an instructor in United States Military’s Mountaineering School and now as an adventure guide and educator.) If you have 20 minutes and want to add a little calm and confidence to your day give it a listen and let me know what you think. https://apple.co/2otkN26
PART 2.Taking my own advice I ripped myself away from the desk today for the short 20 minutes it took to walk to meet my son at the bus . I was rewarded with that perfect first taste of spring - snow and ice are breaking loose, the air is crisp, the sun higher in the sky and the birds are starting to call out.
PART 3. Sometimes you need to put the computer down and pick up a pencil. I did yesterday and ROBOTURFLY was born!