Hello Blog Readers,
Sending out Sunday Greetings with some photos and a little fiction.
I wanted to start of with a Sunday tree, linked to Becca’s blog (here).
Last week, we walked the new footbridge across the James River in downtown RVA and I took some photos.
A couple of photos reminded me of the weekly photo challenge (here) for “layered” – like these next two:
But this was the original photo I had for layered:
The heavy iron vibe (from the last photo) reminded of the new bridge again, and the folks we met along the way.
We met some of the workers:
And we met some protestors carrying oars and blue and white signs declaring, “No Pipeline.” They demonstrated to try and stop Dominion’s proposed 600-mile pipeline. I was told it could threaten rare bats and already endangered salamanders and mussels. It also could be super dangerous if there were a natural disaster and so the few immediate perks might not really outweigh the long-term cons…..
I also thought about using this next photo for the “layered” prompt (when a photo challenge comes out, we sometimes have a few ideas come and go). I sent this little Hawaiian dress to my SIL last month and included the poem by e. e. cummings – with a butterfly for her fridge – this was just a little “thinking of you across the miles” package…. and After being at Dahlia’s blog this morning, I realized this photo might fit with Cee’s fun foto, which asks for a topic with a double “e” (and our author – e.e. cummings – fits that).
Then, I thought about where this Sunday post first started.
It was with that Sunday tree, which reminded me of last Friday’s fiction, Joe’s Shoes, which was inspired by Preston’s book, The Hot Zone. Because while I was grabbing info from Preston’s book, I stumbled upon another science writer, Davin Quammen, who wrote an entire book about Ebola virus. Well Quammen is currently finishing up a book called Tree of Life (Simon & Schuster) and last week I saw this fun photo of him out in the field. ha! Love those glasses – and that expression.
Quammen’s jungle photo reminded me of reading Lain Kelly’s Sunday fiction piece this morning (here), which was inspired by a leaf photo for a Sunday Fiction challenge.
So I decided to end this Sunday Post by joining in with Sunday Photo Fiction.
Here is the Sunday photo prompt (to join in or to see more entries – go here)
Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Speech in the Year 2030 (Priorhouse fiction – word count: 200)
The old man gave a chilling apology.
“When I was the 72nd Governor of Virginia, I thought only about boosting the economy.
I wanted my legacy to be felt for years after I left office.
I don’t regret the many beer breweries I dispensed financial perks to, but the Atlantic Pipeline and Chinese paper factory were obvious mistakes.
I only thought about reducing unemployment rates and generating revenue.
Almost 20,000 immediate jobs were created to build the pipeline but most of those workers are again unemployed. Five scientists were recently hired to rebuild fragmented habitats and to save bats, mussels, and salamanders. They are not sure the water in the James will ever be safe again.
The Chinese paper mill brought 300 hundred initial jobs – low wage jobs to some needy folks –then China made millions while polluting our James River- while I only thought about short-term unemployment stats.
I couldn’t see the cons back then.
Today, we are forced to only drink light beer because it is safer than contaminated water. I want to apologize for aggressive employment goals while forgetting about long-term consequences to nature.”
Contaminated leaves rustled as the former governor coughed and left the podium.
To read more about the pipeline project – go to Virginia Wild (here)
Thanks for joining me for some Sunday musings. (Oh and the fiction story is based on three projects our Governor either considered or has pursued – the breweries have been wooed for years now – not sure about the paper mill from China – and the pipeline protestors are putting in many hours).