For the last 6 months or so, we’ve had no representative in the House of Representatives from the Upper Left Edge. That seems a bit weird. You’d think that someone would be appointed to step in when there’s a vacancy – in this case because of the resignation of our former representative, David Wu.
Archives for January 2012
Wave energy companies are lining up to get in on the action off the Oregon Coast, which supposedly has the best wave energy resources in the West. Up to 500 MW may be available to help power the grid. The state is delineating where the wave energy devices could be located, in order not to displace current uses, like fishing, or disturb the habitat of marine organisms. In light of the recent battles over wind turbines on the north coast, battles over wind turbines off of Cape Cod, and the local LNG battles, I’d like to know whether people think that there might be similar problems with wave energy. So, are you for or against wave energy and why, and how much do you already know about it?
“Be kind to strangers,
lest they’re angels in disguise.”
verse from Shakespeare and Company song
Offbeat questions arise while minding my bookshop in winter on the Oregon coast. Like — why does our calendar year begin with a month named after a double-headed deity who looks backward and forward at the same time?
This morning I awoke early. It was still dark as I went out into the cold. I felt the magic of the waning full moon bathing my world in white light. But so early? It was the whales. They wanted me to feel the moment and hear their message.
The Golden Globes will always hold a special place in my heart. See, I was at the Beverly Hilton as a Production Assistant for the 50th Annual Golden Globes. A night of glory. My first Hollywood job.The first time the curtain fell – or, rather, the screen. You know the one. Between audience and performer. […]
In 2006, some 600,000 homeowners living in coastal areas that insurers consider high storm risk saw their insurance policies cancelled or not renewed. This includes coastal areas stretching all along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean from Texas to New York. Allstate Insurance totally pulled out of Florida, leaving 650,000 policy-holders without insurance. A 2007 study by Environmental Defense showed that new policies in Miami, Florida are now costing residents 500% more than previous ones. In March 2008, State Farm, the last major insurer in coastal coverage, pulled out. It no longer will write homeowner policies within a mile of the Atlantic Ocean.