So happy to be back with the whole world again! Offline in every way shape and form since 19 August! But here I am in the brand spanking new office of Cyberbase, St. Cere! It takes so long to catch up with everything and everyone. E-mail, Facebook, Blogger, the Bank -- I've been at it for hours. Oops, must get up and have a wee bit of a stretch...
Gosh, I needed that! Just had a look out the window -- surprised to see the river Bave almost empty -- considering the cascades of rain we had earlier this week. The French seem to be battling the economic woes with lots of public works in the works. This brand new building seems to be part of a larger effort to improve the amenities of St. Cere and the surrounding area. It is the Centre Intercommunal d'action Sociale where I am sitting now.
Since the 19th of August
Tripoli has fallen and Gadafi has fled -- hope they catch him soon and I hope they've learned lessons from the mistakes of others and that we don't ruin it for them.
Economic woes continue unabated... it seems to me that this problem is beyond the remit of governments because the global markets are outside of national jurisdictions. There has been a lot on the news about the weakness of western leadership, with the possible exception of Angela Merkel. I've heard several market analysts opine that this crisis is a threat to democratic government. Of course that is an easy line to spout, but no one has yet discussed in any discernible way what this would mean. I don't even understand what economics mean by debt -- and what is acceptable debt and what is not. The thing is too many people are more interested in scoring political points than in trying to understand how economies work and how they interact with each other when the network is global. And how can anyone 'know' the answer when no one 'knows' what the answer is.
Today, my heart broke to see the devastation visited on my favorite place, the beautiful state of Vermont. My sister lives in Quechee, Vermont, one of the places shown a lot on the news. The pictures of the covered bridge a-swill with floods of water followed by the torrents along the Simon Pearce Glass Factory and Restaurant are terribly sad for me as those places hold many wonderful memories for the family.
There is a great need for all of us to be philosophical about the times -- but sometimes you've just gotta say that 'life's a bitch'...