Archive for November, 2014

Oops! The Lorax is Back!

November 25, 2014

I recently ran into Dr. Seuss’s Lorax, who bellowed at me, “What’s this I hear about a hydroelectric company trying to cut its way through New Hampshire’s forests?”

Without waiting for a response, he went on.

“Listen!” he hissed, “Hydro Quebec is in cahoots with another big private company to bring hydroelectric power down through NH where nobody wants it because nobody needs it! NH passed a bill in 2009 that says NO to nonrenewable energy!”

“Do your homework! The State of New Hampshire defined Renewable Energy as ‘energy that supplies present energy needs without permanently depleting resources, while considering environmental impacts, and without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own energy needs.’ (HB 61, enacted 9/11/2009) Go read it for yourself!”

Bug-eyed, I stammered, “M-many of us have been trying to stop the Northern Pass or at least b-bury the lines under existing public rights of way, but the NP people keep saying they have lots of p-power and the water is renewable!”

Exasperated, the Lorax thundered, “Water isn’t going to renew all the dead fish that needed a cool river to reproduce, not with sluggish reservoirs full of rotting debris that is off-gassing mercury! Water isn’t going to bring back the lost livelihood to the Indigenous people! And what about their homes buried in water and all the other animals they depend on? What about their tourism jobs as guides on the rivers and in the forests? Forget that! Look at what Hydro-Quebec has done to its own province! They’ve put in 571 dams and altered the flow of 74 rivers!”

The Lorax ranted on, “I thought you were interested in people’s health! How do you expect folks to keep each other well without the help of the rest of nature: animals, birds, fish, trees, shrubs, cool rivers of water? What makes you think Hydro Quebec doesn’t plan the same kind of destruction of natural resources in New Hampshire? Why do you think they’re buying up all that NH forest land? Why do you think Canada owns all the NH dams on the Connecticut River? Why do you think Hydro Quebec hasn’t said anything about the 500 MILES OF ROADS they plan to build to access their proposed forest route?”

“WAKE UP!!! Look at the countries that do care about the health of ALL of their citizens! Their energy sources are publicly owned. In Denmark, the Danes voted to have a community controlled wind power revolution! In Nigeria, 300,000 Ogoni mobilized to take back their land from Shell and won!”

“Tell your readers, it’s time for everybody to wake up and show up!”

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Keep Everything Moveable Moving!

November 14, 2014

Winter is a time when we huddle more and move less in our attempts to stay warm. Ironically, it is when we keep moving, shovel snow, ski or enjoy some snow sport that we generate the body heat that keeps us warm.

A 96 year old woman told me that she attributes her remarkable good health and flexibility to the fact that she does 200 bicycles in bed each morning before getting up. I told this story to a friend who was having ankle surgery that would keep her off her feet for two months. She immediately latched on to the practice and attributes her smooth post surgery recovery to the fact that she did indeed keep everything moving and healing by doing bicycles each morning in bed.

Returning veterans and people who have lost limbs or become paraplegic often become role models as they build their upper body strength and use it to take themselves wherever they need to go, be it driving a car, skiing, or working in their field of interest. Those with artificial limbs enter marathons, paint, teach, farm, and more according to their interests. They know that keeping everything moveable moving generates robust health for body and mind.

A woman visiting the Flume Gorge lamented having left her cane at home and asked at the desk if there was a cane she could use, since she was recovering from knee surgery. She just wanted to be able to take the short walk up through the Flume Gorge but thought the two-mile loop was probably too much for her to walk. Someone loaned her a set of poles. When she came back, she exclaimed, “I can walk with these! I just did the whole two miles! Where can I buy some poles? I’m not going to hobble with a cane anymore!”

Hikers know the value of using poles on strenuous or long hikes. Poles enable hikers to use their arms and legs to carry them up the hills and to use shoulders and arms to relieve knee stress coming downhill. Since hands don’t pool when they are holding poles, fingers remain flexible to work with equipment because circulation continues to move through them.

An easy way to keep everything moving is to choose a pleasurable activity that becomes part of your daily routine. You may practice yoga, tai chi, walking, weight lifting, skiing, intentional house cleaning, reclining bicycles, play a musical instrument, sing, dance or whatever you dream up that keeps your circulation pumping through your whole body rhythmically.

Underlying all movement is the breath. By making our exhalations long and strong, we open up more space for fuller inhalations, which then keep our circulation moving throughout our bodies, keeping us flexible, accessing energy, and feeling fully alive!