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Thursday, May 28, 2015

#Fracking #Gaz Updates

For the curious, the lovers of the natural environment,
the hills and valleys of Monkton, Vermont,
As precious as the dock where Bernie stood Tuesday.
Vermont is a natural resource.
More articles coming in...
so here goes.

opinion piece from the Burlington Free Press:

Eminent Domain land grab not successful in Kentucky:

Very strange one about the Gaz company blaming the prior owner? Hmm. From the Digger:

another opinion piece from Rutland Herald:

Last but not least, from the Digger,
AARP weighs in:

The Hogback Mountains of Monkton, Vermont
Appropriately named,
We love the way they look anytime.
Like Mom said,
Mountains remind you of where you are,
Tell you where you are,
a landmark,
exerting a  gravitational pull.

First we fight the pipeliners,
for property owner's rights,
for the environment.
Next we will fight the Don Quixote's of 2015.
The unnamed perps want to put windmills on the Hogbacks.
This is our view without giant hideous windmills.
Will we fight?
Oh, fight we will.

Addendum...late additions,
link to opinion piece in Burlington Free Press:

from seven days:

Please give what you can...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

World MS Day 2015

Campaign PDF

Lisa Emrich tweeted to share our MS  story for World MS Day 2015.
Lisa is one of the first bloggers I followed.
Her information, no doubt like her music, is precise and accurate.
Her blog:

I posted a banner but a banner is not my story.

For the long version, read my blog.
For MS stuff, just look for that tag.

For my favorites:

wheelchair repellant

An Apple Year
Rolled into a Psalm.


Have a Great Day!

Slaying the Dragon

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

For friends across the pond

Been wanting to post a movie from my channel.
This one was done 2 years ago.
It's for my friends, Herrad and Richie

I follow Herrad's blog,
My first blogger I followed

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sean Costello - The Battle Is Over

Great video by Anthony Pepitone,
of the Special man, Sean Costello,
Too soon departed,
He masters this Great tune we heard at Levon's,
For the Veterans, and other soldiers of life, Today.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend

It is the weekend to honor veterans.
I thank them all.


Every night we watched Walter Cronkite.
When the Vietnam War report came on,
He always gave the current death toll.
My brother was there.
Mom (right) and Dad (left....WW2 veteran)
Me in the middle,
Trying to make sense of it.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Music Link for Saturday

Amy Helm   
The Handsome Strangers

have been busy!
Here a link to a fun video...from a van :)

Amy's new album
coming soon.

Check out her website:

for album info and touring info...
Happy Saturday!

from higher ground concert 2013

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Night Musik

It certainly was a treat this week to hear these two great musicians 
with Byron Isaacs and Justin Guip on the imus show.
They have finally made their own album, 
We have been impatiently waiting.

Enjoy this link from twitter...tgif!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Aloha Aina

and link to a great blog article I found about history of property rights in Hawaii...

and a little more history of the concept, the struggles

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Proposed Gaz Pipeline Updates #fracking #Vermont

I really cannot post all the links our fellow gaz pipeline fighters share due to the volume and brain overload for me. I have to conserve energy, pick my priorities for the day. So I will summarize what I would call the most interesting to me. What is left over is equally scary. meg

First, a fundraiser.
Private citizens individually have had to fight for their own land.
Please help them:

a member shared this article and preface:

The Eagle
They should take their time so as not to make the same mistakes they did with VGS. There are some huge issues with this and the Cornwall swamp. Where does all the phosphorous go?


Now here is an opinion clip from the Times Argus...
pipeline costs too much!

Monkey business in Maine...(Ok so it's not just Vermont, Whew!)

A neighbor reports some quasi good news.

On April 6, 2015, VGS announced that it was filing for eminent domain on two properties in Monkton with the stated reason that the landowners had not responded to VGS' communications about acquiring easements across their land for the pipeline. So, VGS said - at least to the press - that it had no choice but to file for condemnation of the easements. Landowners asked what the big rush was since the Public Service Board was going to be considering whether to reopen the case, and a decision on whether to reopen the certificate of public good wouldn't be decided until July.

Tonight, the Monkton Select Board announced that the Public Service Board had issued orders in each of the cases on April 29th. The orders were essentially the same and each stated, in part:

"At this time, it is not know what the result of the proceedings on remand in Docket 7970 (Phase I of the pipeline) will be; the possible outcomes include that the Board could affirm, modify, or revoke the CPG that was issued in Docket 7970. Thus, we have taken the step of opening the Docket (for the eminent domain case) today in response to the condemnation petition filed by VGS, but we are simultaneously staying this Docket until such time as a final order has been issued in the remand proceedings that are now underway in Docket 7970."

In other words, the Board said that it would not review the eminent domain cases until a decision had been made on whether to reconsider Phase I of the pipeline.

Of course, it's fascinating that the press hasn't reported on this story at all so be sure to tell everyone you know that, at least temporarily, VGS has been stopped in its tracks!
Thank you neighbor!

all for now...meg

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Photo From the archives...
They look healthy and happy this year.

Monday, May 18, 2015

2 Birds and Bad News illustrated

Still having trouble with my photo files,
Transferring between devices,
Each with It's own quirks
So I squeezed out what I could,
A couple of sketches.
2 Birds chattering
When the Doctor gives bad news.
,an unenviable and underappreciated duty.