Astronomy Picture of the Day

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Hallowe'en

Happy Hallowe'en!

The Veil is thinnest today...


Friday, October 30, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Fragile Place

a fragile place,
seems so serene,
never forgetting to change with the seasons,

a beautiful place,
was my appreciation learned,
or simply inherent in my dNA?

the fall colors from another year,
just as spectacular,
for a moment.

my sister likes the milkweed,
as did Mom,
who said Sacajewea used it for baby diaper lining.

Who doesn't like to pluck a milkweed pod 
and blow the sailing seeds,
as if they are designed to entice us 
to spread the seed far and wide.

This place is threatened,
oh, it looks so safe and stable,
as if it will always be this way,

So I picked the photo to show you
what a natural meadow looks like,
(even if meadows in VT came from clear cutting 
old growth forests over a century ago),
The milkweed supports monarch butterflies,
Where are they this year?

Bulldozer bulldozes,
plants that look like weeds,
manicure that dirt pile,
plant grass,
goodbye milkweed.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Jupiter's Moons


Sure, a few moons, like we learned in school.
67 and counting?
Enjoy this little video...
Thx to fellow twitterer Massimo...

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sunday's News

Sunday this week,

Protesters against #fracking and the proposed

transmission line through our rural, scenic town.

They blocked off State St. in Vermont's Capitol.

Yesterday 3 people were arrested,
Overall a peaceful action.

What Remains?
People still need to understand that Expanding our fossil fuel menu is wrong.
This is no place for a fracked gas transmission line...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

#fracking and Anti Pipeline Protest in Vermont....Will you join?

Will you join?

This is a message from folks on the ground in Montpelier:
We, the coalition to stop the vt fracked gas pipeline, have been occupying the middle of State Street in front of the vt state Capitol for 26 hours and we're staying! We need at least 50 people to join us and seek to make a national spectacle of our demonstration and assertion of our first amendment rights. Call your friends! We can do this! Our govt is signing back room deals with multinational corporations to commit our economy and future to climate crisis and we're demanding democracy and a cease to all fossil fuel infrastructure projects. Please come join us! This is a historical moment! Bring food, gear, well wishes, and indomitable spirits! KEEP IT IN THE GROUND!

a few articles to whet your whistle...

Last week's guest column from David J. Brooman, counsel at High Swartz, titled “Building a gas pipeline takes compromise from company and ...

Bill McKibben weighs in in the Digger

Vermont Public Radio
Viewed through this lens, a pipeline like the one proposed by Vermont Gas has two principal problems. First, though gas is sometimes sold as a ...

WPTZ The Champlain Valley
This week, Vermont Gas said 94 percent of landowners along the route have agreed to let the utility bury part of the pipeline on their land. The utility is ...

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of national energy giant Kinder Morgan, will file an application for a 420-mile natural gas pipeline ...

And 2 more before I turn in...

Vermont Biz
by Anne Galloway Opponents of a natural gas pipeline say Vermont Gas is using a legal maneuver to subvert the regulatory process in ...

Vermont Gas arrived shortly after dispatch and was able to shut the main transmission line down,” the press release states. “Gas was reportedly ...

Amy Helm :: GRAMMY Museum :: Interview

Link to a great interview of Amy Helm
and several tunes from her new album.
Didn't it Rain...
appropriate for anyone in the path of Patricia.

The first version of Didn't it Rain that I heard,
by Rosetta Tharpe

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Arrows the Thin Veil & Hoops

 it was not until I looked again, that I saw the similarities
arrows, a blindfold, the bystanders
my vision, and the random stabbing reminders
of that MonSter

this week, radio my entertainment,
the announcer and guest were talking disability and the financial burden on social security
they said it was easy to grant, some young ones didn't need it.
correction: not easy, not a get rich quick, jumping thru hoops,
there seems to always be one more.

no message, really,
i called the radio and spoke my side.
then hung up
and never said all of it.
maybe that's a start

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Please send Energy to Fight the #Fracking Frackers

So Simple,
We don't want
the fracking
they want to use
to feed their
fossil fuel,
disguised as
gaz naturale.

We need the
of Willing
and Pets,
if they are
Just send a thought.
Can't hurt.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mark Knopfler & Chet Atkins And a little Mass Action on #fracking

Wonderful yt link...

Now for a little request for the environment:

Everyone who is concerned about climate justice and turning away from the use of dangerous fossil fuels ought to be interested in the ACTION that will take place in Montpelier on Saturday, October 24, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The goal is to get such a crowd of people there that it will be very clear that very many Vermont citizens don’t buy the promises of Vermont Gas Systems, believe that officers of VGS have consistently lied about the cost and the expected savings from piping fracked gas to Addison County, and that therefore the VT Public Service Board should terminate the permit to build a pipeline from Burlington to Middlebury.
Here is a promo video that will explain what this is about:
Now it is only days until we are rising up for climate justice and shutting down the Vermont Gas Pipeline. If you haven't already rallied your friends, parents, grandkids, and neighbors to join you at the statehouse this Saturday, October 24th, show them this invitational video. It's good for the soul to remember all of the incredible times when people came together in this campaign to stop the fracked gas pipeline. And it's going to be even more fun to publicly call out the backroom dealings that lead to climate disaster, and stomp out this project together!

For more information on the mass action, visit

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Research: NY battle more important than previously thought - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Research: NY battle more important than previously thought - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

It has been a spectacular stretched out foliage season in the north country.
The local station, Channel 3 did a great story about Early American battles.
New York shares Lake Champlain shores with Vermont.

Great historical sites all around this lake,
Well worth seeing.

Monday, October 19, 2015

No Energy

No Energy

For Isis,
Or Isil,
nasty commenters,
counter commenters,
Hiding, Making up, Using alias power.

Now if this makes no sense,
Perhaps you feel so safe,
or you don't comment,
because they'll snipe you,
Just like the playground.

The energy,
Some seems easier to come by,
all rising in price,
at least since I can remember.

I look around me,


So even if you still don't lock your doors,
Take your shoes off to walk on floors,
Wear a hat when going outdoors,
Avoid commenting back to boors,

If you Feel safe in your iphone crib,
Better keep your eyes open,
That's no fib.

ICYMI: Officials: ISIS is attacking the US energy grid

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Carolyn Wonderland "Judgement Day Blues"

Sunday seems a good day for

Judgement Day Blues...
Carolyn Wonderland, Cole El-Saleh, Rob Hooper
Special music...

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Gaz Recap or #frackers never sleep

Gaz Recap

Updates on the proposed trans Addison County, VT gaz pipeline.
since 10/07/15
I have to filter some out...

WPTZ The Champlain Valley
MONTPELIER, Vt. —The state of Vermont and Vermont Gas Systems has reached an agreement to cap costs of the Vermont natural gas pipeline.

The cost of the Addison pipeline was originally estimated at $86 million. ... “I continue to believe that expanding natural gas beyond Chittenden and ...

From AARP:
Press Statement
October 7, 2015
Our response to today’s announcement on the VGS – DPS MOU
“This is a bad deal for ratepayers. The notion that capping costs at $134 million is somehow a benefit to ratepayers is simply ridiculous. Current VGS ratepayers would still be on the hook for a $134 million project that will provide them no benefit.
“This appears to be a blatant attempt to influence the Public Service Board as they consider the larger issue of VGS’s Certificate of Public Good and the overall economic impact on Vermonters.”
Greg Marchildon
AARP Vermont|State Director
Dave Reville | AARP Vermont | Associate State Director - Communications
199 Main St. | Suite 225 | Burlington, VT 05401
Office: 802-951-1303 | Cell: 802-279-6748
The natural gas pipeline proposed to run from Chittenden County to Addison County is one step closer to completion. Officials from Vermont Gas ...

Vermont Biz
Ratepayers will pick up most of the tab for a natural gas pipeline under a ... Don Rendall, the CEO of Vermont Gas, says the company agreed to the ...
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Gas today submitted its regular quarterly report regarding the Addison natural gas expansion project with the ...
Now wasn't IP the reason for the Addison county proposed pipeline?

This is the largest mobile pipeline project in the U.S. and showcases the scalability of NG Advantage's service to deliver natural gas as an alternative ...


Lacking natural gas pipeline service in its area, which is common in parts of the Northeast, International Paper was seeking to help underwrite a gas ...

Last but not least:

Hoping for the fracking to stop...meg

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sean Costello Band video by Anthony Pepitone

A great video link posted on youtube by Anthony Pepitone, the filmamker.
Sean Costello is one of my favorites, discovered by me long after he passed on.
He has a foundation...please give if you can. meg

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fall Foliage Fresh Photos...2015

Fred and I had a nice drive up to Lincoln, Vermont.
Peak foliage in the mountains.
Perfect weather is stretching it out.
Rain on the way.

I call the mountain above,
Sugar Mountain, Monkton, Vermont

Hogback Mountain, Monkton above.
Can you imagine windmills on these ancient hills?

Monday, October 12, 2015

Columbus Day (U.S.)

Columbus Day

Always fallen leaves blowing around,
In my memories,
The darkness creeping in,
The daylight hours noticeably dwindling.

This year,
We contemplate again the Chris Columbus
whom we celebrate with a day off,
or not.
He's the man who set sail for the new world. 
many years ago.

I will let others decide their feelings about Chris,
But no doubt,
The Guy was Brave!

So I pondered the latest photo-tweet 
Mark Kelly, Astronaut 
who is spending a year in space.

He is like a modern day Chris Columbus,
Deserving of our awe and appreciation,
He has mine.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Friend's Artwork

Since tweeting Music and Art,
Wily Bo Walker, and Susan Shulman
and many more,
I am reminded of a friend I lost so long ago now,
a few pieces of his artwork saved in a cardboard box,
always moved with me.
Danny was a special young man,
Loved Film, Movies.
We wrote a strange short film script once.
It may make it here one day.
I also want to post some of his movie posters
we used to post around town.
We had dreams...
before the internet.
When we punched IBM cards by the hundreds to do 
2 plus 2.
It all melds together,
Danny Shulman,
We will meet again.

the thin veil

Saturday, October 10, 2015


Kristen Henry King

Thank you for sharing,
Thank you for giving,
Beautiful Inspiration...

Friday, October 9, 2015

Amy Helm World Tour 2016 Friday Night Musik

Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers

We were sorry we missed her in Burlington, Vermont.

She sent out updates on her World Tour.

Also this Stellar Video...

Happy Friday...

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Ravenmaster

The Ravenmaster

of the Tower of London

Sent his perfect photo of a Raven in flight

via Twitter...Wow...

Monday, October 5, 2015

Overdue #fracking #Gaz updates


my mailbox full again...
sharing the highlights to date. notes are from friends, fellow fracking fighters. meg

If it's not good for them; it's certainly no good for Vermont!

The Globe and Mail
The Energy East Pipeline is a proposal by TransCanada to convert an existing natural gas pipeline and build a new pipeline, both of which would ...

International Paper bailed out of that deal because Vermont Gas Systems cost estimates continually escalated until they reached the point where the ...

Crews from Vermont Gas were nearby and were on scene within minutes to shut off the leaking gas. But firefighters ordered evacuations as a ...

"another good corporate citizen" from the digger

Women seem to be able to connect the dots...
Excellent commentary from Rebecca:
This story from VPR says that 60 ppl showed up to a hearing last week, most of whom were opposed to this solar project and so Green Mountain Power has put the project on hold. Wait! How about us? Over the last three years hundreds opposed at public hearings; thousands of complaints to the PSB and DPS; countless news articles; your letters to the editor; and now your comments at the end of this story!

Remember: Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas Systems are both owned by Gaz Metro. Why the double standard? Oh, right, must be because fracked gas and the increased use of fossil fuels is such an enormous benefit to our society that the voice of the people must be overruled — we don’t know what’s good for us.


a call to action from Alex:

Hey there! Short updates on the gas pipeline:

The Public Service Board decision did not happen today, and consequently, the mass action will not be happening early next week. So, back to the original plan: great big public direct action in the Burlington area the Monday after the PSB's decision. This means the action could be Monday September 14th, or perhaps the 21st, etc. Stay tuned next week and keep spreading the word--send your friends to, and feel free to get in touch with any and all questions.

The non-violent direct action training/mass action prep session is still happening this Sunday, 2:30-6:30pm at 255 South Champlain St in Burlington. (Note: There will also be an identical training next Sunday, the 13th, but due to the large amount of interest we've gotten, we want to encourage whomever is available for this Sunday's training to do so, in order to have an even spread.) Please get in touch directly or be sure to sign up by filling out the form if you want to come to the NVDA training and get plugged into this pivotal moment!


From our neighbor...(once again the pipeline proponents rely on meeting fatigue to win their arguments)

Thought some of you might want to see how our own ANR is protecting our waters from runoff...or how they are NOT protecting our waters. I have personally seen these "mitigation" measures that VGS uses and they fail. A lot. Anyway...comment period ends October 16.

Subject: 6949-INDC.A - Phase I Addison Natural Gas Project Amendment PUBLIC NOTICE
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:43:41 +0000

Dear Interested Parties,
Attached is a copy of the public notice & fact sheet for the comment period for Individual Stormwater Construction Permit amendment #6949-INDC.A, proposed for issuance to Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. for the Phase I Addison Natural Gas Project. The permit is being amended due to alignment shifts along the proposed route of the pipeline.
A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14th at 6:00 p.m. at Champlain Valley Union High School, Room 160, located at 369 CVU Road in Hinesburg. The public meeting is an opportunity for the public to provide comments in person on the draft permit. Written comments will still be accepted through the close of the comment period at 4:30 p.m. on Friday October 16th.
If you require any additional information, please contact me at or via phone at (802) 490-6166.
Jenna Calvi
Stormwater District Manager - Northern Chittenden County
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522

More from our group:

Hey friends! Its been a very exciting morning! Read more in the press release below.

Molly Stuart locked down to an excavator this morning halting construction of the fracked gas pipeline all morning. Check out the photos and share the posts on the Rising Tide Vermont facebook page! We need everyone's support to do bold actions like this so please donate to our legal fund here:

Interested in participating in direct action to fight for a livable planet? Take the pledge of action at



ESSEX, Vermont – September 17th, 2015 – Opponents of the Fracked Gas Pipeline have disrupted construction alongside Route 289 in Essex, with one person locking herself to equipment used by the new pipeline contractor Michel’s.

Vermont Gas has continued construction of the pipeline following a new contract with Michel’s, the highly controversial builder of the Keystone XL, despite regulatory uncertainty as the Public Service Board deliberates whether it will reopen and possibly revoke permits for the pipeline. The public Service Board is expected to make a decision as soon as this week.
“With drought and wild fires raging close to my family’s home in California, as well as flooding, hurricanes, and even threats to maple syrup production in my current home of Vermont, it is clear we need to be fighting the causes of climate disruption now” says Molly Stuart of Burlington, who locked herself to an excavator. “We can’t afford to be locked into any new fossil fuel infrastructure.”

The new contract with Michel’s follows a suit against Vermont Gas from their former contractor, Over & Under Piping, based in central New York State. The company, which terminated its contract with Vermont Gas earlier this year after completing only 5.6 miles of the 42-mile long project, is suing for $11.2 million related to costs associated with a five-month delay in the start of construction. [1]

“As a ratepayer to Vermont Gas, I cannot afford the price hikes that will likely offset the company’s $67 million cost over-run, let alone the environmental costs brought by the biggest expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the state,” added Stuart.

With a banner reading, “This Pipeline Ends with US,” protestors are taking things into their own hands because the regulatory board is dragging its feet and does not represent the people. [2]

“We’ve seen the Board repeatedly ignore concerns of landowners, ratepayers, and the public, and have little faith that they’ll do anything less than protect Vermont Gas’ ability to make profit at the expense of the climate,” says Jane Palmer of Monkton, whose land lies on the proposed route of the pipeline. Palmer added that several groups opposing the pipeline are mobilizing hundreds of community members to take action this fall, should the Board allow Vermont Gas to continue with the project as planned.

“If the Board is unwilling to shut down this dangerous, expensive, and undemocratic project, there are hundreds of Vermonters – working amilies paying gas bils, farmers fighting to protect their land – who are ready to do so,” said Jane Palmer.

Rising Tide Vermont
Rising Tide Vermont organizes and takes direct action to confront the root causes of climate change and to facilitate a just transition to resilient and equitable land-based communities.

comments from friend, mary :-)
hmmm..... I wonder if CLF will follow their lead here in VT

The Boston Globe
The Conservation Law Foundation has sued the state after it approved contracts for a controversial natural gas pipeline planned for Western ...

from the digger:

from wptz:

more about the corporate superpowers, the pipeline proponents...
The study will focus on whether more natural gas capacity is needed to ... Healey said her office is urging FERC to "move cautiously" on the pipeline ...

The Keene Sentinel
VERNON, Vt. — In a town hit hard by the shutdown of Vermont Yankee, officials say a natural-gas plant — with development costs estimated at $750 ...

Methane leaks emit a potent greenhouse gas, are harmful to the health of both humans and trees, and have been linked to major explosions.

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Me: So concludes the latest stream.
There are a few more left out such as the delayed revised budget by gaz people,
I speed read that delaying tactic,
not worth copying here.
for the record,
I still oppose the pipeline through our pristine beautiful town.