An Uncertain Autumn

Santafe.com - August 25, 2011

"Some days, I feel like I should drink my cup of coffee BEFORE I pick up the morning papers, just to be fully awake for the next surprise"

August is coming to a close and we have weathered fires, floods, slow economy, rising prices, blaring heat, and the beginnings of a long presidential campaign. Surely we have toughened up a little from all that, and, in my estimation, we need to toughen up a little more for our next season.

September is starting to look as if other challenges are on the horizon: hurricanes, earthquakes, more Arab unrest, uncertainty about gas prices, continued slides in the European economies, rising debt, and a decline in productivity.  We anxiously await Fed Chairman Bernanke’s speech on Friday to hear if there will be any changes.

Just today, I was startled by reports about the earthquake in NYC and the giant inexplicable green orb seen near Las Cruces.  A UFO perhaps?  In googling it and watching the video, I have to say that it was very unusual and strange.  Some days, I feel like I should drink my cup of coffee BEFORE I pick up the morning papers, just to be fully awake for the next surprise.  Don’t many of you feel like that?

On October 28, 2011, apparently the Mayan Calendar ends.  I’m not one of those 2012 end-of-the-world believers, but I do think that there are so many rapid changes going on that we need to pay attention and stay on top of what is happening.  My friend Carol has long stocked up on water, non-perishables, and is working on an off-the-grid solar second house. There are some days when I think that I should begin to store food and water, knowing that if communications were to go out and electricity and services fail us, I’ll hate myself for not having done it.  Then there are other days when I seem to have faith that we’ll all be fine.

My daughter and her boyfriend are visiting and last night we had dinner at one of Santa Fe’s best known long-standing restaurants, and several tables on the patio were busy, but the inside was totally empty. The bar area was like a ghost town.  Egad! Isn’t it August, height of tourist season? 

I would like to suggest that we support each other as best we can as we continue to tighten our belts.  Shop at local businesses, volunteer for worthwhile causes, help those who are homebound and fragile, and continue to remain positive.  We have a lot to be thankful for and, even though we are looking at an ‘uncertain autumn’, we live in a very special community, with good people, ideas from three different cultures, lots of input from our various spiritual communities, and a local think tank (Santa Fe Institute) which houses some of the great minds of our country.  If they are able to come up with better ideas than our confused leaders have, we should be fine.