Tomorrow, Riverbank Neighbors
will host a celebration at the "Farm"
2549 west Hutchinson
(the vacant lot where a proto-McMansion collapsed)
at 6:00 until 8:00.
We'll have a nice fire going and a grill.
Bring friends and food (no tree nuts, please)
brings stories and song,
drinks and dance,
and re-usable cups, plates and tableware
(you will receive an eco-gold star).
Bring lawn chairs if you like.
If there is a downpour, we will retreat to the Leki/Albano house.
We take delight in marking this moment,
the balance of night and day,
the breaking of dormancy,
the shedding of coats and worries.
Please feel welcomed to come.
On the next few Mondays I invite you to respond to Mighty Acorns Journals with me,
a fun, but voluminous (is this a word?) task, in the Conference Room.
We meet after drop-off. Tea and coffee are available.
Spend an hour, or whatever. I have completed only 3 of 9 classrooms.
And I can't do this work when it is beautiful outside.
I have almost finished reading the book:
We Are Multitudes, by Ed Yong
No, it is not about insurrection.
It is a review of the scientific inquiry into the role that our "gut"
biome plays in the ecological community we call our body.
We are truly a community of many many beings inhabiting our lives,
and almost all of them are our dear friends, just like at Waters School.
This is a gentle admonition against the supposed wisdom of being anti-septic.
I attended the Chicago River Summit, a symposium whose theme could be summarized:
Get Ready To Swim!
Yes. In the Chicago River.
And I am definitely not switching from my favorite Lake swimming spot.
But the science shared was so very interesting.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District has partnered with Argonne National Lab to test the genome of DNA present in river water and sediment samples at sites along the River for the past few years. They were looking for quantities and sources of fecal coliform bacteria to determine the level of health hazard present to humans.
The results were very surprising.
The vast vast majority of fecal coliform present originated in animals other than humans: fish, birds, geese, dogs, cats, other mammals....
and are considered non-pathogenic to human beings.
The basic assertion is that water quality has improved enough that new signage is needed that is less intimidating to users of the water ways,
and that areas should be made human-accessible .... for swimming.
If this makes you un-comfortable, I completely understand.
The water quality is still, it seems to me, at best, unappealing for swimming.
But it is good to know we are headed in the right direction.
See me for details of the study.
Garden night will re-start this Wednesday, weather-willing, with a robust clean up and salutary campfire. We start at 5:00!