Saturday, December 22, 2012

Kidding Season Has Arrived

Look what arrived today! Just in time for Christmas!

This doe is a first-time mother. She also was the first one of our herd to deliver. This means that she does not have other, more experienced does showing her how to be a new mother. Instinct only goes so far. These kids are also a little on the small size and not as active as I prefer to see in newborns.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mass Shootings

In light of the recent shooting of children and teachers at Newtown, Connecticut, the website The Daily Beast published an article showing an interactive map from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence showing mass shootings in the Unites States since 2005. This article is found here.

What I immediately noticed is that almost all of the mass shootings are located in cities and dense suburbs where people are packed together in a relatively small territory. These are places where we barely know our neighbors, if we know them at all. In places like this, people are reduced from friends and aquaintances we talk with to objects invading ours space and getting in our way.

Humans are not designed to live that way. We are social beings designed to interact with the people around us. Urban living, where we are expected to ignore people we do not know in public places, is just unnatural and places strains on each of us. We take this out on others with rudeness, aggression, and "road rage." It is no wonder that some fragile people break.

It is important to remember that for most of us, our ancestors emigrated from places where society was highly ordered, often ridgid and inflexable. Our ancestors were those who did not fit, who wanted more that their home society could offer them. Some were criminals running from the law or accepting exile as punishment in place of prison. As our ancestors' legacy, we demand more personal space than pepole who live in Europe or Asia. Most of us are not happy living in rented housing; we want to own our own home. We have very little patience with waiting in line, whether at an amusement park or at the motor vehicle bureau office. We want to be able to "do our own thing," without social aprobation.

I believe that we need to "decompress" our society. We need to provide more opportunities for social engagement with our neighbors, more open space and more employment options away from the cities. We need to be able to live and work in a density where each of us is comfortable. For some of us, the cities, while for others, smaller towns. "One size fits all" may work in other societies, but definately not here, in America.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas at the Mall

We went to the mall last night to do some Christmas shopping. What a "downer" that turned out to be!

When we turned into the parking lot, we saw a fair number of cars parked out front, but strangely, there were lots of spaces available. We were able to park right by the mall entrance.

As we stepped into the mall, we saw some garland with ornaments slung over the ceiling beams. There was a "get your picture with Santa" booth set up in front of one of the department stores. The stores, however, had almost no decoration whatsoever. The card store did have an orniment display and a rack devoted to Christmas cards. Other than that, we did not see even one "Merry Christmas," or even "Happy Holidays" sign. Even more depressing, was the number of empty stores and mid-mall booths. There was no toy store, no Hickory Farms booth and no calendar booth - staples of this mall, and most others, in years past.

There appeared to be more store staff than shoppers. As we left the mall, we drove past the employee parking lot: it was empty. We believe that the employees were told to park out front to make it look as if the mall was busier that it was. The whole atmosphere was about as festive as a grave yard. In fact, I have driven past more festive Hispanic grave yards celebrating "Dia del Morte," the Day of the Dead!

Bah, humbug!

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