Hope for the Future -- Working Together

Like many Americans, I am a bit stressed at the moment. The lack of ability to have a civil discourse, and the lack of respect for others is getting to me. When that happens, I need news about what IS working.

Glasnevin Cemetery

Glasnevin Cemetery, creative commons license by William Murphy

So here is a bit of news about people working together to create a better world: successfully addressing stormwater pollution in a Catholic cemetery in Washington D.C. Now, that might not sound like much, but when you think about the engineering involved, the traditions of the church, and the emotions that surround death, it can be difficult to imagine bringing disparate groups together for a solid solution.

Enter The Nature Conservancy. I have been a member for several decades and I joined because I was impressed by their notion that all parties have a stake in the state of our environmental world. If you wanted to talk about forests, you needed to include loggers; grasslands–cattle ranchers; oceans–fishermen. People were not only part of the equation, they had to be considered in the solution.

Not only are all parties considered when they work together, the various groups work together. TNC is quite accomplished in bringing people together to develop a solution. Often, as in this case, the solution generates revenue for the community in which the change takes place. I encourage you to click this link and read more about this environmental improvement solution.

And the Romance?

So what does this have to do with romance?

The older I get, the more convinced I am that romance doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Unfortunately, political parties have become the new proving grounds for “I wouldn’t let my daughter marry a …” Recently, I made a Facebook connection with a man I’d dated in high school. We recently agreed to amicably “unfriend” each other. There were just too many differences.

Just as love bridged the Capulets and Montagues in Romeo and Juliet, love is going to have to help heal this divide. Until then, we can always find people fighting for the same cause, maybe from different perspectives, who might have a little time for romance.

See you in the next book …


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