Sunday, November 28, 2010

Entering a Period of Consequences


~Winston Churchill

Of Note: What do Roza Otunbayeva of Kyrgyzstan, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and Iveta Radicova of Slovakia have in common? Not only are they women political leaders but are at the helm in developing countries. They join their sisters Angela Merkel of Germany, Johanna Sigurddardottir of Iceland and Dilma Roussef, the newly elected President of Brazil, and many others who have been chosen by their people in the last 10 years to lead their respective nations. It would appear that the Age of Women is unfolding, and the period of consequences of which Churchill spoke will be lead by humanity's female half. The talk of woman's ascendancy is front and center in numerous circles, but many times exclusively circumnavigates woman's issues such as reproductive health, maternal and child health, woman's rights and the like. People may be surprised to find that woman in power have at least as broad a range as their male counterparts and easily master complex interweavings of politics, finance, education, business, science, medicine, religion, and philosophy. Their best efforts, however, may be in peacemaking--a future area of exploration. Some believe that it is women that must be educated because they nurture the sons and daughters, who go off to fight. When mothers no longer raise warriors, the fighting will end. Raise these educated women one step further to political power en masse, and they may take the doom out of doomsday in short order. Interesting, the developing countries are leading this paradigm shift by electing women to their parliaments sometimes in numbers approaching 50%. These are the countries to watch as this story unfolds right before our eyes.

Today's Weather Report: Water is dripping from the roof outside my office window. Checking the temperature explains why. It is surprisingly 39 degrees Fahrenheit! A veritable heat wave on one of the last days of November. The sun is shining to boot. December is a much sunnier month than November. Possibly we are getting a taste of December a few days early. The aerator I worked with off and on for two years is keeping the water open in a large circle around the dock. Apparently, the old aerator wasn't doing its job for some time before its demise because the open area is quite a bit larger than it used to be. Bet the fish are happy with their oxygenated water though I don't think the sleeping turtles much care. Speaking of turtles, this summer, we didn't see the huge snapping turtle with a two-foot diameter shell, who always lived under the dock. After we removed that dock in the spring, I wonder if she moved on. Can't say she will be missed. Although it was exciting to see such a monster, I always worried about my toes when working in her neighborhood. This picture was taken of her lake last winter during an unforgettable sunset.